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Pirates conquer Braves in LL finals
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:12 PM
The Delphos Pirates finished a successful 2014 Tri-County Little League campaign as champions of the post-season tournament Wednesday night, after also sweeping the regular season and Fourth of July Tournament. Members of the team are, front row left to right, Trent Lindeman, Brady Zalar, Braxton Scalf, Cole Binkley and Devin Haggard; and back, assistant coach Lenny Hubert, Blake Fischbach, Logan Hubert, head coach Ray Geary, Hunter Haehn, Brady Parrish and assistant coach Scott Scalf. Absent is Jaylen Jefferson. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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DELPHOS — The Mel and Dee Westrich Memorial Athletic Complex at Delphos Stadium Park was the site of Wednesday’s Tri-County Little League finals matching the Delphos Pirates and the Delphos Braves.

The Pirates were going for a clean sweep of the 2014 summer — regular season, Fourth of July Tournament and the league tournament.

They scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning and southpaw Braxton Scalf shut the door in the top of the sixth to give them that tourney title with a 3-2 victory.

Scalf got the save with his one inning of relief (1 hit, 1 base-on-balls), with second hurler Hunter Haehn (2 innings, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 BBs) getting the win.

Brady Parrish threw the first three frames (2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 BBs, 6 Ks). The trio combined for 110 pitches (62 strikes).

The runs gave the loss to Braves’ reliever Brady Welker (2 IPs, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 BB, 2 Ks), taking over for starter Carson Muhlenkamp (3 IPs, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 3 BBs, 5 Ks). The duo combined for 86 pitches (51 strikes).

Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, ninth hitter Trent Lindeman led off the Pirates’ half with a free pass. Scalf (2 runs) walked and a passed ball advanced both runners. An out later, Blake Fischbach (2-for-2, walk, 2 runs batted in) lashed a 2-run single to deep center for that 3-2 lead. He advanced on a wild pitch but a strikeout and bounceout ended the threat.

College Football Roundup
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:08 PM

Associated Press

Kent State at Ohio State noon start on Sept. 13

COLUMBUS — Kent State and Ohio State will kick off at noon on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium.

The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, the Big Ten announced on Wednesday.

Eight of Ohio State's 2014 games now have a start time, including a record five night games: Aug. 30 vs. Navy, noon, at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium; Sept. 6, Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.; Sept. 13, Kent State, noon; Sept. 27, Cincinnati, 6 p.m.; Oct. 18, Rutgers, 3:30 p.m.; Oct. 25, at Penn State, 8 p.m.; Nov. 1, Illinois, 8 p.m.; Nov. 8, at Michigan State, 8 p.m.

The kickoff times and television networks for the Buckeyes' remaining four games will be determined later.

A new generation emerging at golf’s oldest major
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


HOYLAKE, England — Even when he’s not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.

Woods earned that attention by piling up majors at a faster rate than anyone in history and the attention is just as great now because his recent past includes back surgery and his immediate future is more uncertain than ever. ESPN plans to show his entire round online today.

Not to be overlooked at golf’s oldest championship, however, is a new generation of stars.

Rickie Fowler and Harris English will be playing ahead of him. Two groups behind will be Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama. They are among 25 players who share a bond that speaks to the state of golf. Woods has never won a major during their professional careers.

Yes, they saw his dominance on TV. They just never experienced it.

They were not around for the decade when Woods won majors with regularity, sometimes by a record score, sometimes by a record margin. They missed the days that were so Tiger-centric a player couldn’t get through an interview without being asked something about Woods.

“Tiger ruined a lot of guys’ lives,” Charles Howell III, a longtime friend of Woods who lived through those times, said earlier in the year. “He caused a lot of people some sleepless Sunday nights. But he also motivated an entire generation behind him.”

Howell’s point was that while the next generation might have been in awe of Woods, being outside the arena allowed them to study him without getting scarred. They learned from the way he worked. They were more prepared than the generation before them.

The talk at this British Open is that it is more open than ever.

But then, that’s been the case since Woods won his last major six years ago. Since that 2008 U.S. Open, 19 players have won majors; no one has won more than two. In the 24 majors leading up to his last major, Woods won six, Phil Mickelson won three and no one else won more than one.

Bengals DL Montgomery's SC speeding ticket dropped
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:50 PM

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LAURENS, S.C. — A South Carolina speeding ticket against Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery has been thrown out after the trooper who wrote the ticket didn't show up in court.

Defense attorney Jim Todd said he entered a not guilty plea on Montgomery's behalf Wednesday in traffic court in Laurens. The judge accepted the plea and dismissed the ticket.

Montgomery was arrested and spent a night in jail after Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter clocked him going 89 mph in a 55-mph zone. But the trooper's dashboard camera also captured the officer threatening to use a Taser because the 6-3, 262-pound lineman was struggling to understand his commands.

Saints confirm multiyear deal with Jimmy Graham
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:36 PM

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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints on Tuesday confirmed a multi-year contract with Jimmy Graham, ending a protracted holdout for the star tight end.

Graham skipped all of the Saints' voluntary and mandatory practices and workouts — and challenged the NFL's franchise tag process through arbitration.

The odds of Graham leaving the Saints were slim since the club in late February placed its franchise tag on the player.