Sports briefs 7/22/06

Saturday, July 22, 2006


* Cubs right-hander Mark Prior allowed four runs in 3 1-3 innings Friday night against the Washington Nationals after being activated off the 15-day disabled list.

Prior struggled with his control, hitting two batters with pitches, walking three and throwing two wild pitches. He yielded four hits and left the game with the Nationals leading 4-3.

Prior entered Friday 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in four starts this season. His ERA rose to 8.14.

* The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Reggie Sanders on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right thigh strain. His roster spot went to right-hander Runelvys Hernandez, who started Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Sanders is hitting .244. He's tied for the team lead with nine home runs and has 43 RBIs, which is second on the team.

High school

* A high school football coach was electrocuted and a teenager severally burned Friday while trying to move a goal post near power lines at the Girard High School practice football field, authorities said.

Craig Crespino, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. A 16-year-old male was transported by Med-Flight to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.

His name and condition were not immediately known.

The two were moving a steel pipe goal post when it grazed a 7,200-volt power line just before noon, the Crawford County Sheriff's Department said.

-- The Associated Press

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