On The Fly: Sports World Offers Help To Hurricane Harvey Victims


Help for those hit by Hurricane Harvey, the Category 4 hurricane that has wreaked havoc in Houston and its surrounding areas, is pouring in from around the sports world. According to ESPN, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander pledged $10 million to a relief fund Tuesday and the NBA and its players association also stated Tuesday that the league would donate $1 million to various charities in the Greater Houston area helping victims and survivors. The Astros and Rangers also pledged $1 million and $4 million in hurricane relief, respectively. The exhibition game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans has been moved to Dallas Tuesday; the teams announced the proceeds from the game would go to United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund. Closer to home, the AAC announced Tuesday it will give $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help rescue, recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Houston area and will help its member schools in relief efforts during the fall sports season.

Last year's Faxon Law New Haven 20K champion and Olympian Leonard Korir returns to run the 40th edition of the annual Labor Day race, the 20K national championship, on Monday. He will be challenged by Sam Chelanga, the New Haven runner-up the last two years, as well as Christo Landry of Charlotte, and New Haven's Tim Ritchie, who was fifth last year. On the women's side, defending champion Aliphine Tuliamuk is back, as is runner-up Emily Sisson, and Jordan Hasay, who ran the fastest debut marathon by an American woman (2:23) at Boston in April, will also run. The race, which starts at 8:30 a.m. on the New Haven Green, also features a half-marathon and a 5K.

ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo of West Hartford has been suspended until Sept. 5 after his arrest in Wyoming last Wednesday on a criminal trespassing charge, according to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch. According to the police report, police were called to a condo to deal with a "highly intoxicated male who was refusing to leave." Officers found Russillo, according to an affidavit, "lying on the bed in the south bedroom naked except for his pants around his ankles." Russillo is the host of the "Ryen Russillo Show."

Sid Wilson hasn't even started his first fall semester at St. John's and he's already leaving. The 6-6 forward from New York City who went to national prep champion Brewster Academy in New Hampshire last year, chose St. John's over UConn in the spring. Wilson would have to sit out a year wherever he decides to transfer.

Naomi Osako, 19, ousted defending champion Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the U.S. Open Tuesday. Kerber became No. 1 after her U.S. Open win last year but hasn't won a tournament since and is currently ranked No. 6 in the world. Connecticut Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova won her first round match 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 over Jana Cepelova. Connecticut Open winner Daria Gavrilova will play Allie Kiick Wednesday in her first-round match.


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