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Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

SAO PAULO — Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the match finished in a 0-0 stalemate.

A day after Germany lit up the World Cup with its clinical 7-1 destruction of host Brazil, the Netherlands and Argentina could not manage a goal between them in 120 minutes before the shootout.

Romero — thought to be a weak link in this Argentine team and not even a starter for his Monaco club most of last season — blocked penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder. For Argentina, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Garay, Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez all converted their spot kicks.

Argentina will play Germany in Sunday’s final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. That means Brazilians will have to watch their fiercest rivals play for the world title in their most hallowed stadium, bringing the country’s World Cup to an extra-bitter end.

It was the second straight penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw for the Dutch. Against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals, coach Louis van Gaal brought on substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul in the last seconds of extra time to replace Jasper Cillessen and Krul saved two efforts.

This time, Van Gaal had used up all three substitutions by the end of extra time and Cillessen had to face the shootout.

The young Ajax goalkeeper got a hand to Rodriguez’s decisive powerful shot but could only deflect it into the roof of the net, then collapsed onto his back in the goal. Krul walked across the pitch to console him and Van Gaal later gave him a pat on the back of the head.

Many of Argentina’s players stripped off their shirts in the rain at the Itaquerao Stadium and danced in front of their fans.

Argentina, a 2-time World Cup winner, reached its fifth final, its first in 24 years. It won the title in 1978 and 1986 and lost the championship matches in 1930 and 1990. It played West Germany in both the ‘86 and ‘90 finals.

The Netherlands, which has never won the World Cup, was seeking to reach its fourth final.

 
Doty and WoO returns to Limaland
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:14 PM
Brad Doty (foreground) enjoys a conversation with Tom Offenbacher, the producer of the “On the Fast Track at Limaland” show for Lima radio station 93.1 The FAN, during Tuesday’s press conference regarding today’s Ohio Logistics 26th annual Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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LIMA — Limaland Motorsports Park has developed quite a reputation in Northwest Ohio — and throughout the nation — for its racing schedule.

One of the main reasons is the annual Brad Doty Classic that has previously attracted NASCAR stars such as Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart to the semi-banked, 1/4-mile oval.

Today is the 26th annual installment of the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics event which brings the best of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to the dirt track west of Lima.

“This started as a benefit in 1989 for me and my family after an accident ending my racing career in 1988. It has grown into what we have today: an exciting, highly-competitive and highly-sought-after race on the circuit,” he reflected.

Especially since there has been seven different winners in the past eight events — defending champion Donny Schatz is the only 2-time winner in that span and is also the current leader of the World of Outlaws — 20 overall and only four that won twice: Schatz, Danny Smith, Steve Kinser and Dale Blaney.

“Steve has announced that 2014 will be his last year of full-time racing in the World of Outlaws, so this might be his final time here. I know he wants to win every race but I think he especially wants to win here,” Doty said. “This race is not only national in scope but international. You get drivers from Australia coming here to race. These are full-time professionals and they take it very seriously. That’s one of the reasons why this race has grown to what we have today.

“The second is the great racing that attracts fans. That is what you have to have every year and that, as a co-promoter, is what you work hard for; to make sure you have great racing.”

The setting itself is a great draw for racers and fans, according to Doty.

 
Bath earns ACME State berth at expense of Van Wert
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:12 PM
Van Wert’s Ryan McCracken makes contact with the ball on a pitch from Bath’s Andrew Renner Monday evening at Elida. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Staff Writer

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ELIDA — Bath scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning versus Van Wert in their ACME summer baseball District Tournament on a warm Monday evening at Ed Sandy Memorial Field in Elida.

Wildcat starter Andrew Renner made it stand up with a 3-hitter as the Wildcats dismissed the Cougars 7-0 to end their season at 15-8.

Bath (17-6) advances on to the ACME State Tournament Saturday night versus host Archbold.

Renner threw a 94-pitch complete game (52 strikes), ceding those three hits and walking four. He fanned one.

Cougar Caleb Fetzer was the hard-luck loser, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and five runs (2 earned), while walking four, striking out three and uncorking three wild pitches. Josh Braun finished the outing (2 2/2 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts).

Justice Tussing (triple), Joe Lisa and Ryan McCracken had the Cougar safeties.

“We fell behind and put us in uphill mode the rest of the way. In games like this, you never know what can happen,” Van Wert ACME coach Carlin Dunlap explained. “We made three errors and they were all costly; that will happen against good competition. Offensively, we hit into two double plays and just seemed a hit away. Their pitcher did a nice job of keeping us off-balance. All in all, this summer was a learning experience and we improved a lot. That’s what summer ball is for; finding out what you need to work on for the spring.”

Cam Jenkins had the best day at the plate for either unit, going 2-for-3 (2 doubles) and knocked in a run. Tyler Stahr scored twice.

Bath had no errors and turned a pair of double plays while Van Wert had three defensive miscues.

“Andrew isn’t a hard thrower but he keeps batters off-balance. Plus, he had great defense behind him,” Bath ACME coach Johnny Simindinger noted. “Offensively, getting the lead early really helps. We made solid contact and took advantage of everything they gave us.”

Bath got two unearned tallies in the first. A 2-base error on Tyler Stahr’s fly ball led it off. He advanced on a fly ball to deep center and scored as Jenkins drilled a double to right. Cam Clark’s groundout advanced the runner to third, from where he came plateward on an Andrew Jordan 2-baser to deep left.

 
Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:11 PM

Associated Press

 

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.

Nobody ever expected this.

The Germans tore apart Brazil’s porous defense time and time again Tuesday, routing the hosts 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, the largest margin of defeat at this stage in the history of the tournament.

“We wanted to make the people happy … unfortunately we couldn’t,” said Brazil defender David Luiz, who had scored in each of the last two matches. “We apologize to all Brazilians.”

The astounding scoreline is sure to overshadow Miroslav Klose’s record-setting 16th career World Cup goal. The strike pushed Klose past Brazil great Ronaldo, who was at the Mineirao Stadium on Tuesday as the Germans advanced to their eighth World Cup final.

Germany will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro with a chance to win for the fourth time.

Brazil was playing without Neymar, the team’s key player and the poster boy for the World Cup. He scored four goals in the group stage but Brazil’s attack seemed to get weaker and weaker as the tournament progressed. The Barcelona striker was ruled out of the tournament with a broken vertebra after getting kneed in the back in the quarterfinal win over Colombia, weakening the sputtering attack even more.

With Neymar sidelined and captain Thiago Silva suspended, the collective hopes of a nation remained high even if expectations were lowered.

The atmosphere at the start of the match was spine-tingling but the euphoria of the yellow-shirted thousands soon turned to tears as the Germans scored five goals in the first 30 minutes — four of them in a 7-minute span.

“It was very important to stay calm, cool and courageous in facing Brazilian passion,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

The loss matched Brazil’s most-lopsided defeat ever and it’s the first time the team has lost in an official competitive match on home soil since 1975, when Peru won 3-1 at the very same stadium in the Copa America. Its last loss at home came in a friendly with Paraguay in 2002.

Previously, Brazil’s biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. In the 1920 the South American championship, the predecessor of the Copa America, Brazil lost 6-0 to Uruguay.

 
Brantley homers, drives in 3; Indians beat Yankees
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:11 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and had three RBIs, Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead 2-run shot and the Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka’s bid to become the major league’s first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The first-time All-Star also had RBI doubles in the first and fifth, raising his average to .328.

Tanaka (12-4) allowed season worsts of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander, who lost for the third time in four starts, took a 3-2 lead into the sixth before Swisher, a former Yankee, hit a 2-run homer that put Cleveland on top.

Trevor Bauer (3-4) allowed three runs in seven innings and retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced. New York’s only base-runner in that stretch came on Swisher’s fifth-inning error. Bauer struck out six and walked two in winning for the first time since June 16.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

The Yankees were held to four hits, none coming after Brian McCann had a 1-out single in the third.

The Indians committed three errors, giving them a major league-high 75 for the season.

 
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