Little League Baseball

New Castle 7, Broad Ripple 5The New Castle 12s Little League Baseball All-Star Team opened state tournament play Tuesday afternoon with a two-run victory over Broad Ripple (Indianapolis) at the Munster Little League complex.

New Castle had Wednesday off and plays again today at 9 a.m. CDT on Field D against the winner of Wednesday’s Bedford vs. Silver Creek (Sellersburg) game. Bedford defeated Wabash 12-1 Tuesday afternoon.

NC Boys Soccer Alumni GameAfter it wasn’t held in 2020 due to COVID-19, the annual New Castle High School Boys Soccer Alumni Game will take place Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. on Neal Field.

No food will be served this year, but water and Gatorade will be provided.

Bird, Alvarez chosen to carry U.S. flag at opening ceremonyTOKYO (AP) — Four-time Olympic women’s basketball gold medalist Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez were chosen as U.S. flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night.

Alvarez, who won a silver medal in speedskating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and Bird were chosen by a vote of fellow U.S. athletes. They are the first duo to share the honor of leading the delegation into the ceremony.

Bird is the second U.S. women’s basketball player to carry the flag, joining current coach Dawn Staley, who did it at the 2004 games. Those were the first that Bird participated in.

Bird will be trying to win an unprecedented fifth gold medal with teammate Diana Taurasi, which would give them the most in golds in women’s basketball history.

Alvarez becomes the first baseball player to carry the flag for the U.S. The sport returned to the Games at the request of Japan after being absent from the previous two Olympics.

He made his major league debut last year with the Miami Marlins, but has been in the minors this year. If the U.S. baseball team were to medal, he’d be the only the third American to medal in both the Winter and Summer Games, joining Eddie Egan (boxing and bobsled) and Lauryn Williams (track and field and bobsled).

Sweden stuns U.S. 3-0 in women’s soccer at Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Stina Blackstenius scored a pair of goals and the Swedes stunned the United States at the Olympics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday in the women’s soccer tournament.

The Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world and the favorites to win gold in Tokyo, were riding a 44-match unbeaten streak heading into the match. But Sweden, ranked No. 5, has been the U.S. team’s nemesis of sorts in recent years. The Swedes bounced the Americans from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games in the quarterfinals, the earliest U.S. Olympic exit ever.

The United States faces New Zealand on Saturday.