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The Daily Sentinel • DailySentinel.com • Sunday, May 19, 2013

Horse racing: Longshot gets up in Preakness, Page 3C

Today in history — ickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record third time.

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Area: Douglass wins; Cushing falls, Page 2C, 3C

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Garrison advances

Lady Bulldogs earn regional final berth over Mildred By TRAVIS TURNER Sports Correspondent LINDALE — When the heat is on, exceptional athletes become clutch in high-pressure situations. Behind a strong supporting cast, senior Cat Helfin and her teammates proved deserving of being called clutch on Saturday in the Region III semifinals on a sweltering hot Saturday afternoon at Lindale High School. After pitching seven innings the night before in a Game 1 Garrison win, the strong right-hander pitched two straight games — 14 innings in all — collecting 14 total strikeouts and allowing just three hits in a pivotal Game 3. As a result, Garrison (22-9) is now just one series away from a state berth after defeating Mildred 3-1 in the third game of the semifinal series to advance to play Crawford in the regional finals next week. Junior Lauren Mitchell blasted a two-RBI double, sophomore Kaily Cox hit an RBI single and junior Hannah Walker nailed a single in the fourth inning in Game 3 to lead Garrison in the win. “We never gave up,” Garrison head coach Stacey Kee said. “Cat was unbelievable. It took a lot of guts and courage to throw like she did for three straight games. Our hits finally started coming around late. As long as we made contact, I knew they would eventually fall.” For the first time this postseason, Garrison had its back to the wall. It had just dropped a 2-1 thriller to Mildred in Game 2 to force a Game 3 and had not collected a hit in four straight innings, thanks in large part to Lady Eagle junior pitchers Aubyn Turner and senior Joanna Tapley. Turner and Tapley combined to silence Garrisons’ bats after Garrison had scored just one run in the fourth inning off a Walker RBI single. Walker drove Lauren Clements in, who had just hit a stand-up double in the previous bat.

Freshman Cadie Reneau and Heflin both hit singles in the sixth inning to place runners in scoring positions late, but Turner shut down the next two batters, entering the game to force pop flies to end the inning in Game 2. Garrison would not muster together another hit until the fourth inning of Game 3. The Lady Eagles played small ball with Garrison in the third inning of Game 2, forcing Lady Bulldog errors and bunting three straight times to take an early 2-0 lead. After committing the costly errors in Game 2, Garrison had just one error in the final game. Kee said that was huge in keeping momentum late after taking the lead. “We knew it would take a game with no errors,” the coach said.” We had just one in Game 3. I’m proud of the way the girls battled defensively.” Bre Colle, who scored the game-winning run in Game 1 Friday, played lights out from behind the plate. The senior threw out Tapley, who was attempting to steal second with one out in the top of the sixth inning of Game 3 to keep Mildred from advancing. Heflin picked up two strikeouts and forced two pop flies in the final two innings when the pressure was on down the stretch. “I knew eventually we would get fired up,” Heflin said of Garrison hitting. “Up there on the mound, I just tried to breath, smile and hold it together. I wanted to stay strong for the team. A lot of what I do is because of Bre (Colle). She keeps me going. Our defense played great.” In a twist of fate, Kee said the last time Garrison lost a playoff game besides the semifinal game at the state tournament was at Lindale High School in a Game 2 last year. The Lady Bulldogs came back to capture Game 3 in that series as well. Mildred scored one run in the top of the third inning of Game 3 after back-to-back triples by freshman Maddie Moore and senior Olivia

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Garrison first baseman Lauren Clements, right, collides with Mildred catcher Whitney Ridge for the Lady Bulldogs’ only run in the second game of the best-of-three regional semifinal series Saturday in Lindale. Mildred won 2-1 to split with Garrison and force the series to go the full distance. Garrison won Game 3 by a score of 3-1 and will advance to the Class 2A regional finals.

TODAY in sports

High school playoffs

Heights comes up clutch, wins two to eliminate Woodville in 2A series BY BRANDON OGDEN bogden@dailysentinel.com POLLOK — Senior Brady Clifton did everyting he could on the mound to make sure his high school baseball career didn’t end on Saturday. But his base running — and a clutch hit by a freshman — also played a large factor in helping the

Central Heights Blue Devils advance in the playoffs. Freshman Sam Haley hit a single to shallow left field to score Clifton from second base in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Central Heights Blue Devils a 2-1 win over Woodville in Game 3 of a best-of-three series on Saturday afternoon at Rayburn Richardson Field.

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“That’s the playoffs,” Clifton said. “Nobody is going to win state by blowing everybody out. You have to come back and win some close games.” “I went to Sam and told him to tell me in my ear that he could hit this guy,” Central Heights head coach Robert Ellis said. “He said ‘yes sir.’ I said no, tell me that you can hit this guy. He said ‘I can hit this guy.’ I said

perfect, now go do it.” Haley delivered with the hit, and the throw home arrived before Clifton,. He beat the tag to clinch the series. “I saw it, and it was the perfect pitch,” Haley said. “It was amazing.” “I had it in my mind that if it was

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SFA defeats Islanders, 6-1

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The Indians’ bench erupts at the end of their six-inning regional quarterfinal game against Lovelady on Saturday at Morris Frank Park in Lufkin. Douglass won 11-1 to advance to the semifinal round later this week.

Douglass captures one-gamer over Lovelady behind Wallace BY BRANDON OGDEN bogden@dailysentinel.com LUFKIN — Matthew Wallace kept Lovelady’s bats at bay, and his teammates’ bats had no trouble with Lovelady pitching in a 11-1 victory for the Douglass Indians in six innings in a one-game regional quarterfinal playoff game Saturday night at Morris Frank Park. Wallace struck out 10 hitters in six innings, allowing one run on two hits with two walks. “I can’t say enough about Matthew,” Douglass head coach Eugene Lafitte said. “He pounded the zone and pitched a great game.” “Get ahead with the fastball and work from there. That’s the name of the game,” Wallace said. “My curve was working pretty well, but my fastball was my best pitch.”

The Indians loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning with three straight walks, forcing Lovelady to pull starting pitcher Justis Kelly in favor of ace Taylor Rich. Douglass scored a run in the inning on a past ball, but Rich was able to get out of the frame without more damage. The Lions tied the game in the second. Mason Lowery hit a double and scored on a ground out by Jacob Jeffus. Wallace led off the bottom of the third by reaching on an error, and Bryce Westbrook followed with a two-run bomb to left-center field to give Douglass a 3-1 lead. “That showed that Rich wasn’t invincible,” Lafitte said. “That showed the guys that was could hit him. We really took care of things with our bats. We knew whoever they threw, we had to be patient at the plate. We did a great job with our approach.”

Douglass got another run in the third inning to make it 4-1. The Indians scored two in the fourth with an RBI triple by Bryce Westbrook and an RBI single by Kolten Rhoudes, normally a third baseman who had to fill in at catcher because of an injury to starting catcher Brandon Stanfield. The Indians added three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to end the game. No. 9 batter Tayor Schroeder had two doubles, a single and three RBI for Douglass. Bryce Westbrook had the home run, triple and three RBI. Reed Westbrook, Rhoudes, Grant Holland and Chase Dyson all had a single. The Indians scored eight runs off Rich on seven hits. The lefty struck out six batters. Douglass advances to face Harleton in the regional semifinals.

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth and got six shutout innings from Justin Choate in a 6-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday at Jaycees Field. The win, along with wins by Southeastern Louisiana and Lamar, gives SFA (28-27, 1512 SLC) the No. 6 seed in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament for the second straight year. SFA will take on No. 3 Oral Roberts at 9 a.m. at Constellation Field in Sugar Land in the opening round. The Lumberjacks swept ORU in the team’s regular season series earlier in the year in Nacogdoches. Choate continued his strong pitching, upping his record to 5-2 with the win and shutting out the Islanders (32-22, 17-10 SLC) on just one hit before the bullpen tandem of Cass Ingvardsen and Brett Higginbotham carried it the remaining three frames. The senior from Hooks struck out six and walked just one. In addition to Choate, Islander starter Matt Danton hurled five shutout innings of his own before being removed for the bullpen. Adam Hoelscher took the loss for TAMUCC, falling to 2-4 on the year after allowing three runs without recording an out to start the five-run sixth. Zach Benson led SFA with a 3-for-5 day, while Hunter Dozier, Michael Ruiz and Jackson Hood had two hits apiece. Ruiz, who got his second consecutive start, was one of six Lum-

berjacks to register an RBI in a game in which all but one Lumberjack with a plate appearance either reached base or drove in a run. Danton and Choate had dueling shutouts through five frames before SFA broke through against Hoelscher in the sixth. A single from Dozier was followed by Hoelscher hitting Mackenzie Handel with a pitch and walking Joseph Olson. An RBI fielder’s choice from Ricardo Sanchez followed, before Max Lamantia and Ruiz each drove in runs with RBI singles off of reliever Franco Pace. An run-scoring ground out from Jackson Hood made it 4-0, and a hard single up the middle from Rene’ Moreda one batter later capped the inning by scoring Ruiz from second. The Islanders got a run back in the top of the seventh on a RBI single from Brad Porras, but it was immediately answered by the Lumberjacks in the bottom half when Dozier led off with a single and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Zach Marberry. Ingvardsen proceeded to set TAMUCC down in order in the eighth before Higginbotham shut the door in the ninth with three ground balls to second base. SFA also honored its 11-member senior class before the game, a class that consisted of: Justin Choate, Cass Ingvardsen, Chase Greening, Cory Maltz, Jordon Lenaburg, Zach Benson, Freddy Villalobos, Brett Higginbotham, Rene’ Moreda, Cody Priest and Jackson Hood.

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Garrison junior Kaelyn Stanaland, right, slides in safe at second ahead of the throw to Mildred Lady Eagle Paige Crittenden late in game two of the best-of-three regional semifinal series Saturday in Lindale. Farmer. Garrison responded in the following inning with the threehit spree. The only time the Lady

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Blue Devil Tanner Wisener brings in the first run of the game after teammate Zach Johnson hit a line drive down center field during game 3 of the regional quarterfinals against Woodville High School Saturday in Pollok.

Heights » From 1C hit into the outfield, I was going home,” Clifton said. “I was just looking at the plate and trying to slide wide.” After losing 1-0 in 10 innings with ace Alex Phillips on the mound in Game 1 on Friday night, Central Heights knew it had a tough task on Saturday. “I told them, don’t change anything,” the coach said. “I told them that if we played that way that we would win both games.” Sophomore Travis Wisener pitched a gem in Game 2, allowing an unearned run on two hits in a complete-game 2-1 win to force the third game. Wisener only struck out two batters, but his ability to force Woodville to hit the ball on the ground did the job. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead. They scored a run in the second inning on an RBI single by freshman Zach Johnson and another on an RBI single by freshman Jackson Nichols in the third inning. Central Heights got runners on all game and had eight hits, but stranding 13 runners on base limited the Blue Devils to just the two runs. Woodville’s lone run came in the sixth

inning. A single by Grant Bullock and a hit by pitch helped the Eagles get second and third with two outs. A balk call allowed Bullock to score, but Wisener got Colby Dungan to pop out to first base to strand the tying run on third. In the seventh, Wisener got Woodville’s first batter to fly out to center field, where Duke Ellis made a falling catch for the first out. The next two batters grounded out to Clifton at second to end the game. Woodville senior Torin Hickman, who will play at Stephen F. Austin, allowed two runs and struck out six in seven innings. In the third game, it came down to another battle of arms between Clifton and Woodville’s Chase Hensarling. Clifton allowed a run on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. “Travis and Brady have done that all year,” Ellis said of his two pitchers on Saturday. “The great thing is Brady has pitched in the big inning role all year. This is the longest he’s had to pitch, but he’s used to finishing games. “Travis is an innings eater, and he pitched a great game.” Neither team had a hit in the first three

innings of Game 3. Woodville strung three together in the top of the fourth, including an RBI single by Sam Matterson to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. That lead stood until the sixth inning when Zach Johnson reached and advanced to second on an error with one out. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a grounder to short by Duke Ellis to tie the game. That set up the seventh inning when Clifton led off with a walk. He moved to second on a ground ball. A fly out made it two outs before Nichols walked and Haley’s hit. Haley’s single in the seventh and a single by Sheldon McCown in the fifth inning were the only two hits allowed by Hensarling, who didn’t have any strikeouts. Phillips had a double and single in the first game Saturday for Central Heights. Nichols had two singles, and Joel Badders, Johnson, Duke Ellis and McCown all had singles. All three games in the series were decided by one run. “This was incredible,” coach Ellis said. “I’ve played in a World Series, but this was exciting. This was three fun games.”

Eagles threatened down the stretch was the throw out by Colle to Cox at second to tag Tapley out and a single by Turner in the final inning.

Pro baseball

Rangers top Tigers The Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Saturday. Elvis Andrus was 5-for-5 and was a home run short of the cycle, and Mitch Moreland hit a home run. Angels 12, White Sox 9 — Alberto Callaspo hit a threerun homer in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh inning, and the Angels snapped Chicago’s four-game winning streak. Callaspo also had a pair of sacrifice flies to give him five RBIs on the day. Mark Trumbo added his 10th homer for Los Angeles, which finished with 17 hits. Robert Coello (1-0) recorded his first major league victory, retiring all five batters he faced and striking out three after relieving Joe Blanton after another ineffective performance. Ernesto Frieri got four outs for his eighth save. Hector Gimenez had four hits and three RBIs for the White Sox, who allowed only 10 runs during their win-

ning streak. Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez had three hits apiece, and Adam Dunn drove in two runs before leaving in the fifth because of back spasms. Nate Jones (0-4) got the loss. Indians 5, Mariners 4 — Jason Kipnis scored the winning run in the ninth inning when Brendan Ryan’s throw pulled catcher Jesus Montero off the plate, sending the Indians to the victory. Kipnis, who won Friday’s game with a three-run homer in the 10th, sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Oliver Perez (1-1). He moved to third on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double and Nick Swisher was walked intentionally to load the bases. Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2 — Robinson Cano hit a pair of two-run homers to back a solid effort by David Phelps, and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays for the ninth straight time at Yankee Stadium.


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West Sabine comes through with two outs, tops Cushing By KEVIN GORE kgore@dailysentinel.com HUNTINGTON — Continuing to ride a wave of momentum created Friday night, West Sabine erupted early and held on late to knock Cushing from the Class A baseball playoffs. West Sabine scored nine runs in the first three innings, pounded 12 hits and took advantage of errors, walks and hit batters to produce a 10-8 win in Game 3 of a Region III quarterfinal series at Huntington High School. It was a sobering setback for Cushing, which lost 11-6 on Friday in Game 2. That game followed a 19-2 win by Cushing in the opener of the series on Thursday in Pineland. “In games like this, you have to field the ball,” Cushing head coach Danny Robey said. “We had too many errors. “We would get the first two outs (of an inning), but you’ve got to finish things.” West Sabine excelled at scoring with two outs the whole game. The Tigers opened the scoring in the first on Dakota Dew’s two-out, two run double. West Sabine scored six runs in the second, all with two outs, with Dew accounting for two more RBI on a single. The Tigers scored a run in the third with two outs. They added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Nick Williams for the second out of the inning. Cushing, which rallied to within a run of West Sabine after falling behind 7-1 Friday, rallied Saturday, too. The Bearkats were within 9-7 after scoring three runs in the fourth inning on Lane Williams’ two-run single and Trent Hensley’s RBI single. But Cushing didn’t score in the fifth or sixth innings. The Bearkats scored once in the bottom of the seventh, but they left two runners on base with two straight strikeouts to close the game. Dew had three hits and five RBI for West Sabine. Reshod Williams added two singles and scored three runs. Dawson Mills contributed two hits. Brooks Robey had two hits to follow Williams. Others with hits for the Bearkats were Cameron Burk, Michael Robey, Hensley and Tanner Barton.

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Bearkat Colton Hensley looks to first base after getting Tiger Aaron Woods out at second during Game 2 of a regional quarterfinal series Saturday in Huntington. West Sabine won 10-8. After West Sabine’s two-run first inning, Cushing countered with two runs, with Brooks Robey and Michael Robey both scoring on wild pitches. West Sabine’s six-run second inning featured four hits and two walks. Brooks Robey struggled on the mound, giving way to Blake Ham, who pitched well in relief in keeping the Bearkats in the game in the middle innings.

But a Cushing offense that was productive early didn’t deliver much in the late innings. The Bearkats had just two hits in the final three innings, both coming in the seventh. Williams led off the inning with a double that was lost in the sun by West Sabine leffielder Desmond Lacey. Barton had a hit and Ham got aboard on an error, but the two strikeouts followed. Cushing closed the season 26-6.

Horse racing

Longshot Oxbow wins Preakness BALTIMORE (AP) — A pair of not so over-the-hill Hall of Famers pulled off a huge upset in the Preakness and ended any hopes of a Triple Crown attempt at the Belmont Stakes. Thanks to Oxbow’s wire-to-wire win Saturday over Kentucky Derby winner Orb, trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Gary Stevens have themselves another classic to add to their stellar resumes. “I get paid to spoil dreams,” the 77-yearold Lukas said after his record 14th win in a Triple Crown race. “Unfortunately we go over here and you can’t mail ‘em in. It’s a different surface and a different time. You gotta line ‘em up and win ‘em.” Stevens ended his retirement in January, and won his third Preakness to go along with three victories in the Derby and three in the Belmont. “At 50 years old, after seven years retirement, it doesn’t get any better than this,” Stevens said. “This is super, super sweet and it happened for the right guy. All the stars were aligned. It’s even more special winning it for Wayne Lukas and his team.” Lukas put Stevens on his first Triple Crown race winner when the rider guided the filly Winning Colors to victory in the 1988 Derby. “He supported me,” Stevens said. “A lot of people were trying to get me off. He was the first guy to call me up and said ‘I’m going to have a colt for you. His name is Oxbow.” Orb was unable to find his rhythm after breaking slowly from the rail, and never challenged in finishing fourth. “After we passed the half mile, he had a hard time keeping up and I kind of worried a little bit,” Orb’s jockey Joel Rosario said. “He just kind of steadied after that. He usually takes you there. He always runs hard, but today he never took off.” Orb’s loss extends the Triple Crown drought to 36 years since Affirmed became the 11th horse to sweep the races in 1978. There had been great anticipation the sport would get another Triple try just a year after I’ll Have Another won the first two races but was scratched the day before the Belmont with a tendon injury. But nothing could get past Oxbow. Lukas won his sixth Preakness to move one behind Robert Wyndham Walden for most wins in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The victory was a long time coming for the dean of trainers. The last time he won a Triple Crown race was the 2000 Belmont with Commendable. And before that, he was a regular in the winner’s circle after classic races. At one point, he ran off six in a row — from the 1994 Preakness through the 1996 Derby. He also was the first to send out five horses in one Derby, and won it with Grindstone in 1996. The first trainer to gear his operation to

SCOREBOARD Baseball standings American League East Division W L Pct GB New York 27 16 .628 — Boston 25 17 .595 1½ Baltimore 23 19 .548 3½ Tampa Bay 22 20 .524 4½ Toronto 17 26 .395 10 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 24 17 .585 — Detroit 23 17 .575 ½ Kansas City 20 18 .526 2½ Minnesota 18 20 .474 4½ Chicago 19 22 .463 5 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 27 15 .643 — Oakland 21 22 .488 6½ Seattle 20 23 .465 7½ Los Angeles 16 27 .372 11½ Houston 11 31 .262 16 Friday’s Games Pittsburgh 5, Houston 4 Cleveland 6, Seattle 3, 10 innings Tampa Bay 12, Baltimore 10 N.Y. Yankees 5, Toronto 0 Detroit 2, Texas 1 Boston 3, Minnesota 2, 10 innings Chicago White Sox 3, L.A. Angels 0 Oakland 2, Kansas City 1 Saturday’s Games Cleveland 5, Seattle 4 N.Y. Yankees 7, Toronto 2 L.A. Angels 12, Chicago White Sox 9 Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 6 Houston at Pittsburgh, late Boston at Minnesota, late Detroit at Texas, late Kansas City at Oakland, late Sunday’s Games Seattle (F.Hernandez 5-2) at Cleveland (Masterson 6-2), 12:05 p.m. Toronto (Dickey 3-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 4-3), 12:05 p.m. Houston (Harrell 3-4) at Pittsburgh (Locke 3-1), 12:35 p.m. Tampa Bay (M.Moore 7-0) at Baltimore (Tillman 3-1), 12:35 p.m. Boston (Lackey 1-4) at Minnesota (P.Hernandez 2-0), 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Peavy 5-1) at L.A. Angels (Vargas 2-3), 2:35 p.m. Kansas City (Mendoza 1-2) at Oakland (Griffin 4-3), 3:05 p.m. Detroit (Fister 5-1) at Texas (D.Holland 3-2), 7:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Seattle at Cleveland, 11:05 a.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 12:07 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m. Minnesota at Atlanta, 6:10 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 7:05 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Houston, 7:10 p.m. National League East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 23 18 .561 — Washington 23 19 .548 ½ Philadelphia 20 23 .465 4 New York 16 24 .400 6½ Miami 11 31 .262 12½ Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 27 14 .659 — Cincinnati 26 17 .605 2 Pittsburgh 25 17 .595 2½ Chicago 18 24 .429 9½ Milwaukee 16 24 .400 10½ West Division W L Pct GB Arizona 24 18 .571 — San Francisco 24 18 .571 — Colorado 22 20 .524 2 San Diego 18 23 .439 5½ Los Angeles 17 23 .425 6 Friday’s Games N.Y. Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2 Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3 Pittsburgh 5, Houston 4 Arizona 9, Miami 2 Atlanta 8, L.A. Dodgers 5 St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 6 Colorado 10, San Francisco 9 Washington 6, San Diego 5, 10 innings Saturday’s Games Chicago Cubs 8, N.Y. Mets 2 Cincinnati 10, Philadelphia 0 Houston at Pittsburgh, late Arizona at Miami, late L.A. Dodgers at Atlanta, late Milwaukee at St. Louis, late San Francisco at Colorado, late Washington at San Diego, late Sunday’s Games Arizona (Miley 3-2) at Miami (Nolasco 2-5), 12:10 p.m. Cincinnati (H.Bailey 2-3) at Philadelphia (Pettibone 3-0), 12:35 p.m. Houston (Harrell 3-4) at Pittsburgh (Locke 3-1), 12:35 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Magill 0-0) at Atlanta (Minor 5-2), 12:35 p.m. Milwaukee (Lohse 1-4) at St. Louis (Gast 1-0), 1:15 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Gee 2-5) at Chicago Cubs (Wood 4-2), 1:20 p.m. San Francisco (Zito 3-2) at Colorado (Nicasio 3-1), 3:10 p.m. Washington (Haren 4-4) at San Diego (Cashner 2-2), 3:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 6:10 p.m. Minnesota at Atlanta, 6:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 6:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. Arizona at Colorado, 7:40 p.m. St. Louis at San Diego, 9:10 p.m. Washington at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.

Transactions Saturday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES: Purchased the contract of RHP Jair Jurrjens from Norfolk (IL). Optioned RHP Alex Burnett to Norfolk. Placed OF Nolan Reimold on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Jake Arrieta from Norfolk. Transferred 2B Brian Roberts to the 60-day DL. HOUSTON ASTROS: Activated 2B Jose Altuve from the bereavement list. Optioned INF Jake Elmore to Oklahoma City (PCL). NEW YORK YANKEES: Acquired INF Reid Brignac from the Colorado for cash. Designated SS Alberto Gonzalez for assignment. National League ATLANTA BRAVES: Placed LHP Eric O’Flaherty on the 15-day DL. Called up RHP Cory Rasmus from Gwinnett (IL). CINCINNATI REDS: Optioned LHP Tony Cingrani to Louisville (IL). Recalled INF Neftali Soto from Louisville. COLORADO ROCKIES: Recalled RHP Tyler Chatwood from Colorado Springs (PCL). Optioned RHP Rob Scahill to Colorado Springs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: Placed LHP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Mitchell

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Jockey Gary Stevens celebrates aboard Oxbow after winning the 138th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course Saturday, in Baltimore. Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, trails at left and finished fourth. Triple Crown races, Lukas took a run at the coveted prize in 1999 with Charismatic. The unsung 3-year-old won the Derby and Preakness, but broke his leg in the stretch of the Belmont while finishing third. Oxbow, sent off at odds of 15-1, took charge from the start out of the No. 6 post and beat Itsmyluckyday by 13/4 lengths. Mylute, with

Rosie Napravnik bidding to become the first female to win the Preakness, was third, followed by Orb, Goldencents, Departing, Will Take Charge, Govenor Charlie and Titletown Five. Orb came into the Preakness with a fiverace winning streak and many expected him to win easily.

Boggs from Memphis (PCL). SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: Recalled RHP Jean Machi from Fresno (PCL). Optioned INF-OF Brett Pill to Fresno. FOOTBALL National Football League CHICAGO BEARS: Agreed to terms with G Kyle Long on a four-year contract. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Agrred to terms with LB Dwight Freeney on a two-year contract. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL: Fined the San Jose Sharks $100,000 for public comments by General Manager Doug Wilson pertaining to the suspension of Sharks F Raffi Torres. COLLEGE CHATTANOOGA: Named Wes Long men’s assistant basketball coach.

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NBA Daily Playoff Glance Saturday, May 18 New York at Indiana, 8 p.m. Monday, May 20 x-Indiana at New York, 7 p.m. (Best-of-7) CONFERENCE FINALS Sunday, May 19 Memphis at San Antonio, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 Memphis at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 New York OR Indiana at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24 New York OR Indiana at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25 San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26 Miami at New York OR Indiana, 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 27 San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 Miami at New York OR Indiana, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 x-Memphis at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30 x-New York OR Indiana at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 x-San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1 x-Miami at New York OR Indiana, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2 x-Memphis at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Monday, June 3 x-New York OR Indiana at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Pro hockey NHL Daily Playoff Glance CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) Tuesday, May 14 Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 1 Los Angeles 2, San Jose 0 Wednesday, May 15 Chicago 4, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 16 Boston 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, OT, Boston leads series 1-0 Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3, Los Angeles leads series 2-0 Friday, May 17 Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 3, Pittsburgh leads series 2-0 Saturday, May 18-Detroit 4, Chicago 1, series tied 1-1 Los Angeles at San Jose, 9 p.m. Sunday, May 19 N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 Chicago at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 Pittsburgh at Ottawa. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 7 p.m. x-San Jose at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 24 x-Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25 x-N.Y. Rangers at Boston TBD x-Detroit at Chicago, TBD Sunday, May 26 x-Pittsburgh at Ottawa, TBD x-Los Angeles at San Jose, TBD Monday, May 27 x-Boston at N.Y. Rangers, TBD x-Chicago at Detroit, TBD Tuesday, May 28 x-Ottawa at Pittsburgh, TBD x-San Jose at Los Angeles, TBD Wednesday, May 29 x-N.Y. Rangers at Boston, TBD x-Detroit at Chicago, TBD

NASCAR NASCAR Sprint Cup-Sprint Showdown Results The Associated Press Saturday At Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. Lap length: 1.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (2) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 40 laps, 150 rating, 0 points, $50,915. 2. (4) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 40, 120, 0, $40,915. 3. (6) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 40, 97.2, 0, $36,640. 4. (8) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 40, 102.5, 0, $34,540. 5. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 40, 110.8, 0, $33,540. 6. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 40, 98.6, 0, $31,540. 7. (12) Aric Almirola, Ford, 40, 87, 0, $30,540. 8. (18) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 40, 75.5, 0, $29,940. 9. (7) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 40, 78.8, 0, $29,440. 10. (5) Casey Mears, Ford, 40, 78.3, 0, $29,190. 11. (16) David Reutimann, Toyota, 40, 62.3, 0, $28,915. 12. (11) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 40, 62.6, 0, $28,640. 13. (14) David Gilliland, Ford, 40, 65.4, 0, $28,390. 14. (15) Michael McDowell, Ford, 40, 51, 0, $28,290. 15. (22) David Stremme, Toyota, 40, 45.2, 0, $28,190. 16. (10) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 40, 48.7, 0, $28,090. 17. (17) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 40, 43.5, 0, $27,990. 18. (21) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 40, 34.5, 0, $27,890. 19. (23) Brian Keselowski, Toyota, 36, 28.4, 0, $27,790. 20. (9) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, overheating, 27, 52.3, 0, $27,690. 21. (19) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, brakes, 24, 36.5, 0, $27,565. 22. (13) Scott Riggs, Ford, vibration, 15, 32.2, 0, $27,440. 23. (20) Timmy Hill, Ford, overheating, 6, 28.5, 0, $27,336.

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Rays outlast Baltimore, 10-6 BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Joyce hit a big two-run double in a six-run ninth-inning rally, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 10-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday, ending Baltimore’s franchiserecord streak of 109 straight wins when leading after seven innings.

Joyce also homered and finished 3 for 5 with five RBIs. It was the third straight road victory for the Rays, all of them come-from-behind wins. Trailing 6-4, Kelly Johnson hit a one-out homer off Jim Johnson (1-4).


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• When Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco and ShinSoo Choo hit back-to-back home runs off Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, it was just the second time in 30 years that a team went yard back-toback with two outs in the ninth to win a game. Nick Green and J.D. Drew of the Braves were the last to do it, which was back in 2004. • On May 7, Tyler Chatwood of the Colorado Spring Sky Sox threw a nine-inning shutout. What’s the big deal, you ask? There have been 24 no-hitters since a Sky Sox pitcher threw a shutout at home. Cory Vance did it on August 15, 2003. • After the Braves defeated the Giants 6-3 behind the pitching of Julio Teheran on Thursday night, the rest of the weekend series shaped up for three pitching duels. Matt Cain and Tim Hudson on Friday, Madison Bumgarner vs. Paul Maholm on Saturday with Tim Lincecum and Kris Medlen going on Sunday. However, the Giants’ pitchers were the only arms doing any dueling. San Francisco bashed Atlanta pitching as the Giants outscored the Braves 23-4.

• Speaking of the Angels, when owner Arte Moreno signed former MVP Josh Hamilton for $125 million over the next five seasons just a year after signing Albert Pujols to a record deal, he probably expected a little more. Fans were excited too of the prospects of Hamilton hitting cleanup behind Pujols. But through Sunday, Hamilton had driven in Pujols just once this season.

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay The Rays are beginning to perk up and it’s no surprise that Longoria has been carrying the offense. Last week he hit safely in all seven games, batting .464 with a 1,496 OPS. He had eight extra-base hits, three homers and drove in 11 runs.

Chris Sale, Chicago The lanky lefty’s gem on Sunday night against the Angels provided the highlight, but Sale was terrific in both starts last week. In addition to the one-hitter Sunday, Sale allowed just one run in 7.1 innings for a no-decision in a win at Kansas City. In 16.1 innings, Sale had a 0.43 WHIP and 0.59 ERA.

Jean Segura, Milwaukee The Brewers haven’t been very good recently, but their shortstop has been outstanding in the field and at the dish. Last week he batted .500 with four multi-hit games in the Brewers’ five games. Over the weekend at Cincinnati, he was 8-for-12 with a pair of homers, two doubles and four runs.

Shelby Miller, St. Louis The young righthander made just one start last week, but what an outing it was. Miller allowed a leadoff single to Eric Young in the first inning, then retired the next 27 in order. The one-hitter was the first shutout of his career.

Josmil Pinto, C, Minnesota The 24-year-old backstop from Venezuela is already a veteran of seven minor league seasons. Playing this season at Double-A New Britain, Pinto has hit safely in 28 of 36 games with 14 multi-hit games including six threehit games. For the season, he’s batting .336 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. With two outs and runners in scoring position, his average increases to .467.

MAY 20, 1948 The Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle as the Yankees pound five White Sox hurlers for 22 hits, including nine for extra bases in New York’s 13-2 win at Comiskey Park in Chicago. DiMaggio has five hits on the day, including two home runs. Second baseman Snuffy Stirnweiss is the only Yank without a hit. MAY 10, 1967 Perhaps it was baseball karma, but the first-ever scheduled night game in major league history is rained out. The Philadelphia Phillies are slated to play the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field, but the weather doesn’t cooperate. The game would be played the following night.

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Rangers Scheppers-Ross-Nathan bullpen is tough to crack. Giants Matt Cain with back-to-back strong starts. Cardinals Even with sketchy bullpen, allowed fewest runs in majors. Yankees Won five straight, four by two runs or less. #MoreCloseGames Nationals Jordan Zimmermann leads NL with six wins. Red Sox Lost five of seven at the hands of Twins and Blue Jays. Orioles Only 6-5 in one-run games this season. Reds Just 6-13 against teams with winning records. Pirates Next 13 games vs. Brewers, Astros and Cubs. Tigers 19-3 when scoring 4+ runs; 1-12 when scoring fewer. Braves Justin Upton hasn’t homered since April 27. DiamondbacksCommitted just eight errors this season. Rockies Won just seven of last 20 as bullpen innings mount. A’s Recent 3-7 road trip featured .210 batting average, 4.55 ERA. Rays Broke out with 52 runs to lead majors last week. Royals Alex Gordon is carrying the offense. Mariners Bats remain silent hitting just .211 in May. Indians Majors’ best record in May at 9-2. Phillies Right side of infield has 46 of team’s 82 RBIs. Twins Joe Mauer: .600 OBP, 10 runs last week. Padres Headley and Venable hitting .344 in May, rest of team, .176. White Sox Chris Sale toyed with history last Sunday. Cubs Kevin Gregg, yep, that Kevin Gregg, leads team with six saves. Mets Matt Harvey just keeps dealing. Blue Jays Led majors in home runs (15) and steals (10) last week. Dodgers Five of eight losses in May by one run. Brewers Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura are 1-2 in NL batting race. Angels On pace to lose 100 games. Marlins Have won just one series this season. Astros Opponents are batting .300.

Playoff Droughts With the Pirates currently in position to make the playoffs in the National League, and the Royals within a couple of games in the American League, it’s possible that Toronto could enter the winter with the majors’ longest playoff drought. There’s still too many games to play this season for any realistic projections, and the Pirates have faltered badly down the stretch the past two seasons, so Pittsburgh’s long drought could continue. Of the 15 droughts of three years or more, it’s safe to say that at least 10 of them will increase by another year or more. Here are the 15 longest current playoff droughts in baseball. Team (last playoff appearance) Drought Kansas City Royals (1985) 27 Pittsburgh Pirates (1992) 20 Toronto Blue Jays (1993) 19 Seattle Mariners (2001) 11 Miami Marlins (2003) 9 Houston Astros (2005) 7 New York Mets (2006) 6 San Diego Padres (2006) 6 Cleveland Indians (2007) 5 Chicago Cubs (2008) 4 Chicago White Sox (2008) 4 Boston Red Sox (2009) 3 Colorado Rockies (2009) 3 Los Angeles Dodgers (2009) 3 Los Angeles Angels (2009) 3

2016 National League All-Stars With the 2013 All-Star Game still more than a month away, it’s difficult to project just who the players will be in New York at Citi Field. But that doesn’t stop me from looking into the future and predicting who the best players in each league will be. Last week we selected the American League squad, this week the NL. Here goes... STARTERS RF Bryce Harper Washington Introducing the leading vote getter in the National League, second only to Mike Trout of the Angels. CF Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh The anchor of the Pirates lineup will have finally led the club to a winning record by 2016. 1B Joey Votto Cincinnati Another batting title and MVP trophy would be good guesses for the face of the Reds. LF Ryan Braun Milwaukee Still one of the premier hitters in the National League. C Buster Posey San Francisco The catcher is the proud owner of multiple MVP trophies. DH Giancarlo Stanton Miami Okay, so the chances of Stanton still residing in Miami in 2016 are slim, but he’ll be a good option for the manager’s choice for DH anyway. 3B David Wright New York Anthony Rendon’s numbers will overshadow Wright’s, but the fans will vote for the New York veteran one more season to give him the start. 2B Brandon Phillips Cincinnati With few choices at the position, the veteran wins the fans vote. SS Jean Segura Milwaukee With no real stars at the position, fans have begun to fall in love with Segura in Milwaukee. SP Matt Harvey New York Harvey continues to remind Mets fans of Tom Terrific from the 1970s.

RESERVES C Yadier Molina St. Louis The 33-year-old Cardinals backstop makes his eighth and final All-Star appearance. C Miguel Montero Arizona Without Posey in the league, Montero may have an All-Star start or two by then. 1B Nolan Arenado Colorado The rising star in Colorado moves from third to first for 2016. 1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona His power and average will steadily rise every season for the next several years. 1B Allen Craig St. Louis The hitting machine can’t seem to stay healthy enough to become the premier first baseman in the NL. 2B Starlin Castro Chicago Moved off of short by Javier Baez, Castro will struggle at third before finding a home at second. 3B Anthony Rendon Washington Ryan Zimmerman was moved to first base to accommodate Rendon who quickly becomes the best third baseman in the league. SS Didi Gregorius Arizona Best in the majors with the glove and his bat isn’t too shabby either. OF Jedd Gyorko San Diego Youngster Christian Yelich of Miami may have a better argument, but the Padres must be represented. OF Justin Upton Atlanta Justin upstages his brother in Atlanta to become the city’s latest fan favorite. OF Carlos Gonzalez Colorado The veteran Rockie is still putting up big numbers at Coors Field. OF Jason Heyward Atlanta Two-thirds of the Braves outfield will be represented.

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Buster Posey of the Giants (left) and Matt Harvey will lead the NL in the 2016 All-Star Game.

OF Oscar Tavares St. Louis The brightest rising star in the National League makes the team, but doesn’t get in the game. P Stephen Strasburg Washington Difficult to resist calling on Strasburg to start the game now that there is no innings limit, but Harvey is too good. P Tyler Skaggs Arizona Many fans in Arizona would argue that Skaggs has better numbers than Harvey and deserved to start. But his time will come. P Adam Wainwright St. Louis There are maybe four or five pitchers who deserve this spot, but the manager’s choice is the veteran from St. Louis. P Cole Hamels Philadelphia The Phillies have turned into an old, mediocre team, but Hamels is still tough to hit.

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Seconds it took Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon to score from first base on a double by Nick Punto last week.

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Outs made on the bases this season for Milwaukee, the most in the majors.

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Batting average for B.J. and Justin Upton over the first 11 games of May. They have combined for no home runs and three RBIs for the month.

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Strikeouts per nine innings for the Cleveland Indians pitchers in the first 11 games of May.

As of Sunday, Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado were tied for the National League lead in RBIs with 31. Can you name the last middle infielder to lead the senior circuit in ribbies?

Pitchers with an ERA below 2.00 so far this season. Atlanta Braves record in their last 16 road games. During that stretch, the Braves’ ERA has ballooned to 5.52. In the team’s first seven away games this season, the club was 7-0 with a 1.41 ERA.

Fewest home losses for any team (Texas) and fewest road wins for any team (Houston). The Astros have yet to visit their division rival this season with nine games to play at Texas.

P Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Now completely over a hip injury, Kershaw remains a Cy Young candidate. P Shelby Miller St. Louis The new ace of the Cardinals. P Jose Fernandez Miami Possesses nasty stuff, but rarely gets run support. P Madison Bumgarner San Francisco The lefty is part of one of the best 1-2 punches in baseball. P Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Still the best closer in the league. His career may rival Mariano Rivera’s without the postseason glory, of course. P Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati We see him as an All-Star whether starting or finishing. P Drew Storen Washington Back in closer role, he piles up saves and his resume looks good at All-Star time.

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TRIVIA ANSWER: Shortstop Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs was the last to accomplish that with 143 RBIs in 1959.

• For the first time in a long time, a .500 record was within reach for the Angels franchise. The team needs to win 87 games this season to finish the campaign over .500. It would be the first time the Angels’ franchise has been above the breakeven mark since winning its first game in 1961. However, after a 14-23 start, the Angels must go 73-52 the rest of the way. Looks like the Halos must wait until at least 2014.

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Outdoors 5C Choosing a fishing reel boils down Reel logic to skill level and application choices The Daily Sentinel • DailySentinel.com • Sunday, May 19, 2013

By MATT WILLIAMS Outdoors Writer A hardcore angler probably won’t get much of an education here. But a beginner might learn a little something. Especially someone who is in the market for a new fishing reel, but isn’t quite sure which style might suit his or her needs the best. Perhaps no other piece of equipment in a fishing arsenal is more important than the reel that is strapped to the rod. Its primary roles are launching and retrieving lures. The reel also serves as a winch to help land fish that take the bait. There are an army of good reels out there. More importantly, there are several different styles available to suit a variety of applications and every skill level from beginner to advanced. If you forget everything else you read here, be sure to remember these two things when shopping for a fishing reel: ■ Buy the best equipment you can afford. ■ It is never a good idea to start a beginner with an advanced-level reel, especially if the newcomer is a youngster. Always start from the bottom and work your way up. Otherwise, there is a good chance the experience will turn into an exercise in frustration rather than confidence-building pleasure. What follows is a basic synopsis of the three styles of reels most frequently used for fresh and inshore saltwater applications:

Spincast reel Of all the reel styles, the spincast model garners the highest marks in the user-friendly department. It is a great starter reel for beginners, or for casual fishermen who only wet a hook a few times a year. The beauty of the spincast reel is it is simple to operate and requires very little skill to master. The reel is designed with a push button casting mechanism and line spool that are fully encased by a metal or plastic housing. Together, these features eliminate the worry of backlash and allows the user to focus entirely on developing their release timing when casting. I’ve seen 4-year-olds become fairly proficient with these reels in relatively short order. While some big fish have been landed on spincasters (the 123 pound, 9 ounce world record flathead catfish was reported landed with Zebco 33 and 12 pound line), these reels are generally a better match for smallto-medium size fish like perch, crappie, white bass, channel cat

and trout. It also is a good choice for knocking around in muddy creek and river bottom settings, where you might not want to take nicer gear. Another big plus about spincast rigs is they are relatively inexpensive. Most of the heavy hitting reel manufacturers offer budget priced reels for under $30 and spincast rod/reel combos for under $50.

Spinning reel The spinning reel is a little more difficult to use than a spincasting model, but not by much. Think of it like the second rung in a three-step learning curve. The line spool isn’t covered, which allows line to peel off the spool freely. This allows you to make significantly longer casts with less effort than you can make with a spincast outfit using lures of the same size. Unlike spincast and baitcasting models, the “open face” spinning reel mounts to the bottom side of the rod. The reel operates using a large wire bail that opens to release the line and closes to gather it. To use it, trap the line against the rod using the tip of the index finger on your casting hand. Open the bail and cast, releasing line with the rod’s forward momentum. Close the bail and it gathers line as you turn the reel handle.   Spinning reels come in assorted sizes ranging from small (ultra-light) to medium and large. The small and medium sizes work best for most freshwater applications using line sizes ranging 4-12 pound test. The ultra-light reels are designed for use with lighter lines. These typically work best for casting tiny jigs, Roadrunners and other small baits for bream, crappie and trout. Medium size reels are heavily preferred by bass fishermen for throwing shaky heads, drop shots rigs, grubs, wacky worms and other “finesse” style baits. Spinning reels are available at a variety of price points from cheap to extravagant, but you needn’t break the bank to own a good one. Some key things to look for in one of these reels is good quality drag system, stainless steel ball bearings for smoothness and durability and a gear ratio that is suited for the style of fishing you intend to do; a 5.2:1 is a good all- around ratio to consider.

Bait casting reel This one is the heavy favorite for chunking and winding artificial baits for bass, specks, reds and other hard hitting sport fish. I still use a spinning reel on occasion, but I spend more time with a bait caster in my hand

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Baitcasting reels are heavily preferred among serious bass and other inshore fishermen. These reels are available in a variety of price ranges and gear ratios.

than anything else. While a bait caster is more difficult to master than other reel styles, the doors opened by the level wind make it well worth the trouble. Not only does the bait caster promote improved casting accuracy, it is also built to handle light and heavy lines that can be matched with rods of assorted actions for use with a wide variety of lures. If your goal is to become a well-rounded angler, learning to use bait caster should rank high on the agenda. There is plenty to consider when shopping for a bait casting reel. One of the first hurdles is to decide between a round reel and a low profile model. Round reels generally have more line capacity than low profile reels, whereas low profiles are more comfortable to fish

with for extended periods because of their ergonomic design and significantly lighter weight. While a round reel may be the best choice when targeting big stripers, trophy catfish or lofting huge swim baits, the low profile rules in the run-and-gun world of bass fishing. Some other key features to consider in reel selection are the braking system, gear ratio and internal components such as gears and bearings.

Braking system The braking system is what slows the speed of the spool to help minimize troublesome backlashes. It may be necessary to adjust brake tension several times over the course of the day to compensate for wind, lure weights and other factors that can effect casting.

Record alligator hauled in from Choke Canyon BY MATT WILLIAMS Outdoors Writer

South Texas is well known among hook and bullet crowds for its big brush country bucks and monster largemouths finning around in fabled fisheries like Falcon and Choke Canyon. Make no mistake about it. Bass and bucks are not the only critters that get big south of I-10. There are some whopper alligators in this neck of the woods, too. Just ask Troy and Braxton Bielski. The father/son team were participating in a TPWD draw/permit alligator hunt on May 7 at the James Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area near Cotulla when they hauled a gargantuan ‘gator to top just about anything you may have seen on the popular reality television show,

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Close-face spinning reel offers trouble free operation, The spinning reel is a great choice for targeting small panfish with tiny baits making it a great choice for beginning or youth anglers but also can be used for finesse fishing applications when targeting larger fish. looking to get their feet wet in the sport. Photo by Matt Williams

“Swamp People.” Measuring 14 feet, 3 inches, the monster weighed in at 800 pounds on certified scales. The alligator is by far the heaviest and longest alligator ever taken during a TPWD permit hunt. It also is a pending new state record for public and private waters, said TPWD’s Stephen Lange, manager of the 4,400-acre WMA adjacent to Choke Canyon Reservoir. “This was a huge animal, but it really didn’t come as a surprise,” Lange said. “We’ve seen some big ones and there are some bigger ones out there. We’ve seen them.” Lange said the conditions set up perfectly for the WMA to kick out some giants during this year’s special permit hunt on May 6-10. He said one the biggest contributing factors is low water.

“The lake is about 20 feet low, so the ‘gators are really concentrated,” he said. “This one was caught up the Frio River.” Lange said the alligator was taken on a hand line set the Bielski’s had made along the edge of the river the evening before. They were using a dead chicken for bait. Lange added that there were a total of 10 permits issued for this season, but only six of the permit winners showed up for the hunt. Several other ‘gators were taken, including two others more than 11 feet and one more than nine feet. Interestingly, one of the 11 footers was a female, which rarely grow longer than nine feet. “That one may be a record, too,” Lange said. “Eleven feet is an exceptionally big female.”

Some reels have externally adjustable braking systems. Others require the removal of a side plate to make manual adjustments to individual brake pins. While both systems work well, reels that offer external brake adjustment are often considered the more convenient of the two.

Gear ratio Gear ratio dictates the speed of the reel. The higher the gear ratio, the faster the reel will recover line. The lower the gears, the slower the reel but the more power you have. Some techniques are more easily performed with a high gear ratios and vice versa. If you are looking for one reel ratio that will perform a broad spectrum of techniques fairly well it would be a 6.4:1.

Other Components The quality of the ball bearings, gears and other components utilized in the guts of a reel will not only impact its performance, it will determine how well it holds up under pressure. Ultimately, it will determine how long it will last before it needs to be taken to the local reel doctor for repair. All of these factors are typically reflected in the price. That’s not to say you have spend $500 get a good quality bait caster, but don’t expect to pick one up for the cost of a 30-pack either. When you buy a reel, you get what you pay for. Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by e-mail, mattwilliams@netdot.com.

Braxton Bielski of Katy (second from right) and his father, Troy, took this giant American alligator during a recent permit hunt on the James Daughtrey WMA near Cotulla. At 14 feet, 3 inches and 800 pounds, the ’gator is a pending new state record.

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MAC, Sun Belt look to expand bowl lineup By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer

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The Dragons football team are spread out across the field during drills last week in part of their annual spring football practice schedule at Dragon Stadium.

Reyes pleased with spring football work of Dragons By KEVIN GORE kgore@dailysentinel.com Bobby Reyes is impressed with the progress being made in spring drills by the Nacogdcohes Dragon football team. The second-year Dragon football coach has put his players through two weeks of practice, with the workouts leading up to the spring game on May 28. The coach said he likes the physical nature that his team is displaying. “We’re a bit more physical, particularly in the offensive line, which is what we needed to do,” Reyes said. “Our running backs are doing a really good job.” Running backs in the mix include Ronnie Roberts, Coranado Tolbert and Bryce Matthews, who also is working at quarterback. Those three players will be juniors next season. “They are hitting the holes, finding the creases,” Reyes said. Hunter McClellan, Matthews and Jim Oglesbee, all juniors, are in the battle for the quarterback position. McClellan saw considerable time as a backup last season, while Matthews was the junior varsity’s quarterback. They will be juniors next season. Reyes said his defensive line of Zach Verhalen, Jadarrius Ervin, Greg Roberts and Jacorey Whitaker has been impressive with their physical play and the way they are getting off blocks and pressuring the quarterback. Practices will continue this week.

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Quarterback Hunter McClellan, center, takes the ball during spring football practice Tuesday at Nacogdoches High School.

As the power conferences work to secure spots in the most desirable bowl games, the Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt also are trying to expand their postseason lineups. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said he wants his conference to add one more bowl to the two it has already. The MAC currently has deals to send three of its team to bowl games, but Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said he expects that number to grow. All major college football conferences are in process of negotiating with bowls to put together postseason lineups for 2014 and beyond. Current deals expire after this season. The MAC has averaged nearly six bowleligible teams over the last five seasons, including a record seven last season, and Steinbrecher doesn’t ever want to see a member left out of the postseason when it is eligible. That happened to Temple, when it went 8-4 in 2010. “I have not found a big upside to not having sufficient guaranteed spots for my bowleligible teams,” Steinbrecher said Thursday. “It makes for a very stressful conclusion to the season.” The MAC currently has deals to send teams to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise and GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala. It also has deals to be the backup plan for some of the bowls that ESPN owns. Those deals, along with a couple of other spots opening up because the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference not being able to fill all of its spots, allowed the MAC to have seven teams playing in the postseason. “We were strategic in some ways and fortunate in others,” Steinbrecher said. “That’s hard to do and there were a lot of reasons that came to be.” Steinbrecher said that as the power conferences grow and try to add more bowls to their lineups, it increases the chances they won’t be able to fill those spots with eligible teams. In most cases teams need at six victories and a .500 record to be eligible for the postseason. “If you’re a bowl with a selection in the bottom third (of a power conference), you better be thinking about plan B,” Steinbrecher said. Seeing the success of the bowl game in Boise has also led to discussion among MAC schools that maybe a postseason game in a smaller city in the league’s footprint could be viable down the road. “There’s a lot of folks out there that have some interest,” he said. “Does it make sense? Can you get a community to buy into it?” The Sun Belt currently has deals with the New Orleans Bowl and GoDaddy. A third is likely to come in the form of a new game being worked on in Little Rock, Ark., with Conference USA providing a possible opponent. Benson hopes as that as the Sun Belt improves, and it is undergoing another membership overhaul in the next two seasons, it will attract more bowl partners.

College football

Penn State defends medical changes after report STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach Bill O’Brien is fervently disputing suggestions raised in a report that player medical care has been compromised after the team doctor was replaced. Speaking often in an angry tone that might be otherwise reserved for an argument with an official, O’Brien told reporters in a conference call that the health and safety of his players were his top priorities. The athletic department has been responding to a story in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated that questioned the quality of care and the motivations behind the removal of longtime team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli earlier this year. “For anyone to suggest — or perhaps outright accuse — that anyone within the Penn State athletic program would do otherwise is irresponsible,

reckless and wrong,” an emotional O’Brien said Wednesday. The second-year coach said he made recommendations in the offseason to athletic director Dave Joyner and university president Rodney Erickson after watching the medical team for his first year. It was part of his job to evaluate all aspects of the program. O’Brien’s superiors make the personnel decisions. O’Brien said there was no problem with the medical care at Penn State last year, nor in the rest of Sebastianelli’s 20year tenure at football. “Again, what I try to do is assemble the right team ... the way I see the program should be run,” O’Brien said. Responding to another question later in the roughly 15-minute conference call, O’Brien said he urges the doctors to be “cutting edge

... looking for things that could help our players.” Sebastianelli remains the director of athletic medicine. In that capacity, he oversees the medical program for football, including new team doctor Peter Seidenberg. Penn State in February released a statement about the changes, which also included adding Scott Lynch as an orthopedic consultant for football. All three doctors work for Penn State’s college of medicine. “To characterize the medical care Penn State provides our student-athletes as anything other than the highest quality is erroneous,” the athletic department said in a statement. “Access to urgent and quality care for our athletes is no less than where it was at any point in the past 20 years.” The school later released a

College basketball

Buyout agreement favors New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico says it has reached an agreement in principal with former basketball coach Steve Alford over his buyout. Alford said in April he was willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take the job at UCLA, but he wouldn’t pay the $1 million payment that New Mexico wanted. The dispute stemmed from

the timing of his announcement and a term sheet he had signed just weeks before agreeing to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that included a $1 million buyout. Under the agreement announced Friday, the net benefit of the buyout will be $625,000. That includes a $300,000 payment and certain bonuses Alford had agreed to forego. The school says there are still some final details that have

to be resolved, but it sees the agreement as favorable.

comparison to procedures at six other schools including Ohio State and LSU, showing similar medical guidelines. The Sports Illustrated story said the change at Penn State can be traced to a tweaked title in January for Joyner, who had been serving in an “acting” capacity since November 2011. Joyner replaced Tim Curley, who was placed on

administrative leave after being charged with perjury and failure to report suspected abuse in connection with the child sex abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky. Curley has vehemently proclaimed his innocence. Some alumni and former players remain angry that Joyner, who is also a doctor, became athletic director after

leaving his position as a university trustee. Critics cite a conflict of interest as well a lack of experience in administration. Trustees overall have been under scrutiny in the wake of the scandal, especially those like Joyner who were on the board when the late Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was fired days after Sandusky’s arrest in November 2011.

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