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Posted on Tue. Jul. 03, 2012 - 12:58 am EDT

BRIEFS

TinCaps keep rolling, hold Captains at bay

Fort Wayne won for the sixth time in seven games, beating Lake County 5-4 Monday at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio.

Duanel Jones had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI. He also scored two runs.

Jace Peterson and Travis Whitmore also had two hits for Fort Wayne (8-3, 39-42 overall).

The win assures the TinCaps of their fourth consecutive series victory to start the second half.

Dennis O’Grady pitched three scoreless relief innings for the win. He struck out three Captains (5-6, 36-44). The final game of the series starts at 7 p.m. today.

Before Monday’s game, Fort Wayne placed infielder/outfielder Lee Orr on the disabled list. Outfielder Kyung-Min Na was reinstated from the disabled list.

AUTO RACING

Penalty costs Dillon series points lead

NASCAR penalized Austin Dillon because his car failed inspection following his Nationwide Series win at Kentucky, dropping him out of the points lead. Dillon was docked six points in the standings, going from two points up on Elliott Sadler in the Nationwide standings to down by four points. Crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. was fined $10,000, and car owner Morgan Shepherd was also docked six points. Dillon earned his first career Nationwide victory on Friday night at Kentucky by leading 192 of the 200 laps. NASCAR ruled afterward that his No. 3 Chevrolet was too low.

BASKETBALL

Northrop names girls coach

Andrew Wyss was hired as the Northrop girls basketball coach. Wyss had been a part of the Northrop boys basketball program.

Christmas comes early for Fever

Tulsa acquired veteran Roneeka Hodges from the Indiana Fever in exchange for Karima Christmas. Hodges is averaging 3.2 points in 8.9 minutes through 12 games with the Fever this season. Christmas started six of the 14 games for the Shock this season, averaging 3.6 points a game 11.5 minutes. The second-year guard was signed by the Shock in July 2011 after being waived by the Washington Mystics.

FOOTBALL

Coaches visit troops in Gulf

Current and former NFL coaches Leslie Frazier, Bill Cowher, Eric Mangini and Ben Kotwica are visiting U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf this week as part of a USO tour. “It seemed like a small thing to do for all they do,” Frazier, the Minnesota Vikings’ coach, said in a phone interview Monday.

Schlichter victim guilty of theft

In Columbus, Ohio, a woman defrauded by an ex-Ohio State and Indianapolis quarterback Art Schlichter in a million-dollar sports ticket fraud pleaded guilty to her own involvement in the scheme. Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien says Anita Barney started out as a victim and then became an offender. Barney pleaded guilty to two felony theft charges. She’s been sentenced to three years of community control and 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $427,000 to 19 victims.

Stanford RB chases pro baseball dream

Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney will give up his final year of eligibility in football to pursue a professional baseball career. Gaffney ran for 449 yards and scored seven touchdowns as a junior last season for the Cardinal. He played outfield for three seasons at Stanford and batted .301 with eight homers. He was a 24th round selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in June’s draft and batted .245 with two home runs, 17 RBI and 48 runs scored in 54 games this past season. Gaffney will return to Stanford to complete his degree in sociology.

Broncos keeping kicker in stable

Denver signed kicker Matt Prater to a new four-year deal, locking up one of the most powerful legs in NFL history. Prater was a clutch performer for the Broncos down the stretch last season with four game-winning field goals. Entering his sixth NFL season, Prater ranks second in team history with an 80.4 percent field goal conversion rate, just behind Jason Elam’s mark of 80.6 percent. He owns the best field goal percentage (75) from 50 or more yards (12 of 16) and has converted 28 of 29 field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime. The Broncos originally signed Prater from the Miami Dolphin’s practice squad in 2007.

SOFTBALL

U.S. captures 6th World Cup

In Oklahoma City, Samantha Fischer doubled in two runs, Michelle Moultrie circled the bases after dropping a bunt just in front of home plate and the United States beat Australia 3-0 to win its sixth straight World Cup of Softball championship. Jackie Traina, Jordan Taylor, Keilani Ricketts combined on a one-hit shutout for the Americans, who outscored opponents 43-3 in their six games.


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