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August 2017

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Page 58 of 63 AUGUST 2017 59 IRISH IN THE PROS TICKETS ND Football Tickets Drawing to Benefit Parish Saint Adalbert Parish will hold a drawing on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, for two 2017 season tickets and two tickets for each home game. Chances are $1 each, 6 for $5, 15 for $10 or 35 for $20. Mail payment with SASE to*: St. Adalbert Parish, Attn: Linda, 2505 Grace St, South Bend, IN 46619 *Include your phone number Parish Benefit Drawing for ND Football Tickets Saint Casimir's Parish will hold a drawing on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, for two 2017 season tickets and two tickets for each home game. Chances are $1 each, 6 for $5, 15 for $10. SPECIAL: 35 for $20 *Mail payment with SASE to: St. Casimir's Parish, c/o Tom Zielinski 159 Parkwood Ln., South Bend, IN 46619 *Include your phone number the past two years, and has career av- erages of 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. But he isn't ready to give up his NBA dream just yet, even if he does have other career paths avail- able to him. The 6-5 shooting guard also ex- celled as a right-handed pitcher at Notre Dame and was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. In his lone pro season at the short-season Class A level, Connaughton impressed in six outings. He was 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and struck out 10 batters in 14 2 ⁄3 innings, showing the kind of stuff that could get him to Baltimore in short order. "He's a terrific athlete, has a world of talent. A good competitor," Ori- oles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who has stayed in touch with Connaughton via text messages, told "So whenever he wants to apply his skills full-time, I think he can come quick — to the major leagues — because he's such a gifted athlete." For now, though, Connaughton is focused on making an impact on the hardwood. With his opportunities limited during the regular season, he chose to play for the Blazers' entry in the NBA Summer League at Las Vegas. "You've got to look at it both ways," Connaughton told Oregon- "I've always had a drive to be successful. I've always wanted and always dreamed of having an impact in the NBA. "Everyone always assumed that, for me, baseball was going to be the route that I went and I was going to be very successful in it. And I think maybe someday that will be the case. But I'm to the point in my life now where I want to give this a real, real shot before I sit down and look at my options and take anything else into consideration." Connaughton served as Portland's starting shooting guard before suf- fering a strained left hamstring in the team's third summer league game July 11. He tallied seven points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 11 minutes prior to exiting the con- test. In the three contests he played in, he averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 24.3 minutes per outing. NBA SUMMER LEAGUE UPDATES Through July 16 • Zach Auguste (Played at Notre Dame from 2012-16), F, Miami Heat: Played in three games over the first six days of July in Orlando, Fla., and averaged 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest … In five games at Las Vegas later in the month, he posted 10.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.2 minutes per outing. • V.J. Beachem (2013-17), F, Minnesota Timber- wolves: Saw action in four contests at Las Vegas … Notched averages of 9.5 minutes, 1.3 points and 1.0 rebound per contest. • Pat Connaughton (2011-15), G, Portland Trail Blazers: Started three games in Las Vegas before suffering a hamstring injury … Averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 24.3 min- utes per game. • Jack Cooley (2009-13), F, Sacramento Kings: Played in five games in Las Vegas … Posted averages of 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per outing. • Demetrius Jackson (2013-16), G, Boston Celt- ics: Saw action in one of three contests in Utah, and tallied six points, three assists and two steals … In four games at Las Vegas, he recorded averages of 9.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 25.5 minutes per outing … An official announce- ment had yet to be made, but it was reported July 15 that the Celtics planned to waive him following summer league action. MLB PLAYER UPDATES Through July 16 • John Axford (Played at Notre Dame from 2002- 05), RHP, Oakland A's: Has made 20 relief appear- ances since returning from the disabled list in late May … Posted a 0-1 record with one hold and a 6.30 ERA … Recorded 20 strikeouts in 20 innings, but also issued 15 walks. • Trey Mancini (2011-13), 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Injuries provided an opportunity for a full-time role in June and he took full advantage, hitting .340 with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 100 at-bats … For the season, has played in 77 of the Orioles' 91 contests and was ranked 13th in the American League with a .304 batting average … Compiled 33 runs scored, 14 home runs and 45 RBI, becoming a fixture in the middle of Baltimore's lineup and a top contender for the AL Rookie of the Year award. • David Phelps (2006-08), RHP, Miami Marlins: Made 43 relief appearances in the Marlins' first 90 contests … Had a 2-4 record with 18 holds and a 3.52 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched. • A.J. Pollock (2007-10), OF, Arizona Diamond- backs: Batted just .185 with a home run and one RBI in his first nine games back from a seven-week stint on the disabled list … For the season, he has seen action in 46 games and was hitting .282 with 28 runs scored, three homers, 12 RBI and 14 stolen bases. • Jeff Samardzija (2003-06), RHP, San Francisco Giants: Posted a 4-11 record with a 4.86 ERA in his first 19 starts of the season … Whiffed 135 batters in 124 innings of work. ✦ Call 877-630-8768 to advertise in Blue & Gold Illustrated! 2017 FOOTBALL PREVIEW ISSUE RUN TO GLORY $11.95 ✦ WWW.BLUEANDGOLD.COM Workhorse running back Josh Adams and Notre Dame aim for a resurgence this fall Brian Kelly Discusses Program Changes Page 28 Quarterback Brandon Wimbush Page 48 The 2017 Notre Dame Football Preview Save $5.00!! Get FREE SHIPPING when added to a new or renewal subsccription order! Order at or call 800-421-7751 *Plus tax if shipping to IN (7%). 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