Robertson nails hole-in-one
BERGHOLZ — Bill Robertson nailed a hole-in-one on May 29 at Spring Hills Golf Course as part of the Senior’s Golf League.
Robertson sank his second career hole-in-one on the 169-yard fourth hole. Witnesses were Van Taylor, Dave Galbraith and Frank DeStefano.
YouTube’s first MLB game coming
YouTube’s first live broadcast of a Major League Baseball game will be July 18 when the Philadelphia Phillies host the Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB and YouTube are partnering to live stream 13 games after the All-Star break. They announced the deal in April.
Viewers will be able to access the games by going to YouTube.com/MLB or searching MLB in the YouTube app. The games will be available for free and are exclusive to YouTube, meaning they will not be aired by the team’s television partners.
MLB also announced on Wednesday that Cleveland at Toronto on July 23 and Detroit at the Los Angeles Angels on July 29 will be on YouTube.
The games will be produced by MLB Network, which also produced games that have aired on Facebook Watch the past 2¢ seasons. MLB has a deal with Facebook for six games this season, but those are non-exclusive and are blacked out in team’s home markets.
A June 14 game between Philadelphia and the Atlanta Braves on Facebook Watch generated 7.1 million total views according to Facebook. Average views per minute were not available.
Ortiz shooting is mistaken identity
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe, Dominican officials said Wednesday.
The Dominican Republic’s attorney general and national police director told reporters that the attempted murder was ordered from the United States by Victor Hugo Gomez, an associate of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. They said Gomez had hired a gang of killers to eliminate his cousin, whom Gomez suspected of turning him in to Dominican drug investigators in 2011.
The cousin, Sixto David Fern’ndez, was seated with the former baseball star on the night of June 9, when a gunman approached and fired a single shot at Ortiz, the officials said. Fern’ndez owned an auto-repair shop and was friends with Ortiz, according to Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez and Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, director of the Dominican Republic’s national police.
Ortiz remains hospitalized in Boston, where doctors have upgraded his condition from guarded to good.
At least 11 people have been arrested in the case so far, ranging from the alleged gunman to a series of drivers and relatively minor accomplices. Rodriguez and Bautista said the case of mistaken identity began when one of the accomplices shot a blurry photo of Fern’ndez seated at the Dial Bar and Lounge in an upscale section of Santo Domingo. In the photo, a white freezer obscures Fern’ndez’s lower body.
“It was a badly lit photo taken minutes before the attack,” the chief prosecutor said.
Ortiz was wearing white pants on the night of the shooting and law-enforcement officials said that the gunman, Rolfy Ferreyra, mistook him for the target and fired.
Many Dominicans were immediately skeptical that their country’s most famous person, a 6-foot-3-inch (2 meters) man weighing around 250 pounds (113 kilograms), could be mistaken for Fern’ndez, who appeared to be far smaller with a lighter complexion in a photo provided by authorities.
“He is big. He likes to attract attention,” said Daniel Pou, an independent consultant on public security. “He wears a lot of jewelry. He’s flashy all around.”
The alleged shooter is a skinny, tattooed 25-year-old whom U.S. prosecutors said is wanted on armed robbery and gun charges in New Jersey. His driver was captured immediately after the shooting when he fell off the motorcycle he was trying to use to escape.
Ferreyra and the other suspects were captured over the next few days. Ferreyra told reporters from the window of a jail cell this week that he did not mean to shoot Ortiz, but fired at him in confusion over his clothing.
High school player dies at practice
AMITE, La. — A Louisiana high school sophomore has died after a football practice held late to avoid summer heat.
Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabonna tells news outlets that 15-year-old Terrance Allen was laughing and joking with teammates when he collapsed in the locker room about 9 p.m. Tuesday.
He says officers and firefighters began CPR as soon as they arrived at Amite High Magnet School, but Allen died at a hospital about 9:40 p.m.
Police tell WBRZ-TV that Allen had no known medical problems.
WVUE-TV reports that the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office was to perform an autopsy Thursday to determine a cause of death.
PGA signs umbrella sponsor deal
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The PGA Tour has signed a 10-year umbrella sponsorship deal for its developmental tour that provides the best path to the big leagues.
Los Angeles-based Korn Ferry takes over immediately from Web.com.
The Korn Ferry Tour is the seventh name of the tour since it began in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour. What doesn’t change is the top 25 players from a regular season points list, and 25 players from a three-tournament postseason series, earn PGA Tour cards.
The postseason series is now called the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, and Korn Ferry has agreed to be title sponsor of the final event in Indiana.
The developmental tour has produced alumni such as Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson.