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Reds win behind Votto, Phillips, Tim Adleman

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CINCINNATI — The Reds have started piling up home runs during this homestand, and they continued the trend on Friday with a 5-1 victory over the Brewers. Using early home runs by Joey Votto Jerseys and Brandon Phillips Jerseys, Cincinnati gained its first three-game winning streak since the first three games of the season.

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Facing starter Tyler Cravy Jerseys, who filled in for Milwaukee while Wily Peralta was on paternity leave, Votto gave the Reds a 1-0 with a two-homer in the bottom of the first inning cheap jerseys. The shot on a 2-2 pitch to center field gave Votto his fourth homer of the season. Adam Duvall Jerseys hit an RBI double through the gap to the wall in left-center field in the second inning. With one out in the third inning, Phillips connected on a 1-2 pitch for a three-run homer to left field and a 5-0 lead.

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Cincinnati’s streak of quality starts ended at five, but Tim Adleman gave his club a solid five-inning performance in his second big league game. Aldeman gave up one earned run and four hits with three walks and four strikeouts but threw 101 pitches wholesale mlb jerseys. Alex Presley’s leadoff homer to right field on a 1-0 pitch in the fifth was the lone run notched against the right-hander. It was up to the bullpen to notch the final 12 outs, and Caleb Cotham, Blake Wood and Tony Cingrani Jerseys combined to not allow a run. It finally snapped the Reds bullpen’s MLB record streak of 23 games with at least one run allowed.

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Dat Dude goes deep again: With his third inning three-run shot, Phillips has a homer in each of his last three games for the first time since June 13-15, 2012. The three RBIs also gave him 800 RBIs as a member of the Reds. His homer on Friday left the bat at 104 mph and traveled 380 feet, according to Statcastâ„¢.

Lacking quality: It’s tough to lay much blame on Cravy, who made just one Triple-A start before a surprise call-up to pitch in Peralta’s place, but his brief outing perpetuated the Brewers’ starting pitching problems. Milwaukee’s starters have a 6.34 ERA after 29 games, which would cheap jerseys for sale tie the 1939 St. Louis Browns for second-worst in Major League history. The 1996 Tigers own the worst starters’ ERA of all time, at 6.64.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Season of woe continues as 76ers lose again

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points as the Dallas Mavericks Jerseys sent the Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys world cup jerseys cheap spinning to their 11th straight defeat since the new NBA season began, the worst record of any team in the league.

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Nowitzki piled up the points in the final quarter as the 76ers slipped to a 92-86 defeat which left them at 0-11, the only team in the NBA without a win.


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The Mavericks were well below their best, with Nowitzki missing 10 of 16 attempts from the floor.

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But it was good enough to edge out the 76ers, who have already faced accusations from disgruntled fans that they have thrown in the towel with the new season barely three weeks old.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said despite the 76ers’ modest roster wholesale jerseys, they had been awkward opponents.

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“They kept staying in the game, clawing and scratching and they’re obviously desperate to get their first win,” Nowitzki said. “We had to dig deep and grind it out.”

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Sixers coach Brett Brown bemoaned his team’s high turnover total — 27 — which resulted in 28 Dallas points.

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Sixers rookie center Jahlil Okafor, who contributed 19 points, insists the team was close to turning a corner.

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In other matches on Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers’ disappointing start to the season continued with the team crashing 120-101 at Phoenix.

The Suns guard Brandon Knight recorded the first triple-double of his career with 30 points as the Lakers faded in the fourth quarter.

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O’Ree, Bettman attend premiere of ‘Soul on Ice’

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WASHINGTON — Willie O’Ree wasn’t allowed an early screening of the film “Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future.”

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His co-worker at the NHL, Ken Martin, the League’s cheap jj watt jersey senior vice president of community and diversity programming, wanted him to have a visceral reaction to a movie that is as much about him and his legacy as a groundbreaker in hockey as anyone else.


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O’Ree broke the color barrier in the NHL when he debuted for the Boston Bruins Jerseys on Jan. 18, 1958. He is now a pioneer for diversity in hockey through the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone program as the League’s director of cause marketing.

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He found out Wednesday night that Martin was right, it was worth the wait.

A few minutes after watching the film in its U.S. premiere at Landmark E Street Cinema in a crowd of nearly 200, including NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Washington Capitals chairman Ted Leonsis and coach Barry Trotz, O’Ree was near tears.

“Unbelievable,” O’Ree said. “Now I know why he didn’t want me to see it. It was breathtaking, really. I was thrilled when I saw it.”

The film, the first in the cinematic career of director Damon Kwame Mason and the winner of the audience choice award for documentary film at the Edmonton International Film Festival last year, takes the audience through the winding history of black players in hockey.

Commissioner Bettman said Mason’s film is a story that hasn’t been told enough, and is one that is worth telling more because it shows how inclusive the game of hockey historically has been.

“It’s a story that needed to be told, but not many people even imagined it could exist,” he said. “If you told somebody about this movie without actually seeing it, they’d think it was a work of fiction, like ‘how could it be because I’ve never heard of such a thing’ is what you get from most people.”

The film toggles back and forth, going from the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century, when the Colored Hockey League was in play in Nova Scotia, to present time. It features now 20-year-old prospect Jaden Lindo’s tumultuous draft year, from hype to a knee injury to getting selected in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lindo, whose parents never skated and didn’t know much about hockey when he told them he wanted to play, says he was once asked what it was like to be a black hockey player. His answer was that he didn’t know, because he sees himself as a hockey player who happens to be black.

The audience is treated to the story of Herb Carnegie, a Canadian who turned down a contract from the New York Rangers in 1948 because of personal and family reasons. It documents that former Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe once said if Carnegie was white he’d sign him.

O’Ree’s story, of him playing 21 professional seasons, including 45 games with the Bruins despite being blind in one eye, is a big part of the film. So too are former players Tony McKegney, Mike Marson and Val James, the first American-born black player in the NHL.

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It was all Mason’s way of telling a history of hockey story he believes can be an educational tool to young black players today, one he never had as a kid growing up in Edmonton in the 1970s and 80s.

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The film did its part in educating, entertaining and enlightening an audience that included a collection of people from the hockey world, the political world, including congressmen, and members of Washington’s Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, which since 1978 has provided local and inner city youth an opportunity to participate in an organized hockey league.

“What I liked about it is it was three stories for me — it was a history of the game, Kwame’s story, and it was young Jaden’s story,” Trotz said. “There are some things that I feel ignorant on being someone in the game and not knowing all the story. It’s quite enlightening.”

Mason said his goal now is to work with the NHL to hopefully get the film shown nationally through the League’s broadcast partners, NBC in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

He feels if more eyes can see it, the discussion of diversity and inclusion can grow, which would only benefit the NHL and the game at large.

“It has some funny moments, but it also has some educational moments,” Mason said. “It has a way of making people think and say, ‘Hey, let’s have a bigger discussion about this game and let’s see what more we can do with this game and let’s see if we can attract a bigger audience.'”