Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Air Force Academy to Investigate Athletics

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Air Force Academy to Investigate Athletics

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Air Force Academy to investigate athletics

The Air Force Academy said Sunday that it has launched an investigation of its athletics department and is demanding more accountability from coaches after the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette reported allegations of lax oversight and misconduct by athletes.

Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the academy's superintendent, released a statement acknowledging "troubling" behavior by some athletes and other cadets. She cited a 2011 party that eventually led to the court-martial and expulsions of several cadets, some for sexual misconduct.

Johnson told The Gazette that the academy inspector general's office will look into the athletic department to determine whether sports programs promote the school's ideals.

Johnson recently summoned coaches to a meeting and told them continued misconduct by athletes would put the school in a predicament like Penn State, where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sexual abuse, said Hans Mueh, the academy athletics director. (AP)

Ambidextrous pitcher wows Cape Cod League * Ryan Perez might look back someday and say having Tommy John surgery on his right arm was the best thing that could have happened to his left.

That's right, his left.

Perez, 20, from tiny Judson University in Elgin, Ill., is one of baseball's rare ambidextrous pitchers. He's been all the rage in the prestigious Cape Cod League since he touched the low 90s on the radar gun with both arms in last week's All-Star game.

He came on in the third inning and struck out the first batter lefthanded, the second righthanded and the third lefthanded.

"Didn't see that coming," Perez said.

Neither did the announcers on the regional telecast, fans in the stands and even some of his teammates who were doing double-takes in the field as he flipped his custom-made, six-fingered glove from one hand to the other. The 18-pitch performance earned him the West team's MVP and left all to ask themselves, "Did he really just do that?"

As entertaining as Perez was that one inning, he's worked almost exclusively as a lefthander this summer and blossomed into a potential high-round 2015 draft pick. …

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