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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.”

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


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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.