If Zingano’s done, good for her
There’s a good chance Cat Zingano’s UFC career is on the line tonight in Boise, Idaho.
The Winona native and UFC women’s bantamweight is taking on Marion Reneau (9-3-1) at UFC Fight Night 133, which airs at 7 p.m. Saturday on FS1. She brings a 9-3 record into the cage, with all three losses coming in her three most recent fights — a championship loss via submission to Ronda Rousey, and decision losses to Julianna Pena and Ketlen Vieira.
If she falls again tonight, the writing is on the wall for Zingano to be released by the UFC.
Zingano’s life since the Rousey fight is a testament to her resolve as a person. She handled her husband taking his life and being a single mother and professional athlete as well as one can. She’s an advocate for mental health and for people getting help when they need it.
Perhaps she doesn’t need fighting anymore — she published a book earlier this year, and she can probably make a living from writing or public speaking.
If she wins and can again climb the ladder in the UFC, more power to her. But if Saturday is the last time she fights, her story can still be inspiring even without the happiest ending.
— Colten Bartholomew
Loggers’ McGuire, Freed earn All-Star nod
Two members of the La Crosse Loggers, outfielder Harrison Freed and designated hitter/infielder/catcher Shane McGuire, have been named to the Northwoods League North Division All-Star team.
The NWL All-Star Game is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The North All-Stars will be coached by Bismarck manager Sean Repay and his staff, while the South All-Stars are coached by Madison manager Donnie Scott and his staff.
Freed, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound sophomore from Butler, recently had a 22-game hitting streak snapped. He entered Friday night’s game hitting .306 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI. His home run total is tied for the second-most in the NWL.
McGuire, a 6-1, 200-pound freshman from the University of San Diego entered Friday night’s action at Eau Claire with a .342 batting average, four home runs and a NWL-best 43 RBI.
AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL
Big innings propel Viroqua
The Viroqua American Legion Baseball Team defeated International Falls, Minn. 11-2 on the road, partially thanks to a three-run fourth inning and four-run sixth.
The win featured a six inning performance from Andrew Wedwick, who scattered three hits while striking out three and walking one.
Dalton Burkhardt led Viroqua’s offense going 2-for-3 with a double as Hunter Vikmyer finished 2-for-4 to contribute to the team’s total of 10 hits.
Sauter 15th at Kentucky, still leads Camping World Truck points
SPARTA, Ky. — Johnny Sauter entered the Buckle Up Your Truck 225 Thursday night with the season points lead in the Camping World Truck Series.
The Necedah, Wis., native left Kentucky with the lead, but it was significantly less after he finished 15th in the race held at the Kentucky Speedway. Sauter, who started in the seventh spot, finished 15th in a race won by 21-year-old Ben Rhodes. Rhodes, a Kentucky native, started third, and made his way to the front as he led the final 24 laps.
Sauter, who was assessed a speeding penalty on pit road late in the race, finished two laps down.
After 12 Truck Series races, Sauter — who has four wins — has 535 points, which is 42 ahead of second-place Noah Gragson.
Murray announces his retirement from NFL
DeMarco Murray is retiring from the NFL. The 2014 Offensive Player of the Year made the announcement on ESPN on Friday, four months after being released by the Tennessee Titans.
Murray, 30, lost his job to Derrick Henry last season and was due to make $6.25 million in 2018 when the Titans let him go. He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season, dealt with a knee injury late in the year, and missed the Titans’ final regular-season game and two playoff contests.
“I think you just wake up,” Murray said. “I’ve always heard the saying when you know, you know, and one day that day will come, and for me it was the last year or two. ... I’ve been constantly thinking about this. Working out still, in great shape, feel great and it’s time. I just woke up a couple weeks ago and it started to burn and burn and trigger and it got deeper, so this morning I decided to call it a career.”
The Titans acquired Murray in a March 2016 trade with the Eagles. Murray had spent one year with Philadelphia after playing four seasons with the Cowboys. Murray was playing for Dallas in 2014 when he won the NFL rushing title and Offensive Player of the Year honors.