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The Latest: Utah team sorry for ‘Hourglass Appreciation’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah baseball team under fire for planning an “Hourglass Appreciation Night” (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

The owner of a minor league baseball team in Utah is apologizing for a now-canceled “Hourglass Appreciation Night” that came under fire for its references to women’s bodies.

Ogden Raptors owner Dave Baggott says in a statement Tuesday that the team does not support or condone the objectification of women.

He says the release decorated with drawings of women in bikinis and promising a “different stunner each half-inning” wasn’t authorized by team ownership or management, and the team has taken steps to make sure it wouldn’t happen again.

Baggott said the team would not be taking phone calls or giving interviews about the event.

The Raptors are an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers based in Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City.

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11:30 a.m.

A minor league baseball team in Utah has canceled a planned “Hourglass Appreciation Night” promotion.

Ogden Raptors managers says in a statement handed out to reporters Tuesday that the news release referencing women’s bodies was sent without management approval and the event would not take place.

A man giving out copies of the statement at the team’s field about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City did not give his name and declined to answer further questions.

The announcement promoting an Aug. 11 game promised “gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect!” It said models would appear and pose for pictures with fans.

The Raptors are an Ogden, Utah-based minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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9:35 a.m.

A minor league baseball team in Utah is under fire for a planned “Hourglass Appreciation Night” promotion.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2rQiIzA) that a news release for the event referencing women’s bodies disappeared from the Ogden Raptors website Monday.

The announcement said a different woman would appear each half-inning and pose for pictures with fans during the Aug. 11 game. The release promised “gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect!”

The Raptors are a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers based in Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt lake City.

The team didn’t immediately return phone and email messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Another Utah minor-league baseball team, the Orem Owlz, apologized and canceled a promotion called “Caucasian Heritage Night” in 2015.

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