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The Journal Gazette

Friday, January 19, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

MLB players reject pitch clock, visit limit

Associated Press

NEW YORK – A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the players' association has rejected Major League Baseball's proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games.

Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision Thursday during a call to deputy commissioner Dan Halem.

Management has the right to implement the rules changes it proposed last year. Under baseball's labor contract, management can change on-field rules on its own with one season of advance notice.

Auto racing

GoDaddy to sponsor Patrick

GoDaddy will sponsor Danica Patrick in the upcoming “Danica Double” that will close out her racing career. Patrick has no ride yet for next month's Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500 in May, but she now has the backing to pull it off.

Basketball

Around the NBA

Orlando's Aaron Afflalo was suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday. ... Chicago guard Kris Dunn is out indefinitely after being placed into the concussion protocol following a fall in a game Wednesday against Golden State.

Women's Top 16

UConn, Mississippi State, Louisville and Oregon would be the No. 1 seeds if the women's NCAA Tournament were to begin now. For the third straight year, the NCAA provided a snapshot of the tournament field, unveiling the top 16 teams. Tennessee and Notre Dame were fifth and sixth in the reveal. The others included Texas, South Carolina (No. 2) Baylor, Ohio State, Florida State and UCLA (No. 3), Missouri, Texas A&M, Rutgers and Georgia.

Football

Coroner: Hilinski death was suicide

The Whitman County coroner has concluded Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Hilinski, 21, was discovered in his apartment after he didn't show up for practice Tuesday. A rifle “was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found,” according to the Pullman Police Department.

QB coach to run Steelers' offense

Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner is the Steelers' new offensive coordinator.

GOLF

Roundup

Jon Rahm shot a 10-under 62 in perfect conditions at La Quinta Country Club to take the first-round lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge in California. ...Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead  in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open. ... Rory McIlroy shot a 3-under 69 that left him three strokes behind first-round leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. ... In Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

Gymnastics

Karolyi Ranch out

USA Gymnastics is ending its long relationship with the Karolyi Ranch. The organization announced it has terminated its agreement to have the ranch outside of Huntsville, Texas, serve as the National Training Center.