Parker steps down as AD of Rocky Mountain College

BILLINGS — Rocky Mountain College athletic director Bruce Parker is stepping down from that position after three-and-a-half years at the helm of Battlin' Bears athletics. After nearly 40 years in collegiate athletics, Parker will transition to a consultant role with Rocky for the next two years.

"It's been an honor to serve as Rocky Mountain College's athletic director for the past three-and-a-half years," Parker said. "It was an opportunity to return to my hometown and serve a great institution. I'm proud of the accomplishments we have achieved at Rocky."

Parker was instrumental in the renovation of Herb Klindt Field in 2016 and helped secure the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Women's Basketball Tournament in Billings from 2017 to 2019.

Anaconda girls to host play-in game against St. Ignatius 

The Anaconda high school girls basketball team will host the St. Ignatius Bulldogs in a district playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. at Memorial Gym.

The winner of that game will advance to the Western B Divisional Basketball Tournament Feb. 22 through 24 in Ronan.

Western's Cierra Lamey named Frontier Player of the Week

Montana Western junior forward Cierra Lamey was tabbed as the Frontier Conference's Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

The 5-foot-10 junior Wise River native helped the 24th-ranked Bulldogs take down MSU-Northern and No. 19 University of Providence this past weekend, averaging 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and one steal per game.

On the men's side, Carroll College's Ryan Imhoff was named the Frontier Conference's Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

The Bulldogs women and men will host Montana Tech on Wednesday.

Also nominated: Kaylee Zard, Montana Tech; Chris O'Neill, Montana Tech; Jeremy Franklin, Lewis-Clark State College; Ryan Reeves, MSU-Northern; Dom Robinson, Montana Western; Craig Wilmore, Rocky Mountain College; Jossilyn Blackman, Lewis-Clark State College; Brittney Johnson, Carroll College; Mikayla Jones, Rocky Mountain College.

150th British Open to be staged at St Andrews in 2021

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The British Open is returning to the home of golf in 2021.

The Old Course will host the 150th anniversary of the world's oldest major to mark "a true celebration of golf's original championship and its historic ties to St. Andrews," the R&A said Monday.

It will be the 30th time the Open Championship is played on the Old Course, and the first since 2015 when Zach Johnson lifted the claret jug after a three-way playoff.

It ends the cycle of St. Andrews staging the Open every five years since 1990. It first hosted the event in 1873, when an 18-hole course was used in the championship for the first time. Tom Kidd won that year.

Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE-suh) has been arrested in California on suspicion of trafficking drugs.

Loaiza was booked Friday on charges involving the possession, transport and sale of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

It was not immediately known if Loaiza has hired a lawyer. He could not be reached for comment.

San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Jason Vickery says the packages are still being tested.

The 46-year-old played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, starting with the Pittsburgh Pirates and concluding with his second stint with the Chicago White Sox.

Loaiza, who was born in Tijuana, Mexico, was briefly married to the late singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in 2012.

Venezuela: Kidnapped mother of Pirates player rescued

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities said police have rescued the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, three days after she was kidnapped.

Zulia state Gov. Omar Prieto announced Sunday evening on his Twitter account that 72-year-old Ana Isabel Soto was rescued earlier in the day by judicial police, state police and other security officers.

Prieto said in a second tweet he ordered state police to investigate a police anti-drug team for alleged involvement in the kidnapping. He gave no other details.

"The Pittsburgh Pirates are relieved and overjoyed," team president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Monday. "We are incredibly grateful for the swift and effective work of the local law enforcement officials in Venezuela."

Pittsburgh confirmed on Thursday that Diaz's mother was missing and said the team was working with Venezuelan officials to secure her safe return.

Diaz played 64 games for Pittsburgh last year, hitting .223 with 19 RBIs and 18 runs.

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