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Nadal, Sharapova lose; Serena leaves with illness
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


LONDON — Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon, losing to a brash, big-serving, between-the-legs-hitting 19-year-old kid who might just be a future star.

Maria Sharapova, somehow, seemed on the verge of a turnaround despite a flurry of unforced errors, saving six match points before finally succumbing on the seventh with — what else? — a missed shot.

And in the most striking sight of a memorable day of departures by past Wimbledon champions, Serena Williams couldn't get the ball over the net in a doubles match with her sister Venus, stopping after three games because of what was called a viral illness.

All in all, Tuesday was chock-full of significant events; the most noteworthy winner had to be 144th-ranked Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who used 37 aces and a have-no-fear approach to beat Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 for a quarterfinal berth.

Agent for Browns' Hoyer confident contract coming
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Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 01, 2014 7:09 PM )


Associated Press


CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer's precarious grip on the Browns' starting job — and rookie Johnny Manziel's presence — makes it tough to negotiate a new contract for the quarterback.

His agent thinks it will happen anyway.

Hoyer, who is coming back after undergoing offseason right knee surgery, will enter training camp with the lead in his competition with Manziel. But until the Browns are convinced Hoyer is healthy and providing he holds off Manziel, it's difficult for the team to gauge his value. Agent Joe Linta said the sides have had some preliminary discussions but it may be some time before they get serious about negotiations.


Rutgers holds party to celebrate joining Big Ten
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Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers marked its first day in the Big Ten with a party at its football stadium.

Tuesday's celebration attracted a crowd of about 2,000 fans, who listened to music from a cover band and watched as fireworks went off at the end of the night. There also were big inflatable houses for the kids.

"I think today is going to be like an anniversary," Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood said. "Whether it's a wedding anniversary, something like a birthday, I think this will be a date throughout history that the Rutgers family is really going to remember."

Knights, ‘Riders advance Monday
Written by Daniel Joseph   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 01, 2014 6:56 PM )


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CONVOY – After playing just two days before, the Lincolnview Lancers and Crestview Knights met at Crestview Monday afternoon in ACME District 5 sectional tournament action.

In the game on Saturday, the Knights walked away with a 14-0, no-hit win, but Monday’s game was much closer. Still, the Knights were too much to handle for Lincolnview as Crestview advanced with a 7-2 win.

In the second game, St. Marys Memorial edged Van Wert 1-0.

In the first contest, Crestview third baseman Jordan Miller doubled to open the home half of the first and eventually scored on a Lancer error.

The Knights added single runs in the third and fourth before Lincolnview could do any damage versus Crestview starter Zach Simerman.

After a leadoff strikeout to begin the top of the fifth, Dustin Hale and Keli Ralston had back-to-back singles before being advanced by a sacrifice bunt. Austin Leeth then belted one to left, scoring both runners.

The Knights retaliated by scoring two runs in the fifth, followed by two more in the sixth inning. Crestview brought eight batters to the dish in the fifth inning but only had one hit as they took advantage of three walks and two Lancer errors.

The two runs in the sixth came with two outs in the inning.

Simerman started the game for the Knights and allowed just four hits and two runs in his five innings worked.

“I’m very pleased with Zach’s start on the mound today,” said Knight coach Jeff Helm. “He gave us some solid innings and I’m proud of Jon (Krouse) for coming in and closing the door. They both hit their spots well today and we kept them (Lincolnview) off the base paths because of that.”

The Lancers have been eliminated from the ACME tournament and finish the tournament with a 1-2 record, with the win being over Jefferson on Sunday night.

In the second battle, hits were few and far between, each team managing just two hits on the day, but St. Marys had the only tally in the bottom of the first.

Elida eliminated from ACME tourney
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Monday, June 30, 2014 8:00 PM


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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.