High-school runner helps competitor finish race
WEST LIBERTY, Ohio — A western Ohio high school runner is being praised for her sportsmanship after helping a struggling competitor finish their race at the state track meet.
Meghan Vogel of West Liberty-Salem High School had won an earlier race but was in last place in the 3,200-meter run Saturday as she caught up to Arlington sophomore Arden McMath, whose body was giving out. Instead of zipping past McMath to avoid the last-place finish, Vogel decided to help. She put McMath’s arm around her shoulders, dragged her the final 20 meters and pushed her competitor over the finish line before crossing it.
Vogel tells the Springfield News-Sun she’s humbled by the supportive messages she’s since received from friends and strangers.
Vogel says she believes other distance runners would’ve done the same thing.
Braves select Brookwood pitcher in first round
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves looked to a local player for their first pick when they picked right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims from Brookwood High School near Atlanta in the first round of Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft.
Sims, who watched the draft with his family in Gwinnett County, says he has been a Braves fan all his life and being drafted by his favorite team is a dream come true.
Sims signed to attend Clemson but said Monday night he expects to sign with the Braves “hopefully relatively soon.” The Braves made Sims the 21st overall pick. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Sims was 8-1 with a 1.19 ERA while leading Brookwood to the Georgia state championship game. He played shortstop when he wasn’t pitching.
Hearing for NFL star delayed
ATLANTA — A bankruptcy court hearing in Atlanta for former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has been delayed.
Lewis filed for bankruptcy in April, listing $14.5 million in assets and $10.6 million in debts. The 32-year-old retired in 2009 after nine seasons with the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He had a wide range of investments and businesses.
Lewis is one of several ex-NFL players who have sued the league in federal court in Atlanta over concussion injuries.