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Two teams from the Mid American Conference have both channeled their inner-Steven Spielberg in an attempt to sell season tickets.

The first is from Miami, whose Lil' Harbaugh ad harkens back to Nike's Lil Penny.

Ohio's effort to sell tickets is more an homage to a Reebok spot: Terry Tate, Office Linebacker. Meet his successor: Tarrell Bashman, Office Enforcer.

I was going to post a poll here as to which ad campaign you found more effective, but let's face it, there's only one right answer. #StandUpAndCheer

(Hat tip on to Lil' Garrett Downing on the Miami commercial.)

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 0 Comments

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Tribe takes step back after Detroit success

Jim Mone | Associated Press

The Twins’ Kurt Suzuki is tagged out by Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis after trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth inning.

MINNEAPOLIS — Just after the Indians had climbed back into a tie, they were knocked out of it.

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Mistakes pile up

Morry Gash | Associated Press

Kristopher Negron of the Reds passes Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez while circling the bases after his pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning. It was Negron’s second home run of the season.

MILWAUKEE — Reds manager Bryan Price watched the last three innings of last night’s game from the visiting manager’s office at Miller Park.

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End of NCAA food limits expands Ohio State’s offerings to athletes


Sarah Wick stocked protein bars in the “refueling station” that the OSU football team had available in 2012. Such stations will be set up at other sports facilities.

Ohio State dietitian Sarah Wick saw athletes arrive hungry for early-morning workouts.

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Pressure to win not new for Cavaliers coach

Tony Dejak | Associated Press

David Blatt is considered one of international basketball’s best coaches, but he has no NBA experience.

LAS VEGAS — J.R. Holden was furious with himself as he headed to the bench for a timeout. It was late in the finals of EuroBasket 2007 — the tournament to determine the championship of Europe — and Holden, a naturalized Russian, was wondering whether his citizenship might be revoked. He had missed his previous three shots, the last of which was an air ball, and Russia trailed by five points with a little over a minute left against Spain, the reigning world champion and tournament host.

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Clippers 1 | Bats 0: Clippers’ strong pitching, sharp defense earn win

Scott Utterback | The (Louisville) Courier-Journal

Clippers starter Gabriel Arias pitched 72/3 strong innings against Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three batters into the game last night at Slugger Field, the Clippers had a 1-0 lead over the Louisville Bats, with the possibility of better offensive moments on the immediate horizon. At the end of nine innings, the Columbus players celebrated a 1-0 victory that was built with sturdy bricks of pitching and defense.

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Around baseball: Ortiz passes Yaz in career homers

Darren Calabrese | Canadian Press

Boston’s David Ortiz hits his second home run of the game in Toronto. The 453rd homer of his career moved him into 36th place on baseball’s all-time list.

Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 1: David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career, moving past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list, and the Red Sox won their fifth straight game last night, routing host Toronto.

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Big 12 boss warns of financial trouble ahead

Bob Bowlsby

DALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning yesterday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now. “You’re going to hate it going forward,” Bowlsby said. “There’s a lot of change coming.” During his opening address at Big 12 football media days, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints that athletic programs will face and the “strange environment” that exists with class-action lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools.

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NFL: 49ers’ Aldon Smith sentenced to probation, work crew

Aldon Smith was sentenced to 11 days with a work crew.

A judge sentenced San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and assault-weapons charges.

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Sports roundup: Crew’s Arrieta likely out 2-3 weeks with hamstring injury

The Crew likely will be without forward Jairo Arrieta for at least the next two weeks, coach Gregg Berhalter said yesterday.

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