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Morning Sports Report – 4/18/2014

The Cincinnati Reds return to the baseball diamond this afternoon, after having Thursday off, and will take a 2-game winning streak into their weekend series at Wrigley Field versus the Cubs. Johnny Cueto tossed a complete game shutout Wednesday and struck out 12 to lead Cincinnati to a 4-0 victory over Pittsburg and its first series win of the season. Catcher Devin Mesoraco is batting .500, with 3 homeruns and 9 RBI’s since coming off the disabled list last week. Joey Votto has 3 homeruns and 7 RBI’s in his last 4 games. The Reds will send Alfredo Simon to the mound today versus Chicago; the Cubs will counter with ace Jeff Samardzija. The game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame at 1:50 and the first pitch at 2:20.

Tyler Vickers threw a complete game and Alexander improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the TVC-Ohio after a 10-3 win over Meigs yesterday. The Trimble Tomcats remained perfect in the TVC-Hocking and won their 6th game in a row by beating Miller 12-1. Brandon Rife had 16 strikeouts and Nelsonville-York picked up its first win of the year after knocking off Vinton County 4-0. Federal Hocking lost at Wahama 9-2 and Athens fell to Wellston 5-4 at Rannow Field on The Plains.

The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Wednesday. It was a scrappy start for the young Blue Jackets, who jumped out to a two-goal lead before Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot in the third period to give Pittsburg the win. But amid the debris of a 4-3 loss to the vaunted Penguins in front of a hostile standing room crowd at the Consol Energy Center, the Jackets found more than a glimmer of hope that their first round Stanley Cup playoff series can be competitive. Columbus, which has never won a single playoff game in franchise history, will look to accomplish that feat tomorrow as they try and even the series. Saturday’s game in Pittsburg can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame set of 6:30 and the drop of the puck at 7:00.

The rhetoric is heating up between Northwestern University and a group that’s trying to unionize college athletes. A federal agency is considering Northwestern’s appeal of a ruling that said scholarship athletes are essentially university employees — and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike. The College Athletes Players Association wants to be recognized as a full-fledged union. The group likens the Illinois school’s appeal to a castle built on sand — and the National Labor Relations Board should dismiss it. Northwestern insists the pro-union ruling by the director of the board’s Chicago regional office was flawed and the appeal should go ahead. The college says scholarship athletes are primarily students, not school employees.

The NBA’s regular season came to an end Wednesday night. The playoffs get going tomorrow with four games: the Nets at Toronto, the Clippers home to the Warriors, the Hawks at Indiana and Oklahoma City at home versus Memphis. The Indiana Pacers clinched the overall No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference; the San Antonio Spurs in the West, both teams will have home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

On your radio dial tonight at 6:06, it’s the Sports Fan presented by J&K Contracting on 970WATH and 97.1FM.

This article was posted on Friday, 18 April 2014 at 10:57 AM.
Last edited/updated on April 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM.
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