July 30, 2014

Subscriber Login

Howard’s memorable play marks US World Cup run
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:09 PM

Associated Press


SAO PAULO — Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast — and fans around the world, really — for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.

Howard is a big reason — 6-3, to be exact — for the fascination. He has become a Twitter sensation in less than a day, while raising one important question before he leaves Brazil: Will the 35-year-old goalkeeper be back for the next World Cup four years from now in Russia?

“When you’re in the public eye, it’s part of what you have to deal with,” Howard replied Wednesday of the hype from his record-setting World Cup. “I’ve been dealing with it for a long time. It’s nice that America knows about soccer now. That’s what’s important.”

Howard’s 16 saves in the 2-1 loss were the most in a World Cup game since FIFA started tracking the statistic in 2002.

Someone had fun with Howard’s heroics on Wikipedia, briefly listing the star goalie as incumbent “Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.” Later, the real defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, called Howard with congratulations and a team invite to the Pentagon.

A photo from Howard’s high school yearbook even began circulating, featuring the quote, “It will take a nation of millions to hold me back.”

Even Belgium captain Vincent Kompany tweeted: “Two words.. TIM HOWARD #Respect #BelUSA.” That post had received 59,675 re-tweets and 45,242 favorites by early evening Wednesday.

“It’s fantastic because it also shows how all the games in the World Cup were received back at home,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, “and many people watched this competition maybe more than it was four years ago in South Africa. It’s fun to see that, and he deserves every compliment for his game last night.”

The hashtag ThingsTimHowardCouldSave was trending on Twitter and fans superimposed his image into all sorts of famous scenes. There’s an outstretched Howard preventing the Titanic from sinking and breaking up Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal.

“With social media, nothing surprises me,” Howard said. “There are some very creative and fun individuals out there.”

The team was scheduled to fly back to the U.S. late Wednesday, and Howard soon will return to his Premier League club, Everton.

Millions of Americans will be rooting for Howard to play in the 2018 World Cup. That’s something Howard will discuss with those close to him.

“What happens going forward with the national team, I don’t know,” he added. “I don’t think it’s very black and white, to be honest. I need to figure all that out.”

NBA Roundup
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:01 PM

Associated Press

Magic sign 1st round draft picks Gordon, Payton

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic have signed both of their first round picks from last week's NBA draft.

The team announced Wednesday that fourth overall pick Aaron Gordon and 10th overall pick Elfrid Payton, who the Magic acquired in a draft night trade with Philadelphia, have been signed to rookie contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Both players will participate in the Orlando Summer Pro League which begins Saturday.

The Magic are hoping Gordon, the Pac-12 freshman of the year last season at Arizona, can fortify a front court that is thinner following the trade of swingman Arron Afflalo.

Orlando is looking at Payton, out of Louisiana-Lafayette, as possibly the team's point guard of the future after the Magic decided to waive veteran Jameer Nelson.

Elida eliminated from ACME tourney
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 01, 2014 6:57 PM )


DHI Media Sports Editor

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath built a 5-1 lead in its District 6 ACME summer baseball tournament contest with archrival Elida Monday evening.

The Wildcats then held off a 7th-inning uprising to secure a 5-3 victory at Bath High School.

Bath (12-5) collected 11 hits versus two Bulldog hurlers: lefty starter Austin Morrison (3 2/3 innings pitched, 9 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts; 78 pitches, 55 for strikes) and reliever Garrett Brinkman (2 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 1 K; 37 pitches, 19 for strikes).

“Austin battled today. He is an even-keeled pitcher and you know what you’re going to get,” Elida ACME coach Zack Miller said. “What you saw today offensively was the story of our summer: we couldn’t get the big 2-out hit until it was late. It seems every time we got something going, it was with two outs.”

Tyler Stahr (2 runs scored), Cam Jenkins (2 runs batted in), Cam Clark and Andrew Renner each garnered two hits for the hosts.

“Jared has been a really solid pitcher for us this summer,” Bath coach Johnny Simindinger explained. “We came off a big offensive day Sunday and we carried that confidence over to today.”

Bath starter Jared Davis got the win (5 2/3 IPs, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 4 BBs, 5 Ks; 91 pitches, 48 strikes) and Jacob Horstman mopped up (1 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 BB; 23 pitches, 14 strikes).

Leadoff man Adam Purdy had the best day at the plate for the Orange and Black, going 1-for-2 (double) and added two free passes.

Bath retaliated in the home half on Stahr’s leadoff hit to left, a stolen base, a 2-out wild pitch and an error on the sequence.

Elida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a leadoff walk to Purdy, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt by Owen Anderson and a single to left by Travis Watkins.

Cougars advance to ACME districts
Written by Daniel Joseph   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM


DHI Media Correspondent

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CONVOY – The Van Wert Cougars squared off against the Crestview Knights with a trip to the ACME District 5 District tournament on the line Tuesday night at the Crestview Athletic Complex.

Van Wert defeated the Knights during the regular season and the outcome was the same in tournamnet play as the Cougars advanced to districts with a 6-2 win.

The loss eliminates Crestview from the tournament.

The Knights scored a run in the first inning following a leadoff single by Jordan Miller. He advanced to second on a sacrifice, then to third on a wild pitch by Van Wert starter Ryan Stoller before scoring on Jordan Roop’s groundout.

The Cougars were down a run until the fourth inning against Crestview southpaw Jon Krause when their offense finally woke up. After a lineout to begin the inning, Caleb Fetzer walked and then scored when Mason Carr smoked a double to the gap. The offense wasn’t done yet as Carr and Gavin Gardner eventually scored to give the Cougars a 3-1 advantage.

US World Cup ends with 2-1 OT loss to Belgium
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


SALVADOR, Brazil — They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world’s game.

But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with a loss in extra time in the World Cup’s round of 16.

Belgium scored twice in extra time, then held on for a 2-1 win Tuesday.

“It’s heartbreaking,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “I don’t think we could have given it more.”

Howard, playing the finest game of his career, stopped a dozen shots with his legs and arms to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves — the most in the World Cup since 1966.

Before exiting, the U.S. showed the spunk that captured America’s attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the U.S. roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley’s pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.