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Arrieta leads Cubs past Reds 7-3
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:16 PM


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CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta retired his first 18 batters and struck out nine in seven impressive innings, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Arrieta (4-1) was working on a perfect game before rookie Billy Hamilton started the seventh with a single up the middle. The right-hander allowed two runs and three hits while improving to 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in five June starts.

Virginia beats Vandy 7-2, forces a Game 3 at CWS
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:12 PM


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OMAHA, Neb. — Brandon Waddell limited Vanderbilt to five hits in his first 9-inning complete game, Virginia knocked out first-round draft pick Tyler Beede in the seventh and the Cavaliers evened the College World Series finals with a 7-2 victory Tuesday night.

Each team will be playing for its first national title in baseball in the winner-take-all Game 3 tonight.

Virginia (53-15) forced the third game after Vanderbilt (50-21) rode a 9-run third inning to a 9-8 victory in the opener.

Uruguay beats Italy to advance; Greece late winner
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:04 PM

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Underscoring a power shift away from Europe, Uruguay fought — and apparently even bit — its way to a 1-0 victory over Italy Tuesday to move to the World Cup’s next round with Costa Rica, which sent England home without a single victory after a goalless draw.

South America’s strength was further highlighted when Colombia capped its perfect record in Group C with a 4-1 win over Japan. Europe did get one team through when Greece converted an injury time penalty for a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast which eliminated the African team.

The evening excitement though could hardly match yet another controversy to haunt Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. Around 80 minutes in, Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini tangled, with replays showing Suarez seemingly biting the shoulder of the Italian defender. It would make Suarez, amazingly, a triple carnivorous offender on the pitch in four years.

“It was absolutely clear. There’s even a mark,” Chiellini said.

The referee didn’t see a bite and no foul was called. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez only had eyes on the result.

“For me — and for all the people in Uruguay — we had more important things,” he said.

About a minute later, the decisive goal was scored on a powerful header from captain Diego Godin. Italy was down to 10 men since the 59th minute, when Claudio Marchisio received a red card for putting his boot into Egidio Arevalo’s knee.

It was the second straight time that Italy, a 4-time champion, went out in the first round.

“When you’re coming off two defeats without even scoring a goal, we clearly also have to take our share of that blame,” said goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who played on his fifth World Cup squad.

After the game, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli immediately resigned.

The draw against England gave Costa Rica, the surprise team of the competition, first place in Group D over three former champions and gutted more of the European contingent at the tournament.

The Central Americans reached the second round in 1990. But this time they did it as group winner, beating top-rate opposition.

And after an opening loss to Costa Rica, Uruguay recovered with two victories to keep its tournament alive, four years after a surprising run to the semifinals.

After beating England with two great goals to start the comeback, Suarez turned into the villain on Tuesday. The mercurial forward had already been banned twice for biting over the past four years, once in the Netherlands and once in England. FIFA can sanction players for biting with bans of up to two years.

Uruguay will now play Colombia in an all-South American encounter, with Costa Rica taking on Greece. If anyone had said before the World Cup that either Greece or Costa Rica would be a quarterfinalist, there would have been precious few believers.

McCann shows off skills at Super Combine
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:02 PM
Jefferson senior-to-be Jordan McCann engages an offensive lineman during 1-on-1 drills at the Blue-Grey Super Combine this weekend on the turf of Hall of Fame Field inside Fawcett Stadium in Canton. (Photos submitted)
Big Ten advocates 4-year scholarships
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:01 PM


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The Big Ten said Tuesday that it supports guaranteed 4-year scholarships and improved medical coverage for its athletes.

The league announced in a statement signed Tuesday by its 14 presidents, including interim Ohio State president Joseph Alutto and outgoing Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman, and chancellors that it proposes working within the NCAA structure to provide greater academic security for its athletes by guaranteeing scholarships for four years, even if an athlete can no longer compete or has left for a professional career.

The statement called for guaranteeing 4-year scholarships for student-athletes and a standing scholarship if a student-athlete turns pro before graduating.

The Big Ten added the NCAA must do “whatever it takes” to compensate athletes for the full cost of their college education as defined by the federal government — rather than just tuition, fees and room and board — plus would like to review the NCAA rules on medical insurance and provide more consistent coverage.

“We have an obligation to protect their health and well-being in return for the physical demands placed upon them,” the league said.

The NCAA has been sued by a number of former athletes over compensation issues challenging the organization’s bedrock of amateurism.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney testified last week at an antitrust trial against the NCAA filed by former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon. That trial is in its 12th day in Oakland, Calif., and seeks to decide whether college athletes should be paid for the use of their likenesses.