LSU softball coaches win regional honor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named LSU softball coach Beth Torina and her assistants Howard Dobson and Lindsay Leftwich, volunteer assistant coach Kara Dill and student coach Tammy Wray as the Division I South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

The group was honored after leading the softball team to its fourth Women’s College World Series appearance and first 50-win season since 2007.

The Tigers raced out to a 25-0 start and finished 52-14.

LSU volleyball team announces schedule

The LSU volleyball team will be playing a schedule in the fall that will include 10 of 11 nonconference matches against teams that won at least 19 maches and a challenging 18-game Southeastern Conference slate.

LSU will participate in four tournaments to open the first month and a half of play, featuring opponents that are perennial conference and NCAA tournament qualifiers to get the team prepared for conference play which runs from the middle of September until the end of November.

The Tigers open the season with a tournament at 2014 national semifinalist Texas for three matches, with a season-opening contest against UC Irvine. In the first of two games on the second day, LSU takes on Conference USA tournament finalist Rice before closing with a match against the Longhorns.

Athletes tied to LSU competing at meet

Twenty-one LSU track and field athletes past and present are set to return to Eugene, Oregon, this week for the four-day USA Outdoor Championships beginning Thursday at Hayward Field.

These group is looking to earn a trip to Beijing, China, to represent the United States at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Athletics being held Aug. 22-30. The top three finishers in each event will advance.

Among those competing are: Vernon Norwood, Tori Bliss, Quincy Downing, Joshua Thompson, Rebekah Wales, Aaron Ernest, Rodney Brown and Julian Parker.

Former athletes competing for a spot on Team USA will be Kimberlyn Duncan, Kenyanna Wilson, Muna Lee, Ricard Jones, Charlene Lipsey LaTavia Thomas, Lolo Jones, Tenaya Jones, Jasmin Stowers, Cassandra Tate, Jeremy Hicks, Keri Emanuel and Lynnika Pitts.

Hayward Field will also host the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and Lady Tigers freshmen Mikiah Brisco and Aleia Hobbs will line up in the 100 meters.

Former team files suit against Little League

CHICAGO — A former Chicago Little League team announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the sport’s governing body, accusing it of improperly stripping the young athletes of the national title that made them hometown heroes and nationally known and refusing to provide the information used to make the stunning decision.

The attorney for Jackie Robinson West said during a news conference that he believed some of what Little League International has claimed — that some of the players did not live within local league boundaries. But he added that he thought the team was unfairly singled out for scrutiny, in part, because all of its players are black.

“Do I think race is at play? Yes, I do think that it’s at play at some level,” said Victor Henderson. “Do I think that’s the only reason? No, I do not.”

The lawsuit is the latest chapter of what started as an uplifting and inspirational story about the South Side Chicago team.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press