3 LU lacrosse players compete in championship

Lander men’s lacrosse players Quinn Ingalls, Liam Mackay, and Christian Lamb competed in the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada from Aug. 6-11. All three players are a part of Lander’s inaugural men’s lacrosse recruiting class.

Ingalls helped lead Team Canada to its second straight gold medal with a 13-10 win over the Iroquois Nationals in the championship game.

Mackay played goalie for Team Israel and helped lead his team to the bronze medal game where they would narrowly fall to the United States 13-12.

Lamb played for Team Poland in the tournament.

Panthers’ Cox cited for speeding, pot

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. North Carolina Highway Patrol cited Carolina Panthers defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. for speeding, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on the final day of the team’s training camp.

Sgt. Christopher Knox of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety says troopers pulled over the 25-year-old Cox on Interstate 85 northbound near Bessemer City for driving 90 mph in a 65 mph zone in a 2015 Nissan. Cox was cited for possessing less than a half-ounce of marijuana. He has an Oct. 14 court date.

LeBron dedicates court in hometown

AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James has dedicated a basketball court at the school he founded for underprivileged children in his hometown.

Joined by his close friends and former teammates from nearby St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, James helped unveil a multicolored outdoor court at the I Promise School, which has just started its second academic year and now serves more than 300 students from grades 3-5.

The NBA superstar is spending more than $1 million on various upgrades for the school. James and his high school buddies played a few of the kids in a quick game, and the four-time MVP dunked to break in one of the hoops.

Vanderbilt football to begin alcohol sales

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt plans to conduct alcohol sales for home football games this season.

Athletic director Malcolm Turner announced the new policy Wednesday.

Vanderbilt will sell beer in public areas of the stadium. Wine will be available to fans in premium seating.

Turner says alcohol sales “will provide additional resources to invest in our mission of helping student-athletes succeed on and off the field, such as through facility enhancements and in other areas.” A portion of revenue will support alcohol education programs on campus.

Ragan turning to part-time racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Veteran NASCAR driver David Ragan plans to scale back his racing schedule starting next season.

Ragan said Wednesday in a statement from Front Row Motorsports that he will race on a part-time basis in 2020 in NASCAR and other series. The 33-year-old Ragan cited his desire to spend more time with his wife and two daughters in walking away from the 38-race, full-time job as a NASCAR driver.

Ragan made his Cup debut in 2007. He has 457 career Cup starts, with two victories. The Georgia-born Ragan was NASCAR’s rookie of the year in 2007.

OSU wants to trademark ‘The’

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “The” when used as part of the school’s name on university merchandise.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The application requests a standard character trademark for the title “The Ohio State University” that would cover various items including T-shirts, baseball caps and hats.

University spokesman Chris Davey confirms the application. A statement from Davey says the school “works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks.”

Pirates RHP Taillon out through 2020

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon will miss the 2020 season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right elbow for a second time.

The team said the right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in New York. The club initially hoped Taillon, who hasn’t pitched since May 1, would only need surgery on his right flexor tendon. During the operation, Dr. David Altchek determined Taillon also needed surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow.

Mets place All-Star McNeil on IL

ATLANTA — The New York Mets placed All-Star Jeff McNeil on the 10-day injured list and have recalled infielder Rubén Tejada from Triple-A Syracuse.

The Mets say McNeil suffered a low grade left hamstring strain when trying to beat out an infield grounder.