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Morning Sports Report – 8/25/2014

Alfredo Simon pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win in eight starts since the All-Star break and Todd Frazier homered as the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Simon, who was 0-5 since pitching in the All-Star Game, opened with six shutout innings before yielding a run in the seventh. He allowed five hits with one walk and six strikeouts over seven innings. Manny Parra and Jumbo Diaz pitched the eighth. Logan Ondrusek allowed Evan Gattis’s 20th homer leading off the ninth and Jonathan Broxton gave up Jason Heyward’s RBI single before coaxing Justin Upton into grounding into a base-loaded forceout for his seventh save for the Reds, who salvaged a split of the four-game series after dropping the first two games.

Kevin Love is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The not-so-secret deal between the Cavs and Minnesota has been completed, with the help of the Philadelphia 76ers. In short, the Cavs get Love while the Timberwolves get No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins and last year’s No. 1 Anthony Bennett from Cleveland, as well as Thaddeus Young from Philly. The Sixers receive a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland, and two players. Love will join superstar Lebron James and Kyrie Irving to create the most devastating trio in the NBA and will instantly make the Cavaliers a frontrunner to win the NBA championship.

Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second. Kenseth elected to stay on the track when most of the field pitted after a caution flag with 67 laps to go, picking track position over new tires. But once the green flag flew again, Logano and then Keselowski proved the choice faulty.

The success a baseball team from Chicago’s South Side has had in the Little League World Series is giving the city something to cheer about. Large crowds turned out for watch parties in Chicago as the 11- and 12-year-olds from the Jackie Robinson West All Stars beat Las Vegas 7-5 in Saturday’s U.S. final in Pennsylvania. At one of the watch parties, at a Far South Side community center, retired city worker Mario Stinson said the team was a unifying force, noting that players represent multiple neighborhoods divided by gang violence. The Jackie Robinson West All Stars went on to lose to South Korea 4-1 yesterday in the championship game.

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This article was posted on Sunday, 24 August 2014 at 4:24 PM.
Last edited/updated on August 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM.
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