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


Associated Press


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.”

Ross 3-hits Reds, Padres get 1st sweep since ‘13
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:11 PM


Associated Press


SAN DIEGO — Padres manager Bud Black had talked to Tyson Ross once or twice that it was getting to be time that the lanky right-hander threw his first career shutout.

In his 55th career start, Ross got it, in dominating fashion.

Ross threw a 3-hitter for his first career shutout, struck out nine and walked none to help San Diego beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Wednesday for its first series sweep since September. Ross got all the support he needed when Rene Rivera hit a 3-run single off big league ERA leader Johnny Cueto in the first inning.

“It’s special,” said the 27-year-old Ross, who’s in his second season with San Diego. “It’s the first time I’ve been able to finish. A couple of games I’ve gone eight innings and kind of ran out of gas but tonight I had enough in the tank and was able to finish.”

Ross (7-8) was dominating. He retired the first 11 batters before Todd Frazier singled to left. Frazier had two of the Reds’ three hits. Only Reds batter reached second, when Brayan Pena doubled with one out in the eighth. Ross then retired the side.

“I think that he really smelled the finish line, which was good,” said Black, a lefty who had 12 shutouts in 296 career big-league starts. “He’s been close a couple of times. He was there today. We talked just briefly after the eighth inning. There was no doubt in my mind he was going to go back out there and put up a zero.”

The Reds lost the last three games on 10-game trip after winning six out of seven, including a 4-game sweep of the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants before coming to San Diego.

“A frustrating team in general in that we came in playing really well and come out of it losing three straight,” manager Bryan Price said. “We had a chance to make up some ground on Milwaukee and St. Louis and we weren’t able to take advantage of it.”

The Padres beat the Reds 1-0 Monday despite getting one hit, then had a season-high 16 hits in an 8-2 victory Tuesday night.

The Padres, who tied their season high with their fourth straight win, hadn’t swept a series since Sept. 6-8 against Colorado.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the first, Rivera hit a blooper to the gap that hit off the heel of the glove of diving centerfielder Billy Hamilton and rolled away to give San Diego a 3-0 lead.

Indians rally with 3 in 8th to beat Dodgers 5-4
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:10 PM


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LOS ANGELES — The Cleveland Indians had plenty to talk about on the flight home at the end of a 4-4 road trip.

There were back-to-back losses in one-hit shutouts and a rare 7-2-4 triple play that required two video replays to confirm. There was also the 3-run eighth inning they had against Brian Wilson on Wednesday, which Mike Aviles capped with a 2-run single en route to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“We went 4-4, but it seems like we were gone a month,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s been a long trip and this was a good way to end it. We won a tough game. That was a good one to win.”

After Scott Atchison gave up a solo homer by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth, Cody Allen got four outs for his eighth save. He retired Matt Kemp on a fly ball to the warning track with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position.

Ryan Raburn homered off Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was lifted after seven with a 3-2 lead. But Wilson (1-3) retired only one of the six batters he faced, giving up a tying single by pinch-hitter David Murphy and Aviles’ clutch hit after an intentional walk to Lonnie Chisenhall.

Wilson had allowed one run in his previous 19 appearances, spanning 16 2/3 innings.

Brian Shaw (3-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory.

Ryu allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight and hit an RBI double that triggered a three-run fifth. The left-hander did not walk a batter, his 13th straight outing with fewer than three bases on balls.

Howard’s memorable play marks US World Cup run
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:09 PM

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SAO PAULO — Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast — and fans around the world, really — for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.

Howard is a big reason — 6-3, to be exact — for the fascination. He has become a Twitter sensation in less than a day, while raising one important question before he leaves Brazil: Will the 35-year-old goalkeeper be back for the next World Cup four years from now in Russia?

“When you’re in the public eye, it’s part of what you have to deal with,” Howard replied Wednesday of the hype from his record-setting World Cup. “I’ve been dealing with it for a long time. It’s nice that America knows about soccer now. That’s what’s important.”

Howard’s 16 saves in the 2-1 loss were the most in a World Cup game since FIFA started tracking the statistic in 2002.

Someone had fun with Howard’s heroics on Wikipedia, briefly listing the star goalie as incumbent “Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.” Later, the real defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, called Howard with congratulations and a team invite to the Pentagon.

A photo from Howard’s high school yearbook even began circulating, featuring the quote, “It will take a nation of millions to hold me back.”

Even Belgium captain Vincent Kompany tweeted: “Two words.. TIM HOWARD #Respect #BelUSA.” That post had received 59,675 re-tweets and 45,242 favorites by early evening Wednesday.

“It’s fantastic because it also shows how all the games in the World Cup were received back at home,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, “and many people watched this competition maybe more than it was four years ago in South Africa. It’s fun to see that, and he deserves every compliment for his game last night.”

The hashtag ThingsTimHowardCouldSave was trending on Twitter and fans superimposed his image into all sorts of famous scenes. There’s an outstretched Howard preventing the Titanic from sinking and breaking up Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal.

“With social media, nothing surprises me,” Howard said. “There are some very creative and fun individuals out there.”

The team was scheduled to fly back to the U.S. late Wednesday, and Howard soon will return to his Premier League club, Everton.

Millions of Americans will be rooting for Howard to play in the 2018 World Cup. That’s something Howard will discuss with those close to him.

“What happens going forward with the national team, I don’t know,” he added. “I don’t think it’s very black and white, to be honest. I need to figure all that out.”