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Lady ‘Cats goose-egg Big Green in soccer
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 PM
Jefferson sophomore Abby Parkins and Ottoville senior Haley Landwehr battle for ball possession during a girls soccer match Thursday night at Ottoville. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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OTTOVILLE — The Jefferson girls soccer program is seeking to take its place amongst the elite in the Tri-County area.

Based on the Lady Wildcats’ 4-0 victory over long-time power Ottoville Thursday night on a wet Ottoville Soccer Stadium pitch, they are on their way.

“We possessed the ball probably 75 percent of the time. That was due to paying attention to details, especially passing, communicating, moving, everything that we have worked on in the off-season and pre-season,” Jefferson head coach Josiah Stober said. “I didn’t have to do a lot of yelling because the girls were talking so well; that is so much better. We had two great days of practice the last two days to prepare for this match and you could see it tonight. Ottoville is a good program and I think this was one of the better matches I’ve seen in a long time, especially by us. It was a nice team win. We had several girls that if they didn’t play the entire way, played 95 percent; we’ve focused on the mental part of playing through the tiredness.”

The Red and White did all their damage in a 10-minute span.

Ottoville head man Tim Kimmett gave all the credit to the foe.

McIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


PARAMUS, N.J. — Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.

He could afford a day off.

That wasn't the case for players like Bo Van Pelt and Paul Casey and they picked a good time to produce good scores.

Braves beat Reds for 6th win in last 7
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single during Atlanta’s decisive third inning and the Braves extended their offensive resurgence with an 8-0 victory over the fading Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

Atlanta put it away early, sending 11 batters to the plate in the third for five runs. Jason Heyward got it started with a single off David Holmberg (0-1) and drew a bases-loaded walk that finished the rally. Upton singled home a pair of runs during the inning and later added a sacrifice fly.

Julio Teheran (12-9) went six innings and allowed four hits by the Reds, who have lost six in a row.

The Braves have won six of their last seven games, scoring at least seven runs four times. They remain seven games behind Washington in the NL East, the product of their 15-18 mark since the All-Star break.

Cincinnati fell a season-high 10 1/2 games back — its biggest deficit since the end of the 2011 season — with its 11th loss in its last 13 games. The Reds are 10-23 since the All-Star break, tumbling out of playoff contention.

Twins avert sweep with win vs Indians
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


MINNEAPOLIS — Phil Hughes has been pitching with a cracked nail on his right index finger, a common side effect of the sharp curveball he throws. He’s kept the nail intact with super glue.

The big righty has done a nice job of holding the Minnesota Twins’ rotation together, too.

Kennys Vargas homered and sparked rallies with two other hits, leading Hughes and the Twins past Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians 4-1 Thursday.

Hughes (14-8) struck out eight over seven innings to forge a 4-way tie for the American League lead in victories, with Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer and Scott Kazmir, and improved to 4-0 with a 1.32 ERA in four August starts.

Zach Walters, who has four home runs and six RBIs in nine games since joining the Indians, took Hughes deep in the fifth to tie the game. But Trevor Plouffe put the Twins back in front with a 2-run double in the sixth inning after Vargas hit a one-out double.

Vargas singled in the eighth, and pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez scored on a double by Oswaldo Arcia. Then Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 36 attempts for the Twins, denying the Indians their first sweep of a road series this season.

Lynn, Peralta lead Cardinals to sweep of Reds
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:49 PM


Associated Press


ST. LOUIS — Facing Johnny Cueto definitely brought out the best in the Cardinals' Lance Lynn.

"It didn't hurt my feelings one bit beating him," the right-hander said after working seven scoreless innings against the 15-game winner in St. Louis' 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night.

"You see all the leader boards and you see his name up at the top. I outpitched him tonight, so yeah."

Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time and Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double for St. Louis.