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Morning Sports Report – 8/21/2014

Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 last night to complete a three-game sweep. Reds starter Johnny Cueto was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors’ first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings. The Cardinals have won eight of nine and swept the Reds at home for the first time since 2008. Cincinnati has lost 10 of 12, with Cueto getting the two wins. Cincinnati will look to end its current losing streak when they welcome Atlanta to Great American Ballpark for a 4-game series. Tonight’s game versus the Braves can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame set for 6:40 and the first pitch at 7:10.

Brian Hoyer beat out Johnny Manziel as the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback. Browns head coach Mike Pettine was underwhelmed by both quarterbacks’ performances in the team’s second preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Monday. But Pettine apparently feels that Hoyer was the safer option, at least to start the season, which led to him naming Hoyer his Week 1 starter Wednesday morning. Pettine made it sound as if the much-scrutinized decision was a fairly easy one despite appearing to wrestle with it publicly.

Dallan Cave and Brennan Holligan hit two-run homers and Las Vegas beat Philadelphia and star pitcher Mo’ne Davis 8-1 in the Little League World Series last night. That puts Las Vegas in Saturday’s U.S. title game and sends Philadelphia into an elimination game on Thursday night against Chicago’s Jackie Robinson team.  Davis, the darling of the sports world with her amazing success and poise, was both masterful and ordinary on a night made short because of pitch-count rules. She allowed three runs and six hits and struck out six in 2 1-3 innings before leaving after 55 pitches.

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Mid-American Conference has agreed to a new 13-year contract with ESPN. The agreement gives the network all television distribution rights to the league’s football games through the 2026-27 season. The MAC has three years left on its current eight-year deal with ESPN that pays the conference about $1 million per year. The new deal reworks the final years of the old contract. The new agreement also gives ESPN rights to some MAC men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports.

Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he’s skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race. Stewart’s decision was announced Wednesday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Stewart has been in seclusion since the Aug. 9 incident at an upstate New York dirt track that remains under investigation. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has said investigators don’t have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent by Stewart.

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This article was posted on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 at 11:23 PM.
Last edited/updated on August 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM.
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