Calvary volleyball sweeps Fort Hill

CRESAPTOWN — Calvary Christian Academy stayed unbeaten with a sweep of Fort Hill, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-14, Friday in high school volleyball action.

Maci Ricker led the Eagles with 26 assists,10 kills and 10 digs, Madi Dayton had 20 kills and 10 service points, while Nicola Ganoe had eight kills, three assists, 12 service points and four blocks.

Emma Speis had 20 service points with four kills and two blocks, and Kaitlin Wilson had 12 service points, 16 digs, four kills and two aces.

For Fort Hill, Ryley Palumbo had eight assists, Chloe DelSignore six points and four digs, Kambria Rice 15 assists, six points and three digs and Brooklyne Noel 10 kills and one block. Alivia Appel had eight points, three kills and one block.

Calvary (6-0) will play Monday at Northern while Fort Hill (0-1) plays at Mountain Ridge the same evening.

The Calvary jayvees also beat fort Hill 25-10 and 25-19 to improve to 6-0 as well.

Twins’ Pineda suspended 60 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 60 games after testing positive for a banned diuretic.

Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Pineda was suspended immediately for violating its drug policy.

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Pineda says in a statement that he took an over-the-counter medication given to him by an acquaintance to help him manage his weight. The pills contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can mask other substances.

Pineda apologized to the Twins, his teammates, his family and fans for his “error in judgment” and said he “never intended to cheat the system, other players or opposing teams.”

Americans top Greece at World Cup

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 15 points, Donovan Mitchell scored 10 on his 23rd birthday and the U.S. contained NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, defeating Greece 69-53 in a second-round game at the World Cup on Saturday.

Harrison Barnes and Derrick White each scored nine for the U.S. (4-0), which can clinch a quarterfinal berth Monday in multiple ways. It needs either a win over Brazil or a Greece win over the Czech Republic or through a three-way tiebreaker, if necessary.

Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning NBA MVP, scored 15 points for Greece (2-2).

The U.S. national team has won 57 consecutive games in international tournaments with NBA players, starting with the 2006 world championships bronze-medal game and continuing through every FIBA Americas, world championships, World Cup and Olympic event since.

The streak started after a 101-95 loss to Greece in 2006 — a defeat that forced the U.S. to change its program.

Julio Jones agrees to contract extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — One day before the season opener, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones finally got his long-awaited contract extension Saturday, agreeing to a three-year, $66 million deal.

The extension is nearly fully guaranteed when he signs. It locks in Jones through the 2023 season and removes a potentially major headache for the Falcons before Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

The deal was announced as the team was departing for Minneapolis.

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