Baseball: Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider has died. He was 84.
The former Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers star died early Sunday of what the family called natural causes at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif.
Snider managed the Spokane Indians in the Pacific Coast League for the greater portion of the 1965 season, taking over because Pete Reiser, the original manager, had serious heart problems. Snider had not managed previously. The Indians, under Snider, had a 57-90 record.
Snider is one of several Hall of Fame members with various ties to the Spokane Indians, including Stan Coveleski, Tommy Lasorda, George Kelly, Hoyt Wilhelm, Don Sutton and George Brett.
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Ackley lifts M’s over Padres
Baseball: Dustin Ackley lined a 3-2 pitch to right field with two out and the bases loaded in the 10th inning, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 13-12 win over the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz., in the spring training opener for both teams.
The two clubs combined for 33 hits.
Carlos Peguero, a Mariners outfield prospect, forced a 12-12 tie with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, then Peguero preserved the tie by throwing out Mike Baxter at the plate when he tried to score from second base on a two-out single in the top of the 10th.
• Outfielder Jody Gerut, who was invited to the Mariners’ spring training as a non-roster player, announced his retirement on Sunday.
Bjorklund scores 17 on senior day
Basketball: With an 80-60 win against LSU on Sunday, the No. 4 Lady Volunteers wrapped up an undefeated SEC season for the ninth time in coach Pat Summitt’s 37 seasons.
Shekinna Stricklen had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Angie Bjorklund (University High) had 17 points in her final home game and Meighan Simmons added 10 points.
“That shows a lot right there,” Stricklen said. “This class, this team, we’ve been through a lot. It’s good to finally put something in the record books as a good thing. It just shows we’re more mature and we’re playing better as a team and we’re more committed.”
Stricklen and eight of her current teammates were part of the squad that became the only Tennessee team to be eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament after a loss to Ball State in 2009.
The Lady Vols finished fourth in the SEC that year after five conference losses.
This year the Lady Vols are 28-2 to go with their perfect 16-for-16 mark in the SEC.
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