WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper started Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle.
In the sixth inning on Saturday, Harper hit a comebacker to the mound and was easily thrown out at first base. The two-time All-Star was replaced in left field by Kevin Frandsen for the following inning.
Following the eventual 4-3 loss, Nationals first-year manager Matt Williams cited “lack of hustle,” for removing Harper. “That’s why he came out of the game,” Williams said. “He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times.”
On Saturday, Harper said after the game: “I respect what he did. That’s part of the game.”
In his third season, Harper is batting .295 with one home run in 16 games this season. He previously missed Wednesday’s game in Miami because of tightness in his quadriceps.
Blackhawks’ Seabrook suspended for three games
CHICAGO — Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended for three games for his hit on Blues center David Backes during their first-round playoff series.
The NHL announced the punishment Sunday, Seabrook’s 29th birthday.
Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to Backes’ head late in the third period of Saturday’s Game 2. Backes had to be helped off the ice and did not return during St. Louis’ 4-3 overtime victory.
Seabrook’s penalty led to Vladimir Tarasenko’s tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation.
The suspension is a big blow for the Blackhawks, who are down 2-0 heading into Game 3 tonight. Seabrook had a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series
Yankees’ Nova suffers torn UCL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Nova left Saturday night’s game against Tampa Bay in the fifth inning. An MRI exam after the game revealed the injury.
Lima News seeks Paul Smith volunteers
The Lima News is looking for nominees for the Paul Smith Volunteer Award. The award is given each year to the high school varsity sports volunteer person who gives time to make sure that day’s sport can run smoothly.
Over the years, the award has gone to announcers, scorekeepers, timers, ticket takers/sellers, concession workers and just about anyone involved in helping a varsity game take place. It can also include the set-up crew or groundskeepers.
Please send your nomination to Tom Usher at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax the sports department at 419-229-2926.
Junior Olympic state boxing coming May 3-4
LIMA — The state Junior Olympic boxing tournament will be at the Allen County Fairgrounds May 3-4.
The top fighters in each age group advance to the national tournament. It marks the first time the state tournament will be in Lima.
Lima’s Valentine wins Toledo Gold Gloves
TOLEDO — Lima’s Marquis Valentine recently won the super heavyweight division in the Toledo Golden Gloves tournament. He qualified for national Golden Gloves May 12-17 in Vegas. It’s his second trip to nationals.
ONU men’s golf finishes 7th at Wooster
WOOSTER — The Ohio Northern men’s golf team finished its regular season with a seventh place finish at the Wooster Bill Nye Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Wooster Country Club.
The Polar Bears finished seventh of 12 teams with a 337-331—668.
Freshmen Tyler Davis and Blaine Ricketts tied for 15th with 162s on the par-72, 6545-yard course.
ONU men, women both finish fourth
GAMBIER — The Ohio Northern men’s outdoor track & field team finished fourth at the Kenyon Spring Invitational on Saturday.
The Polar Bears (31-9-1) finished with 74 points.
The Ohio Northern outdoor women’s track & field team recorded a fourth place finish at the Kenyon Spring Invitational on Saturday.
ONU (21-18) finished with 80.5 points in the 14-team field.