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World Cup: Brazil vs Colombia; Germany vs France
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Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:00 PM

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RIO DE JANEIRO — One thing for certain today is that a South American team and a European team will secure their spots in the World Cup semifinals.

A pair of 22-year-old forwards who have been among the stand-out players of the tournament go head-to-head when Neymar's Brazil takes on a James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia team that has won all four of its games so far. The host nation is relying on Neymar to deliver again and keep Brazil on course for a sixth World Cup title.

Germany and France have had some memorable meetings in World Cup matches and both are former champions. The current French team is vastly less experienced than Germany, which has reached at least the semifinals of each major competition since the 2008 European Championships. France is rebuilding and has not reached any semifinal since its run to the 2006 World Cup final but is showing glimpses of great promise in Brazil.

Defending champ Blixt leads Greenbrier Classic
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Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Thursday, July 03, 2014 6:56 PM )

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Jonas Blixt's memory of raising the trophy last year carried over to a strong start at the Greenbrier Classic.

The defending champion shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to take a 1-stroke lead over former Stanford star Patrick Rodgers and seven others at Old White TPC.

Blixt tied for second in the Masters but missed the cut in three of his last four starts. Returning to The Greenbrier resort brought him back to a comfort zone.


Bouchard gives Canada a Slam finalist at Wimbledon
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Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:00 PM


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LONDON — Eugenie Bouchard could have lost her focus after the fourth game of her Wimbledon semifinal Thursday, when play was delayed for five minutes during Simona Halep's medical timeout for a left ankle injury.

Bouchard also could have gotten sidetracked when action was halted again, smack-dab in the middle of a tie-breaker, because an ill spectator was being attended to in the Centre Court stands.

And everything really could have unraveled for Bouchard later, as she let match point after match point slip away. Able to steel herself time and again, the singular-of-purpose Bouchard became Canada's first Grand Slam finalist by beating French Open runner-up Halep 7-6 (5), 6-2 at the All England Club.

College presidents say no to unions for athletes
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Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:00 PM


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WASHINGTON — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university's integration of athletics and education.

In a 60-page brief filed with the labor board in Washington just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, the university laid out its opposition to student athletes forming a union and asked to argue its case before the board.

The regional director's decision "transforms what has always been a cooperative educational relationship between university and student into an adversarial employer-employee relationship," the university wrote in the brief.

Riders top Cougars for ACME sectional title
Written by Jim Cox   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:11 PM
Van Wert’s Brandt Henry follows through on his drive to left-center field Wednesday night during the Cougars District 5 ACME tournament battle versus St. Marys Memorial at Crestview’s Sports Complex. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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CONVOY - With a district berth assured, Van Wert ACME coach Karlin Dunlap had two goals for Wednesday evening’s sectional final against St. Marys: (1) Get some at-bats for some players who haven’t had them recently. (2) Win the game.

He nearly got both. However, the Roughriders escaped with an 8-6 win.

In Saturday’s Elida district at 10 a.m., Van Wert (13-6) will play the loser of Wednesday’s Bath/LCC game.

At about 12:30 p.m., St. Marys (10-1) will play the winner of that game.

Van Wert had four regular starters — Justice Tussing, Joe Lisa, Gavin Gardner and Josh Braun — on the bench at the beginning and regular catcher Ryan McCracken was on vacation.

Tussing (as a pinch-runner), Lisa (substitute catcher), Gardner (pinch-hitter) and Braun (relief pitcher) eventually got into the game, although only Braun saw extended action.

“We have some good bats on our bench,” said Dunlap. “We have a lot of kids that haven’t gotten an at-bat in about a week, so I wanted to get them some at-bats. That way if we have to rely on them at districts, we’ll be able to do that.”