Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 7, 2013

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---- — Post 6 losesin Patriot tourney

PLYMOUTH — Kokomo Post 6 couldn’t come back from a two-run deficit in losing to Mishawaka Post 161 2-1 here in the Plymouth Patriot Tournament at Bill Nixon Field in American Legion baseball action Saturday.

Mishawaka scored both of its runs in the second inning, while Kokomo (12-10) came back with a run in the fifth inning as Eli Grimes drove in the Sixers’ run.

Conner Milligan and Jesse Broomfield each had two hits in leading Kokomo. Milligan had a single and double and Broomfield added two singles. Grimes doubled.

Jake McMain was the losing pitcher. McMain allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk, while fanning four in seven-inning complete game.

“It was a very well played game on both sides,” Kokomo coach Don Andrews said. “We out hit them six to five, and neither team committed an error. Both pitchers pitched a complete game.”

Kokomo played a late game Saturday night against a team from Ontario, Canada.

Catchings leadsFever over Sun

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tamika Catchings had 22 points and six steals to help the Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 78-66 on Saturday night.

Briann January had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Shavonte Zellous also scored 14 points for the injury-plagued Fever. The defending WNBA champions won their third straight game after dropping seven of eight to start the season.

The Fever took advantage after Connecticut’s star player, reigning league MVP Tina Charles, was ejected early in the fourth quarter. The center picked up two technical fouls after she disagreed with a call and was sent to the locker room.

Charles finished with 14 points. She scored a season-high 30 points the previous time the teams met, a 73-61 win for the Sun on June 12.

Howard decidesto join Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — Last offseason, the Houston Rockets were an afterthought, a young team with little star power.

Now, after trading for James Harden just before this past season and adding Dwight Howard on Friday, Houston is suddenly primed to contend sooner than almost anybody expected.

Still, Houston general manager Daryl Morey knows nabbing Howard is only the first step in a long process for his team.

“We haven’t accomplished anything yet, but we’re putting something pretty cool together, I think,” Morey said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Houston.

They reached the playoffs for the first time since 2009 this season and battled back from a 3-0 deficit before being eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6.

Their return to the postseason showed they have plenty of speed and long-range scoring power with Harden, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons. Omer Asik was a solid rebounder in the playoff run and averaged 12.3 points in the series, but it was clear that the team needed a more potent scoring threat inside.

• In other NBA news, Sacramento and Carl Landry have agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $26 million that will bring the former Purdue star back to California’s capital city.

Wagner up by 2 in Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Johnson Wagner shot a 6-under 64 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic.

Wagner was 14 under overall on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia. Jimmy Walker also shot a 64 and was second at 12 under.

Sweden’s Jonas Blixt was 10 under after shooting 67. Texas teenager Jordan Spieth and two others are 9 under.

Wagner entered the day one stroke behind Matt Every. Wagner had seven birdies and a bogey in his round.

No third-round leader has gone on to win the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fourth year.