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Pirates, Braves need extras to earn LL finals
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:24 PM
The Delphos Braves’ Doug Long makes contact during the team’s semifinal versus the Van Wert Treece Landscaping Rockhounds. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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FORT JENNINGS — Both games needed an extra inning.

On a cool and breezy Tuesday afternoon/evening at the Little League diamond behind Fort Jennings High School, the Delphos Pirates and the Delphos Braves earned trips to tonight’s Tri-County Little League title game at the Delphos Stadium Park LL Diamond.

In the nightcap, the Pirates scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to sneak past the Delphos Reds 8-7.

In the opener, the Braves scored twice in the top of the seventh to evict the Van Wert Treece Landscaping Rockhounds 4-2.

In the nightcap, tied at 7-7 entering the bottom half of the seventh, Jaylen Jefferson was plunked in the chest (attempting a bunt) by third Reds hurler Brady Grothouse (2 2/3 innings pitched, 3 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts). He advanced on a passed ball and reached third on an error on Hunter Haehn’s pop-up. After Haehn stole second, an out later, Logan Hubert bounced to third baseman Ashton Moore, who threw home and Jefferson was called out on the tag. Haehn stood on third afterward and scored as Cole Binkley (4-for-4, 3 runs batted in, 2 runs scored) grounded a single up the gut to end the game.

The Reds drew first blood in the top of the first against Pirates starter Haehn (2 1/3 IPs, 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 BBs, 4 Ks) on a leadoff swat to center by Jacon Wrasman (3-for-4, 3 runs), a wild pitch and 1-out back-to-back knocks by Grothouse (4-for-4) and Logan Gallmeier. However, they were stranded, becoming two of the 12 they left on base.

The Pirates batted around (10 men) in the home second, going up 6-1. Brady Parrish and Logan Hubert walked and Binkley doubled to right center to score both. Blake Fischbach (2-for-3) ripped a hit up the middle to finish Moore and bring Logan Gallmeier (3 IPs, 4 hits 2 unearned runs, 2 Ks) to toe the rubber. Brady Zalar singled to left to get Binkley home for a 3-1 lead. Zalar beat the throw to second on Derek Haggard’s bouncer to second sacker Devin Lindeman, scoring Fischbach; an error on the play allowed runners to move up a base. Trent Lindeman’s bounceout to third plated Zalar and an error on Scalf’s bouncer got Haggard in for the sixth run.

Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:24 PM


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MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.

Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tie-breaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him MVP honors.

On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the AL kept up nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 Tuesday for its 13th win in 17 years.

British Open at Hoylake is all about the par 5s
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:00 PM


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HOYLAKE, England — Memories from the last British Open at Royal Liverpool mainly involve Tiger Woods hitting only one driver over 72 holes on his way to an 18-under 270 and a 2-shot victory. The links course was brown, fiery and fast.

Overlooked by his club selection was the real secret to Hoylake — it is the only links course in the rotation with four par 5s.

“I think that’s the one thing we’re all looking at — if we can take advantage of the par 5s,” Adam Scott said Tuesday. “There’s a real opportunity for a low score out there with some good golf on the other 14 holes. And it’s going to be a big part of the strategy of how we’re playing, I think. If you’re swinging well and you can get a driver in the fairway down the par 5s, they’re almost par 4s.”

The fifth hole played into the wind Tuesday at 528 yards. Woods hit driver — yes, driver — and a fairway metal into the front bunker. Hunter Mahan reached in two. The 10th hole (532 yards) was played with a right-to-left wind, while the 16th (577 yards) and the 18th (551 yards) were downwind.

“I think the par 5s are a big key this week,” Rory McIlroy said. “There are four really good opportunities to make birdies out here. Par 5s are going to be crucial. And then there’s a couple of tough holes on the back nine, if you can just sort of make par there you’re going to do well. Yeah, par-5s. There’s a few birdie opportunities on this course, and you want to try to make as many birdies as you can on those holes.”

Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


LAS VEGAS — Eyebrow-raising testimony, abrupt changes of plans, courtroom delays. If there is one thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has learned during the Donald Sterling saga, it's that there are no guarantees.

So when Silver was asked Tuesday if he could say Sterling would not own the Los Angeles Clippers by the time next season comes around, he replied he could not.

"It's very difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this," Sterling told reporters after the Board of Governors' meeting. "I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA."

Sterling, who was banned by the NBA for life for making racist remarks, is challenging his wife Shelly's planned sale of the Clippers for $2 billion to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in court. A judge recently delayed the next hearing until July 21 and closing arguments are scheduled for July 28.

Rio Olympic golf rankings start this week
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Monday, July 14, 2014 8:00 PM


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HOYLAKE, England — If the world ranking looks just like this in two years, Adam Scott would be headed to Rio for the Olympics as the No. 1 player in the world and so would Roope Kakko of Finland at No. 287.

The ranking is certain to change next week, let alone two years from now.

But starting this week, the International Golf Federation will be publishing a weekly "Olympic ranking" to show movement as players try to make the team. The 60-player field for men and women will be based entirely on the world ranking, with the cutoff on July 11, 2016.