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McCann gets another honor — an All-American Bowl invite
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM
Jefferson senior defensive end Jordan McCann, above front left, was chosen for one of two Blue/Gray All-American Bowl games — featuring the best high school seniors in the nationin the lass of 2015 — at the billion-dollar AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 14 for efforts such as this at the Super Combine held at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. (Submitted photo)


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DELPHOS — Jordan McCann’s future football career took a nice turn for the better recently.

The Jefferson senior defensive end was informed via letter that he had been selected to play in one of two Blue/Grey High School All-American Bowl football games — the one in AT & T Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys — Dec. 14.

The other game will be played at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Raymond James Stadium — on Jan. 10, 2015.

“I got the letter (Tuesday) and I am pretty excited and also surprised; I didn’t expect this. I don’t really know what to think yet; it hasn’t sunk in quite yet,” the son of Greg and Nicole McCann began. “To be one of 90 high school seniors picked out of something like 6,750 seniors to play in these games is awesome. I view it as a reward for a lot of hard work and yet a privilege to be invited. This is the first year I really went to camps in the off-season and they told me they chose me because of what I did at the Super Combine (held in Canton’s Fawcett Stadium June 21).

“Basically, the whole thing starts Dec. 11 and they have told me the prices, costs and what will be happening. I’m excited and looking forward to it.”

That is for later in the fall.

Bengals DT Geno Atkins cleared to practice
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Defensive tackle Geno Atkins joined in his first training camp practice on Wednesday, a big step in his comeback from a torn knee ligament.

One of the NFL's top interior linemen, Atkins had been limited to working out on a side field for the first week of training camp. He was cleared to join the team for practice on Wednesday. Coach Marvin Lewis said he'll be limited at the outset.

Atkins' return is a huge boost to a defense that finished third overall in the NFL last season.

Gustafson wants Gordon’s team focused on Chase
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level.

It was suddenly clear to all of them that the Sprint Cup championship is a reasonable and reachable goal.

“I think Indianapolis, we were the best car and were able to execute all day and win the race,” crew chief Alan Gustafson said Wednesday. “That gives us confidence and I don’t want to say added incentive, but just an added confidence in our ability in what we can do moving forward.”

But Gustafson now has his work cut out for him the next six weeks. Gordon is already locked into the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship field, which buys time to look for every ounce of speed possible and build the fastest cars they can before the opener at Chicago in September.

He must walk a fine line the next several weeks with the No. 24 team of not letting them get overconfident or lose sight of the biggest prize.

“Obviously right now you don’t want to wear the guys out,” he said. “You want to get everybody rejuvenated. But we have to continue to push on our cars and make as many technological advances as we can, improve the car as much as we can, go into the Chase with good cars and execute.”

With NASCAR switching to elimination rounds for the Chase, setting up a winner-take-all finale, it’s also important for teams to be able to handle adversity. Not being able to immediately bounce back from a bad day could get a driver booted from the Chase field.

D’backs hold on to beat Reds 5-4
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Left-hander Wade Miley didn’t feel all that great. Against the Reds, it didn’t matter.

Miley blanked Cincinnati into the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt hit a 2-run homer and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, taking a series between two teams with struggling offenses.

Goldschmidt’s 19th homer off Alfred Simon (12-6) gave the Diamondbacks 2-of-3 in the series. Simon has gone 0-3 since his first All-Star selection. Didi Gregorius added a 2-run homer in the ninth.

Two homers in one game?

“That’s something we haven’t been doing a lot lately,” manager Kirk Gibson replied.

Neither team had been doing much of anything.

The Reds fell to 2-10 since the All-Star break. Devin Mesoraco’s 3-run homer in the ninth off Addison Reed ended a streak of 11 straight games with three runs or fewer, Cincinnati’s longest such stretch of futility since 1967.

Kluber outpitches Hernandez in 2-0 win
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched his first career shutout to outduel Felix Hernandez, Yan Gomes had a 2-run double and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday night.

The matchup between two of the top pitchers in the American League lived up to its billing. Kluber (11-6) held the Mariners to three singles and no walks while striking out eight. Hernandez struck out five and walked two.

Hernandez (11-3) didn’t allow a base-runner until Carlos Santana drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Gomes capped the rally with a bases-loaded double.