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



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
Written by Staff Reports   
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
Written by Associated Press   
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.

A look at who in NBA is staying and going
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

A look at the biggest moves made so far during the NBA's free agency period:



Leaves Miami for Cleveland. Best player in the world changes teams and goes home and the balance of power in the East has now shifted out of Miami.


Staying in Miami, will be signing 5-year deal worth $118 million. Keeping Bosh helped Heat avoid what would have been offseason disaster.


Staying with New York Knicks and gave them a little discount as well. Knicks would have been in worlds of trouble without him this season.

The brave and courageous?
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:00 PM

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This always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I refer to this item around the Net where a soccer referee from Westland, Michigan, 44-year-old John Bieniewicz, was attacked during an “adult”-league (for men 30 and older) match in Livonia by being punched in the head and later was declared dead.

I won’t tell you the accused’s name — you can look it up if you wish but he has already been arraigned; I will leave it to the prosecutor, judge and jury to sort through the facts — but if he is guilty, he was so brave and courageous, he punched the man in the back of the head; by all accounts, the deceased didn’t see it coming!

According to witnesses and players, the accused was going to be red-carded and “took matters into his own hands” in “voicing” his displeasure with his “5 reasons to agree with me!”

Yes, sir, brave and courageous, indeed!

By all accounts, this is a pretty intense league — the Michigan United Soccer League — and play can get heated but before this, the “heat” had never turned deadly.