Briefs: Hampshire Regional baseball clinic; Smith Vocational 5K

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Hampshire Regional baseball clinic

The Hampshire Regional baseball team and coaches will hold a skills and drills clinic next month.

The clinic is for children in grades 1-6 in the Hampshire Regional school district. It is held April 16-18, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hampshire Regional in Westhampton.

Cost is $80 per participant and includes a T-shirt.

Registration is due by March 30.

For more information, contact Melissa Kelly at Kellyboys@charter.net.

Smith Vocational 5K Run/Walk

Smith Vocational will hold its inaugural 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser at Northampton Community Gardens, March 31.

Starting times are 8:45 a.m. for walkers and 9:30 a.m. for runners.

Registration fee is $20 per person in advance, $25 on race day. First 50 to register receive a free T-shirt. Shirts are also available to purchase for $12 while supplies last.

On-site registration/check-in starts at 8 a.m. for walkers, 8:30 a.m. for runners.

Proceeds to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Race organizers trying not to make another marathon mistake

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Organizers of the second Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon say they’re taking steps to make sure not to repeat last year’s mistake — a memory lapse that left the course three-tenths of a mile (half a kilometer) short of a marathon.

Race director and founder Jonathan “Juba” Dziuba says a 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) route was correctly measured and certified. But while setting up, he gave an operations team member the wrong turnaround point.

That meant the race between Pass Christian and Biloxi couldn’t qualify runners for the Boston Marathon.

In an email to the Biloxi Sun Herald, Dziuba says they now always check the certification maps for that marathon and for two in Baton Rouge.

Registration opened this week for the marathon and associated races Dec. 8-9.

Facebook to stream 25 MLB games

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, partnering with Major League Baseball to air 25 weekday afternoon games in an exclusive deal.

The games will be available to Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature announced last August, via the MLB Live show page. Facebook said Friday that recorded broadcasts also will be available globally, excluding select international markets.

The package, MLB’s first digital-only national broadcast agreement, precludes teams from televising those games on their regional sports networks.

Facebook’s selection will come from among the nine games per season teams can lose from their local telecasts to national video partners, which include Fox and ESPN.

MLB owners approved the deal in a telephone meeting this week. MLB will receive $30 million to $35 million, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the amount was not released.

Facebook, Twitter and Amazon and other tech companies are in a race to acquire sports streaming rights, which can be lucrative and potentially boost user loyalty. The deal comes at a time when leagues are worrying about cord-cutters causing a decrease in viewers among cable television networks.

Verizon signed a deal with the NBA to stream eight basketball games on Yahoo, and Amazon paid $50 million to stream NFL games to Prime members last season.

The games will be produced by the MLB Network for Facebook Watch, with interactive and social elements that differentiate them from live streaming.

Facebook’s first-month schedule includes Philadelphia-New York Mets on April 4, Milwaukee-St. Louis on April 11, Kansas City-Toronto on April 18 and Arizona-Philadelphia on April 26.

Facebook had a package of 20 non-exclusive Friday night games last year that began in mid-May and used broadcast feeds from the participating teams.