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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Friday, July 12, 2019

Updated at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)

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^TOP STORIES<

^Little Leagues forced to adjust amid youth baseball participation decline<

BBY-LITTLELEAGUE-DECLINE-SPORTSPLUS:HC — It's not an easy time to run a youth baseball league.

Participation across youth sports has declined steadily, as kids choose among more entertainment options than ever. Major League Baseball's popularity is down among members of Generation Z, who say they prefer basketball and soccer. And travel teams continue to siphon away top athletes at younger and younger ages, draining the player pool.

It's no surprise, therefore, that Little League International reports steady annual declines in participation and that many Connecticut leagues have seen steep drops over the past 10 or 15 years.

1850 by Alex Putterman in Hartford, Conn. MOVED

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^BASEBALL<

^Nick Canepa: Machado signing continues to pay off for Padres, San Diego<

BBN-CANEPA-COLUMN:SD — The calendar says it began in 1969. It didn't.

It took the Padres all of 50 years to grow out of pubescence into a true Major League Baseball franchise.

It took Manny Machado to push the organization away from the children's table and into the drawing room for brandy and cigars.

The fuse had gone out. He re-lit it. It may not reach the explosive for a while, but it's burning.

Welcome to the big leagues. There have been a few moments of success, but they were dust in the wind. This finally is their inning, their turn at-bat.

850 by Nick Canepa in San Diego. MOVED

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^Mac Engel: Subset of ballplayers, athletes highlights double standard in immigration<

BBO-ENGEL-COLUMN:FT — He came to this country illegally, and no one took exception because he could hit and catch a baseball.

Now Leonys Martin is basically unemployed, and chances are you are good with both how he, and his entire family, came to the U.S. Because he is good at baseball.

The former Cuban star and Texas Rangers' big league career is nearly over. Two weeks ago, the Cleveland Indians designated the outfielder for assignment, but he opted for free agency.

It doesn't matter. He made it.

800 by Mac Engel in Arlington, Texas. MOVED

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Friday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. EDT

Washington at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

LA Dodgers at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

NY Mets at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Houston at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Arizona at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Detroit at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

Seattle at LA Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

Atlanta at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

^NBA<

^Before knowing if he would return to the Sixers, Mike Scott gave back to Philly in his own way<

BKN-76ERS-SCOTT:PH — It was 25 years ago when Kenyatta Bey started the Point Breeze Youth Development Basketball League, a program that plays its summer games on a court at the corner of 19th and Washington.

It was just a few months ago that Mike Scott was acquired by the 76ers in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Despite Scott's short time in Philadelphia, and without knowing Bey or the history of the PBYDBL, the two became linked in June when Scott donated $15,000 to help keep Bey's program afloat.

1050 by Sarah Todd in Philadelphia. MOVED

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^COLLEGE BASKETBALL<

^How will UConn's move to the Big East affect its athletic department finances?<

BKC-BKW-UCONN-FINANCES:HC — When UConn officially exits the American Athletic Conference to join the Big East, likely in July of next year, the move will have a dramatic effect on all aspects of the Huskies' athletic department.

The men's basketball team will renew old rivalries. The women's basketball team will face somewhat more challenging competition. The football team could be left without a league to play in, at least temporarily. And then there are the finances of an athletic department that spent $41 million more in 2018 than it generated in revenue.

1450 by Alex Putterman in Hartford, Conn. MOVED

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^WNBA<

^Storm coach Dan Hughes has newfound appreciation for his health — and hoops — after cancer treatment<

BKL-STORM-HUGHES:SE — Just a few weeks before the start of the season, Storm players received a call from coach Dan Hughes.

It wasn't a preseason pep talk or belated congratulatory remarks for winning the WNBA championship six months ago.

Instead, he told each player he had been diagnosed with cancer.

While undergoing an emergency appendicitis surgery in early April, doctors found a cancerous carcinoid tumor in Hughes' colon. The diagnosis came as a shock to the 64-year-old.

850 by Maggie Vanoni in Seattle. MOVED

^AUTO RACING<

^Brendan Marks: How NASCAR's rain-shortened fiasco at Daytona guaranteed no late playoff drama<

^CAR-MARKS-COLUMN:CH—<Daytona.

One of NASCAR's great equalizers or at least, that's how it's supposed to be.

Twice a year, for the Daytona 500 and Fourth of July weekend, NASCAR's center of operations convene in Florida for two of the zanier races of the season. Daytona races always seem to guarantee a handful of things: a massive, race-altering wreck; some sort of last-lap drama; and — not always, but often — a surprise winner.

So technically, last weekend's Coke Zero Sugar 400 hit those marks.

600 by Brendan Marks. MOVED

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