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Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

BETHESDA, Md. — Patrick Reed held it together Saturday at Congressional to build a 2-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National and put himself in an ideal position.

He has never lost a PGA Tour event when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

Reed made three bogeys in a 7-hole stretch in the middle of his round and salvaged an even-par 71, giving him a 2-shot lead over Seung-yul Noh, Freddie Jacobson and Marc Leishman going into the final round.

He was at 6-under 207.

Reed will try to become the only player with four PGA Tour victories in the last year and history is on his side. He won the Wyndham Championship when tied for the lead going into Sunday and converted a 7-shot lead at the Humana Challenge and a 2-shot lead at Doral into victories.

Reed matched the highest score to par for a 54-hole leader in a tour event at Congressional. The other time was in 1983 at the old Kemper Open.

Noh finished off his 5-under 66 — the best score of the third round — about the time the leaders went off. He was at 4-under 209, which looked better by the hour.

Jacobson made four birdies in his opening eight holes to reach 8 under, only to take double bogey on the 11th hole and a sloppy bogey on the par-5 16th hole. He wound up with a 71. Leishman was still only one shot behind until he failed to get up-and-down for par on the 17th and fell to a 73.

 
American riders have sights set on Tour de France
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

By DAVE SKRETTA

Associated Press

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five years ago, while Alberto Contador was riding to victory in the Tour de France, Andrew Talansky was a vagabond cyclist scratching out a living in races across the United States.

He had returned from Europe disenchanted by an experience with a low-level team. He wasn't sure what his future held but knew he still loved to ride. So with few other options and the support of his family, he loaded up his belongings and spent the summer living out of his car.

"I made absolutely zero dollars that year," Talansky said, laughing. "I still own the car. It's a Honda Fit. It's a great car, man. Lives up to its name. You can fit a surprising amount of things in it — time trial bike, road bike, wheels, trainer, food, bags. Whatever you need."

 
Jefferson punishes Bearcats, 13-4
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, June 27, 2014 8:00 PM
Jefferson’s Brandan Herron delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of the Wildcats’ ACME tournament win over Spencerville on Friday afternoon. (DHI Media/John Parent)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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CONVOY — Jefferson pounded out 13 hits and punished Spencerville 13-4 in Friday’s opener at Convoy.

The Wildcats put four players on the mound: lefty starter Jake Pulford and righties Brendan Herron, Jace Stockwell and Hunter Binkley.

Spencerville used three hurlers in what ended up being their summer season finale — Luke Carpenter, Mitchell Youngpeter and Brady Becker.

The Wildcats put up a 2-spot in the top of the first. Stockwell led off with a single to left, stole second and took third on a Hunter Binkley base hit. After Binkley stole second, Gaige Rassman flied out to center to score Stockwell and moved Binkley to third, from where he scored on a Gage Mercer rip down the left-field line.

The Wildcats made it 6-0 in the top of the second. Nick Fitch grounded a hit into right and Kurt Wollenhaupt singled up the gut before Stockwell singled to load the bases. An error on Binkley’s grounder plated Wollenhaupt and Teman and advanced Stockwell to third. Rassman slapped a single to center that got Stockwell and Binkley across for a 6-0 edge.

 
Fetzer 1-hits Jays in ACME tourney
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, June 27, 2014 8:00 PM
Ethan Williams comes home to score a run for Van Wert as St. John’s catcher Buddy Jackson awaits a throw during the first inning of the Cougars’ 14-0 win on Friday night. Van Wert advances to play Jefferson on Saturday. St. John’s will play again on Sunday. (DHI Media/John Parent)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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CONVOY — Caleb Fetzer didn’t need a lot of help in the second game of the District 5 ACME summer baseball opener Friday night at the Crestview Sports Complex.

He 1-hit St. John’s.

However, he also got plenty of offensive help with an 11-hit attack and four Blue Jays errors in a 14-0, 5-inning affair.

The Cougars advance to a matchup with Jefferson — the other winner Friday afternoon — at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Fetzer tossed 73 pitches (44 strikes) while walking four with four strikeouts.

The Jays used four hurlers: lefty starter Jake Youngpeter, who was charged with 8 runs (3 earned) in 1.1 innings, Gage Seffernick, Josh Warnecke and Ryan Hellman. All told they threw 115 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Youngpeter tossed 42 in the bottom of the first inning alone when he was tagged for five runs. With one down, Joe Lisa singled after staying alive on an error on a foul pop, Brandt Henry walked and Fetzer singled in Lisa, with the other runners advancing on the throw home. An error on Mason Carr’s ground ball scored Henry and put runners on the corners. After Carr stole second, Ethan Williams slapped a 2-run knock to right, part of a 4-RBI night for the third baseman. Gavin Gardner kept the inning going with a double to left center, and Williams scored on a Ryan McCracken groundout for a 5-0 lead.

 
US ready to take on Belgium in World Cup
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Friday, June 27, 2014 8:00 PM

BY RONALD BLUM

AP Sports Writer

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Now that the U.S. has survived the so-called “Group of Death,” it’s time for sudden death: the knockout phase of the World Cup.

The Americans play Belgium on Tuesday night in the round of 16, hoping to show they’re better than the U.S. team that lost in overtime to Ghana in the second round four years ago.

“By no means are we satisfied with just getting out of the group,” midfielder Graham Zusi said Sunday after the Americans advanced despite a 1-0 loss to Germany. “We want to keep going and make some history.”

Belgium eased past the Americans 4-2 in a May 2013 exhibition at Cleveland on two goals by Christian Benteke (currently sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon), and one each from Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas. Two years earlier, Belgium won 1-0 in Brussels on Nicolas Lombaerts’ half-volley in the 55th minute in Jurgen Klinsmann’s first road game with the U.S.

“They’re a top team. Everyone around Europe will tell you how good they are,” American goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “They’ve got so many good players, young players, strong, fast, good on the ball. I actually think because of that we match up well with them, but we’ll see.”

 
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