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Gomes’ homer gives Indians win
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 13, 2014 6:22 PM )

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes made sure the Indians went into the All-Star break on a positive note.

Gomes drove in all three runs, including a go-ahead 2-run homer in the eighth inning, and Cleveland rallied for a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Gomes’ blast to right off Javy Guerra (0-2) came after the White Sox scored two runs in top of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Nick Swisher led off with a single before Gomes, who also had an RBI single in the second, hit a 1-1 pitch into Chicago’s bullpen.

Gomes, who threw his arms in the air as he rounded first base after his 12th homer of the season, wasn’t trying to do anything dramatic.

“I was just trying to do the same thing Swish did, and just get a hit,” he said. “I definitely wasn’t thinking about doing hitting a home run.”

“I’m thrilled for him because he was a little under the weather today but he didn’t want to come out of the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Guerra admitted he didn’t make a good pitch.

“A slider, came out, wasn’t a very good one,” he said. “(Gomes) did what he was supposed to. Broken-bat base hit to left, next guy hits a homer. It’s just bad luck. Bad inning.”

 
Keselowski dominates in New Hampshire victory
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:00 PM

By DAN GELSTON

Associated Press

 

LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski hopped out of his car and grabbed an oversized broom to give a playful sweep of all the confetti already collected around his Ford.

He then truly savored his victory, snagging a New England lobster and raising it in triumph.

Keselowski survived without a cut, splinter or pinch. He didn’t even fumble his championship crustacean. For once, his victory celebration was as perfect as his performance on the track.

He completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish. Keselowski followed up Saturday’s Nationwide Series victory with his first Sprint Cup win at New Hampshire, dominating in the No. 2 Ford for his third victory of the season.

The 2012 Sprint Cup champion is now tied with Jimmie Johnson for the series lead in wins.

“This was just such a phenomenal weekend and these don’t happen that often,” he said.

Keselowski had been in a slump with, of all things, his Victory Lane fun.

He needed four stitches to close a wound he received during his Victory Lane celebration in the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky. He tried to open the bottle of champagne by hitting it against a podium and the bottle broke and cut his hand.

Keselowski dropped the American flag out of his No. 22 Ford on Saturday and it was retrieved by an official to let the frivolity continue.

He joked he brought Kevlar-reinforced gloves that were touted as cut-proof.

Good thing. The New Hampshire winner traditionally receives a live lobster in Victory Lane.

 
Goetze scores late to give Germany the World Cup
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:00 PM

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

RIO DE JANEIRO — Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn’t muster.

With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title — and denied Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the game’s all-time greats.

Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that was decided by one moment of brilliance.

Goetze, who wasn’t born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post from five yards out.

It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title, equal second with Italy on the list of all-time champions and just behind Brazil’s five.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I don’t know how to describe it. You just shoot that goal in, you don’t really know what’s happening,” Goetze said. “And then at the end of the match, having a party with the team, the whole country … it is for us, a dream come true.”

At the final whistle, Germany players fell into a pile in the middle of the pitch in celebration. Messi walked past them with his hands on his hips — still in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.

Goetze went on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and his fresh legs made the difference.

Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich midfielder did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra-time win over the Netherlands.

According to Germany coach Joachim Loew, it was exactly as he’d planned when he made the substitution.

“I said to Mario Goetze, ‘OK, show to the world that you’re better than Messi and you can decide the World Cup. You have all the possibilities to do that’,” Loew recalled. “I had a good feeling with him.”

Germany became the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas and the victory ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil, the Euro 2008 final to Spain and was eliminated in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010.

 
Lear’s Martial Arts hosts Buckeye Karate Bash
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Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:00 PM
Julian Grant and Gregory Rose spar during the Buckeye Karate Bash held at Delphos Jefferson High School on Saturday. The tournament was hosted by Lear’s Martial Arts Academy in Delphos and was a part of the Miami Valley Tournament Association. Students from 21 martial arts schools from as far away as Cleveland participated in weapons, kata and sparring. (DHI Media Staff photos)
 
Futures Game: Gallo gives US 3-2 win over World
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Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

MINNEAPOLIS — Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo showed off his power with a soaring 2-run homer in the sixth inning to give the U.S. team the lead for good in a 3-2 victory over the World squad Sunday at the All-Star Futures Game for baseball's best minor-leaguers.

Gallo's 1-out drive to right field off Houston Astros right-hander Michael Feliz was estimated at 419 feet. The 20-year-old third baseman for Double-A Frisco hit several other balls farther than that during a head-turning batting practice display at Target Field.

The assumed successor for 4-time All-Star Adrian Beltre with the Rangers, Gallo has 31 homers and 73 RBIs this season in 85 games. He followed a 2-run homer in the top of the sixth by Javier Baez against Washington Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito.

 
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