SPORTS BRIEFING

Chester bests Greenville

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Chester Old Timers knocked off previously-undefeated Greenville, 7-6, at the East Liverpool High School baseball field.

Chester improves to 7-2 and is in second place in the American division.

Brett Smith led Chester with a double and single. Brian Wright and Will Bridges each had two hits and Mike Logston had a double.

Chester will play at Champion at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Otero joins Scrappers

NILES – Cleveland Indians pitcher Dan Otero will make a rehab appearance with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers tonight.

Otero, who was on the injured list with a sore right shoulder, made his last appearance with the Indians on May 30 in Chicago.

The Scrappers, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, will host the Mahoning Valley Renegades at 7:05 p.m. today.

Indians have more chances

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Indians and Minnnesota Twins will play 10 more times and the Twins have won five of the nine matchups.

“They’re annoyed because they’re behind and they’re being told they shouldn’t be, and we’re annoyed because we’re being told we’re going to blow it,” Twins pitcher Trevor May said.

“We have a lot to be happy about,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We had a very nice series. If we play like this going forward, I think we’re going to be OK.”

Astros hit 9th grand slam

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Verlander followed a two-run first inning with five no-hit innings and Jose Altuve hit Houston’s franchise-record ninth grand slam of the season as the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 12-4 on Sunday.

Verlander (11-4) retired his last 15 batters following a leadoff walk in the second inning.

Djokovic’s 5th at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — For nearly five tight, tense and terrific hours, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer traded the lead, playing on and on and on until an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker was required to settle their memorable Wimbledon final.

In the end, it was Djokovic who emerged victorious, coming back to edge Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) and become the first man in 71 years to take home the trophy from the All England Club after needing to erase championship points.

“Unfortunately in these kinds of matches, one of the players has to lose,” Djokovic said. “It’s quite unreal.”

After facing two match points at 8-7 in the last set, he wound up claiming his fifth Wimbledon title.

Wickens drives again

TORONTO (AP) — Robert Wickens made an emotional return to the race track Sunday with a parade lap in a car equipped with hand controls before the IndyCar race in Toronto.

Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash last August and his ceremonial lap around Exhibition Place was his first time on a race track since the devastating accident.

Wickens drove a $160,000 Acura NSX modified by Arrow to allow the Canadian native to drive with hand controls.

“I am over the moon with how crazy this is,” Wickens said before he got in the car. “This is just incredible. The support I’ve received the last 11 months is unbelievable.”

Mount Union’s new league

ALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union men’s volleyball team has accepted an invitation to join the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League effective for the 2019-20 academic year.

Formed in 2014, the MCVL membership roster in 2019-20 along with Mount Union includes Adrian College (Adrian, Mich.), Fontbonne University (St. Louis, Mo.), Mt. St. Joseph University (Cincinnati, Ohio), Olivet College (Olivet, Mich.) and Trine University (Angola, Ind.).

The league also announced that Wabash College (Crawfordsville, Ind.) will join the MCVL in the 2020-21 academic year.

The Purple Raiders played their inaugural season a year ago and posted an 8-20 record. Mount Union’s first MCVL match will be Jan. 20, 2020, in Alliance.

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