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Gary Burke hired as new Canal Winchester girls basketball coach

compiled from staff, wire and news reports

Gary Burke is the new girls basketball coach At Canal Winchester High School after receiving approval from the school board at its meeting earlier this week.

Burke spent 18 seasons at rival Fairfield Union, which plays in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division with Canal Winchester. He won over 200 games, eight league titles and led the Fairfield Union Falcons to a state tournament appearance.

Canal Winchester H.S. (megasportsnews.com photo)

Burke was Bloom-Carroll’s eighth-grade girls coach in 2009-2010.

He replaces Adam Twiss who resigned on March 24. Twiss was the Indians coach for 13 seasons. Canal Winchester was 11-11 overall and 5-9 in the league this past season.

Minor League Baseball Report: Clippers and Dragons

compiled from staff, wire, Columbus Clippers and Dayton Dragons and Gwinnett Braves news

MONDAY RESULTS

At Huntington Park, a huge Carlos Santana home run and a reliever-turned-starter led Columbus to a victory over the always-tough Durham Bulls for the second straight day. After a 5-0 win on Sunday, Columbus closed out its brief home stand with a 5-1 win.

Mike Gosling (MiLB)

Mike Gosling was strong in his second and final start of the year for the Clippers, throwing six-and-one third scoreless innings, while striking out five and scattering five hits. Prior to the game, Gosling announced his retirement, finishing off a career that included 65 wins on both minor and major league levels.

TUESDAY RESULTS

The Clippers embarked on an eight-game road trip Tuesday morning and when the day was over, the team suffered an 8-4 loss to the Gwinnett Braves, 5-4 at Coolray Field.

Brandon Hicks stole home plate for his 5th steal of the season. He is the second G-Brave to successfully steal home this season (Wes Timmons) in as many tries.

Brandon Hicks (MiLB)

Gwinnett starting pitcher Jose Ortegano made his first start of his career at the Triple-A level  earning his first victory in the process.  Gwinnett (18-20) remains in second place in the International League South and 4 games behind Durham. Columbus (24-16) remains in first place in the IL West and have a 2.5 game lead over Toledo.

DAYTON DRAGONS

Balbino Fuenmayor collected three hits and drove in three runs as the Lansing Lugnuts won their sixth straight game on Tuesday night, beating the Dayton Dragons 6-3 at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons loss snapped their six-game home winning streak and dropped their record to 18-20 while Lansing is 23-14.

Lansing took control of the game early with a 4-0 lead in the third inning, taking advantage of an error by Dragons second baseman Henry Rodriguez that led to three unearned runs. Balbino Fuenmayor had a two-out, two-run single that capped the inning.

Balbino Fuenmayor (MiLB)

Dragons starting pitcher J.C. Sulbaran retired the last 10 batters he faced in an outing that lasted six innings, giving up five hits, four runs, one earned with three walks and six strikeouts and was the loser.

With only a 10.3 chance of winning NBA lottery, Wizards are #1

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

Irene Pollin was present at the NBA Lottery with fellow Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and all she wanted waqs to make one of her husband’s dreams come true and that was win an NBA Lottery.

Well, the Wizards won the draft lottery Tuesday night in Secaucus, New Jersey, moving up from the number 5 spot to earn the top pick in next month’s draft, when it will likely choose between Evan Turner of Ohio State and John Wall of Kentucky.

Irene Pollin (file)

Mrs. Pollin wore the 1978 Bullets championship ring of her late husband, longtime owner Abe Pollin, who died at age 85 in November.

The Philadelphia 76ers moved up from number 6 to the second pick and New Jersey will draft third.

The Wizards management are trying to pick up the pieces after the Gilbert Arenas gun episode and the trading away of Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler.

Flyers beat Montreal in Game 2; takes 2-0 lead

compiled from staff and news reports

Michael Leighton is showing the skeptics who have doubted him for years that he is and can be a solid championship goaltender.

Leighton stopped 30 shots and recorded his second straight shutout, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Leighton’s season was thought to be over once he went down with an ankle injury in mid-March. Currently, Leighton has the Flyers two wins away from their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1997.

Michael Leighton (nhl)

Michael Leighton is the first Philadelphia goalie to record consecutive playoff shutouts since Bernie Parent in 1975. His shutout streak of 165:50 is the second-longest in team history behind Brian Boucher’s 184:45 in its run to the Eastern finals in 2000.

Philadelphia has won six straight postseason games. They’ve scored 13 straight goals in the postseason since trailing 3-0 in Game 7 against Boston in the East semifinals. Leighton has basically been unbeatable since taking over in Game 5 of the semifinals for the injured Brian Boucher.

Philadelphia hasn’t won the Stanley cup since the second of their consecutive championships in 1975.

The Flyers received goals from Simon Gagne, Danny Briere and Ville Leino.

Tampa Bay Rays 6 Cleveland Indians 2; Price is 6-1 for Rays

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Tampa Bay Rays for the second time in three years, has Major League Baseball’s best record.

Now, their next challenge will come from the boys from the Bronx, the New York Yankees.

The American League East leaders will begin a two-game series Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, putting their 28-11 record on the line.

The Yankees are MLB’s second best team, and the defending world champions won two of three games the opening week of the season at Tampa’s Tropicana Field.

David Price Tampa Bay (mlb

Tuesday night, Evan Longoria drove in three runs and David Price became the American League’s first six-game  winner with a 6-2 victory over the Cleveland.

Price (6-1) won his fourth straight decision, lowering his ERA to 1.81 and improving to 9-1 over his last 12 starts dating to 2009.

The 24-year-old left hander, the first pick in the 2007 draft, held the Indians to an unearned run and four hits before turning the game over to the bullpen with a 5-1 lead.

GAME NOTES

* Cleveland shortstop Jason Donald went 2 for 3 with a walk and scored a run in his major league debut.

* David Price of the Rays improved to 11-3 at Tropicana and is 5-5 on the Road.

*  The Rays went 4-1 on their five-game homestand.

* Cleveland was 4-4 with series wins over Kansas City and Baltimore on an eight-game  trip.T

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