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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco calls it a season; to have hip surgery and be ready for 2016

Devin Mesoraco catching by Dealphungo - Own work. 2012 Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The short and disappointing 2015 season for Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has finally come to an end.

No more being used as a DH during Interleague games, no more late-inning pinch-hitting duty or even an experiment as a leftfielder.

The decision has been made to undergo season-ending hip surgery in New York on June 29 to repair a left hip impingement.

Performing the surgery will be Dr. Bryan Kelly who says that it will take four to six months of rehabilitation for the Reds’ starting backstop.

He should be able to resume catching and be ready for the start of the 2016 season.

Mesoraco says that the problem with his hip is that he has bones rubbing together and it effected his range of motion when playing catcher and has caused other problems.

The 27-year-old, who has been with the Reds since 2011, has not caught a game since April 12. He was placed on the DL May 25.

A native of Pennsylvania, Mesoraco ends the season with only 45 at bats in 23 games.

He was a 2014 National League All-Star.

NASCAR RACE #22 PREVIEW: Watkins Glen International, Today at 1:00 pm on ESPN

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves from Pennsylvania to Western New York today for the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen race.
The race starts at 1:00 P.M. on ESPN at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York.

(Illustration by Will Pittenger via wikipedia commons)

The race track is a tricky, 11-turn road course which covers 2.45 miles of natural terrain. The race will cover 220.5 miles which equates to a 90-lap race.
Racing began at The Glen in 1948 on a course that included asphalt, concrete and dirt roads through the village which has a population of 2,149 people. The races were moved to a temporary course in 1953 before a permanent circuit was built in 1956.
The 1965 race won by Marvin Panch, had just 19 cars, led for all but 13 laps and pocketed a purse of $1,425. Cup racing left and did not return until 1986.

Tony Stewart has done well at The Glen with 5 wins ( photo)

There have been more than $30 million invested by the owners for improvements in the track since 2001.
In the last 10 NASCAR Cup races at Watkins Glen, Tony Stewart has won 5 wins with Kyle Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kevin Harvick with one each.
RECAPPING THE 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen: Marcos Ambrose avoided crashes and became the first Australian to win a Cup race. He took the lead from Brad Keselowski on the first lap of a green-white checkered flag finish.
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Marcos Ambrose won at The Glen in 2011 (2012 photo by Brian Neudorff, F1fans via wikipedia commons)

Daley wins Senior Players Championship; first title on Champions Tour


Joe Daley (courtesy of PGA Tour)

51-year-old Joe Daley won the Senior Players Championship on Sunday in Pittsburgh. It was his first title on the Champions Tour title.

The Pennsylvania native closed with a 2-under 68 for a two-stroke win over Tom Lehman.

Daley, winless in his PGA Tour career, had a 14-under 266 total. His prize money earnign $405,000 and full Champions Tour status for a calendar year.

Olin Browne was third at 11-under-par after a 65. Mark Calcavecchia, tied with Daley for the third-round lead, carded a 72 to match 2011 winner Fred Couples at 10 under and finished at a 71.

Daley is a graduate of Old Dominion University and turned pro back in 1991.


Info compiled from Champions Tour & golf news reports

Fourth win in row as Ohio beats Pennsylvania in Big 33 Classic, 24-21

Game report courtesy of Big 33 Classic


(clipart by gloryman, courtesy

Ohio is the winner for the fourth straight season, beating Pennsylvania 24-12 in overtime in the 56th annual Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey, Pa.

Ohio State recruit Najee Murray of Steubenville caught an 85-yard touchdown pass from Tyler O’Connor, the Ohio MVP.

Ohio PK Tyler Grassman of Gahanna kicked a 39-yeard field goal on their first possession in overtime. Pennsylvania QB Skyler Mornhinweg threw his fourth interception of the game to Thomas Worthington’s Nana Kyeremeh on the first play.


Info compiled from Big 33 Football Classic, Radio & TV news

NASCAR RACE #14 PREVIEW: Pocono Raceway, Pocono 400 in Lake Pond, PA. today at 1 P.M. on TNT


Pocono Raceway from above (file photo)

(courtesy of Mattco, Inc. via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to the State of Pennsylvania today, Sunday, June 10, for the Pocono 400 race in Lake Pond.

This year’s race has been reduced from 500 miles to 400 miles for 2012.

The 400-mile race, which consists of 160 laps on a 2.5-mile track, Pocono Raceway, otherwise known as the the “Tricky Triangle”.

Patterned after the now defunct Trenton Speedway, Pocono Raceway has three very different and difficult corners and three straightaways of various lengths. This track is a challenge for crew chiefs and drivers indeed.

Pocono Victory Lane (2005 photo by Michael Greiner via wikipedia commons)

The track has been completely repaved. Pit stalls are concrete and a new pit outer wall.


Jeff Gordon beat pole-winner Kurt Busch out of the pits and led the final 19 laps to earn his 84th Sprint Cup win of his career.

Denny Hamlin led the race four times for 76 laps but came in 19th place.

In the past 10 Cup races at Pocono, Gordon with 2 and Tony Stewart with 1 lead all drivers.

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