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Jefferson ekes out 1-0 triumph over Miller City
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:14 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 09, 2014 6:51 PM )


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DELPHOS — In high school baseball, pitching is usually far advanced of the batting, especially early on.

Therefore, it becomes important to find ways to score runs.

Jefferson did that Tuesday night at Wildcat Field, eking out a 1-0 non-league dandy over Miller City.

The game was moved from the Miller City park in the afternoon due to wet conditions.

The hosts used three senior pitchers: starter and winner Jordan Herron (1-0; 3 IPs, 1 hit, 2 BB, 2 Ks), Ross Thompson (1 IP, 1 hit, 1 K) and Austin Jettinghoff (1st save; 3 IPs, 2 hits, 3 Ks); combining for 92 pitches total.

Rockets soar by Musketeers in PCL baseball
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:13 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:54 PM )


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PANDORA — Despite most of the baseball and softball games in the area being postponed due to poor field conditions, the Fort Jennings Musketeers and Pandora-Gilboa Rockets braved the wind and cold for a Putnam County League baseball showdown.

The Rockets were trying to remain among the ranks of the unbeaten, while the Musketeers were trying to make it two in a row in PCL play.

The hosts had scored 32 runs in their previous two games and were off to a similar start, scoring three runs in the first and adding two more in the second to come away with a 5-2 victory.

UConn men and women take championship title
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:09 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:16 PM )

Huskies again star in the underdog role

Associated Press


ARLINGTON, Texas — The Connecticut Huskies lost their coach, their teammates, their chance to play at the NCAA tournament for a year. They were castoffs, unwanted mutts without a home, told they had no chance.

Well, look who’s woofing now.

Playing with a chip-on-their-shoulder mentality and poise down the stretch, UConn starred in the underdog role for the second time in four years, knocking off Kentucky 60-54 Monday night in North Texas.

“It feels so good to prove the world wrong,” UConn junior guard Ryan Boatright said.

It was quite a journey to get here.

UConn won a national title in 2011 behind do-it-all guard Kemba Walker. One setback after another followed.

Coach Jim Calhoun retired in 2012. Players left the program, three who transferred away and two who left for the NBA.

The Huskies were barred from the 2013 tournament for failing to meet NCAA academic standards. They scrambled to find a home after the Big East blew up, landing in the American Athletic Conference.

UConn fought its way through last season, winning 20 games despite no hope of playing in the postseason, yet still was dismissed heading into this season.

The Huskies turned a few heads with an opening 9-game winning streak but were given little chance of making a run after stumbling late in the season. Of the 11.01 million brackets submitted on ESPN.com, only 0.3 percent picked them to win it all.

UConn continued to go against the grain of public opinion as it advanced through the bracket, beating the odds while knocking off Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State and top-seeded Florida to reach the championship game.

Again, the Huskies were not supposed to win, told they were no match for the length and athleticism of Kentucky’s one-and-done freshmen, expected to get run over by those speedy ‘Cats.

Again, they wouldn’t listen.

Relying on its veteran leaders, UConn jumped to a big early lead, kept its composure whenever Kentucky tried to make a run and counterpunched every time the Wildcats landed a blow.

Senior Shabazz Napier took what he learned from Walker, his mentor, and became the leader who took the Huskies to a title, finishing with 22 points and six rebounds to bookend his career with national championships.

Gritty Ryan Boatright gave Kentucky fits at both ends all night, scoring 14 points while teaming with Napier to lock down the Wildcats’ heralded twins, Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

Kevin Ollie proved a more-than-able caretaker of the program Calhoun built, creating his own legacy by becoming the first coach to win a national title within two years on his first Division I job since Michigan’s Steve Fisher in 1989.

Without Tiger, the Masters has an open look
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:07 PM

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — One after another, some of the world’s best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.

Phil Mickelson. Rory McIlroy. Adam Scott.

It was typical of any Tuesday at Augusta National, except for the scoreboard to the right of where they were walking. The board has the names of all 97 players in the field, with blank boxes to put their scores when the tournament begins. On the far right side of the board is a list of this year’s noncompeting invitees.

Tommy Aaron. Doug Ford. Tiger Woods.

“It’s a weird feeling not having him here, isn’t it?” asked Mickelson, a 3-time Masters champion and the chief foil for Woods over the years. “He’s been such a mainstay in professional golf and in the majors. It’s awkward to not have him here. I hope he gets back soon. I hope he’s back for the other majors. As much as I want to win — and I know how great he is and tough to beat — it makes it special when he’s in the field and you’re able to win.”

Woods hasn’t been the same all year, even before back surgery last week. He is missing the Masters for the first time. His presence looms as large as some of the Georgia pines lining the fairways, though it will be forgotten when the opening shot is in the air Thursday, and a green jacket is awarded Sunday.

Even so, Woods brings a buzz to any tournament, even at Augusta National.

Logano holds on for Sprint Cup win in Texas
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:00 AM


Associated Press


FORT WORTH, Texas — Joey Logano had a big lead and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag at Texas.

The late caution and extra laps? They just made his victory Monday in the rain-delayed Sprint Cup race that much more exciting.

With a last-lap pass of Jeff Gordon in NASCAR's version of overtime, Logano became the seventh different winner in as many races this season, with new rules for the championship Chase putting an increased emphasis on winning.

Logano had a 2.2-second lead on teammate Brad Keselowski while closing on in the white flag that would have guaranteed no extra laps. Then came out the caution for debris on the track after Kurt Busch went into the wall.