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Reds, Indians win
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:00 PM

Bruce HR breaks slump, sends Reds over Brewers 4-2


Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce had hit the ball hard twice, only to see the worst slump of his career get deeper. He finally ended it with a hit that nobody was going to take away.

Bruce emerged from his 0-for-26 skid with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, rallying Mat Latos and the Cincinnati Reds over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.

Bruce flied out to the wall in center field and lined out to center earlier in the game, so he took a little confidence into his game-changing at-bat.

“I knew I wasn’t going to go 0-for-my-career,” Bruce said. “I’d been making hard contact. I really didn’t feel like I was 0-for-so-much.”

The Reds gained a game on the NL Central leaders by taking two of three in their series, moving to six back. Cincinnati has won 10 out of 15 overall.

“That could have easily gone the other way,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We really didn’t want to lose ground on this team.”

The Brewers have lost five of six but still have the NL’s best record and a comfortable lead.

Bruce hit a 2-run shot with one out off left-hander Will Smith (1-2), who took over for Yovani Gallardo. Smith hadn’t allowed a homer to a left-handed batter all season, holding them to a .143 average.

Smith got ahead 1-2 in the count, then threw a fastball that was up. Bruce pulled it to right field, the part of Great American Ball Park closest to the Ohio River.

A replay review overturned Ramon Santiago’s inside-the-park homer in the Reds second.

A fan reached his mitt onto the field and hit rightfielder Logan Schafer’s glove as he tried to catch the fly ball in front of the wall. The umpires initially ruled the ball in play and Santiago circled the bases as Schafer and the ball fell to the ground.

Following a 3-minute, 46-second review, Santiago was ruled out because of the fan’s interference.

Latos (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high eight innings. Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances. Closer Aroldis Chapman wasn’t available because he slightly pulled a hamstring while running in the outfield before the game.

Both teams were missing stars.

Belgium is just better — it’s not a crime
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM


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What to make of the United States losing a 2-1 heart-breaker in the World Cup quarterfinals to Belgium?

I will lend my voice — or my keyboard, since this is a computer — to the many that have praised the work of long-time US goalkeeper Tim Howard.

He was outstanding/awesome/incredible — some might even write mediocre! — against incredible pressure, especially considering the circumstances and environment in which the teams squared off.

Let’s face it: the Americans would have lost in regulation had it not been for his heroics, the Belgians were that dominant.

At some point, though, when you give a team as skilled as Belgium that many chances — that many relatively open looks — you could have an octopus back there and he wouldn’t be able to stop all of them.

I put the “blame” where it belongs: in the midfield and back line.

Even there, it isn’t so much blame — they are very competent players we have in those spots and they belong on the World Cup roster — as a lack of real execution of the game plan.

The reason the Belgians had so many good looks is because our team’s ball possession was so poor.

Ask any coach around here — or any where, for that matter, at any level — and they will tell you that you can run the most sophisticated schemes, have the greatest “shapes” — a word that gets bandied about a lot during the World Cup — in their offensive or defensive sets but it doesn’t matter if you never have the ball.

I for one just think it came down to the better team winning the match.

Their players simply have worked at the game a lot longer and a lot more than “our” boys; they have grown up with it and played it at a higher level for a lot longer.

Cougars stay alive in ACME Districts
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM


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ELIDA — With their backs to the wall— win or go home for the summer — Van Wert lefty Ryan Stoller held down St. Marys Memorial enough for a 6-4 victory in the losers’-bracket ACME District tournament Saturday afternoon at Ed Sandy Memorial Field at the Elida Athletic Complex.

Stoller threw a 112-pitch complete game (73 strikes), ceding seven hits and four earned runs. He walked five and fanned 10.

Browns WR Gordon charged with DWI in NC
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Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh on Saturday, bringing the troubled Pro Bowler's already cloudy future into more doubt.

Gordon was taken into custody after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on U.S. 70 in northwest Raleigh around 3 a.m. Saturday, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Hurley extends lead to 2 at Greenbrier Classic
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley III doesn't plan to lose much rest sitting on a third-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.

The former U.S. Navy officer shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to extend his advantage to two strokes over Angel Cabrera entering the final round of the Greenbrier Classic.

"I've been working for a long time to win on the PGA Tour," Hurley said. "I figure if I shoot the lowest score tomorrow, I can't lose."