TERRE HAUTE —
With less than two months left in the major league baseball season, close races are probable in most divisions but not the National League East.
Atlanta defeated Philadelphia in the Sunday night game for its 10th straight victory. The Braves have a 12-game lead over Washington in the NL East standings.
Detroit also has been on a nice run, besting the Chicago White Sox for its eighth straight victory, but the Tigers just lead Cleveland by three games in the AL Central. The Indians, Tigers and Kansas City all are 9-1 in their last 10 games.
Pittsburgh had a good week in the National League, taking four of five from St. Louis and two of three from Colorado. The Pirates have the best record in baseball (67-44) and it’s looking better all the time that the Bucs finally will end their long streak of non-winning seasons.
The Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a slow start and fans were wondering if Don Mattingly would be kept as manager.
Well, the Dodgers now have won 14 games in a row on the road — no small feat. The record for road wins in a row is 17, set by the New York Giants way back in 1916. Detroit was the last team to win 14 in a row away from its friendly confines and that was in 1984.
The Dodgers will try to extend that streak in St. Louis, where the Cardinals took a series from Cincinnati and are in second place in the NL Central behind Pittsburgh.
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• Tom-Cattin’ It — Bethany Jones has resigned as softball coach at Northview High School, citing a desire to spend more time with family. She will remain as assistant in girls basketball.
Jones has been the softball coach since 2005 and her teams won or shared seven Western Indiana Conference titles and averaged 17 wins per season.
• Former Evansville Central athlete Preston Mattingly has signed to play basketball for Lamar, coached by Pat Knight.
Mattingly played pro baseball for six seasons after being drafted by the New York Yankees.
• George “Boomer” Scott has died at the age of 69. He played in the major leagues for 14 seasons in the 1960s and 1970s, mainly with the Boston Red Sox at first base, and was on three all-star teams.
• Former Baltimore Colt Art Donovan has died at 89. The defensive tackle had a great sense of humor and provided laughs as a guest on late-night talk shows on television.
• Vincennes University cager Lamone Dieng has signed to play for Pittsburg (Kan.) State.
• Cara Stuckey now has won 10 women’s city tournament titles. She’s tied with Mary Alice Gormong for the most championships.
• Former Indiana University cager Christian Watford will play pro basketball in Israel and former Butler/Arkansas player Rotnei Clarke will play in Australia.
• Nine different drivers have won IndyCar Series races this season. Charlie Kimball won his first race Sunday. He has kept on racing in spite of being diagnosed with diabetes.
• Several articles have been published on the new football/athletic facilities which cost a reported $68 million, thanks to the generosity of Nike founder Phil Knight.
• In case you missed it, Dallas defeated Miami in the first NFL preseason game Sunday night. Kyle Orton started at quarterback for the Cowboys in place of Tony Romo.
And there you go.
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