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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


PEEWEE A Sv—C.Perez (27). HRs—Cleveland, Choo (12).

New York Baltimore Tampa Bay Toronto Boston

AMERICAN LEAGUE EARLY STANDINGS East Division W L Pct 57 38 .600 51 45 .531 49 47 .510 48 47 .505 48 49 .495

GB — 6 1/2 8 1/2 9 10

Detroit Chicago Cleveland Kansas City Minnesota

Central Division W L Pct 52 44 .542 51 45 .531 48 48 .500 40 54 .426 40 56 .417

GB — 1 4 11 12

Texas Los Angeles Oakland Seattle

West Division W L 57 38 52 44 51 44 42 55

Pct .600 .542 .537 .433

GB — 5 1/2 6 16

Monday’s Results Cleveland 3, Baltimore 1 Texas 9, Boston 1 Chicago White Sox 7, Minnesota 4 Kansas City at L.A. Angels, N N.Y. Yankees 4 Seattle 1 Today’s Games Detroit (Fister 4-6) at Cleveland (Jimenez 8-9), 5:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Hellickson 4-6) at Baltimore (W.Chen 8-5), 5:05 p.m. Oakland (Blackley 2-2) at Toronto (Cecil 2-2), 5:07 p.m. Boston (Buchholz 8-3) at Texas (M.Perez 1-1), 6:05 p.m. Minnesota (De Vries 2-2) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 4-1), 6:10 p.m. Kansas City (W.Smith 1-3) at L.A. Angels (Richards 3-1), 8:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (F.Garcia 4-3) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 8-5), 8:10 p.m. LINESCORES MONDAY Baltimore 000 010 000 — 1 8 0 Cleveland 002 000 01x — 3 10 0 Tom.Hunter, Patton (8), O’Day (8) and Wieters; Masterson, Pestano (8), C.Perez (9) and C.Santana. W—Masterson 7-8. L—Tom.Hunter 4-5.

Boston 010 000 000 — 1 10 2 Texas 004 005 00x — 9 11 0 Doubront, F.Morales (6), Melancon (8) and Saltalamacchia; Feldman, R.Ross (8), Scheppers (9) and Napoli. W—Feldman 4-6. L—Doubront 10-5. HRs—Boston, Saltalamacchia (19). Texas, Napoli (15). Minnesota 110 010 010 — 4 11 0 Chicago 304 000 00x — 7 10 3 Liriano, Duensing (3), Al.Burnett (7) and Butera, Mauer; Floyd, Thornton (7), Crain (8), Myers (8), Reed (9) and Pierzynski. W—Floyd 8-8. L—Liriano 3-10. Sv—Reed (16). HRs—Minnesota, Doumit (10). Chicago, Konerko (15), A.Dunn (29), Rios (15).

Washington Atlanta New York Miami Philadelphia

Cincinnati Pittsburgh St. Louis Milwaukee Chicago Houston

San Francisco Los Angeles Arizona San Diego Colorado

NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Pct 56 39 .589 52 44 .542 47 49 .490 45 51 .469 43 54 .443 Central Division W L Pct 56 40 .583 54 41 .568 50 46 .521 44 51 .463 39 56 .411 34 63 .351 West Division W L 54 42 53 44 48 48 41 57 36 59

Pct .563 .546 .500 .418 .379

GB — 4 1/2 9 1/2 11 1/2 14 GB — 1 1/2 6 11 1/2 16 1/2 22 1/2 GB — 1 1/2 6 14 17 1/2

Today’s Games Chicago Cubs (Maholm 8-6) at Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 10-3), 5:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Greinke 9-3) at Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 1-6), 5:05 p.m. Atlanta (T.Hudson 8-4) at Miami (Buehrle 9-9), 5:10 p.m. Washington (G.Gonzalez 12-5) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 13-1), 5:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 3-6) at Houston (Harrell 7-7), 6:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 7-5) at St. Louis (Wainwright 7-10), 6:15 p.m. Colorado (Ed.Cabrera 0-1) at Arizona (J.Saunders 4-6), 7:40 p.m. San Diego (Volquez 6-7) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-6), 8:15 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Washington at N.Y. Mets, 10:10 a.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 10:35 a.m. Atlanta at Miami, 10:40 a.m. Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 11:05 a.m. San Diego at San Francisco, 1:45 p.m. Cincinnati at Houston, 6:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 6:15 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 7:40 p.m. LINESCORES MONDAY Chicago 000 100 001 — 2 4 0 Pittsburgh 000 000 000 — 0 2 1 Samardzija, Marmol (9) and Soto; Bedard, Resop (8), Watson (9), Meek (9) and Barajas. W— Samardzija 7-8. L—Bedard 5-11. Sv—Marmol (12). Milwaukee 201 300 000 — 6 8 1 Philadelphia 200 000 104 — 7 8 0 Wolf, M.Parra (7), Axford (7), Fr.Rodriguez (9) and Kottaras, M.Maldonado; Halladay, Schwimer (7), Diekman (8), Savery (9) and Ruiz. W—Savery 1-2. L—Fr.Rodriguez 2-5. HRs—Milwaukee, C.Gomez (6). Philadelphia, Utley (4), Howard (4). Washington 200 000 000 6 — 8 9 0 New York 000 100 100 0 — 2 8 1 (10 innings) Zimmermann, Storen (7), Mic.Gonzalez (7), Mattheus (8), Gorzelanny (9) and Leon; C.Young, Edgin (8), Rauch (8), Parnell (9), Byrdak (10), Beato (10), El.Ramirez (10) and Thole. W—Gorzelanny 3-2. L— Byrdak 2-2. HRs—Washington, Harper (9), Morse (6). New York, D.Wright (15), I.Davis (15). Atlanta 000 000 001 — 1 4 0 Miami 110 000 00x — 2 8 0 Minor, Medlen (8) and McCann; Jo.Johnson, M.Dunn (7), Mujica (8), Choate (8), Cishek (9) and J.Buck. W—Jo.Johnson 6-7. L—Minor 5-7. Sv— Cishek (3). HRs—Miami, Bonifacio (1). Cincinnati 102 000 230 — 8 17 0 Houston 000 020 010 — 3 11 2 Latos, Arredondo (6), Bray (7), LeCure (7), Marshall (8) and Hanigan; W.Rodriguez, W.Lopez (7), W.Wright (7), Del Rosario (7), Abad (8), R.Cruz (9)

and C.Snyder. W—Latos 8-3. L—W.Rodriguez 7-9. Los Angeles 030 000 200 — 5 7 0 St. Louis 100 000 020 — 3 9 1 Billingsley, J.Wright (7), Belisario (8), Jansen (9) and A.Ellis; J.Kelly, Salas (7), Browning (7), V.Marte (7), Rosenthal (8) and Y.Molina. W—Billingsley 5-9. L—J.Kelly 1-3. Sv—Jansen (19). HRs—Los Angeles, L.Cruz (2). St. Louis, Beltran (22). Colorado 000 010 011 — 3 6 0 Arizona 010 400 01x — 6 8 0 J.Sanchez, C.Torres (5), Ekstrom (8) and Ra.Hernandez; I.Kennedy, Zagurski (9), Putz (9) and M.Montero. W—I.Kennedy 8-8. L—J.Sanchez 0-1. Sv—Putz (18). HRs—Colorado, Rutledge (1), C.Gonzalez (20). Arizona, Goldschmidt (13). San Diego 000 100 000 — 1 4 0 San Fran 400 030 00x — 7 12 1 Richard, Brach (6), Stults (7) and Grandal; Vogelsong, Hensley (8), Kontos (9) and Posey. W—Vogelsong 8-4. L—Richard 7-11. HRs—San Francisco, Posey (13). NATIONAL LEAGUE LEADERS G AB R H McCutchen Pit 91 346 65 129 MeCabrera SF 92 375 66 135 DWright NYM 92 342 62 119 Ruiz Phi 88 292 45 101 Votto Cin 86 298 52 102 CGonzalez Col 88 356 66 117 Holliday StL 93 352 61 113 Posey SF 87 312 41 99 YMolina StL 84 311 39 96 DanMurphy NYM 93 347 37 107

Home Runs Braun, Milwaukee, 26; Beltran, St. Louis, 22; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 22; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 21; Kubel, Arizona, 21; CGonzalez, Colorado, 20; Bruce, Cincinnati, 19; Stanton, Miami, 19. Runs Batted In Beltran, St. Louis, 71; Kubel, Arizona, 71; CGonzalez, Colorado, 67; DWright, New York, 67; Braun, Milwaukee, 66; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 66; Holliday, St. Louis, 63. Pitching Dickey, New York, 13-1; Lynn, St. Louis, 12-4; Cueto, Cincinnati, 12-5; GGonzalez, Washington, 12-5; AJBurnett, Pittsburgh, 11-3; Hamels, Philadelphia, 11-4; Miley, Arizona, 11-5.


CANADA: Medal ‘pie’ Think of the total number of medals to be won as a pie. China, the United States, host Britain, Russia, Germany and Australia will eat almost half of it. Japan, France, Italy and South Korea will fork out healthy slices for themselves. Canada has to elbow aside Spain, Cuba, Belarus, Brazil, the Netherlands and Ukraine to get a piece. “The medal race is so, so tight,” says Anne Merklinger, head of the Own The Podium program. “We know one medal is going to make the difference between 13th and 20th.” If you put stock in such things, a USA Today online projector forecasts that Canada wins 18 medals again with five gold, six silver and seven bronze. USA Today says the number is “based on an algorithm that monitors athletes’ performances leading up to the Games.” Sports Illustrated projects 17 medals (2-8-7) for Canada. Kayaker Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., in the 1,000 metres and mountain biker Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., are reigning world champions in their respective sports. The glamour sports of swimming and track and field provide a mother lode of medal chances. Canada isn’t a major player in either, with a bronze in each in Beijing. Improvement is expected in both, however, with three medals in swimming and two at the track the stated goal for London. Shot putter Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops can end Canada’s century-long medal drought in throwing events. Victoria distance swimmer Ryan Cochrane intends to upgrade the bronze he won in the 1,500 in Beijing and go for a second medal in the 400. The bulk of Canada’s medals will likely come from rowing, cycling, trampoline, women’s wrestling and canoe/ kayak. The country has a couple of medal opportunities on the opening weekend. Cochrane is a contender in the 400-metre freestyle Saturday, although his bread-andbutter event is the 1,500 on Aug. 4 The diving duo of Emilie Heymans of StLambert, Que., and Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., are potential medallists in women’s synchronized springboard Sunday. One of the best in the world on springboard, Abel is a double-medal candidate.

Canada was a slow starter in both 2004 and 2008. The opening seven days of competition in Athens produced one bronze medal. Canada was shut out the first seven days in Beijing. Canadian athletes to watch during London’s opening week include Armstrong, Ontario trampolinists Karen Cockburn, Rosannagh MacLennan and Jason Burnett, the rowing eights and cyclists Hesjedal of Victoria and Clara Hughes of Glen Sutton, Que., in the time trial. Concerns over the heat and smog in Beijing have been replaced by worries over transportation, too much rain and security controversies in London. There is also the matter of getting around a city of eight million people with the added congestion of the Olympic hordes. Despite the slings and arrows, the Canadian team has reasons to be optimistic. The rowing team is poised to stand on the podium multiple times. The cycling team has improved massively with medal contenders on the road, track and trail. Despatie required stitches and time away from the pool after his training mishap, but the Laval diver is back on the boards. Spencer lost her opening bout of the world championship, which was also an Olympic qualifier, in May. After an agonizing wait, the IOC’s Tripartite Commission gave her a wild-card spot in the 75-kilogram class. The Wiarton, Ont., fighter still has a chance to show she’s one of the best in the world. Former world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien and Beijing bronze medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep didn’t make it to London. Calgary heptathlete Jessica Zelinka stunned everyone by winning the event at trials, so she’ll compete in both hurdles and heptathlon in London. Rising talents Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., and Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., join Zelinka in women’s hurdles, which is the one track and field event in which Canada has depth. Edmonton’s Findlay was the woman to beat in triathlon a year ago, but she’s had to baby a nagging hip injury. Her first international race this year will be the Olympic triathlon. What Victoria’s Whitfield has left in the tank and how rising star Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., performs lends intrigue to the men’s race. Lamaze’s star horse Hickstead may be gone — he suffered a fatal aortic aneurysm during a competition in Novem-

File photo by CANADIAN PRESS

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal corners a roundabout in the prologue of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial in Liege, Belgium, on June 4. Flying off your bike at close to 70 kilometres per hour into a tangle of bodies, machinery and unforgiving tarmac is hardly an ideal entree to the Summer Games. But such is the harsh world of elite road racing, where breaking down your body is par for the course. “It’s a hard sport,” says Hesjedal. ber — but the rider from Schomberg, Ont., and the rest of the show jumping team are talented and seasoned. If they, and their horses, can put it all together on the day as they did for silver in 2008, another medal in the team event is possible.

SANCTIONS: Difficult The sanctions will make it difficult for the Nittany Lions to compete at the sport’s highest level. Raising the spectre of an exodus of athletes, the NCAA said current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school. For a university that always claimed to hold itself to a higher standard — for decades, Paterno preached “success with honour” — Monday’s announcement completed a stunning fall from grace. Paterno’s family said in a statement that the sanctions “defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator.” “This is not a fair or thoughtful action; it is a panicked response to the public’s understandable revulsion at what Sandusky did,” the family said. Emmert said the penalties reflect “the magnitude of these terrible acts” and also “ensure that Penn State will rebuild an athletic culture that went horribly awry.” He said the NCAA considered imposing the death penalty, or a complete shutdown of

Pct. .373 .360 .348 .346 .342 .329 .321 .317 .309 .308

football for a season or more, but worried about the collateral damage. “Suspension of the football program would bring with it significant unintended harm to many who had nothing to do with this case,” Emmert said. “The sanctions we have crafted are more focused and impactful than that blanket penalty.” Gov. Tom Corbett expressed gratitude that Penn State escaped the death penalty, saying it would have had a “severe detrimental impact on the citizens of State College, Centre County and the entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” A drop-off in attendance and revenue could damage both the university, where the football team is a moneymaker that subsidizes other sports, and much of central Pennsylvania, where Saturday afternoon football at Penn State is an important part of the economy.

Rage wins silver The Red Deer MSI Rage captured silver in the provincial peewee A girls’ softball championships during the weekend in Stony Plain. The Rage downed the St. Albert Angels 3-1 and the Calgary Kaizen 9-0 before dropping a tough 2-0 decision to the Calgary Adrenaline in the final. The Red Deer crew posted a 3-1 record in the round-robin. With their solid performance the Rage qualified to compete in the Western Canadian championships, Aug. 2-5 in Maple Ridge, B.C.

But given Penn State’s famously ardent fans and generous benefactors, the precise economic impact on Penn State and Happy Valley, as the surrounding area is known, remains unclear. First-year coach Bill O’Brien, who was hired to replace Paterno, will have the daunting task of trying to keep players from fleeing the program while luring new recruits. “I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead,” O’Brien said. Already, at least one recruit, Ross Douglas, a defensive back from Avon, Ohio, backed out of his commitment. Douglas told Rivals. com on Monday: “We prepared ourselves for it, and today was just the icing on the cake. I love Penn State to death, but I have to do what’s best for me, and I’m going to look elsewhere.” Separately, the Big Ten announced that Penn State will not be allowed to share in the conference’s bowl revenue during the NCAA’s post-season ban, an estimated loss of about $13 million. Emmert fast-tracked the penalties rather than go through the usual circuitous series of investigations and hearings. The NCAA said the $60 million fine is equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program. The money will go toward outside programs devoted to preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims. Penn State said it will pay the fine in five annual installments of $12 million. The governor demanded assurances from Penn State that taxpayer money will not be used to pay the fine; Penn State said it will cover it with its athletics reserve fund and capital maintenance budget and, if necessary, borrow money. By throwing out all Penn State victories from 1998 to 2011, the NCAA stripped Paterno of the top spot in the record book. The governing body went all the way back to 1998 because, according to

the investigative report, that is the year Paterno and other Penn State officials first learned of an allegation against Sandusky. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will replace Paterno with 377 major-college victories, while Paterno will be credited with 298. “I didn’t want it to happen like this,” Bowden said. “Wish I could have earned it, but that’s the way it is.” Penn State will also lose 20 scholarships a year for four years. Major college football programs are normally allowed 85 scholarship players per year. The post-season ban is the longest handed out by the NCAA since it gave a four-year punishment to Indiana football in 1960.

NASH: Big change for Rangers New York defeated Ottawa and Washington in the playoffs before losing to New Jersey in the conference finals in six games. Nash immediately improves its credentials and gets it — on paper, at least — closer to its first Stanley Cup since 1994. “This changes the complexion of our team,” Sather said. “He is a world-class player. This kind of quality hockey player doesn’t come along very often.” The move to New York and a perennial playoff team should be a boon to his career, although it will require a major alteration in his lifestyle. Quiet and almost shy, Nash enjoyed playing golf at nice courses and walking around Columbus virtually unnoticed. That will end when he takes his act to the Big Apple. Nash is in the third year of an eight-year contract he signed in 2010 which has an average annual value of $7.8 million. The total salary cap hit of Dubinsky, Anisimov and Erixon is almost exactly the same.

Red Deer Advocate, July 24, 2012  

July 24, 2012 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

Red Deer Advocate, July 24, 2012  

July 24, 2012 edition of the Red Deer Advocate