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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

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REDS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 0

CINCINNATI — Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run — a rare commodity for the Reds these days — leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

The Reds won for only the second time in 11 games since the All-Star break. The offense has been the biggest problem, scoring only 20 runs — by far the fewest in the majors over that span. Leake (8-9) pitched in that way, too.

His single off the glove of diving third baseman Martin Prado drove in a run in the second off Trevor Cahill (1-8), who has yet to win as a starter this season. Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena also had RBI singles off Cahill, who fell to 0-6 in seven starts this season.

A Reds lineup already missing first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips — both on the disabled list — also was without rightfielder Jay Bruce, who went on bereavement leave for his grandfather’s death.

 
Gordon eyeing 5th title after big Brickyard win
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

By JENNA FRYER

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INDIANAPOLIS — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels.

He was the “Wonder Boy” who racked up wins at a record place. He brought the southern sport to Madison Avenue and became such a household name that even rapper Nelly name-dropped Gordon in a song.

Gordon won all the big races, collected four championships in seven years and had 58 victories before his 30th birthday.

Then his pace began to slow, the rest of the field caught up to him and Johnson moved into the Hendrick Motorsports shop as the new kid on the block. Gordon hasn’t won a title since, while Johnson has won five.

Now, 13 years after Gordon launched “The Drive for 5,” Gordon is on track to collect that elusive fifth title.

The Sprint Cup points leader won Sunday’s Brickyard 400, a race that often gives a preview of the championship. Nine times in 21 years, the winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway went on to hoist the Cup at the end of the year.

 
NBA Roundup
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

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More tickets offered for LeBron's homecoming show

AKRON — LeBron James' Ohio hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday and fans claimed them within hours. The city says more tickets will be made available this evening in response to the overwhelming demand.

Organizers aren't divulging how many tickets are being offered today or in total. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people. It's unclear how much space will be used for the event, which is described as a show rather than a rally or party.

James is returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.

 
Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

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CHICAGO — As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder:

What if a playoff system were in place? Would the Spartans be playing for the biggest prize?

No need to wonder anymore. The old BCS system is out. A 4-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences.

 
Jones’ HOF induction adds to Seattle’s big year
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

By TIM BOOTH

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RENTON, Wash. — As Walter Jones started going through names to give his induction speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he constantly came back to his son Walterius.

The youngster was with him in New York during Super Bowl week when Jones found out he’d be honored in his first year of eligibility and just the third player having spent their entire career with Seattle Seahawks to be inducted. It felt only right to have the 14-year-old give the speech.

Talk about a unique summer vacation project.

“When I asked him if he wanted to present me he was like, ‘Well, there’s nobody else that’s going to do it’,” Jones recalled. “He’s been with me throughout this whole process, so he was an easy answer to present me.”

Regarded as one of the game’s best offensive tackles ever, Jones will get his gold jacket Saturday night and add to a year that has seen the Seahawks reach the pinnacle of the NFL. The party in New York in February didn’t stop with Jones being voted into the Hall of Fame on his first try. That was just the beginning. A day later, he was at MetLife Stadium to watch Seattle’s 43-8 rout of Denver to claim its first championship.

 
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