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League showdowns: area teams get big Ws

Staff ReportsSIDNEY — After a disappointing loss on Monday at home, the Troy Trojans came up big when they needed to Wednesday at Sidney.Alex Magoteaux scored the eventual winning run on an error in the top of the sixth inning, and Zach Kendall pitched a complete game, working his way out of tough spots in both the sixth and seventh innings to preserve a 3-2 victory at Sidney in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play to salvage a split of the series....

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Overcoming adversity

By Josh BrownSports EditorTROY —A baserunning miscue that kept a three-run top-of-the sixth inning from being even bigger.A two-run homer that put them down by one after six innings.A questionable infield fly call in the top of the seventh that would have loaded the bases with no outs had it not happened.

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The past is past

CINCINNATI (AP) — That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special. Not to him, anyway.Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the NL wild card game, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season....

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MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades. Jackson traveled to baseball’s 1992 winter meetings to criticize its lack of minorities in management, and he pushed for change.

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Doubters gonna doubt

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t mind all the doubters. In fact, they almost welcome them.“People were waiting for us to falter, kind of waiting to say, ‘I told you so,’” coach Todd Richards said of his team’s season. “And this team never did.”Saddled with years of losing, bad trades and awful draft picks, the Blue Jackets also get it that almost no one thinks they have a shot against th...

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Pirates beat Reds in suspended game

Editor’s note: Tuesday night’s originally-scheduled game was not complete at time of press.CINCINNATI (AP) — Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning on Tuesday, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the completion of a game that spanned two days and 10 home runs. The NL Central rivals put on a record-setting show Monday night before the game was susp...

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Night and day

Staff ReportsTROY — It was like night and day for the Troy baseball and softball teams on Monday.Hosting Sidney in a Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division matchup, the Trojan softball team had a solid day hitting all-around and got a couple of clutch defensive plays — including stopping the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the sixth — and held on for a 7-6 victory at Market Street Diamond.The baseball team, on the ot...

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Snow in April cancels Tuesday’s games

Staff ReportsMIAMI COUNTY — As if there needed to be more reason to be depressed on “Tax Day.”Tuesday’s high school athletics in Miami County were all canceled after Monday night’s rains — which turned into snow that actually accumulated overnight in the middle of April. Mixed with the chilly temperatures on Tuesday, there was simply no way games could be played.Troy baseball and softball’s games at Sidney were postpon...

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Bubba’s growing collection

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson’s second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago. The only daring shot Watson hit was one he really didn’t need. The wild swing in momentum came on the front nine, not the back nine of Augusta National. And the sweetest difference of all Sunday was seeing his 2-year-old son walk toward him on the edge of the 18th green after his three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.Watson turned in anot...

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No cellphone, no problem at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No cellphones. No video screens. No electronic scoreboards. Outside the ropes that line the fairways and tees, the Masters is a throwback to a different golf era.And few people seem to mind.Unlike the other three majors, or any other tournament for that matter, the Masters forces patrons to leave technology behind for hours upon hours every day. They can’t take advantage of high-tech phone applications. They don’t get...

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Pacquiao back on top after Bradley win

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The old Manny Pacquiao returned for thrilling bursts, hounding Timothy Bradley onto the ropes and battering the welterweight champion with whip-quick combinations that recalled the Pacman’s magical prime. The older Pacquiao couldn’t finish the trick, however.Although he tried mightily, Pacquiao didn’t stop or even really hurt Bradley during 12 mostly exciting rounds Saturday night, settling for the lucrative revenge of a unan...

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