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Doty and WoO returns to Limaland
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:14 PM
Brad Doty (foreground) enjoys a conversation with Tom Offenbacher, the producer of the “On the Fast Track at Limaland” show for Lima radio station 93.1 The FAN, during Tuesday’s press conference regarding today’s Ohio Logistics 26th annual Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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LIMA — Limaland Motorsports Park has developed quite a reputation in Northwest Ohio — and throughout the nation — for its racing schedule.

One of the main reasons is the annual Brad Doty Classic that has previously attracted NASCAR stars such as Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart to the semi-banked, 1/4-mile oval.

Today is the 26th annual installment of the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics event which brings the best of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to the dirt track west of Lima.

“This started as a benefit in 1989 for me and my family after an accident ending my racing career in 1988. It has grown into what we have today: an exciting, highly-competitive and highly-sought-after race on the circuit,” he reflected.

Especially since there has been seven different winners in the past eight events — defending champion Donny Schatz is the only 2-time winner in that span and is also the current leader of the World of Outlaws — 20 overall and only four that won twice: Schatz, Danny Smith, Steve Kinser and Dale Blaney.

“Steve has announced that 2014 will be his last year of full-time racing in the World of Outlaws, so this might be his final time here. I know he wants to win every race but I think he especially wants to win here,” Doty said. “This race is not only national in scope but international. You get drivers from Australia coming here to race. These are full-time professionals and they take it very seriously. That’s one of the reasons why this race has grown to what we have today.

“The second is the great racing that attracts fans. That is what you have to have every year and that, as a co-promoter, is what you work hard for; to make sure you have great racing.”

The setting itself is a great draw for racers and fans, according to Doty.

Bath earns ACME State berth at expense of Van Wert
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:12 PM
Van Wert’s Ryan McCracken makes contact with the ball on a pitch from Bath’s Andrew Renner Monday evening at Elida. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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ELIDA — Bath scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning versus Van Wert in their ACME summer baseball District Tournament on a warm Monday evening at Ed Sandy Memorial Field in Elida.

Wildcat starter Andrew Renner made it stand up with a 3-hitter as the Wildcats dismissed the Cougars 7-0 to end their season at 15-8.

Bath (17-6) advances on to the ACME State Tournament Saturday night versus host Archbold.

Renner threw a 94-pitch complete game (52 strikes), ceding those three hits and walking four. He fanned one.

Cougar Caleb Fetzer was the hard-luck loser, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and five runs (2 earned), while walking four, striking out three and uncorking three wild pitches. Josh Braun finished the outing (2 2/2 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts).

Justice Tussing (triple), Joe Lisa and Ryan McCracken had the Cougar safeties.

“We fell behind and put us in uphill mode the rest of the way. In games like this, you never know what can happen,” Van Wert ACME coach Carlin Dunlap explained. “We made three errors and they were all costly; that will happen against good competition. Offensively, we hit into two double plays and just seemed a hit away. Their pitcher did a nice job of keeping us off-balance. All in all, this summer was a learning experience and we improved a lot. That’s what summer ball is for; finding out what you need to work on for the spring.”

Cam Jenkins had the best day at the plate for either unit, going 2-for-3 (2 doubles) and knocked in a run. Tyler Stahr scored twice.

Bath had no errors and turned a pair of double plays while Van Wert had three defensive miscues.

“Andrew isn’t a hard thrower but he keeps batters off-balance. Plus, he had great defense behind him,” Bath ACME coach Johnny Simindinger noted. “Offensively, getting the lead early really helps. We made solid contact and took advantage of everything they gave us.”

Bath got two unearned tallies in the first. A 2-base error on Tyler Stahr’s fly ball led it off. He advanced on a fly ball to deep center and scored as Jenkins drilled a double to right. Cam Clark’s groundout advanced the runner to third, from where he came plateward on an Andrew Jordan 2-baser to deep left.

Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:11 PM

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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.

Nobody ever expected this.

The Germans tore apart Brazil’s porous defense time and time again Tuesday, routing the hosts 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, the largest margin of defeat at this stage in the history of the tournament.

“We wanted to make the people happy … unfortunately we couldn’t,” said Brazil defender David Luiz, who had scored in each of the last two matches. “We apologize to all Brazilians.”

The astounding scoreline is sure to overshadow Miroslav Klose’s record-setting 16th career World Cup goal. The strike pushed Klose past Brazil great Ronaldo, who was at the Mineirao Stadium on Tuesday as the Germans advanced to their eighth World Cup final.

Germany will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro with a chance to win for the fourth time.

Brazil was playing without Neymar, the team’s key player and the poster boy for the World Cup. He scored four goals in the group stage but Brazil’s attack seemed to get weaker and weaker as the tournament progressed. The Barcelona striker was ruled out of the tournament with a broken vertebra after getting kneed in the back in the quarterfinal win over Colombia, weakening the sputtering attack even more.

With Neymar sidelined and captain Thiago Silva suspended, the collective hopes of a nation remained high even if expectations were lowered.

The atmosphere at the start of the match was spine-tingling but the euphoria of the yellow-shirted thousands soon turned to tears as the Germans scored five goals in the first 30 minutes — four of them in a 7-minute span.

“It was very important to stay calm, cool and courageous in facing Brazilian passion,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

The loss matched Brazil’s most-lopsided defeat ever and it’s the first time the team has lost in an official competitive match on home soil since 1975, when Peru won 3-1 at the very same stadium in the Copa America. Its last loss at home came in a friendly with Paraguay in 2002.

Previously, Brazil’s biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. In the 1920 the South American championship, the predecessor of the Copa America, Brazil lost 6-0 to Uruguay.

Brantley homers, drives in 3; Indians beat Yankees
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:11 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and had three RBIs, Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead 2-run shot and the Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka’s bid to become the major league’s first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The first-time All-Star also had RBI doubles in the first and fifth, raising his average to .328.

Tanaka (12-4) allowed season worsts of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander, who lost for the third time in four starts, took a 3-2 lead into the sixth before Swisher, a former Yankee, hit a 2-run homer that put Cleveland on top.

Trevor Bauer (3-4) allowed three runs in seven innings and retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced. New York’s only base-runner in that stretch came on Swisher’s fifth-inning error. Bauer struck out six and walked two in winning for the first time since June 16.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

The Yankees were held to four hits, none coming after Brian McCann had a 1-out single in the third.

The Indians committed three errors, giving them a major league-high 75 for the season.

Sports Brief
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000 on Tuesday because the track bar on Busch’s Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation. Busch finished third in Sunday’s rain-shortened and rescheduled race.

Busch was also docked 10 driver points; Gene Haas was docked 10 owner points.

The penalty dropped Busch from 24th to 26th in the standings. But the 2004 NASCAR champion still has a 156-point advantage on the 31st-place driver. Busch only needs to be ranked in the top 30 to be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jack Hawksworth has been cleared by IndyCar to race at Iowa after sitting out Sunday’s event at Pocono with a heart contusion.

The British driver was injured when he crashed in practice on Saturday. He was initially checked, cleared and released from the infield car center but went to a Pennsylvania hospital later that day because he felt ill.

Hawksworth was diagnosed with a heart contusion and held overnight for observation. He was released Sunday and had to be seen by IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger for clearance to race.

Hawksworth was cleared Tuesday to race this weekend at Iowa. The rookie has three top-10 finishes in IndyCar this season driving for BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian.