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Morning Sports Report – 7/18/2014

The Cincinnati Reds second half will begin with injuries, a big storyline of their first half, still looming large. But even though not at full strength, a strong stretch over the last month and seven wins in the team’s final nine games before the break has Cincinnati just 1 1/2 games back in the National League Central. The Reds will travel to the Bronx tonight to face Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees after a four-day hiatus. Cincinnati will be without two major parts of their lineup. Brandon Phillips will miss more than a month with a torn ligament in his left thumb, and Joey Votto is on the disabled list for the second time this season with a nagging right thigh injury. Tonight’s game versus the Yankees can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pre game scheduled for 6:35 and the first pitch at 7:05.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are moving quickly to surround LeBron James with shooters, and it probably helps that James knows exactly what he’s getting. A day after the Cavs locked up James’ buddy and former teammate Mike Miller, they agreed to terms with Miami Heat free agent James Jones on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract. Jones, who spent the previous four seasons playing with James in Miami, will earn $1.4 million next season.

Tiger Woods returned to the majors for the first time in 11 months yesterday and acted as though he had never left. With a strong finish, Woods opened with a 3-under 69. The former No. 1 player in the world bogeyed the first two holes. He then finished with six birdies and another bogey over the remaining 16 holes of play at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Rory McIlroy tipped off the British Open Championship in fine fashion on Thursday, shooting a six-under 66 to take the outright lead going into Friday. McIlroy missed only four greens, and his driving average of 340 yards topped the field.

One of the hottest teams in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, the Southern Ohio Copperheads, will play host to Licking County tonight at Bob Wren Stadium. The Snakes had won five games in a row before the league’s All-Star game on Wednesday, and will be looking to keep the momentum going versus the Settlers. Tonight’s game can be heard live on Power 105 with pregame set for 7:15 and the first pitch at 7:30.

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This article was posted on Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 4:37 PM.
Last edited/updated on July 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM.
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