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ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: North splits baseball series with South

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars rallied from an 8-3 deficit in the top of the seventh inning to plate six runs and posted as 9-8 win over the South to preserve a split in the All-Star Sports Week North-South baseball series played at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday night.

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Monday 07/21/2014
JSU FOOTBALL: Gamecocks picked to win OVC; 8 players named All-OVC Preseason
Posted: July 21, 2014

NASHVILLE – Eight Jacksonville State players were named to the 2014 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Football Team and the Gamecocks were picked to win the 2014 league title on Monday, when the league office released the team and its preseason poll at its annual Football Media Day.

Sunday 07/20/2014
GOLF: McGatha claims third Dub Ellis Invitational title
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 8:47 pm

CENTRE - Piedmont native Jeremy McGatha has won a lot of golf tournaments throughout his career, but this weekend's Dub Ellis Invitational in Centre is among the most special.

Friday 07/18/2014
NFHS Network to broadcast AHSAA All-Star contests
Posted: July 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY – The National Federation of High Schools' TV Network plans to live-stream all eight All-Star Week all-star contests during this year’s 18th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery July 21-25.

Just one of the guys: Kaitlyn Rogers kicking for Spring Garden football team this season
Posted: July 18, 2014

SPRING GARDEN – Being a part of the Spring Garden football program isn’t something new for Kaitlyn Rogers.

JSU FOOTBALL: Gamecocks picked first in OVC Football Media Poll
Posted: July 18, 2014

Jacksonville State was picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference in the Preseason Football Media Poll, which was released on Friday. A total 14 voters from around the league cast a ballot on who they thought would be the 2014 football favorites and preseason players of the year.

Monday 07/14/2014
College Football Playoff's trophy is golden
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:55 pm

IRVING, Texas (AP) — A rising gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff.

SHANNON FAGAN: A notes column filled with plenty of Warrior happenings
Posted: July 14, 2014

It’s a rare thing when the notes I compile throughout a week all have something in common.

GOLF: Dub Ellis Invitational set for this weekend
Posted: July 14, 2014

CENTRE – Longtime Cherokee County Country Club member Sid Garrett said this year’s Dub Ellis Golf Invitational in Centre won’t be the same. That’s because this year’s tournament, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, will be the first without Ellis. He died in late February at the age of 87.

ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: Cedar Bluff’s Dixon preparing for North-South baseball series
Posted: July 14, 2014

The Cedar Bluff Tigers fell just short of playing for a state baseball championship in Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium last season.

Tuesday 07/08/2014
Kittel wins 4th stage as Tour enters France
Posted: July 08, 2014

LILLE, France (AP) — Marcel Kittel won the fourth stage of the Tour de France — his third of the race — in a sprint as the tour returned home from England on Tuesday.

Monday 07/07/2014
FIFA takes no action over challenge on Neymar
Posted: July 07, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA will not take action against the Colombia player who injured Neymar and ended the Brazil star's World Cup.

FIFA said its disciplinary panel "cannot consider this matter" under the rules because the match referee saw the challenge by Camilo Zuniga and judged it at the time.

"In this specific case, no retrospective action can be taken," FIFA said in a statement on Monday, because the incident "did not escape the match officials' attention."

In a separate decision, the panel also refused to consider a Confederation of Brazilian Football appeal against captain Thiago Silva's yellow card in the 2-1 win quarterfinals over Colombia on Friday in Fortaleza.

Thiago Silva's second caution of the tournament triggered a one-match ban which he will serve in the semifinals. Brazil will therefore be without its best player and its captain against Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

Neymar will be sidelined for about 45 days after sustaining a fractured third vertebra.

The panel studied video of Zuniga's 86th-minute challenge, where he kneed Neymar in the back when jumping into him at speed. Zuniga apologized on Saturday.

Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo did not show Zuniga a yellow card, and FIFA's disciplinary panel considered the incident judged on the spot.

The seriousness of an injury could not be weighed in a disciplinary decision, nor was mistaken identity a factor in the case, FIFA added.

"First and foremost, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (Claudio Sulser) wishes to state that he deeply regrets the incident and the serious consequences on Neymar's health," the statement said.

The Luis Suarez biting case earlier in the World Cup raised expectations that Sulser's panel would also punish Zuniga.

However, Suarez's bite of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder was missed by match officials. That allowed Sulser to use video evidence to ban the Uruguay forward for nine international matches and four months.

The Mexican referee in that case, Marco Rodriguez, will handle the Brazil-Germany semifinal in his first match duty since Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 on June 24.

Thiago Silva was booked against Colombia for impeding goalkeeper David Ospina who tried to kick the ball downfield.

The FIFA disciplinary code states that cautions can be canceled only in "exceptional circumstances."

The panel "cannot consider the matter given the fact that there is no legal basis entitling it to grant such request," FIFA said.

JSU FOOTBALL: DaMarcus James named to Walter Payton Award Watch List
Posted: July 07, 2014

Jacksonville State's DaMarcus James has been named to the Walter Payton Award Preseason Watch List, which was released today by The Sports Network.

Dribblers Messi and Robben face off in semifinal
Posted: July 07, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Cup's best dribblers — Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben — face off when Argentina and Netherlands meet in the semifinals.

In Brazil, Robben has been quick, Messi has been quicksilver.

On Wednesday in Sao Paulo, either one could turn the semifinal with a dazzling turn of pace or a weaving run to propel his team to the final.

"We have to cut the supply line to Messi," Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi told Dutch website Nu.nl.

The Barcelona star led Argentina through the group stage with four goals. He has also made 180 passes in his five matches so far.

The Dutch have shared the goal-scoring duties more evenly — Robben and Robin van Persie each have three, Memphis Depay has two of the team's total of 12 — but the Bayern Munich winger's scintillating sprints with the ball have often been the highlights of Oranje matches.

"We know that we will play against one of the best teams when it comes to counterattacks because of the speed of their men up front," Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said. "So we have to take precautions to not give them the possibility to counterattack, to always be well positioned, to not lose balls unnecessarily in areas where there's a lot of risk."

After scoring 10 times in group play, the Netherlands has managed only two in its two knock-out matches and the Dutch will be hoping captain Van Persie regains his touch in front of goal. He looked off the pace and missed an easy chance near the end of regulation time in the quarterfinal against Costa Rica.

The Netherlands will again be without their powerful midfield controller Nigel de Jong, who has a torn groin muscle. A possible replacement, Leroy Fer, is recovering from a hamstring injury and it is not clear if he will be fit for Wednesday's semifinal at the Itaquerao Stadium.

Argentina will be without Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, who limped off in the first half of his country's quarterfinal win over Belgium with a right thigh injury, but striker Sergio Aguero has been declared fit after recovering from a similar problem.

Di Maria scored the extra-time winner against Switzerland in the second round and set up Gonzalo Higuain's winning goal in the first half against Belgium on Saturday.

"He's a good player, but we look at the whole team, not one player," Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen said. "We're going to watch ... how Argentina plays. We're going to make our plan to beat Argentina."

Whether that plan again could involve Cillessen being substituted a minute before a penalty shootout and replaced with the more physically imposing Tim Krul — as happened against Costa Rica — remains to be seen.

The move by tactical mastermind Louis van Gaal was the World Cup's most surprising substitution and one of its most effective as Krul stopped two penalties.

"We are ready for everything," Krul said. "Hopefully, we don't need it against Argentina and we can do the job in 90 minutes."

The two sides have a long World Cup history, including one of the Netherlands' most heart-breaking losses, in the 1978 final when Rob Rensenbrink's shot hit the post shortly before full time with the scores level at 1-1. Argentina went on to win 3-1 in extra time.

In 1998, the Dutch led by Guus Hiddink got a measure of revenge when Dennis Bergkamp's memorable goal knocked Argentina out in the quarterfinals in France.

Cillessen said beating Argentina in Sao Paulo would only be a step on the way to making amends for the 1978 final — one of three the Netherlands has lost, earning the Dutch the title of the best team never to win the World Cup.

"It would be revenge if we win the World Cup," Cillessen said. "But we have to wait for that. It's not a final. It's a semi."

Kittel wins Tour de France 3rd stage in London
Posted: July 07, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Germany's Marcel Kittel showed he may be the sprinter to beat at the Tour de France, speeding to his second stage win this year in Stage 3 on Monday as cycling's big event entered London before leaving England for France.

SHANNON FAGAN: WEIS announces football broadcast schedule
Posted: July 07, 2014

With high school football season just eight weeks away, WEIS radio in Centre (100.5 FM, 990 AM) is planning to broadcast games live over the airwaves once again this year.

Thursday 07/03/2014
BASKETBALL: Warriors post 8-0 mark at Clemson camp
Posted: July 03, 2014

There’s something about Clemson University that appeals to Cherokee County High School boys basketball coach Neal Wester.

Wednesday 07/02/2014
Hampton’s faith grows stronger
Posted: July 02, 2014

Football is something former Cedar Bluff and Troy University quarterback Jamie Hampton was pretty good at.

Tuesday 07/01/2014
JSU FOOTBALL: Holcombe, James and Fanning earn Preseason All-America honors
Posted: July 01, 2014

PHILADELPHIA – Jacksonville State football players Max Holcombe, DaMarcus James and LaMichael Fanning have all three been named Preseason All-Americans by The Sports Network, the organization announced on Tuesday.

AHSAA, Knight Eady Sports Group sign partnership agreement
Posted: July 01, 2014

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has selected Birmingham-based Knight Eady Sports Group to provide event management and marketing services for the next three years. The agreement begins July 1, 2014 and runs through June 30, 2017.

Monday 06/30/2014
SHANNON FAGAN: How about some football on the Fourth?
Posted: June 30, 2014

Here at The Herald, I’m beginning to lay out the blueprints for the upcoming fall sports season.

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