2018 Fan Fest

Faith Doss holds 18-month-old Luna Jones as they meet Blooper, the Danville Braves’ mascot at the 2018 Fan Fest.

appalachian league baseball

D-Braves set Fan Fest for June 17

The Danville Braves has announced this year’s Fan Fest will take place at Legion Field on June 17 with gates opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 7:30 pm.

Highlights of the event including two autograph sessions and the opportunity to view batting practice.

The D-Braves will be signing autographs in two 30-minute sessions, from 5:20 to 5:50 p.m. and from 5:50 to 6:20 p.m., before taking the field. Concessions will be open for the entirety of the event, and season ticket holders can receive a free meal consisting of an entrée, side and drink. The Kid’s Zone also will be open, and cornhole and other games will be set up on the concourse.

NFL

Redskins blindsided by Williams’ training staff concerns

ASHBURN — Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams skipped the opening day of the team’s mandatory minicamp reportedly over contract concerns.

The reason for his absence reportedly shifted to a medical-based issue by Wednesday’s second day of minicamp.

Williams’ no-show centered on frustration with the team’s training staff according to reports. The specific issue comes from the initial treatment of a growth on the seven-time Pro Bowl lineman’s scalp. Williams had the growth removed following the 2018 season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NCAA moving 3-point line back

INDIANAPOLIS — The 3-point line is moving back in college basketball.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced Wednesday the arc will be moved to 22 feet, 1¾ inches for the 2019-20 season, matching the international distance. The change will not go into effect in Division II and III until 2020-21 because of the potential financial impact on schools.

From staff and wire reports

The 3-point line was last moved in 2008-09, extending a foot to 20 feet, 9 inches.

The panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound and gave coaches the ability to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and any overtime period.

Players also will be assessed technical fouls for derogatory language about an opponent’s race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

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