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Special K: 2nd Wimbledon title for Petra Kvitova
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


LONDON — Petra Kvitova plays so much better at the All England Club than anywhere else and now she owns two championships to prove it.

In one of the most dominant performances in a women's final at Wimbledon, the sixth-seeded Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered and overwhelmed 13th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes Saturday to add to her 2011 title at the grass-court Grand Slam.

"I know," Kvitova said, "this is the best tournament for me."

Defense stands up, Argentina into World Cup semis
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


BRASILIA, Brazil — This time for Argentina, it was less about Lionel Messi and more about the men behind him.

Argentina made the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time in 24 years on Saturday as stubborn defending and clever tactics overcame Belgium in a tight 1-0 victory.

Before the quarterfinals, Messi's magic had bailed out the team as it labored unimpressively through the group stage and past Switzerland in the second round, relying on four goals and a couple of assists from its playmaking superstar.

But coach Alejandro Sabella's strategy appeared to work at Brasilia's Estadio Nacional as Argentina scored early and then out-maneuvered a Belgium team that was left completely frustrated.

Brewers beat Reds 1-0, end 4-game slide
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Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Matt Garza threw a 2-hitter for his fourth career shutout and the Milwaukee Brewers ended their 4-game losing streak by beating the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on Saturday night.

Despite a slump that matched their longest of the season, the Brewers maintained the best record in the league and a comfortable lead in the NL Central.

Aramis Ramirez singled home a run in the first inning off Homer Bailey (8-5), who gave up seven hits through eight innings. Two Brewers were thrown out at the plate.

Montoya heats up for Penske as IndyCar hits Pocono
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Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


LONG POND, Pa. — Juan Pablo Montoya has been sprayed with champagne, doused with milk and feted with confetti.

But he never expected to find himself buried under a potato chip shower courtesy of teammate Helio Castroneves.

Unable to contain his patriotic fervor after his native Brazil scored a World Cup goal, Castroneves sprung from his seat and dumped a bowl of chips all over Montoya. Montoya seemed slightly irked at the mess and dusted the crumbs off the Colombian jersey he wore at IndyCar's soccer watch party.

"Helio's the kind of guy that likes the drama," Montoya said, smiling.

Montoya had no use for another chip — after all, there's a reason he signed with Roger Penske — but the secret snack attack was just a minor annoyance in a major successful stretch for the former Indianapolis 500 champion in his open wheel return.

City League 4th of July Champions
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM
The Pirates captured the 2014 Delphos City League 4th of July Tournament and the traveling Mel and Dee Westrich Sports Complex Memorial Plaque. The team is comprised of, front from left, Brady Zalar, Jaylen Jefferson, Trent Lindeman, Cole Binkley and Braxton Scalf; and back, assistant coach Lenny Hubert, Hunter Haehn, Brady Parrish, head coach Ray Geary, Blake Fischbach, Logan Hubert and assistant coach Scott Scalf. Absent is Derek Haggard. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe).