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Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis delivers in the first inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pelicans set date for individual ticket sales

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Wednesday that individual tickets to the regular-season home opener against Orlando will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 27.

The Pelicans will face off against the Magic on the opening night of the season, at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Smoothie King Center.

A special pre-sale link and password will be e-mailed to all Pelicans Insider subscribers on Tuesday, with pre-sale access beginning at 11 a.m. that day. Fans can sign up for Pelicans Insider at

For tickets, go to a Ticketmaster outlet,, or by calling (800) 462-2849 or by visiting the box office at the Pelicans practice facility (5800 Airline Drive, Metairie).

Former Cajuns softball player Myers honored

HOOVER, Ala. — National Pro Fastpitch announced Tuesday night at their annual sports banquet that former Louisiana-Lafayette shortstop Nerissa Myers was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, presented by Louisville Slugger, and one of 19 players named to the All-NPF Team.

After signing with the Chicago Bandits in June 2013, Myers joined the Akron Racers this season, leading the league in RBIs (43) and slugging percentage (.599) and was in the top four in batting average (.365).

Schilling says chewing tobacco caused cancer

BOSTON — Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling said he’s battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.

Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. He announced he had cancer in February, but had not disclosed what kind.

He says it’s because chewing tobacco.

Schilling is being treated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is in remission. He says he’s lost 75 pounds.

Mo’ne Davis pulled in LLWS after 55 pitches

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis, the first girl pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series, was pulled in the third inning Wednesday night after allowing three runs to Las Vegas.

Davis, the darling of the sports world with her success and poise, was both masterful and ordinary on a night made short because of pitch-count rules. She allowed six hits and struck out six in 2 1-3 innings before leaving after 55 pitches.

That makes her eligible to pitch again in the U.S. championship game on Saturday.

Dallan Cave homered in the second off Davis to help stake Las Vegas to a 3-0 lead.

Tony Stewart skips 3rd race after Ward’s death

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he’s skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race.

Stewart’s decision was announced Wednesday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Burton also drove Stewart’s car at Michigan last week.

Stewart has been in seclusion since the Aug. 9 incident at an upstate New York dirt track that remains under investigation. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has said investigators don’t have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent by Stewart.

SD State promotes Martinez to head coach

SAN DIEGO — Mark Martinez was promoted Wednesday to head baseball coach at San Diego State, succeeding the late Tony Gwynn.

Martinez, who joined the Aztecs as an assistant coach in July 2005, had taken over the day-to-day duties for a majority of last season while Gwynn focused on his health.

The Aztecs finished 42-21, including victories in nine of their final 11 games entering the NCAA tournament. SDSU won the Mountain West Conference tournament before losing two straight games in the NCAA regionals.

Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who spent his entire 20-year MLB career with the San Diego Padres, died on June 16 from oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. Gwynn had retired from the Padres in 2001 and took over the SDSU baseball program in 2002.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press