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World Cup title ends 10-year project for Germany
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Monday, July 14, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Cup title for Joachim Loew and his "golden generation" crowned a process that was 10 years in the making. With a talented crop of new players coming through, the future looks bright for Germany.

The 1-0 victory over Argentina at the Maracana that gave Germany its fourth title and made it the first European team to win the championship on South American soil completed a circle for Loew that began in 2004, when he became Juergen Klinsmann's assistant.

The two friends began plotting how to bring the title back to Germany and rejuvenated the team, creating an attacking, entertaining style that pleased the eye and promised success.

 
Dawg Pound: Browns getting dog mascot 'Swagger'
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Monday, July 14, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

CLEVELAND — Johnny Manziel's newest teammate with the Browns has four legs and can roll over on command.

A dog named "Swagger" will lead them onto the field next season, Cleveland team vice president of marketing Kevin Griffin revealed in a radio interview. Griffin says the dog is a bull mastiff, described by The American Kennel Club as a dog "that possesses great intelligence and a willingness to please, making them ideal family companions and protectors."

 
NBA Roundup
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Monday, July 14, 2014 8:00 PM

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Pacers face new challenges in Central Division

INDIANAPOLIS — The road to another Eastern Conference final just got a whole lot tougher for the Indiana Pacers.

In less than a month, they've seen their division transformed from Lottery Central to the NBA's center of attention.

LeBron James' decision to go home has Cleveland back on the list of title contenders. The addition of Pau Gasol and the return of a healthy Derrick Rose could give the Bulls their most formidable lineup in three seasons. The Bucks used the league's worst record to add No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker, and struggling Detroit has signed three free agents to go with Andre Drummond and Brandon Jennings. And the 2-time defending division champ Pacers were the best regular-season team in the East last season.

 
Negron hits 1st homer in Reds’ 6-3 win over Bucs
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Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:00 PM

By MARK SCHMETZER

Associated Press

 

CINCINNATI — Kris Negron waited a long time for his first major-league home run. When it came, he was in a hurry to celebrate with his teammates.

Negron hit a 3-run homer, All-Star Todd Frazier added a 2-run shot and the Cincinnati Reds rolled into the break with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday for his first appearance in the majors since playing four games in 2012, Negron hit an opposite-field homer to right off Francisco Liriano in the second inning.

The RBIs were the first of his career, and the hit was his second.

“Negron is a tempo guy,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “You could tell it was a surreal moment for him because he was flying around the bases. It was a lifetime achievement.

Negron has been in professional baseball for nine years. He was promoted from the minors when second baseman Brandon Phillips was put on the disabled list with torn ligaments in his left thumb.

“I was so amped up that I was around the bases as quickly as I could be,” Negron said. “I love playing this game. You have your ups and downs but you have to keep playing. I’m not thinking about how long I’m going to be here. I’m just blessed with the opportunity and I’m going to keep playing whenever my number is called.”

The game was delayed by rain for 56 minutes with Pittsburgh batting in the top of the fifth.

 
Gomes’ homer gives Indians win
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Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 13, 2014 6:22 PM )

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes made sure the Indians went into the All-Star break on a positive note.

Gomes drove in all three runs, including a go-ahead 2-run homer in the eighth inning, and Cleveland rallied for a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Gomes’ blast to right off Javy Guerra (0-2) came after the White Sox scored two runs in top of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Nick Swisher led off with a single before Gomes, who also had an RBI single in the second, hit a 1-1 pitch into Chicago’s bullpen.

Gomes, who threw his arms in the air as he rounded first base after his 12th homer of the season, wasn’t trying to do anything dramatic.

“I was just trying to do the same thing Swish did, and just get a hit,” he said. “I definitely wasn’t thinking about doing hitting a home run.”

“I’m thrilled for him because he was a little under the weather today but he didn’t want to come out of the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Guerra admitted he didn’t make a good pitch.

“A slider, came out, wasn’t a very good one,” he said. “(Gomes) did what he was supposed to. Broken-bat base hit to left, next guy hits a homer. It’s just bad luck. Bad inning.”

 
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