TC’s Halverson on draft watch list
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City native Brandon Halverson was listed among the top American prospects when a hockey web site unveiled its list for the 2014 NHL Draft.
The site westerncollegehockeyblog.com put 16 players in its “A” grouping, with Halverson among 20 in the “B” class.
There is only one goalie in each of the A, B and C groupings. “B” players are listed as “likely to be selected.”
Turkey hunting applications
LANSING — Applications for fall turkey hunting licenses are on sale in Michigan.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the sale will continue through Aug. 1.
A total of 51,850 licenses are available. They include 5,150 general licenses that may be used on public or private land, and 46,700 licenses for private land only.
The hunting season runs from Sept. 15 through Nov. 14. Areas that are open for turkey hunting include most of the southern Lower Peninsula, Beaver Island, five counties in the northern Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula.
Hunters may apply for a license at any authorized license agent, at DNR Operations Service Centers or online at michigan.gov/huntdrawings.
The application fee is $4. Drawing results will be posted online beginning Aug. 15.
Downstate district ends athletic fees
WARREN — A suburban Detroit school district is dropping pay-to-play fees for participating in sports or band.
The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports (http://bit.ly/11bYDlo) the Warren Consolidated Schools Board of Education recently voted to cancel the student activity fee, which was $100 for high school students and $75 at the middle school level.
The aim is to allow more participation in sports and band. School officials say they’re considering new advertising efforts to make up the revenue lost from the fees.
Mike Schulte, director of student activities, athletics and facility usage, said in a statement that participation was on the decline because of pay-to-play.
Pay-to-play went into effect in 2009 when state aid was cut and the school board voted to slash programs to make the district’s finances work.
Hamilton dropped from Big Ten award
PARK RIDGE, Ill. — The Big Ten female athlete of the year award no longer is named for the Olympic track star from Wisconsin who later acknowledged working as a prostitute.
Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman said Tuesday that Suzy Favor Hamilton’s name was removed from the award after discussions between the league and Wisconsin.
Minnesota hockey player Amanda Kessel was named the winner last week. Kessel was also the national player of the year after leading the Gophers to an undefeated season and a second straight NCAA title.
Favor competed in the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000. The Smoking Gun website in December first reported that Favor Hamilton had worked as a $600-an-hour escort in Las Vegas. She described it as a “coping mechanism” tied to depression and other personal issues.
Reds’ Bailey throws 2nd no-no
CINCINNATI — Another hard-throwin’ Texan has developed a knack for no-hitters.
Homer Bailey threw his second in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Bailey became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer — still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.
“Every dog has its day twice, I guess,” Bailey said.
The last pitcher to throw one no-hitter and then another before anyone else in the majors accomplished the feat was Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, according to STATS. Baseball’s career strikeout king did it for the California Angels on Sept. 28, 1974, against Minnesota, and June 1, 1975, vs. Baltimore.
Now, the Ryan Express has a worthy passenger.
“Obviously being from Texas and what a legend he is,” said Bailey, who wears No. 34 in tribute to his boyhood idol. “To do it once is extra special. To do it twice — I don’t really have the words for it right now.”