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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE NEWS

compiled from staff, wire and NHL news

The Detroit Red Wings as expected, have signed general manager Ken Holland and assistant general manager Jim Nill of five year contract extensions.

Todd Bertuzzi (nhl)

The 54-year-old Holland has been the Red Wings general manager for 13 years.

Also, Detroit and Todd Bertuzzi have agreed to a two-year contract. The winger scored 18 goals and had 44 points last season, which was good for fifth on the team.

The search is over as Ohio State choses Greg Beals to replace Bob Todd

compiled from staff reporting

Also contributing to this story were staff writers StephanieLee, Dan Hock and Nancy Mason

It seems to be that Ohio State has chosen their new baseball coach to succeed the retired Bob Todd.

Greg Beals of Mid-American Conference member Ball State is the chosen one.

Beals will probably bring one member of his Ball State staff with him. Former Ohio State closer, Mike Stafford from the 1997 and 1998 seasons, is his pitching coach.

Other finalists for the coveted job included: Kent State coach Scott Stricklin, Louisville assistant Chris Lemonis,Virginia assistant Kevin McMullan and Indiana coach Tracy Smith.

It had been rumored that others interviewed for the job such as Cincinnati coach Brian Cleary and Akron’s Pat Bengsten, a former Todd assistant, but no one would confirm this to be true.

Greg Beals (courtesy of Ball State)

The Ohio State became a hot ticket when the 61-year-old Todd announced his retirement during the late part of the season. He ended 23 years as the coach and had two years left on a three-year contract.

In eight years at Ball State, Beals had a record of 243-202. He won Mid-American Conference West Division championships in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and a conference tournament title in 2006.

In 2006, the Cardinals played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1969. They went on to upset number-1 seeded Kentucky in the first round of the Lexington Regional.

Ball State in 2010, played one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the nation (fourth) and ended up 29-29.

Mike Stafford ex-Buckeyes closer (courtesy of Ball State)

Before being hired to coach at the Muncie, Indiana school, Beals spent nine years as an assistant at his alma mater, Kent State. The Golden Flashes won two Mid-American Conference championships and played in three NCAA Tournaments during his tenure.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in human movement studies in 1995 and has a Master’s degree in sports administration in 1999 from Kent State.

Beals played three years of minor-league baseball in the New York Mets organization after being drafted in 1991 in the 22nd round.

The book on Beals is that he is a fantastic recruiter and has seen twenty of his players drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Beals is a Springfield, Ohio native having graduated from Kenton Ridge High School. He is married and has three daughters.

Dayton Dragons receive Reds 2nd round draft pick Ryan LaMarre

Info courtesy of Dayton Dragons

Outfielder Ryan LaMarre has been added to the Dayton Dragons roster after being selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the June 2010 draft. He will wear uniform number 14.

The Dragons roster remains at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

LaMarre (la-Mar) played college baseball for three seasons (2008-10) at the University of Michigan. In 2010, he was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team and All-Big Ten Tournament team. He was honored with the Bill Freehan Award as the Wolverines’ top hitter. He was selected All-Big Ten Second Team in 2009.

Ryan LaMarre Dayton Dragons (michigan photo)

As a junior in 2010, LaMarre batted .419, the sixth highest mark in school history. He added nine doubles, nine triples, five home runs, and 40 runs batted in. He started 35 games including 27 in left field, six in center field and two in right field. He missed 18 early games in the season due to an injury.

As a sophomore in 2009, he led Michigan with a .344 batting average while belting 12 home runs and driving in 62 runs.

Furcal, Ramirez, Loney and Kuroda slow Reds, 12-0

compiled from staff and wire reports

Rafael Furcal had 5 hits and Manny Ramirez contributed with a homer, four RBI’s to help the Los Angeles Dodgers snap a three-game losing streak with a 12-0 whitewashing over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

James Loney had four hits to help the Dodgers finish with more runs than the eight they scored while being swept by the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium.

Rafael Furcal (mlb)

The Reds, who spent the previous six days alone in first place in the NL Central Division, lost for the third time in four games and now tied again with the St. Louis Cardinals who beat Seattle 4-2.

Los Angeles has scored 40 runs in four games in Cincinnati this year and tied a 2010 season high with 19 hits.

Hiroki Kuroda outlasted a rain delay of 2 hours, 24 minutes to win for the first time in four starts since beating Houston 7-3 on May 18. He says in Japanese baseball, “they wait only an hour and then cancel the game due to rain.”

Kuroda (6-4) allowed three hits with two walks and five strikeouts while picking up his third win in three career starts against the Reds.

Cincinnati starter Aaron Harang did not return after rain forced a delay with one out in the fifth inning. Harang (5-6), who’d won his last three decisions gave up seven hits and five runs with two walks and five strikeouts.

Manny Ramirez (mlb)

GAME NOTES

* The Reds have recalled RHP Jordan Smith from Double-A Carolina and optioned RHP Enerio Del Rosario to Triple-A Louisville before the game. Smith, who has never pitched above the Double-A level in five professional seasons, was 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Mudcats. Del Rosario was 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in nine games for the Reds.

Lakers dominate Celtics to force Game 7 on Thursday

compiled from staff and wire reports

With First Lady Michelle Obama was on hand watching the game from a luxury box in the Staples Center and it might’ve inspired the Lakers.

Faced with elimination for the first time during the 2010 playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers took matters into their own hands.

Pau Gasol (nba)

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Lakers held Boston to the second lowest-scoring performance in NBA finals history in an 89-67 victory in Game 6, setting up a winner-take-all Game 7 in Los Angeles.

Ron Artest added 15 points for the Lakers, who got their backs off the wall with a dazzling first half and a strong finish built around defense that suffocated Boston to 33 percent shooting. Only Utah’s 54-point performance against Chicago in 1998 was worse.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 13 points and Kevin Garnett added 12, but their offense was mostly held to jumbled, clogged-up and stand-around-and-watch as point guard Rajon Rondo had nowhere to go with the ball.

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