Big Red rolls back to Athens

CELEBRATRION — The Big Red baseball team celebrates after winning the Division II East 1 District title on Wednesday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Weir soccer boosters to meet

WEIRTON — The Weir High soccer boosters will meet at 6 p.m. May 30 inside the team meeting room.

Rockies cruise past Pirates 9-3

PITTSBURGH — Another feat of strength from Josh Bell didn’t do the Pittsburgh Pirates much good Wednesday night.

For the second time in two weeks, the switch-hitting slugger homered into the Allegheny River on the fly.

Before then, only three balls had splashed into the river without bouncing since PNC Park opened in 2001.

The 454-foot drive with an exit velocity of 116 mph sent a buzz through the crowd, but netted just one run in the second inning of a 9-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. It was reminiscent of May 8, when Bell hit a ball 472 feet into the water during a 9-6 loss to Texas.

Bell hit his 15th homer in 46 games after finishing with 12 last season, but Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters outdid him with three-run shots in the first three innings for Colorado.

Cleveland gets 2021 NFL draft

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The NFL’s draft road show is headed to Cleveland and Kansas City.

To celebrate the Browns’ 75th anniversary, the 2021 draft will be held in Cleveland. Two years later, the home of the Chiefs gets its chance.

In recent years, the league has taken the draft out of New York and to Chicago; Philadelphia; Arlington, Texas; and Nashville.

Next year it will be in Las Vegas a few months before the Oakland Raiders move there.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for Northeast Ohio that even extends beyond football, and we look forward to continuing the work ahead … to ensure that the 2021 NFL draft is truly memorable for Northeast Ohio and football fans across the world,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.

Kansas City’s draft will take place in the area around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

“Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom are thrilled to have been selected by the NFL to host this prestigious event,” said Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission.

From staff and wire reports