East Coast Earthquake Shakes Up Area Sporting Events.

An earthquake measuring 5.9 hit the East Coast and was felt at sports venues throughout the region. The Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, site of the New Haven Open, was evacuated during the third game of a match between Jelena Jankovic and Elena Vesnina.

The pressbox at Progressive Field was shaking for at least a minute during the bottom of the third inning of a Mariners-Indians game and at Lincoln Financial Field, “the locker room floor shuddered and the long white light fixtures hanging from the ceiling swayed violently.”

From The Barclays PGA Tour event in New Jersey, Zach Johnson wrote, “Well. Just went through my first earthquake. Gotta believe it wasn’t a big one here in NJ. But, it freaked me out.”

At Citizens Bank Park, site of tonight’s Mets-Phillies game, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb wrote, “Citizens Bank Park was evacuated. No one allowed in. But the Mets are still inside. Really.”

The Washington Times’ Amanda Comak reported, “Nats Park was evacuated following earthquake but everyone back inside now. Principal owner Mark Lerner said scoreboard was shaking.”

Coach Pat Summit Diagnosed with Dementia

University of Tennessee Women’s Head Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, at just age 59, has been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

After months of what she described as “erratic behavior” she went to the Mayo Clinic in May and has since received the diagnosis. She plans on coaching until she no longer can.

“I feel better just knowing what I’m dealing with,” she said. “And as far as I’m concerned it’s not going to keep me from living my life, not going to keep me from coaching.  There’s not going to be any pity party and I’ll make sure of that.”

She was 22 when she first coached the Lady Vols in 1975, and since then Coach Summitt has recorded more than 1,000 victories, eight national titles and enough memories for multiple lifetimes.

Best of luck Coach – Connecticut is pulling for you.