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Dancer goes back-to-back with NRA Sprints at Limaland
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:12 PM
NRA Sprints Shawn Dancer and JR Stewart racing for position at Limaland. (DHI Media/Rick Sherer)



LIMA – When you’re hot you’re hot.

Veteran sprint car racer Shawn Dancer is in the midst of the finest streak of success in his motorsports career and made it two wins in a row with the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park.

Once more, he did it by leading the field flag-to-flag through the 25-lap event.

Starting from the pole position was an advantage for Dancer and he proceeded to fully capitalize. The blue-colored #49 car blasted to the cushion of the racing surface and rolled along, while the rest of the field produced some classic sprint car drama with the next handful of positions. The Hammons team cars with J.R. Stewart and Max Stambaugh as well as Kody Swanson fought over who might ultimately provide a challenge to Dancer.

At the race midpoint, Kody Swanson, a 2014 part-time newcomer at the track, decided to follow Dancer around the top side line. Swanson stayed close to Dancer but in the meantime J.R. Stewart was working to the inside of Dancer and had effectively pulled even. It was a stirring battle that also saw Stambaugh and Dustin Stroup join the already 3-car mix near the front of the field.

A pair of late race restarts made for even more drama but may have slowed the momentum of the group of challengers to Dancer. He stayed strong with his machine on the high side of the track and made it stick during a three-lap dash to the checkered flag. NRA point’s leader Stewart and Swanson followed him across the finish line.

Webster Lake winners
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:09 PM
Leroy Miller, left, was the recent winner of the Delphos Bass Club’s Webster Lake Tournament with two fish that weighed 8.68 lbs., as well as the Big Bass at 6.05 lbs. Bedford Miller was second with one fish weighing 3.55 lbs.; he also got second Big Bass with that fish. Third place went to Brandon Osting with fish weighing 3.22 lbs. Fritz Obermeyer was fourth with two fish weighing 2.65 lbs. (Submitted photo)
Lots of big NFL names hoping for big comebacks
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:00 PM

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NEW YORK — Broken bones. Torn ligaments. Subpar performances.

They all combined to sideline some of the NFL’s biggest stars a year ago, a lost season for several players who spent most of the year in the trainers’ room.

Rob Gronkowski, Percy Harvin, Julio Jones, Robert Griffin III and Sam Bradford know all about that. So do guys such as Arian Foster, Doug Martin, Jeremy Maclin, Reggie Wayne, Malcom Floyd, Brian Cushing and Geno Atkins.

“I was rehabbing every day and it was miserable,” said Gronkowski, the New England tight end who is still working his way back from a vicious 2-year stretch in which he has had four forearm surgeries, a back injury and torn knee ligaments. “Hopefully that never happens again and I don’t wish anything on anyone like I had these past few years.”

Harvin got a jumpstart on his comeback in February on the NFL’s biggest stage. After missing most of the regular season and the playoffs with a surgically repaired hip and then a concussion, Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half of the Super Bowl for a touchdown in helping Seattle beat Denver.

“I don’t know if any football player can say they’re fully healthy playing football but this is the best I’ve felt in a long, long time,” Harvin said as the Seahawks opened training camp.

Philadelphia’s Maclin tore a knee ligament in training camp last year and missed the entire season. But after an extensive rehabilitation process, the Eagles are counting on their speedy wide receiver to make big plays again.

Mesoraco hits grand slam in Reds’ win
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:00 PM


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CINCINNATI — Brayan Pena’s tight hamstring gave Devin Mesoraco a chance to be the star.

Mesoraco homered twice, including his third grand slam of the season, and drove in a career-high six runs as the Cincinnati Reds salvaged the finale of a 3-game series against the Miami Marlins with a 7-2 victory on Sunday.

Pena normally catches when Johnny Cueto pitches but Reds manager Bryan Price determined he wasn’t ready. So Mesoraco was in the lineup on Sunday afternoon after a night game.

“Devin took a foul ball off his arm yesterday but I had the good sense not to ask him about it before I made the lineup,” Price explained. “If there is any point in time that you run him out there, it is now when he’s 26.”

Brad Hand walked Todd Frazier with the bases loaded in the fifth to break a 2-all tie. Mesoraco followed with his second of the game and 20th of the season, a 371-foot drive into the left-field seats.

Mesoraco leads all major-league catchers in home runs and the National League in grand slams. He is 6-for-7 (.857) with the bases loaded and is the sixth player in Reds’ history to hit three slams in one season — the first since Chris Sabo in 1993.

“When guys are in scoring position, your focus gets a little better,” Mesoraco said. “I saw that guys weren’t giving into to him (Hand) and I was looking for a pitch that I could hit and not miss it.”

The fifth-inning outburst gave Cueto (14-6) some breathing room. In eight innings, he allowed five hits — two homers — with two walks and nine strikeouts. He improved to 6-0 in his last seven starts.

Hand (2-4) allowed five hits and seven runs with three walks — all in the fifth — and two strikeouts.

Carrasco, Indians slow down Yankees again
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:00 PM


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NEW YORK — Asked what pitch worked best against the New York Yankees, Carlos Carrasco gave a most obvious answer.

“Everything,” he replied.

Same goes for most everyone the Cleveland Indians are putting on the mound lately.

Carrasco rejoined the Cleveland rotation in fine fashion by throwing five scoreless innings and the Indians nearly tossed another shutout at Yankee Stadium in a 4-1 win Sunday.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered with two outs in the ninth off Indians closer Cody Allen, ending New York’s season-worst scoreless streak at 19 innings. The shot let the Yankees avoid a dubious distinction — not since 1999 had they been blanked in two straight games, STATS said.

“That was a really fun day to watch,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “Everyone came in and did their job.”

Jason Kipnis got three hits and scored three runs as the Indians finished 4-3 against their fellow AL wild-card contender — only twice in the last 22 years has Cleveland taken the season matchup.

A day after Cleveland pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout and struck out 15 Yankees, Carrasco (4-4) and four relievers dominated with another 5-hitter.

Carrasco allowed just two singles, walked none, struck out four and retired his last 11 batters. Pitching in place of the recently demoted Danny Salazar, Carrasco made his first start since being banished to the bullpen in late April.