Jalen St. John, a highly recruited offensive lineman from Trinity Catholic High in St. Louis County, has committed to play football at the University of Missouri, the Columbia Tribune reported.
St. John is 6-foot-4 and 302 pounds, according to the 247Sports composite, and he received offers from 16 FBS schools. He chose the Tigers over schools such as Mississippi State, Tennessee and Minnesota.
St. John, who helped Trinity win the Missouri Class 3 state title last fall, is the 13th Class of 2020 commitment for Missouri and the seventh from the St. Louis area.
Brewers reportedly ink Miller: The Milwaukee Brewers signed former Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller to a minor league contract, according to reports. Miller was struggling in his return from Tommy John surgery and was released by the Texas Rangers last week.
Miller, 28, was the 19th overall pick by the Cardinals in the 2009 draft. He won 15 games for the Cardinals in their 2013 pennant-winning season.
Ortiz undergoes third surgery: Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after experiencing complications resulting from a gunshot wound in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, said in a statement Thursday that he is “recovering well and in good spirits.” He had the surgery earlier this week at Massachusetts General Hospital. (AP)
Rypien claims self-defense: Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien acknowledged to a police officer recently that he struck his wife during a domestic dispute, but he said it was in self-defense. A report by Spokane, Wash., police officer Todd Brownlee said Rypien admitted hitting his wife Danielle Rypien on June 30 in Spokane. The former quarterback told police his wife got the “wind knocked out of her” after he pushed her hands away from his face. (AP)
Marisnick gets two games: Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for his violent home plate collision with Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy before the All-Star break. (AP)
Ex-Jets coach Walt Michaels dies: Walt Michaels, the former New York Jets coach who retired following the 1982 season after leading the team to the AFC title game, has died. He was 89. The Jets said Thursday that Michaels died Wednesday. (AP)
Golf tournaments: Matt Kuchar shot an 8-under 63 to share the lead with Romain Wattel, Nino Bertasio and Edoardo Molinari in a low-scoring opening round at the Scottish Open in North Berwick. Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, the highest-ranked players in the field, opened with 67s.
• Alena Sharp of Canada and Youngin Chun of South Korea shared the Marathon Classic lead at 7-under 64, a stroke ahead of Stacy Lewis and three others at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.
• Steve Stricker topped the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship leaderboard at 5 under with a hole to play when the first round was suspended for the day because of lightning and rain in Akron, Ohio. (AP)
18-year-old wins trucks race: Tyler Ankrum took the lead when Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel with less than two laps to go and cruised to his first NASCAR Truck Series victory Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway, in Sparta, Ky. (AP)