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

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By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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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.

 
LeBron James returns to Cavaliers: ‘I’m coming home’
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM

By TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.

To Ohio. Home.

Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and crushed a long-suffering city’s championship hopes, James is coming back to play for the Cavaliers to try and end Cleveland’s half-century title drought. He’s returning to his basketball roots, to the people who know him best to make good on a promise.

James made the announcement Friday with a powerful essay written for Sports Illustrated. His decision ended two weeks of speculation with the entire league waiting on his move.

When he finally made it, Cleveland was his choice over re-signing with the Heat.

“I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland,” he said to SI. “The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.”

 
Reds rally late for 6-5 win over Pirates
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM

By JOE KAY

AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Brayan Pena’s pinch-hit single in the eighth inning completed another late rally by the Reds, who overcame more injuries on Friday and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 to keep their momentum going toward the All-Star break.

Down 5-1 after six innings, the Reds scored twice with the help of third baseman Pedro Alvarez’s throwing error in the seventh and added three more in the eighth. Cincinnati is 7-2 on its 11-game homestand leading into the break.

Devin Mesoraco homered with two outs off left-hander Tony Watson (5-1) in the eighth, and the Reds put together four more singles, with RBI hits by Ramon Santiago and Pena completing Cincinnati’s second big comeback of the week.

Curtis Partch (1-0), called up earlier in the day, escaped a bases-loaded threat in the eighth.

Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in the ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances. He has at least one strikeout in his last 40 appearances, passing Bruce Sutter for the record by a major league reliever since 1900.

 
Fish Ohio
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Division of Wildlife

NORTHWEST OHIO

Bressler Reservior (582 acres; Allen County) – Bluegill: can be caught along the entire shoreline; however, anglers usually have the best success at the east end of the north shore. Walleye: can be caught along the drop-off all along the shoreline, or near the underwater island; try drifting or trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits in the morning and evenings. In addition, the underwater island adjacent to the conservation pool along the southern shoreline has shallower depths to 10 feet which provide better food production than the deeper waters of the reservoir and can serve as a fish concentration device.

Lake La Su An (82 acres; Williams County) – Bluegill: Good numbers of Fish Ohio bluegill are being caught with some more than 10 inches; anglers are having the best success using jigs tipped with wax worms or redworms. This fishery is intensively managed to maintain the harvest of large bluegill; all area lakes are open to public fishing Friday-Monday from sunrise to sunset until Sept. 29. There is a limit of 25 per day (area-wide) with only 5 8-plus inches or larger allowed. For additional rules and information, visit wildohio.gov.

 
Swisher leads Tribe past ChiSox
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber allowed four runs in six innings, and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the fifth, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Kluber (9-6), left off the AL All-Star team despite a strong first half, wasn’t his usual dominant self but pitched well enough to win. The right-hander has won three of his last four decisions. Cody Allen struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save.

Swisher’s homer off Hector Noesi (3-7) to center field broke a 4-4 tie. David Murphy also homered for Cleveland, his first since May 21.

Before Swisher’s home run, the biggest cheer from the crowd of 24,652 came when the Indians put a message on the scoreboard welcoming home NBA superstar LeBron James, who announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chants of “LBJ” were heard later in the game.

Adam Dunn hit a leadoff homer in the fifth for Chicago, which has lost three straight.

The Indians were helped by an overturned call on a replay in the fifth. Asdrubal Cabrera was originally called out trying to steal second, but manager Terry Francona challenged the call, and Cabrera was ruled safe after a review.

Lonnie Chisenhall’s single tied it before Swisher homered to center.

 
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