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Belgium is just better — it’s not a crime
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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What to make of the United States losing a 2-1 heart-breaker in the World Cup quarterfinals to Belgium?

I will lend my voice — or my keyboard, since this is a computer — to the many that have praised the work of long-time US goalkeeper Tim Howard.

He was outstanding/awesome/incredible — some might even write mediocre! — against incredible pressure, especially considering the circumstances and environment in which the teams squared off.

Let’s face it: the Americans would have lost in regulation had it not been for his heroics, the Belgians were that dominant.

At some point, though, when you give a team as skilled as Belgium that many chances — that many relatively open looks — you could have an octopus back there and he wouldn’t be able to stop all of them.

I put the “blame” where it belongs: in the midfield and back line.

Even there, it isn’t so much blame — they are very competent players we have in those spots and they belong on the World Cup roster — as a lack of real execution of the game plan.

The reason the Belgians had so many good looks is because our team’s ball possession was so poor.

Ask any coach around here — or any where, for that matter, at any level — and they will tell you that you can run the most sophisticated schemes, have the greatest “shapes” — a word that gets bandied about a lot during the World Cup — in their offensive or defensive sets but it doesn’t matter if you never have the ball.

I for one just think it came down to the better team winning the match.

Their players simply have worked at the game a lot longer and a lot more than “our” boys; they have grown up with it and played it at a higher level for a lot longer.

 
Cougars stay alive in ACME Districts
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media

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ELIDA — With their backs to the wall— win or go home for the summer — Van Wert lefty Ryan Stoller held down St. Marys Memorial enough for a 6-4 victory in the losers’-bracket ACME District tournament Saturday afternoon at Ed Sandy Memorial Field at the Elida Athletic Complex.

Stoller threw a 112-pitch complete game (73 strikes), ceding seven hits and four earned runs. He walked five and fanned 10.

 
Browns WR Gordon charged with DWI in NC
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh on Saturday, bringing the troubled Pro Bowler's already cloudy future into more doubt.

Gordon was taken into custody after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on U.S. 70 in northwest Raleigh around 3 a.m. Saturday, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

 
Hurley extends lead to 2 at Greenbrier Classic
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Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley III doesn't plan to lose much rest sitting on a third-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.

The former U.S. Navy officer shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to extend his advantage to two strokes over Angel Cabrera entering the final round of the Greenbrier Classic.

"I've been working for a long time to win on the PGA Tour," Hurley said. "I figure if I shoot the lowest score tomorrow, I can't lose."

 
Special K: 2nd Wimbledon title for Petra Kvitova
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Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

LONDON — Petra Kvitova plays so much better at the All England Club than anywhere else and now she owns two championships to prove it.

In one of the most dominant performances in a women's final at Wimbledon, the sixth-seeded Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered and overwhelmed 13th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes Saturday to add to her 2011 title at the grass-court Grand Slam.

"I know," Kvitova said, "this is the best tournament for me."

 
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