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Tow paces Lancer boys at St. John's Invite
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, August 24, 2014 5:18 PM )


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DELPHOS — Lincolnview senior Bayley Tow led the Lancer boys cross country unit to a second-place finish in the season-opening 14-team St. John's Invitational on a warm and humid Saturday morning at Stadium Park.

Tow was second overall (16:55.92) and teammate Alex Rodriguez fifth (17:46.07).


Wildcat gridders tune up versus Flyers
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
Jefferson’s Alec Lindeman and Brenen Auer block down as Noah Illig leads running back Adam Rode in Friday night’s road scrimmage versus Marion Local. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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MARIA STEIN — With the regular-season gridiron opener next Friday night, Jefferson was looking for a final tuneup to the pre-season to get themselves ready.

What a better way than to take on the 2-time small-school division state champion (Division VI in 2012, Division VII a year ago) Marion Local Flyers Friday night at soggy Booster Field in Maria Stein?

“We challenged our kids this whole week to be physical, because we knew Marion would be. I felt we matched their physicality; that’s what we wanted,” Jefferson coach Chris Sommers explained. “The kids played hard and had great effort, again a very good thing to look for. This was a great scrimmage for us to learn a lot of things about ourselves and we as a coaching staff really liked what we saw.”

In the first two series of 10-plays-and-out for both teams, the defenses were in control, neither allowing a score.

Manziel fined $12,000 for middle finger flip
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM


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CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger.

The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington’s sideline, a person familiar with the penalty told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the ruling has not been made public.

Manziel said he was reacting to incessant taunting by the Redskins during Monday night’s nationally televised game when he made the gesture while running back to Cleveland’s huddle.

“I had words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week,” Manziel said. “I should have been smarter. It was a Monday Night Football game and the cameras were probably solidly on me, and I need to be smarter about that.”

Selig hasn’t changed outlook about Rose
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM


AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — As his term winds down, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig hasn’t changed his outlook on Pete Rose’s lifetime ban for gambling.

Selig visited Cincinnati on Friday for the opening of an urban youth academy, and then drove down Pete Rose Way to visit Great American Ball Park and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum that contains many references to baseball’s hits leader.

He declined to talk about Rose’s case directly, but gave no indication that he’s inclined to change his mind and reinstate him before he leaves office in January. He acknowledged that Rose still has a lot of support in his hometown.

“I have to do in the end … always do what I think is in the best interests of this sport,” Selig said. “That transcends everything else.”

Singleton, Astros defeat sloppy Indians
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jon Singleton’s homer capped a four-run ninth inning and the Houston Astros took advantage of Cleveland’s sloppy defense to defeat the Indians 5-1 on Friday night.

Singleton hit a three-run drive off Cody Allen (4-3) after a pair of throwing errors by the worst defensive team in the majors.

Catcher Roberto Perez’s wild throw let the go-ahead run score. A throwing error by first baseman Carlos Santana set up Houston’s big inning.

Tony Sipp (4-2) pitched the eighth. The Indians helped him by getting two runners thrown out on the bases.

Houston took two of three at Yankee Stadium before coming to Cleveland, and has won four of five overall. The Astros had lost six straight against Cleveland, getting outscored 41-15.

Carlos Carrasco allowed one run in six innings for Cleveland. Astros starter Brad Peacock gave up one run and was pulled after five innings because of discomfort in his right forearm.

Marwin Gonzalez homered for Houston and Zach Walters connected for Cleveland in the fifth. Walters homered for the third straight day.