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Cubs hit 3 HRs, break loose to beat Reds 8-4
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM


Associated Press


CHICAGO — Rick Renteria prefers positive reinforcement, usually taking the approach of building up his players.

But following another loss and ho-hum effort on Friday, the new Chicago Cubs manager had seen enough and let the players know their intensity and focus was unacceptable.

"I think when Ricky talks and shows emotion, it means something," Darwin Barney said. "He doesn't do it every often. We know he's got our back and he's on our side. When he shows a little fire, it usually works."

It certain did Saturday.

Barney and Welington Castillo hit 2-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Cubs broke out of a week-long offensive funk and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-4.

Bats fall silent as Indians lose 5-0
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Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press


CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher admits the Cleveland Indians are scuffling.

The veteran first baseman also knows it's too early in the season to overreact.

"Obviously we haven't had the start we wanted as a group," he said after Saturday's 5-0 loss to Toronto. "Then again last year we started off the season 5-10, so not time to panic just yet."

Lives lived both great and small
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:44 PM )

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Three deaths in the last week or so caught my eye for different reasons.

The first was about Lacey Holsworth, who I had written about not too long ago.

The 8-year-old girl had befriended Michigan State star Adreian Payne and had become a “fan” favorite of not only the player but his teammates and even the Spartan fans.

Her death came hard to all her newfound friends and supporters because they — like I and I am sure many, many more — were hoping she would win this fight.

There is something about a child dying that affects us — we ask all the questions and, quite frankly, there is no “answer” this side of The Veil; you just have to hope there is one that we will eventually understand and it’s all part of a Divine Plan that we cannot possibly comprehend.

Martz claims Regional Title
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, April 18, 2014 8:47 PM
Kelsey Martz of Delphos recently competed at the USAG Level 9-10 Region 5 Regional Championships held in Dimondale, MI. The Regional meet consists of qualifiers from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. With moves like this flip, Martz placed 1st on the Beam with a 9.525. She finished 11th in the All Around with a 36.325. (Photo Submitted)
Stoners take multiple titles
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Friday, April 18, 2014 8:45 PM
Local youth Brendon Stoner, left, and Carson Stoner of Lear's Martial Arts Academy in Delphos recently received their awards for 2013 season. They received awards for: PKC - Professional Karate Commission Ohio State Champions; UPMAC - United Promoters Martial Arts Circuit  Ohio State Champions; MVTA - Miami Valley Tournament Association Circuit Champions; Alliance Circuit Champions; and 2014 USA Junior Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards. THey are pictured with trainer/coach Shane Lear. (Photo Submitted)