Sahuaro High pitcher and outfielder Alex Verdugo, a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American last season, verbally committed to ASU on Saturday.

Verdugo, who will also be playing in the Under Amour All-American game on Aug. 24 at Wrigley Field, announced his commitment to the Sun Devils on Twitter.

As a junior, the 6-foot-1-inch left-hander went 10-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a state-high 131 strikeouts as the Cougars made it to the Division II state quarterfinals.

Verdugo also was huge at the plate, batting .484 with seven homers, 41 RBIs, nine doubles and seven triples.


Tucson's Leverenz wins US title in 200 IM

Sahuaro grad Caitlin Leverenz won the 200-meter individual medley Saturday at the U.S. national swimming championships in Indianapolis.

Leverenz, a bronze medalist in the event in London, won in 2 minutes, 10.13 seconds and qualifies for the World Championships, July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona.

UA or Tucson Ford Aquatics swimmers going to Worlds are Kevin Cordes, Matt Grevers, Kevin Steel and Christine Magnuson. Magnuson and UA's Margo Geer were third and fourth Saturday in the 50 freestyle. Grevers was seventh in the men's 50 free. The Tucson Ford men were second overall and the women were fifth.


Colts' Lefeged arrested on weapon charge

WASHINGTON - Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found a semiautomatic pistol in the car he was riding in, police said.

Lefeged was being held without bond at a D.C. jail on a weapon charge. Police stopped a Camaro for speeding, and he was caught trying to run, police said. Officers smelled marijuana and found alcohol in the car and a handgun registered to Lefeged under his passenger seat.

• A Connecticut man implicated in NFL star Aaron Hernandez's murder case, was ordered held without bond Saturday in a Broward County (Fla.) jail. Ernest Wallace, 41, was charged with accessory after the fact to a murder that the ex-Patriots player is charged with.


Kittel wins Tour de France opener after crash

PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica - German rider Marcel Kittel won the first stage of the 100th Tour de France in a sprint finish with Alexander Kristoff on Saturday.

But a team bus stuck at the finish line threatened the conclusion of the 132-mile stage, and then a huge crash, involving overall race contenders like Alberto Contador, spoiled a much-anticipated sprint finish. Contador suffered cuts and bruises to his shoulder. British sprinter Mark Cavendish didn't crash but was stuck behind those who fell and was not among the challengers at the end.

• In soccer, world champion Spain will face host Brazil today in the final of the Confederations Cup - the first meeting between the nations since 1999 and their first competitive match since Brazil's 1-0 win on Socrates' goal in the first round of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

• In Sparta, Ky., rain Saturday night forced NASCAR to postpone the 400-mile Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway until today at 9 a.m. Tucson time. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start on the pole next to Carl Edwards.

• In college football, Oklahoma defensive line starter Chuka Ndulue was charged in Norman with driving under the influence. ... Vanderbilt dismissed four players and kicked them off campus as Nashville police investigate whether a sex crime occurred in a campus dormitory.

• In the NBA, Miami's Udonis Haslem played the second half of the season with a torn right meniscus and will have surgery. ... Andrei Kirilenko is opting out of the final year of a deal that would have paid him $10 million next season with Minnesota, making him a free agent.

Daniel Gaona