European sports briefs: MLB Roadshow 2008 to visit cities near American bases
Major League Baseball’s Roadshow 2008, a traveling interactive theme park, is scheduled to visit German cities near American military communities next week.
On Wednesday, the Roadshow, which features the interactive "Power Pitcher," "Home Run Hitter" and "Mini Field" games, sets up in Stuttgart at the intersection of Kronprinzstrasse and Büchsenstrasse. On July 25, the show will be at the Mannheim’s Marktplatz G1; on July 26 and 28 it will be at Frankfurt’s Rossmarkt; and on July 29 it will be at the Bahnhofsvorplatz in Mainz.
In addition to the games, the Roadshow offers music, baseball guests and prizes. Grand prize for the tour, which ends Aug. 4 in Düsseldorf, is a trip to a major-league game in New York City.
The Roadshow’s Web site, in German, is www.mlb-playball.de.
Germany Little League series changedThe schedule for the best-of-three series between German-American champ Kaiserslautern Military Community and German champion Baden-Württemburg to see which team will advance to Little League Baseball’s European Regional championship has been changed, German-American commissioner John Kuykendall wrote in an e-mail Wednesday.
Games 1 and 2 will be at Ramstein at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, Kuykendall said. Game 3, if necessary, will be at an available German field on July 25; if none is available, Kuykendall said, Ramstein will host Game 3.
The winner of the playoffs will advance to the regional tournament July 31 through Aug. 9 at Kutno, Poland.
Mountain bikes reach AnsbachThe U.S. Forces Europe Mountain Bike Championship Series reaches its halfway point with a stop July 26 at the Soldier’s Lake recreation area, just off B14 between Ansbach and Katterbach.
Entry fee for the sixth of 12 events on the 2008 circuit is $25. Organizers prefer pre-race registration; call Steven Bocek at DSN 467-2925 or (+49) (0)98022-83-2925 to obtain an entry form. Race-day registration is from 8-9 a.m. at Soldier’s Lake.