Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 3, 2013

Sports Briefs: Wednesday, Oct. 3


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Pirates dominate Reds in NL Wild Card game

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Russell Martin homered twice, Marlon Byrd also connected and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.

In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason game since 1992, Andrew McCutchen added two hits and reached base four times for Pittsburgh.

Francisco Liriano scattered four hits over seven innings for the Pirates, who will face St. Louis in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday. Liriano struck out five and walked one to win the first playoff game of his career.

Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struggled in his third start since coming off the disabled list last month. Cueto gave up four runs in 3 1-3 innings and appeared rattled by a raucous ballpark that taunted him throughout by chanting his name.

Latos’ wife involved in ballpark skirmish

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police didn’t dispute Twitter claims by the wife of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos that she was punched and had her hair pulled by a fan during the National League wild-card game, but said they consider the matter “closed” and won’t file criminal charges.

Sgt. John Fisher, who headed the 18-officer contingent that augmented stadium security on Tuesday, told reporters the incident was “much ado about nothing. What made it big was it involved a pitcher’s wife and it all went on Twitter.”

At a news conference Wednesday, Fisher told reporters that stadium security called police to break up an argument involving 20 to 30 Cincinnati and Pirates fans at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar inside PNC Park during the Pirates’ 6-2 win Tuesday night.

Police didn’t see Dallas Latos being attacked but interviewed her afterward when a stadium security worker told officers of her claims, which she later tweeted. Latos didn’t have visible injuries and refused medical treatment when she was interviewed by police, Fisher said.

Latos tweeted she was “punched in the head at least three times” by a Pirates fan and her hair was pulled, writing “I’m ‘fine’ but my head hurts. Never swung back bc I was trying to protect myself.”

IUK volley tops IUNW, runs record to 20-5

GARY — The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball squad defeated IU Northwest Tuesday night in straight sets to improve to 20-5 on the season, 25-9, 25-21, 25-16.

Micayla Speidel led a balanced offensive attack with 14 kills. Teylor Rains added six kills, while Kailey Harness, Rachel Allen and Megan Riley each added five kills and Keeana Walton chipped in with four. Cortney Hanson and Kaitlyn Emery shared setting duties, with Hanson tallying 24 assists and Emery adding 13.

Kaleigh Ensley led the defense with 13 digs while Allen added seven digs. Riley also posted a pair of solo blocks in the victory.

Court: Sandusky not awarded new trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says Jerry Sandusky doesn’t deserve a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.

A three-judge Superior Court panel ruled Wednesday, barely two weeks after hearing oral arguments by a state prosecutor and lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach.

Sandusky says his lawyers didn’t have enough time to prepare for trial, a prosecutor made improper references to Sandusky not testifying on his own behalf and the judge mishandled jury instructions. The attorney general’s office says the convictions should stand.

The 69-year-old Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. His lawyer says he plans to seek Supreme Court review.