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Updated,Indians rally with 3 in 8th to beat Dodgers 5-4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE RESNICK, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:18
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Cleveland Indians had plenty to talk about on the flight home at the end of a 4-4 road trip.
There were back-to-back losses in one-hit shutouts, and a rare 7-2-4 triple play that required two video replays to confirm. There was also the three-run eighth inning they had against Brian Wilson on Wednesday, which Mike Aviles capped with a two-run single en route to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“We went 4-4, but it seems like we were gone a month,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s been a long trip, and this was a good way to end it. We won a tough game. That was a good one to win.”
After Scott Atchison gave up a solo homer by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth, Cody Allen got four outs for his eighth save. He retired Matt Kemp on a flyball to the warning track with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position.
Ryan Raburn homered off Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was lifted after seven with a 3-2 lead. But Wilson (1-3) retired only one of the six batters he faced, giving up a tying single by pinch-hitter David Murphy and Aviles’ clutch hit after an intentional walk to Lonnie Chisenhall.
“Anytime you can get a hit and some RBIs, it’s always great,” Aviles said. “I was just looking for pitch up. I know he throws a bunch of cutters and he throws hard. He’s been a good pitcher for a long time.
“The arms that are coming out of that bullpen are pretty interesting, and they’re definitely good. So you’ve got to piece together some ABs and try and do things together,” he added. “I definitely have faith in our bullpen. So I knew if we got a couple of runs there, it would work out well. It’s always great when you can sneak out with a win at the end.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 20:40
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Updated, Red-faced Reds lose 3-0, swept by lowly Padres PDF Print E-mail
Written by BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:18
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds hardly expected to get swept in three games by the lowly San Diego Padres.
On Wednesday, not even big league ERA leader Johnny Cueto could keep them from losing 3-0. Tyson Ross threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout and Rene Rivera hit a three-run single off Cueto. It was San Diego’s first sweep since September.
The three losses came after the Reds won six of seven to open the trip, including a four-game sweep at NL West-leading San Francisco.
“It’s a big loss because you hope to win two out of three, at least,” said Todd Frazier, who had two singles off Ross. “We set our goals high. Basically, the offense wasn’t there. That’s not us and we know it. You take four from San Francisco and you come back here, hoping to go 8-2, 9-1, and then this happens. You tip your caps to them, they had great pitching. But overall, we know we are a better hitting team.”
The Padres, who tied their season high with their fourth straight win, hadn’t swept a series since Sept. 6-8 against Colorado.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 20:38
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Updated, Deals slow to trickle on Day 2 of NHL free agency PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:16
Sabres general manager Tim Murray joked that he has run out of spending money two days into NHL free agency.
Most of his fellow executives appeared to be in the same boat Wednesday.
The frenzy of high-priced signings and big-name trades that took place to open the league’s annual summer signing period on Tuesday, slowed to a trickle a day later.
“I’m not surprised,” Murray said, a day after he committed $46.38 million in salaries to sign four free agents. “Nobody’s in a rush today because they’re taking stock of what happened yesterday.”
There were a few notable signings that took place on Wednesday.
The New York Islanders made the biggest splash by signing forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year contracts. Grabovski’s deal is worth $20 million, while Kulemin will make $16.75 million.
The Nashville Predators, who failed a day earlier in a bid to acquire center Jason Spezza in a trade with Ottawa, made an addition by signing veteran center Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:30
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Klinsmann was right: US not ready to win World Cup PDF Print E-mail
Written by RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:17
SAO PAULO (AP) — Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn’t ready to win the World Cup.
The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight tournament. They’ve been ranked 13th or 14th every month since September, which means their exit was pretty much at the stage it’s expected to be.
“Clearly it gives you the message you have a lot of work still ahead of you,” the U.S. coach said Wednesday, a day after the 2-1 loss to Belgium in extra time.
From Wall Street to the White House to the West Coast, Americans watched their national team on television in record numbers. While buoyed by the increase in attention, players are desperate to join the world’s elite and far from attaining that level.
Klinsmann was a World Cup champion as a player with West Germany in 1990 and coach of the German team that reached the 2006 semifinals. Having moved to California in 1998 with his American wife, he is seen as bringing the perspective of soccer’s elite to a nation that remains a new world in the sport.
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Updated, Murray knocked out in quarters by Dimitrov PDF Print E-mail
Written by STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 12:02
LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray’s reign as Wimbledon champion ended Wednesday with a straight-set loss in the quarterfinals to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who is making his breakthrough after years of being touted as the game’s next top player.
Dimitrov completely outplayed Murray on Centre Court, winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
The 11th-seeded Dimitrov broke Murray five times — including in the final game — to become the first Bulgarian man to advance to the final four of a major. It was his first victory over a top 10 player at a Grand Slam.
“He was the better player start to finish,” Murray said.
Dimitrov will next face the winner of the quarterfinal between top-seeded Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic. In the other quarterfinals, seven-time champion Roger Federer faced fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, and Milos Raonic was up against Nick Kyrgios.
French Open runner-up Simona Halep and Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the women’s semifinals in straight sets.
Murray last year became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years. He came into the quarterfinals riding a 17-match winning streak at the All England Club, had not dropped a set this tournament and was bidding to become the first British player to retain the title since 1936.
With Prince William and his wife Kate watching from the Royal Box, Murray fell flat while Dimitrov lived up to his promise on the biggest stage in the game.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 12:08
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