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Monday, July 2, 2018

Spikes jump on Scrappers early


The State College Spikes scored five runs in four innings and that was enough to beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 5-2, on Sunday.

The Scrappers’ Mitch Reeves was 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Hosea Nelson hit two doubles. Zack Draper took the loss, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings.

Lynch wins $3,000 at Sharon Speedway


Capturing wins on Thompson Fab Night and celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Sye Lynch-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars, Jason Fosnaught-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Garrett Krummert-HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Jacob Eucker-Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods.

Last September, Lynch won his first career “410” feature and now has two at the track- both worth $3,000 for the third generation racer whose father Ed, Jr. is the track’s all-time winner at 50 victories.

Fosnaught started from the pole and led over McGuire with fifth starting Whitling moving to third on the opening lap..

Howland 10U baseball team wins tournament


The Howland 10U All-Stars won the Springfield All-Star tournament on Sunday. The players include Demetri Gentis, Anthony Palumbo, Santino Donatelli, Steven Bubon, Elliot Gebhardt, Vincent Weeks, Keaton Perry, Jimmy Pemberton, Bode Biggin, Andrew LaPolla, Deacon Mock and Jackson Mikel. The team is coached by Kevin Weeks, Doug Gebhardt, Mark Biggin and Jamie Palumbo.

Russia stuns Spain in penalties


Stretching every part of his body out into a star shape and diving to his right, Igor Akinfeev flicked out his left foot and kicked the ball high away from danger.

Akinfeev’s foot kept Russia’s party going Sunday night, ended the international career of one of Spain’s biggest stars and sealed the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the greatest in World Cup history.

Akinfeev saved two shots during the shootout, while all of his teammates scored to give Russia a 4-3 advantage after a draw that was dominated by Spain in every way but the 1-1 score. Russia — the lowest ranked team in the World Cup at No. 70 in the world — is stunningly going to the quarterfinals to face Croatia on Saturday.

Subasic’s saves bail out Croatia


Danijel Subasic saved three penalties, and Croatia’s World Cup hopes.

In the second straight shootout of the tournament, the Croats advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Subasic tipped the first penalty of the shootout from Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen onto the post. He then dived to his right to save an attempt from substitute Lasse Schone. Finally, he used his feet to block Nicolai Jorgensen’s attempt.

Subasic became only the second goalkeeper to save three penalties in a shootout at the World Cup, matching the feat of Portugal keeper Ricardo against England in 2006.

Murray pulls out of Wimbledon


Two-time champion Andy Murray has pulled out of Wimbledon because of a hip injury.

Murray’s withdrawal was announced Sunday by the All England Club.

The tournament begins Monday. Murray’s first-round match against Benoit Paire was scheduled for Tuesday.

Murray had surgery on his hip in January and returned to competition only two weeks ago.

In 2013, he became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon singles title. Wimbledon starts today.

Staff/wire report