MLB organization holding kids clinics

The Major League Baseball Player Alumni Association will hold two free kids clinics as part of their Legends for Youth program in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Both clinics, which feature former major league players instructing youngsters on the fundamentals of the game and life skills, are free and open to children ages 6 to 16.

The Baton Rouge clinic is set for Friday at Pete Goldsby Field, while the New Orleans clinic will be held Tuesday at Zephyr Field in Metairie. Both clinics will start at 9 a.m. and end at noon.

To register for either clinic, visit the Web site at

Vale Costa ranked No. 87 in Ita rankings

LSU freshman tennis player Joana Vale Costa finished the season ranked No. 87 in the ITA singles category.

Vale Costa earned ITA Southern Region Rookie of the Year, All-SEC Second Team, All-SEC Freshman Team and All-Louisiana second team after compiling an 11-8 record, with a 10-7 record on Court 1.

Florida St players still on team after hearing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State spokesman confirmed that football players Chris Casher and Ronald Darby are still enrolled and on the team after a discipline board ruled on charges of violations of the school’s Code of Conduct.

The two faced charges after they told police they witnessed sex between quarterback Jameis Winston and a woman who accused him of raping her in December 2012.

Casher told police he video-recorded a portion, but deleted the footage.

The conduct board had 10 days to make a recommendation to the Dean of the Students after the hearing on May 20. Wednesday was the 10th business day.

The university did not provide details of the ruling, citing privacy laws. The accuser’s lawyer John Clune released a statement saying she is “generally satisfied” with the result.

UConn: RB McCombs ‘no longer with team’

STORRS, Conn. — University of Connecticut officials say running back Lyle McCombs is no longer on the football team and they’re not saying why, but he has had a string of off-the-field problems.

UConn announced Wednesday that the 22-year-old, 5-foot-8, red-shirt senior from Staten Island, New York, is off the team, but will finish school this summer and get his degree.

Coach Bob Diaco says being on the team is a privilege, and with that privilege come responsibilities and expectations. He didn’t elaborate.

McCombs is the fourth-leading rusher in UConn history with 2,681 yards. He led the team in rushing the past three seasons.

McCombs’ problems have included an on-campus fight in January, a 2012 breach of peace arrest and a 10-week suspension in 2011 after marijuana was found in his dorm room.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press