WNBA kiss breaks tension, ref calls technical fouls

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 6:01 PM

A kiss is just a kiss until it ends with double technical fouls being called.

“See what happened here, they’ve been playing against each other since they were 10 and 12 years old.” (Via ESPN)

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and longtime friend/competitor Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx battled hard in Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals. (Via StarTribune)

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In a push-comes-to-love type of moment, the chest-bumping turned into a peck. And the ref wasn’t having it. But the fouls didn’t make much of a difference in a game Minnesota won by 20-plus points.

“Can we all agree that this is excessive?,” a USA Today writer asks. “The fouls, not the peck. Male and female opponents have solved their differences in a variety of innocuous ways. There are butt taps, head pats, hugs, fist bumps, and now there’s a friendly cheek peck.”

 Right? Like this smooch Sports Illustrated featured in a “Memorable Kisses in Sports” slideshow — between Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas.

Then there’s this explanation on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that turned into a demo.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: “I don’t understand.”

REPORTER: “It was so intense she had to break the tension. There was tension. So she had a sense of humor. So she gave her a kiss.”

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: “I’ll try that sometime. That’s weird.”

What’s truly weird, a New York Post writer suggests, is Diana Taurasi’s surprised reaction to the call on the court. “The league’s perennial leader in technical fouls is no stranger to being singled out by the officials. Taurasi led the WNBA in techs in five of the past six years.”

The show went on in postgame interviews, where Augustus said, “She just wanted some of my deliciousness.” And Taurasi told reporters, “We were just trying to make sweet love.”

They’re making people pay attention, that’s for sure. Game 2 is Sunday in Phoenix.

Top-ranked Lebanon pulls off stunning 14-13 win over West in regional

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 5:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:45 AM

Members of the Lebanon Warriors celebrate Wednesday’s 14-13 win over Lakota West in a Division I regional semifinal at Centerville. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Ashley West was one of the few players who hadn’t done much hitting when she stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday.

Then the Lebanon High School sophomore got in the act.

West’s two-out, two-run single to left field capped a five-run rally as the top-ranked Warriors pulled off an extraordinary 14-13 victory over Lakota West in a Division I regional softball semifinal at Centerville.

PHOTOS: Nick Graham’s gallery from the game

“I was thinking, ‘I went 0-for-4. I cannot go 0-for-5. Our seniors deserve more. I have to get a hit,’ ” said West, whose mother Michelle coaches first base for Lebanon. “I think I was more determined. I looked down to my mom at first base and she was like, ‘You got this.’ ”

The Warriors (28-3) had to dig very deep for this one, and not just in the seventh inning. They were down 8-0 in the second.

Lebanon will return to Centerville to meet Mason (26-3) for a regional championship Saturday at noon. The Comets hammered Springboro 13-0 in five innings in Wednesday’s second semifinal.

“I’m numb,” Warriors coach Brian Kindell said. “Obviously it wasn’t very pretty early on. We fell down 8-0 quickly like we really weren’t ready to play, and that’s on me as a coach. We’ll have to get that fixed.

“But we’ve got a senior-dominated group. We’re very, very experienced, and they were not going to quit fighting. As long as you’re alive in this tournament or in a game, you’re dangerous. We proved that today.”

Molly Osborne was 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer for Lebanon, also scoring three runs. Teammate Chloe Allen went 2-for-5 with a three-run long ball, and West totaled three RBIs.

RELATED: One bat didn’t survive at Centerville

The Warriors used Alexis Strother, Taylor Lewis and Kat Frank in the circle. Lewis pitched 3.2 innings in relief of Strother, then came back in relief of Frank for the last 1.2 innings to get the win.

It was brutal defeat for West (19-11), which got three-run homers from Casey Bramble and Lauren Betz to surge ahead 8-0 in the top of the second.

And when Lebanon rallied to grab a 9-8 lead, the Firebirds’ Allie Cummins erased that deficit with a grand slam in the sixth.

Cummins also walked twice, singled and scored three times, and Betz added a double and three runs. Megan Brankamp went the distance in the circle for West.

“All you can do is look at them and just tell them, ‘We gave our all,’ ” Firebirds coach Keith Castner said. “You go this far along in the tournament, you’ve got to be ready to play all seven innings. And our girls responded.

“We had about three innings without scoring, and then we came back and starting hitting the ball again and hitting it hard. They found a way to get one more run than us.”

Cummins, a junior shortstop, described the Greater Miami Conference vs. Greater Western Ohio Conference clash as intense.

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“It was a game that we all knew was going to happen and a game that we all hoped for,” Cummins said. “I feel great about this team. There’s no team I would’ve rather played with. We’ve been through a lot. We’ve had a bunch of ups and a few downs, but we’ll take this and learn from it for next year.”

Lebanon’s last four runs in the seventh came with two outs and were unearned.

Frank had plated a run on a fielder’s choice to make it 13-10 with no outs. Strother delivered a hard-hit ball with two outs that was mishandled at first base and allowed a run to score. Madison Hartman followed with an RBI single to close the gap to 13-12, and Emily Gibson singled to load the bases and set the stage for West, the Warriors’ shortstop.

“It was interesting,” West said of falling behind 8-0 right out of the gate. “We got flustered, and we haven’t had that this season. I think it was a team effort to get back in it. We had each other’s backs.”

Kindell praised Strother’s effort in getting to first base safely after she hit the ball in the seventh. She hurt her knee on an awkward slide into the base, but stayed in the game.

“They were able to knock that ball down and keep it in the infield, but that kid busted her butt down the line,” Kindell said. “She’s not blessed with a lot of (speed), but that’s just a kid that doesn’t want to lose and doesn’t want to turn her uniform in. I think that says everything about her.”

Cummins looked like she was going to be the hero after whacking a Frank pitch over the fence in right-center field in the sixth. It was her 10th home run of the season.

She’s gotten used to being pitched around or intentionally walked, but there was nowhere to put her with the bases full.

“I knew they weren’t going to walk me with the bases loaded,” Cummins said. “So I waited for my pitch. I sat on it and drove it to right-center. It was a little outside … I just went and got it.”

Asked what she was feeling as the ball disappeared over the fence, Cummins said simply, “I was just doing it for my team. I just had to get my job done.”

Bramble and Alyssa Triner both had two hits for the Firebirds. In the something-you-don’t-see-every-day department, Triner broke her bat on a grounder to the pitcher in the fourth inning.

West is losing seven seniors: Kelsey Braswell, Lauren Haynes, Taylor Bramlett, Megan Edwards, Kerri Bruewer, Emma Rednour and Brankamp.

“I’m sad for the seniors,” Castner said. “They all gave their all, whether it was in the dugout, out at practice, in the field, at the plate. I’m very proud of all of them.”

The Firebirds ousted Lebanon in the sectional finals last year. Kindell said he’s not big on using revenge as motivation.

“I’ve always been the type of person that every year and every team is different,” he said. “If they would’ve beat us earlier in the season, we’d probably talk about it more. But we just recognized the fact that they knocked us out last year and that they’re very, very good.

“It’s crazy. You don’t see many regional semifinal games at 14-13, especially with the caliber of defense and pitching that both teams have. It’s definitely a unique outcome, but one that we’ll take.”

Gibson collected three hits for the Warriors, and Allen, Strother, Hartman and Grace Gressly each chipped in two. Gibson and Gressly added RBIs.

Lakota West 260-005-0—13-10-2

Lebanon 040-050-5—14-16-2

WP — Taylor Lewis (12-2); LP — Megan Brankamp (15-10); HR — LW: Casey Bramble, Lauren Betz, Allie Cummins; LE: Chloe Allen, Molly Osborne. Records: LW 19-11, LE 28-3

Top-seeded Kerber stunned in first round of French Open 

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts during her first-round loss against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova at the  French Open on  Sunday.

Angelique Kerber became the first top-seeded women’s player in the Open era of tennis to lose in the first round of the French Open, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday. 

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Makarova was successful against Kerber’s serve and took advantage of the No. 1 seed’s numerous mistakes to earn the victory.

The momentum seemed to turn toward Kerber late in the second set as she grabbed a break. But she promptly double-faulted to hand the advantage back to Makarova.

The result will allow Karolina Pliskova or Simona Halep to overtake Kerber for the No. 1 spot with deep runs into the tournament, according to Bleacher Report. Pliskova can clinch the top spot with an appearance in the final, while Halep will need to win the tournament.

Hartsock: Central State hurdler wins national title

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 10:32 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 12:10 AM

Central State freshman Juan Scott won the NCAA Division II 110-meter hurdle title in Bradenton, Florida on Saturday.

The former Dunbar high school star set a school record with a time of 13.73 seconds in the finals. It was also a record for the track at the IMG Academy where the meet was held.

Scott is the first Marauder to win an NCAA track championship. He came into the spring off a strong indoor season, winning the 60-meter hurdles in five different meets. Scott’s outdoor season included a win in the 110-meter hurdles in the All-Ohio meet.

“I wasn’t nervous at all,” Scott said. “The race went like a breeze, it was over before I knew it, and I’m a national champion.”

Juan is trained by James Rollins, a CSU Hall of Fame hurdler and former NAIA National Champion.

“Coach Rollins prepared me for the outdoor season to win at Nationals,” Scott said. “I knew I had a chance if I executed the plan for the race.”

Scott says he’ll take a break until school starts in the fall, but he knows things will be different after his win on Saturday.

“I don’t mind having a target on my back. It’s a goal I’ve been working for and it’s pressure I’ll gladly accept next season.”

Scott was a stand-out at Dunbar, finishing second in the state in both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles in the state meet while anchoring the Wolverines 4X200 meter relay team that won a state title.

H.S. Results for 5/27: Russia clinches state berth

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

In a hard fought and closely matched game, Russia baseball emerged victorious, defeating Newark 3-2 and won the regional finals.

Hunter Cohee earned the win on the mound for Russia, pitching a complete seven innings and striking out four.

Cohee also went 2-for-2 on the night with two RBIs.

Dylan Cordonnier went 3-for-3 at the plate, earning two runs for Russia, while Drew Sherman earned the additional run for the team.

Tyler York went 2-for-4 for Newark, earning one run. Tanner Lake scored the second run for Newark, going 2-for-3.

Russia will face Dalton in the first round of the state tournament on June 2nd at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Boys Volleyball

Centerville 3, Northmont 1: In their regional final, Centerville won their sets 25-20, 25-18 and 25-17 to win the match. Northmont won their lone set 27-25. Adam Skerl had 21 kills and 10 digs for Centerville, while Ben Chico added on 18 kills and 13 digs. Troy Brewer tacked on 43 assists.



Regional Tournament

Saturday’s Results

Division I

At Canton

Massillon Jackson 9, Mentor 2

At Cuyahoga

Strongsville 3, Medina 2

At Dublin

Olentangy Orange 4, Gahanna Lincoln 3

Division II

At Mason

Chaminade Julienne 4, St. Francis De Sales 3

At Hudson

Tallmadge 3, Canfield 2

Division III

At Massillon

Champion 2, Chippewa 0

At Ohio Dominican

Berlin Hiland 2, Wheelersburg 0

Division IV

At Hamler

Minster 3, Leipsic 1

At Springfield

Russia 3, Newark Catholic 2

At Lorain

Dalton 3, New Riegel 2


Regional Tournament

Saturday’s Results

Division I

At Clyde

Elyria 3, Whitmer 0

At Ohio State

Gahanna Lincoln 6, Hilliard Bradley 2

At Akron

North Canton Hoover 11, Walsh Jesuit 3

Division II

At Mason

Jonathan Alder 5, Greenville 3

At Pickerington

Hebron Lakewood 15, Maysville 1

At Akron

Archbishop Hoban 4, Lake Catholic 2

At Tiffin

Keystone 2, Oak Harbor 0

Division III

At Findlay

Cardington Lincoln 4, Eastwood 0

At Lancaster

Wheelersburg 2, Sandy Valley 0

At Massillon

Champion 4, Tuslaw 0

At Wright State

Northwestern 10, Bishop Ready 6

Division IV

At Kent

Lucas 5, Mathews 4

At Pickerington

Danville 7, Fairfield 1

At Greenville

Williamsburg 8, Franklin Monroe 0

At Findlay

Carey 5, Gibsonburg 3

Boys Tennis

Saturday’s Results

State Tournament

At Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason

Division I

Singles Finals: 1. Gota (University School) d. Rotnov (Solon), 7-5 7-5; 3. Thai (Hilliard Bradley) d. Cash (New Albany), def.

Doubles Finals: 1. Cole/Zelezny (Upper Arlington) d. Stern/Zhang (Sycamore), 6-4 6-2; 3. D. Krantz/T. Krantz (University School) d. Green/Jose (New Albany), 6-4 6-3.

Division II

Singles Finals: 1. Williams (Seven Hills) d. Yu (Cin. Country Day), 6-4 6-3; 3. Hanna (Cloverleaf) d. Pregel (Indian Hill), def.

Doubles Finals: 1. (Nalagatlia/Baker (Cin. Country Day) d. Lawrence/Min, (Col. Academy), 2-6 6-3 7-5; 3. Lee/Horwath (Gates Mills Hawken) d. Schottenstein/Nudelman (Col. Bexley), 6-0 5-7 6-3.

Boys Volleyball

Saturday’s Results

Regional Tournament

Division I

Beavercreek 3, Fairmont 0

Centerville 3, Northmont 1

Division II

Alter 3, Fenwick 0

Track & Field

Regional Tournament

Division I at Dayton

Girls Results: 1. Withrow 116. 2. Mason 75. 3. Troy 59.50. 4. Kings 54. 5. Lakota East 35. 6. Centerville 27.50. 7. Beavercreek 26, Turpin 26. 9. Fairfield 25. 10. Northmont 22. 11. Springboro 20. 12. Loveland 14. 13. Wayne 12, Stivers 12. 15. Anderson 11, Seton 11. 17. Oakwood 9.50. 18. Amelia 9. 19. Talawanda 8.50. 20. Sycamore 8, Greenville 8. 22. Bellbrook 7, Fairmont 7. 24. Oak Hills 6, Mother of Mercy 6, Piqua 6. 27. Milford 5. 28. McAuley 4.50. 29. Hamilton 4, Ursuline Academy 4, Lakota West 4, Mount Healthy 4. 33. Cin. St. Ursula Academy 3, Walnut Hills 3. 35. Miamisburg 2, Winton Woods 2, Trotwood-Madison 2, Middletown 2. 39. Lebanon 1, Fairborn 1. 41. Mt. Notre Dame 0.5.

Boys Results: 1. Mason 57. 2. Trotwood Madison 45. 3. Wayne 44. 4. Sycamore 42.50. 5. Loveland 37. 6. Miamisburg 31. 7. St. Xavier 30. 8. Springfield 28, Beavercreek 28. 10. Lebanon 25, Withrow 25. 12. Lakota West 22. 13. Northmont 21. 14. Lakota East 20. 15. LaSalle 19.50. 16. Fairfield 18, Centerville 18, Greenville 18. 19. Troy 16. 20. Springboro 13, Colerain 13. 22. Mt. Healthy 11, Middletown 11. 24. Butler 10. 25. Bellefontaine 9. 26. Anderson 8. 27. Moeller 7, Fairmont 7. 29. Kings 6. 30. Princeton 5, Turpin 5. 32. Sidney 4. 33. Piqua 3. 34. Elder 2, Belmont 2. 36. West Carrollton 1, Harrison 1.

Division II at Lexington

Boys Results:1. Lexington 44. 2. Carroll 41, Galion 41. 4. Heath 40. 5. Springfield Northwestern 31. 6. Buckeye 30.50. 7. Norwayne 28. 8. Bellevue 26. 9. Mil. Edison 25. 10. Wor. Christian 24. 11. Ben Logan 22.50. 12. Versailles 22, Triway 22. 14. Shelby 21, Orrville 21, Ontario 21. 17. Kenton Ridge 20, Huron 20. 19. Liberty-Benton 18.50. 20. Eastmoor Academy 13. 21. Oak Harbor 12.50. 22. Chippewa 11. 23. Springfield Shawnee 10, Liberty Union 10, Anna 10. 26. Brookville 8. 27. Keystone 7. 28. Elyria Catholic 6, Bexley 6, Pleasant 6. 31. Cal. River Valley 5, Bloom-Carroll 5. 33. Waynedale 4.50. 34. John. Northridge 4, Eaton 4. 36. Brookside 3, Clearview 3, Jonathan Alder 3, Heb. Lakewood 3. 40. W.S. Northwestern 2.50. 41. Black River 2, Graham 2, Clear Fork 2, Firelands 2.

Division II at Piqua

Girls Results: 1. Indian Hill 55. 2. Versailles 54. 3. Valley View 48. 4. Dunbar 41. 5. Tippecanoe 35. 6. Defiance 34. 7. Toledo C.C. 32. 8. Bellefontaine 30. 9. Kenton Ridge 26. 10. Monroe 25. 11. Milton-Union 23.50. 12. Spg. Shawnee 20. 13. Mariemont 19. 14. McNicholas 18. 15. Chaminade Julienne 17, Greenview 17. 17. Ottawa-Glandorf 15. 18. Van Wert 14. 19. Waynesville 12. 20. Elida 11.50. 21. Alter 10, Hughes 10. 23. Napoleon 9. 24. Fenwick 8. 25. New Richmond 7, Kenton 7, Wyoming 7. 28. Bath 6, Wauseon 6, Ben Logan 6, Cin. CHCA 6, St. Marys 6. 33. Carroll 5, Taft 5. 35. Upper Sandusky 3.50. 36. Brookville 3, Clinton-Massie 3. 38. Bethel-Tate 2.50. 39. Taylor 2, Clark Montessori 2. 41. Shroder 1.

Boys Results: 1. Dunbar 84. 2. Napoleon 45. 3. Badin 42. 4. Meadowdale 30. 5. Lima Shawnee 25. 6. Norwood 24, Thurgood Marshall 24, Roger Bacon 24. 9. Clark Montessori 23, Reading 23. 11. Indian Hill 20. 12. Valley View 19, Chaminade Julienne 19. 14. Toledo C.C. 18. 15. Taylor 17. 16. Van Wert 16, Wauseon 16. 18. Oakwood 15. 19. Coldwater 12, Cin. CHCA 12, Clinton-Massie 12, Swanton 12. 23. Blanchester 11, Taft 11, Upper Sandusky 11. 26. New Richmond 10, Bryan 10, Kenton 10. 29. Alter 8. 30. No. College Hill 7. 31. St. Marys 6. 32. Fenwick 5. 33. McNicholas 4.50, Otsego 4.50. 35. Clermont NE 4, Ponitz 4, Ottawa Glandorf 4. 38. Wyoming 3, Waynesville 3, Mid. Madison 3, Goshen 3. 42. Shroder 2, Bethel-Tate 2, Bath 2, Madeira 2. 45. Greenview 1.

Division III at Troy

Girls Results: 1. Minster 85. 2. Anna 50. 3. Covington 46. 4. Twin Valley South 39. 5. Temple Christian 34. 6. Summit Country Day 33. 7. Parkway 29. 8. Fort Loramie 28. 9. Ottoville 27. 10. Lima C.C. 25, New Bremen 25, Russia 25. 13. Franklin Monroe 20. 14. Miami East 17.50. 15. Spencerville 17. 16. Tri-County North 16. 17. West Liberty-Salem 14. 18. Springfield Catholic Central 12, Ansonia 12. 20. Delphos St. Johns 10, Marion Local 10, Miami Valley 10. 23. Botkins 9. 24. Yellow Springs 8, St. Henry 8, Lehman Catholic 8. 27. Bradford 6, Cin. Christian 6, Coldwater 6. 30. Preble Shawnee 5. 31. Williamsburg 4, Legacy Christian 4, Arcanum 4. 34. Mid. Christian 3, Prucell Marian 3. 36. Lima Perry 2, Cin. Country Day 2. 38. Troy Christian 0.50.

Boys Results: 1. Fort Loramie 74. 2. Twin Valley South 48. 3. Purcell Marian 45, Covington 45. 5. Botkins 34. 6. Cedarville 32. 7. Ottoville 30. 8. Spencerville 24. 9. Lincolnview 21, Miami East 21. 11. Minster 20. 12. Fort Recovery 19. 13. Temple Christian 15. 14. Tri-County North 13. 15. Del. Jefferson 12. 16. Dixie 11, Seven Hills 11, Gamble Montessori 11. 19. Ansonia 10, Legacy Christian 10, Lockland 10, Tri-Village 10, St. Henry 10, West Liberty-Salem 10. 25. Houston 9, Marion Local 9, Williamsburg 9. 28. Arcanum 8, Cin. College Prep Academy 8, Russia 8. 31. Yellow Springs 7, Fort Jennings 7, Cin. Country Day 7. 34. Bethel 6. 35. Franklin Monroe 5, Cin. Christian 5, Summit Country Day 5. 38. Georgetown 4, Fairlawn 4. 40. Felicity-Franklin 3. 41. National Trail 2, Mechanicsburg 2, S. Char. SE 2, Mechanicsburg 2, DeG. Riverside 2, Dayton Christian 2. 46. Triad 1, Deer Park 1.


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