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LONDON (AP) — Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest woman to reach the third round of Wimbledon since the Open era started in 1968.

The 42-year-old Date-Krumm progressed to the third round at the All England Club for the first time in 17 years with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Alexandra Cadantu of Romania on Thursday.

She could face No. 1 Serena Williams in the next round.

Date-Krumm is the second-oldest player to have won a match at Wimbledon after Martina Navratilova, who was 47 when she reached the second round in 2004.

Date-Krumm took a 12-year break from tennis before returning in 2008. The last time she advanced to the third round at Wimbledon was in 1996, when she lost in the semifinals to Steffi Graf.

According to the WTA, Renee Richards of the United States is the oldest woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era, having done so at the 1979 U.S. Open at age 45.

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo broke his left collarbone Thursday in a high-speed crash on a rain-slicked track during practice before the Iveco TT in Assen.

Lorenzo, currently second in the standings behind fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, lost control of his Yamaha in afternoon training and was thrown off the motorbike on the Hoge Heide straight.

He slid on his back along the soaked track before coming to a standstill on grass. He got up and gingerly held his left arm before being driven away in an ambulance.

Race organizers said he would fly to Barcelona and undergo surgery there Friday.

The injury hampers Lorenzo’s hopes of retaining his title after he put himself in contention by winning three of the last six races.

The West Plains Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues meet Tuesday June 25 at the Hilburn Complex for Tournament play. The scores were as follows:

13-14 BOYS




















9-10 GIRLS

THAYER #1 12















6-8 BOYS










The West Plains Men’s Adult Softball Leagues meet Tuesday June 25 at the Hillburn Complex for play. The scores were as follows:






























The question that confronted the Cardinals this past spring as rookie Matt Adams slugged his way onto the roster was whether the first baseman would benefit more from playing every day in Class AAA or being used sporadically at the big-league level as a power hitter off the bench.

It’s a classic quandary, true for young starters who could shine as relievers and young hitters who earn at-bats.

As the Cardinals embark on an eight-game interleague jaunt this week and everyday play will be available for young Adams, manager Mike Matheny said he’s not looking for the answer.

He already has it.

“I’ll stand by 100 percent that Matt Adams has improved as a player here considerably more than just going out and playing every day’’ for Triple-A Memphis, Matheny said. “I don’t know if he recognizes it as that. But seeing the different things he’s doing … there are just certain things that you need to learn on the job, and he’s getting that fed to him fast.”

Starting tonight with their first visit to Houston since the Astros relocated to the American League, the Cardinals will have the designated hitter at their disposal and a ready-made spot in the lineup — and sometimes in the field — for Adams. The Cardinals play their next eight games at American League ballparks, and one of the questions they don’t take on the road with them is what hitter to add to the lineup.

The Rangers unplugged the Cardinals’ offense this past weekend during a three-game sweep at Busch Stadium. Sellout crowds saw the first two games of the series, and more than 25,000 came through the turnstiles Sunday night despite a 2-hour, 59-minute rain delay.

Early Monday morning, after a 2-1 loss, frustration bubbled in the Cardinals’ clubhouse when ace Adam Wainwright expressed his objection to being pulled from the game in the middle of the seventh inning with one out to get. An error by Pete Kozma and Ian Kinsler’s base hit led to a loss that Wainwright took, though he did not make the pitch that decided it.

Matheny said after the game that Wainwright had “labored” and the bullpen gave the Cards a better chance to hold a tie game. A rally in the ninth fell short despite getting the tying run to second with one out. Adams started it.

The rookie slugger pinch-hit in the ninth inning and roped a single to right field off Rangers closer Joe Nathan. The hit was Adams’ seventh as a pinch-hitter this season, which ties him for the third-most in the majors.

“He’s a good hitter, and like anything the more you do the more you’re going to benefit,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. “I think it’s nice that he’s going to get that opportunity during this stretch for everyday at-bats. Clearly when you think of how effective he was in the early part of April, I think there is no coincidence that playing everyday in spring training benefited him.”

When they agreed that Adams had earned a spot on the big-league roster — he had “proven everything he needed to in Memphis,” Matheny said — that came with a plan. The intent was to get Adams several starts a week, about two or three. In April, they did.

He had six starts in the first three weeks and had a .542 average, three homers and eight RBIs. Adams strained his side taking swings before a game in Washington and went on the disabled list because of the muscle injury.

Since returning, Adams’ playing time has been less regular and so has his production. He’s made 10 starts and hit .226 (14 for 62) with one home run and 16 strikeouts since May 7.

Matheny agreed Sunday about how Adams and veteran Ty Wigginton are coming from different directions to learn bench roles. Wigginton, 35, is in the autumn of his career and adjusting to being a rarely used pinch hitter, while Adams, 24, is a rising hitter cast in a part-time role at the start of his career. Wigginton, Matheny illustrated, has helped Adams adjust. And it’s the work that Adams has done off the field, preparing away from the batter’s box, that Matheny mentioned was more beneficial than repeating a grade in Class AAA.

Adams has established a game-day routine in the majors that includes his workouts, batting practice and scouring video. On days he’s not starting, Adams makes it a habit to watch all of the opposing team’s relievers. He wants to build a mental Rolodex of the pitchers he’ll see in a pinch-hit role, and making that a daily habit helps. If he serves as a designated hitter in the coming days, Adams expects to interrogate assistant hitting coach Bengie Molina between at-bats to help gather information.

“I’ve got to make sure I’m still prepared,” Adams said. He smiled as he said: “I like every position as long as it means I’m in the lineup. Whether you hit and come back or hit and take the field … DH is tough because you’ve got to find a way to stay loose from at-bat to at-bat. I liked it the times I did it (in the minors). You just have to stay ready for everything.”

Matheny said the benefit for a National League team at AL parks is to use the DH to “get guys rest who need rest.”

In the past, the Cardinals have done that regularly. Albert Pujols, an everyday player for 11 years, has the most at-bats at DH for the Cardinals in their history. Other players to appear at DH have included Larry Walker, Chris Duncan and, in nine games, current No. 3 hitter Matt Holliday. Whether he appears at DH or in the field as a result of a regular being the DH, Adams brings bonus power to the lineup that the Cardinals have always had for AL parks.

Matheny declined to detail who he’ll use at DH in the coming days, but said it is possible veterans such as Carlos Beltran and Holliday will get the call to get a break from the field. Most lineups then would put Adams at first base and move Allen Craig to the outfield.

Whatever the permutations, Adams is earmarked for an increase in playing time as a lefthanded option that breaks up the run of righthanders in the middle of the Cardinals’ lineup. As a starter this season, Adams has hit .308 (20 for 65) with nine extra-base hits and 12 RBIs, and his .535 slugging percentage leads the team though in fewer at-bats than the regulars. He never has started at DH.

That that helps get him in the lineup isn’t a question.

“We’ll see how it plays out,” Matheny said. “I love getting him out there. Every time he plays I don’t think that we sacrifice a lot. That’s saying a lot about a lineup like ours with how it’s been producing. When our guys take a day (off) — and he’s going to take his lumps — but I know he has the potential to be a difference-maker offensively.”


By Derrick Goold


NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been taken from his Massachusetts home in handcuffs after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from his house.

Family members say the dead man, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was dating a woman whose sister is Hernandez’s fiancee. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.

It’s unclear why Hernandez was being taken into custody. A message was left for his attorney. He is due to be arraigned in Attleboro later Wednesday. State police say they won’t discuss the charge against him until it’s presented in court.

State police have searched in and around Hernandez’s North Attleborough home several times. At least three search warrants have been issued in connection with the investigation.

LONDON (AP) — Former champion Lleyton Hewitt has lost to German qualifier Dustin Brown in the second round of Wimbledon.

Hewitt, who upset 11th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round, was overwhelmed by Brown’s aggressive strokes and lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2.

The 189th-ranked Brown achieved his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the third round. The dread-locked player had never won a match at Wimbledon before this year.

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James’ final jump shot of the NBA Finals for the Miami Heat left him thinking about Michael Jordan.

James told Sports Illustrated for a story released Wednesday that he spent time during this year’s title series watching Jordan’s iconic, title-clinching shot for the Chicago Bulls against the Utah Jazz in the 1998 finals. So when James made a jumper with 27.9 seconds left in Game 7 of this year’s title series against the San Antonio Spurs, his thoughts turned to that Jordan shot.

“I know it wasn’t the magnitude of MJ hitting that shot in ’98, but I definitely thought about him,” James said. “It was an MJ moment.”

He then paused for a moment, before adding, “It was an LJ moment.”

James is on this week’s SI cover, the 20th time he has appeared on the front of the magazine. The image is of him gazing down at the Larry O’Brien Trophy, with his reflection visible off the top of the gold ball.

James is often compared to Jordan, and the debate has raged for years about which NBA superstar is better. James has said many times that it’s humbling to be in that conversation, and tweeted back in February, “I’m not MJ, I’m LJ.”

He watched Game 6 of the 1998 Bulls-Jazz series in his hotel room in San Antonio during this year’s finals, up to the moment where Jordan posed after making the shot that sealed Chicago’s sixth championship.

James’ jumper against the Spurs came with no pose, but it was enormous for the Heat. It gave Miami a 92-88 lead, and the Spurs didn’t score again.

James told the magazine that when he woke up the day after Game 7, he began to realize how much of a physical toll the series took on him, and how many injuries he was playing through.

“I felt all these nicks and bruises and little injuries I didn’t know I had,” James said. “My back, my hamstring, my ankle, both my elbows, they were all aching. I guess I just didn’t pay attention to them.”

He also discussed the promises that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had the team make to one another, in the form of contracts that would remind everyone what they were tasked with during the postseason. James took his pact extremely seriously, using his formal signature — not his scrawled autograph — to seal his deal.

“I wrote out LeBron James like it was a check,” James said.

The story also gives some detail about Miami’s 27-game winning streak, which began on Super Bowl Sunday, a day the Heat spent in Toronto for a day game against the Raptors. The plane Miami uses for its charter flights is not equipped with live television, and the original travel plan for that day had the team scheduled to be in the air during the Baltimore-San Francisco game for the NFL title.

James wanted the team to remain in Toronto for a few hours to see the Super Bowl, and the team arranged to make that happen. It turned out to be one of the most important team-bonding moments of the season, Heat forward Shane Battier said.

“We were always close, but that took it to another level,” Battier said. “I believe that night was the impetus for the streak.”

James also addresses his future in the SI piece. He told reporters Tuesday that he will not start really thinking about the chance to be a free agent in the summer of 2014 until next season ends, and reiterated that stance with the magazine.

“I’m a totally different person on the court, off the court and everywhere in between,” James said. “I know it will come up, but it’s not going to come up until it’s at that point.”
TIM REYNOLDS,AP Basketball Writer

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 24, 2013 – The St. Louis Cardinals signed two more players today from their 2013 draft class, bringing their total number of draftees signed to 36 and have signed all 11 of their picks from the Top 10 rounds of the June first-year player draft.

Signing today were fourth round pick,  infielder Mason Katz, a Harahan, La., resident who played at Louisiana State University and 11th  round pick right-handed pitcher Steven Farninaro, a Hayward, Calif., resident who played at Head Royce High School.

Katz will report to State College, the Cardinals short-season Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League, while Farinaro will report to Jupiter to join the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

The Cardinals have signed their first 29 selections through the 28th round and 36 overall out of 41 total.



Rd., Player (overall pick)        Pos.       B-T    Ht.      Wt.     School                                                        Hometown               

1.  Marco Gonzales (19)           LHP       L-L     6-1     195     Gonzaga University                            Fort Collins, Colo.

1.  Rob Kaminsky (28)              LHP       S-L      6-0     190     St. Joseph’s Regional High School                                                        Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

2.  Oscar Mercado (57)             SS           R-R    6-2     180     Gaither High School                            Tampa, Fla.

3.  Mike Mayers (93)                 RHP       R-R    6-3     205     University of Mississippi                   Grove City, Ohio

  4.  Mason Katz (125)              2B          R-R    5-10  188    Louisiana State University             Harahan, La.

5.  Ian McKinney (155)            LHP       L-L     5-11   185     Boone High School                              Orlando, Fla.

6.  Jimmy Reed (185)                LHP       L-L     6-0     177     University of Maryland                                                        Gaithersburg, Md.

7.  Chris Rivera (215)               SS           R-R    6-1     185     El Dorado High School                       Placentia, Calif.

8.  Andrew Pierce (245)           RHP       R-R    6-3     165     University of Southern Mississippi  Stringer, Miss.

9.  Nick Petree (275)                 RHP       R-R    6-1     195     Missouri State University                  Clinton, Mo.

10.  Malik Collymore (305)       INF        R-R    5-11   190     Port Credit Secondary School                                                         Mississauga, Ontario

11.  Steven Farinaro (335)     RHP       R-R    6-0     170    Head Royce High School                                                        Hayward, Calif.

12.  Ricardo Bautista (365)        OF          L-R     6-0     185     Ladislao Martinez High School         Vega Alta, Puerto Rico

13.  Jimmy Bosco (395)              OF          L-R     5-9     170     Menlo College                                      Granite Bay, Calif.

14.  Elier Rodriguez (425)         C             S-R     6-2     210     Immaculata-LaSalle High School      Miami, Fla.

15.  DeAndre Asbury-Heath (455) OF          R-R    6-2     185     Brookland-Cayce High School          Columbia, S.C.

16.  Blake Higgins (485)             RHP       R-R    6-6     215     Jackson Community College             Mount Pleasant, Mich.

17.  Richy Pedroza (515)           INF        S-R     5-6     150     Cal-State Fullerton                              Covina, Calif.

18.  J.J. Altobelli (545)                SS           R-R    6-1     190     University of Oregon                          Newport Beach, Calif.

19.  Michael Schulze (575)         SS           L-R     6-1     175     Missouri Western                                Lee’s Summit, Mo.

20.  Michael Brookshire (605)  LHP       R-L     6-0     190     Belmont University (TN)                                                        Chattanooga, Tenn.

21.  Zach Loraine (635)              RHP       R-R    6-3     205     Coker College (SC)                              Lake St. Louis, Mo.

22.  Luke Voit (665)                    C             R-R    6-3     225     Missouri State University                                                        Wildwood, Mo.

23.  Alex DeLeon (695)               C             R-R    6-1     215     University of Kansas                                                        Woodland Hills, Calif.

24.  Devante Lacy (725)             OF          R-R    5-9     180     Cedar Valley College (TX)                 Fort Worth, Texas

25.  Michael Holback (755)       RHP       R-R    6-1     195     Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo                   San Jose, Calif.

26.  Will Anderson (785)           RHP       R-R    6-3     205     Fresno State University                                                        Pleasanton, Calif.

27.  Jake Stone (815)                   1B          L-R     6-0     220     Tennessee Wesleyan University                                                        Wilmington, N.C.

28.  Justin Ringo (845)               1B          L-L     6-0     195     Stanford University                            Palos Park, Ill.

32.  Kyle Webb (965)                  RHP       R-R    6-0     185     Elon University (NC)                            Jacksonville, Fla.

34.  Nick Lomascolo (1,025)     LHP       R-L     6-1     185     Catawba College (SC)                        Mooresville, N.C.

35.  Vaughn Bryan (1,055)         OF          S-R     6-0     185     Broward College (FL)                         Sunrise, Fla.

36.  Anthony Ray (1,085)          OF          L-R     6-1     165     St. Rita High School                            Chicago, Ill.

38.  Blake McKnight (1,145)      RHP       R-R    6-0     182     Evangel University                             O’Fallon, Mo.

39.  Kevin Herget (1,175)          RHP       L-R     5-11   185     Kean University (NJ)                          Park Ridge, N.J.

40.  Arturo Reyes (1,205)          RHP       R-R    5-11   185     Gonzaga University                            Warden, Wash.


BOLD = Signed Today

The Men’s Club Championship was held this past weekend and I want to thank all of you who played. The championship flight had some great and exciting matches this year and none better than the final match between Tod Rose and Darren Petrus. Darren won the 18th hole and forced the match into extra holes and Tod ended up winning the match with a birdie on the first extra hole.

Congratulations to Tod Rose for winning the 2013 Men’s Club Championship and our Flight A Champion, David Cox, and our Flight B Champion, David Gerber.

Flight B
1 David Gerber
9:30 David Gerber
8 Dave Snodgras
1:30 David Gerber
4 Richard Davidson
9:30 Richard Davidson
5 Jamie Simpson
Sunday 9:30 David Gerber
2 Richard Bowles 1 up
9:40 Richard Bowles
7 Mike Morrison
1:30 Richard Bowles
3 Jim Dorris
9:40 David Strosnider
6 David Strosnider