Greensburg, IN—At last evening’s Greensburg city council meeting, Councilman Kevin Fleetwood discussed the topic of the landfill expansion. Fleetwood sits as an ex officio member of the Area Plan Commission. He stated that though this has been spoken about for several years, last month was the first time Bestway actually brought the discussion to the Decatur County Area Plan Commission for discussion. Fleetwood said it was anticipated to be up for discussion at tonight’s meetings, but it has been held back on the agenda for a future date. Fleetwood said they are looking to expand 150 acres but the expansion would land across the street. The land they are looking to rezone is the property they already own across from the landfill — on South County Road 280 East.
— Head coach Mike Zimmer says the Vikings are expecting running back Dalvin Cook to report on time for training camp. Cook is in the final year of his rookie contract and took a break from the virtual offseason program last month, seeking a new deal. He had 1,135 rushing yards and 519 receiving yards in 14 games last year.— Tight end Adam Shaheen was traded to the Miami Dolphins by the Chicago Bears for a conditional late-round draft pick. Shaheen was slowed by injuries in his three seasons with the Bears, starting 13 games and catching four touchdown passes.NBA-NEWSAP source: Knicks close to deal to make Tom Thibodeau coachUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks are on the verge of hiring a new head coach. — Nationals pitcher and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from what was supposed to be his first start of the season because of a nerve issue with his right hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Strasburg was given an injection for the issue, likening it to “basically a cortisone shot.” He said Strasburg felt something was wrong with his hand during an exhibition game last week.— Mets relief pitcher Brad Brach (brahk) says he missed preseason camp because he tested positive for the coronavirus. Brach confirmed he and his pregnant wife both had COVID-19 and experienced mild symptoms, including loss of taste. Jenae Brach gave birth to healthy twin boys, Carson and Brody, on July 17. — Brewers shortstop Luis Urias has been cleared to return to baseball activity after testing positive for coronavirus before the start of Major League Baseball’s preseason summer camp. The Brewers are sending Urias to their secondary facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. — Reds infielder Matt Davidson has tested positive for COVID-19. He went on the injured list one day after he started the opener as a designated hitter. — The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was a hit on television. The Nationals-Yankees game on ESPN was the most-watched regular season game in baseball on any network in nine years. It averaged 4 million viewers according to Nielsen fast national ratings and peaked at 8:30 p.m. EDT with 4.48 million viewers. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-RESULTSBarking Brewers win at WrigleyUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs resumed their season-opening series on Saturday and demonstrated there’s no love lost between these local rivals. Update on the latest sports — The Nationals rolled to a 9-2 laugher over the Yankees behind Victor Robles, who contributed a two-run double and a two-run homer. Asdrubel (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera and Michael A. Taylor also went deep for Washington in its first win since capturing the World Series last year. Robles and Cabrera each had three of the Nats’ 13 hits.— Wilmer Flores homered and the Giants beat the Dodgers, 5-4 to give Gabe Kapler his first win as San Francisco manager. Donovan Solano laced a two-run double for the Giants, who were outscored 17-2 in the first two games before avoiding their first 0-3 start in eight years. Dodgers starter and loser Alex Wood had trouble finding the plate, throwing 29 of his 67 pitches for balls over three innings. — The Astros beat the Mariners for the 15th straight time as Lance McCullers Jr. allowed two runs and five hits over six innings of a 7-2 victory. McCullers was pitching for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery that cost him all of last season. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) and George Springer homered for Houston, which beat Seattle on Friday after going 18-1 against them last year.— Phil Gosselin homered twice and Didi Gregorius went deep for the second straight game as the Phillies dumped the Marlins, 7-1. J.T. Realmuto added a three-run drive that helped Joe Girardi get his first win as Philadelphia’s manager. Zack Wheeler limited Miami to five hits over seven innings of his Phillies debut.— William Contreras delivered an RBI double that capped a three-run 10th in the Braves’ 5-3 comeback win over the Mets. The Mets led 2-1 in the ninth until Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) homered off Edwin Diaz with two out in the ninth. New York wasted a strong performance by Steven Matz, who fanned seven while holding Atlanta to a pair of hits over six innings. BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Richy Werenski birdied three of the last four holes to erase a four-stroke deficit and pull even with Michael Thompson through three rounds of the 3M Open in Blaine, Minn. Werenski and Thompson each shot 3-under 68s to move to 15 under for the tournament. Charl Schwartzel shot a 66 in the third round at the TPC Twin Cities course, pulling even with Tony Finau for third place at 13 under. GOLF-BRITISH MASTERSParatore wins British Masters for 2nd European Tour titleNEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Renato Paratore has won the British Masters for his second career victory on the European Tour. The Italian golfer closed with a 2-under 69 containing his first bogeys of the week. — Brandon Lowe’s two-run triple snapped an eighth-inning tie in the Rays’ 4-1 triumph over the Blue Jays. Lowe also scored an insurance run on a back by Sam Gaviglio. Cavan Biggio went 2 for 3 with a walk, extending his on-base streak to a major league-best 31 consecutive games.— Anthony Santander and Renato Núñez each drove in two runs to help the Orioles hold off the Red Sox, 7-2 and even their season-opening series. Hanser Alberto finished with three hits, while Austin Hays and José Iglesias each added two. Alex Cobb was steady in his first start after missing most of last season with a hip injury, limiting Boston to a run and four hits while fanning six in 5 1/3 innings.— Leury (lay-OOR’-ay) García homered from both sides of the plate in helping Dallas Keuchel and the White Sox pound the Twins, 10-3. Edwin Encarnación belted a two-run drive as the White Sox bounced back nicely after losing 10-5 to the reigning AL Central champions on Friday night. Eloy Jiménez and James McCann also went deep for Chicago.— Dylan Bundy was sharp in his Angels debut, allowing three hits and carrying a shutout into the seventh inning of a 4-1 verdict over the Athletics. Juston Upton opened the scoring with a solo blast in the fourth, one inning before Andrelton Simmons and David Fletcher provided RBI doubles. Losing pitcher Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) looked sharp early, retiring the first 11 batters on just 32 pitches before faltering.— Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit a two-run single, Matt Carpenter added a two-run double and Tommy Edman delivered a two-run triple that capped the scoring in the Cardinals’ 9-1 dismantling of the Pirates.Paul Goldschmidt smacked a solo homer to back Adam Wainwright, who worked the first six innings of a combined three-hitter. Wainwright retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced as the Cardinals beat the Pirates for the 12th time in their last 13 games. His return is a big development for Chicago as it prepares to face the Oilers in a best-of-five qualifying series that begins on Aug. 1.In other NHL news:— Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton missed a second straight practice Saturday, and his status remains unclear as the team prepares for the return to play in the coming week. The team said on its website Wednesday that Hamilton left that day’s practice early in “some visible discomfort” and he didn’t practice Thursday. Hamilton broke his left leg in January and was sidelined until the NHL suspended the season because of the pandemic.PGA-3M OPENWerenski, Thompson remain co-leaders July 26, 2020 Nationals catcher Tres Barrera banned 80 games for drug testUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals catcher Tres Barrera has been suspended for 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.MLB says Barrera tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance DHCMT, the chemical compound used in a drug that fueled Olympic athletes in the former East Germany decades ago.Barrera said Saturday that he appealed his suspension but it was upheld by an arbitrator. In other MLB news: The Brewers’ 8-3 win at Wrigley Field included a shouting between the two clubs that could be heard throughout the empty ballpark at the start of the fourth inning. Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras seemed to be barking the loudest from the warning track in front of the dugout, and several players from both sides popped out onto dirt near their benches. Umpires jumped in and calmed things down quickly before players could cross the foul lines.The Brewers also made some noise with their bats as Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) slammed a two-run homer and Justin Smoak added a solo shot. Ben Gamel put Milwaukee ahead to stay with a two-run triple in the fourth.Lorenzo Cain was 3-for-4 with an RBI single for the Brew Crew.Elsewhere around the majors: NFL-NEWSMahomes ready but apprehensive for campUNDATED (AP) — Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) acknowledges there is “some risk” in returning to the team facility for training camp. But he says he’s comfortable with the protocols established by the NFL and its players’ union to ensure a safe environment. The Super Bowl MVP was at the facility Saturday along with rookies and select veterans, a day after the league and union agreed to a proposal opening camps in earnest next week. The players’ board of representatives voted to adopt changes to the collective bargaining agreement that provide for new training camp and roster rules, economics and protocols for operating amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an opt-out clause.Also around the NFL:— The Jets have traded disgruntled Jamal Adams to the Seahawks for fellow safety Bradley McDougald and a trio of high-round picks. Seattle sends a first-round pick in each of the next two drafts, along with a third-rounder in 2021. The Jets ship off a fourth-round selection in 2022. New York parts with a talented player whose relationship with the franchise quickly deteriorated because of a contract dispute. — Tyler Myers launched a three-run homer and Manny Machado added a two-run shot that gave the Padres breathing room in a 5-1 decision over the Diamondbacks. Dinelson Lamet struck out eight while allowing a run and five hits over five innings. Robbie Ray fanned seven over 3 2/3 innings but was reached for three runs and four hits in taking the loss.— Daniel Bard won in his first major league game in more than seven years, pitching 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief for the Rockies in a 3-2 win over the Rangers. Bard stranded two runners in the fifth and worked around two more base runners in the sixth before getting Willie Calhoun on an inning-ending flyout to cap an 11-pitch at-bat. Colorado went ahead to stay with two runs in the fourth off Mike Minor, helped by two fielder’s choice plays and two errors.— The Royals pulled out a 3-2 win over the Indians on Maikel Franco’s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. Alex Gordon opened the 10th as the runner on second and was bunted to third before scoring the tiebreaking run. Indians starter Mike Clevinger allowed just four hits over six innings and settled down after Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR’) and Salvador Perez in the top of the first.— JaCoby Jones crushed a two-run homer in the ninth inning to power the Tigers past the Reds, 6-4. Austin Romine and Miguel Cabrera homered to put the Tigers ahead, 4-3 in the seventh, but Cincinnati tied it on Curt Casali’s solo blast in the bottom of the inning. Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) and Freddy Galvis (GAL’-vees) also went deep for the Reds.MLB-NEWS A person with knowledge of the details says the team is finishing a deal to make Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) their coach. ESPN first reported that the Knicks and Thibodeau were completing a five-year contract. Thibodeau was the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year in Chicago and is a former Knicks assistant under Jeff Van Gundy.Mike Miller finished the season as interim coach after David Fizdale was fired 22 games into last season. In other NBA news:— Bucks reserve guard Pat Connaughton flew to Florida on Saturday after a positive coronavirus test had kept him from joining his teammates at Walt Disney World two weeks earlier. Connaughton and starting point guard Eric Bledsoe hadn’t been part of the Bucks’ original traveling party to Disney World because both had tested positive, though both players have said they were asymptomatic. — Zion Williamson will be out of quarantine by the time New Orleans plays in the first official game of the NBA restart at Walt Disney World. Whether the Pelicans will play him that night or not remains anyone’s guess. The NBA said Saturday that Williamson will have to serve a four-day quarantine for leaving the league’s Disney bubble on July 16 to tend to an urgent family matter. He returned to Disney last night and immediately went into quarantine. NHL-NEWSCrawford to Hawks after battling COVID-19UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has revealed that he missed the start of training camp following a positive test for COVID-19. He said he was in quarantine at his place in Chicago.The 35-year-old Crawford skated with the team on Saturday and faced shots from teammates. Associated Press Paratore was trying to become the first player to win a European Tour event without a bogey since Jesper Parnevik (YEHS’-pur PAR’-nek-vihk) in the 1995 Scandinavian Masters. Paratore finished on 18 under overall, three strokes ahead of Rasmus Højgaard.
Mario Gomez scored twice as Bayern Munich completed a historic treble with a nervy 3-2 win over Stuttgart in the German Cup final in Berlin.In Jupp Heynckes’ final game in charge, Bayern became the first German team to win the Bundesliga, the European Cup and the German Cup in the same season.Thomas Mueller scored from the spot before Gomez scored twice in the second period to put Bayern three ahead.Martin Harnick managed to pull two back for Stuttgart but Bayern held on.The Bavarian club, who will be taken over by former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola on 26 June, finished the season with 15 wins from their final 16 matches and have only suffered one defeat since October.And after the match Heynckes said: “I have decided to give a closing press conference on Tuesday and then I will reveal my future plans.”Heynckes, 68, had previously said he was too old to coach overseas but he has been linked with a return to Real Madrid, who he coached to the 1998 Champions League title at the end of his single season as their coach. “It’s unbelievable what the team and coach have achieved over the whole season,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.“They were tough months but now we’re being rewarded for them.”Only Celtic in 1967, Ajax in 1972, PSV Eindhoven in 1988, Manchester United in 1999, Guardiola’s Barcelona in 2009, and Inter Milan in 2010 previously won the treble.Mueller set Bayern on their way with a penalty after Lahm was tripped by Ibrahima Traore.After the break Gomez converted crosses from Lahm and Mueller. Austrian international Harnick scored with a fine header from Gotoku Sakai’s cross before setting up a tense finish with a firm shot after he was denied by Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer.But the Bundesliga and European champions withstood heavy late pressure to complete the treble and send Heynckes out on a high.
On the night he died this week — one day before his 91st birthday — Clifford Rich got a phone call from the man at the top of his bucket list.Tommy Lasorda.Riddled with cancer, Rich, who grew up idolizing the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the L.A. Dodgers led by Lasorda, lay in his bed at home in Granada Hills with his family at his side.He had been in hospice care for nearly a month and was unable to speak or open his eyes. The only voices he recognized anymore with a slight movement of his lips were his wife and daughters. Until Tommy called.“Hi, Clifford, this is Tommy Lasorda and I’d just like to speak to you for a moment of your time,” L.A.’s ambassador of baseball said.Tommy Lasorda. On the phone for him. Incredible.“You could see dad’s breathing change and his lips move trying to respond,” daughter Laurie Amigo says. “He knew it was Tommy.”• VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda on the phone with World war II vet Clifford Brown How many times had Cliff told his wife, Mary, he’d give a week’s pay to sit and have a cup of coffee with Lasorda — just talk baseball with him.Tell him about all those glorious years when he sat by the radio as a kid in Brooklyn, before TV, and hung on every pitch.How he didn’t miss a game until he turned 18, old enough to enlist in the army and go fight for his country. How scared he was storming Omaha Beach on D-Day and fighting at the Battle of the Bulge.How he kept replaying those old ballgames in his mind to keep his sanity as insanity rained all around him.“They tell me you are a real Dodger fan — the top one, and I’m honored to be talking to you tonight,” Lasorda continued.“I hope this call could make you feel a little better — then I would be very, very proud.”Laurie watched her dad’s face as Lasorda’s words came through the speaker phone. She saw the struggle.He was finally getting his chance to talk with his idol, but he couldn’t speak. The skipper would just have to take it on faith that his greatest fan was hanging on every word.“I hear lots of good things about you and you’ve done something great. You served your country very well and now you are talking to Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda.”Pure Lasorda. That’s why we love the guy. He’s a walking pep talk. You half expected him to tell Cliff, “Listen, when you meet the big Dodger in the sky, mention my name. He’ll get you good seats.”Lasorda — all bluster and bravado. But not Tuesday night. There were no cameras rolling in Lasorda’s home as he sat in his den and picked up the phone to call Rich to honor a request from his longtime friend Steve Brener. This one was from the heart.“Enjoy whatever time you have left on this Earth and thanks for being a fan,” Lasorda said. “God chose you to live as long as you have and maybe even longer.“You gotta believe, hope and pray. Take care of yourself, Clifford.”A few hours later, Cliff passed on.It takes a lot to leave Tommy Lasorda speechless, but Cliff’s passing only hours after he called shook him. You could tell.He paused and tried to make a joke about Cliff being the only guy he ever called who died after talking to him.It was weak and Lasorda knew it. For once, he was like the rest of us. At a loss for words.“I am so sorry to hear that,” he said, after another long pause. “Please give my sympathy to his family.”It’s a shame they never met. Lasorda would have loved Cliff. Not only because of his war record and bleeding Dodger blue, but because he didn’t know the definition of the word “quit.”When Cliff finally retired as a traffic officer with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation after 30 years, he was the oldest traffic officer in the country at age 83.Yeah, imagine that. Still hopping around intersections downtown directing traffic in his 80s. He had already put in another 30 years as a detective for the Amherst Police Department in New York.“Every morning leaving for work he always had one pocket bulging with change to feed the meter,” says daughter Annette Bentley-Pintor.“He hated giving out tickets but loved traffic duty. Angry or rude motorists never bothered him. He had a job to do, and he was going to do it with a smile.”Her husband couldn’t have had a better sendoff, Mary says. He could finally scratch off the last name on his bucket list.“What a gift to someone on hospice,” she says. “If there was any voice on Earth Cliff would have recognized and wanted to hear, it was Tommy’s.”When his time comes to meet the big Dodger in the sky — somewhere around his 100th birthday, but don’t hold him to that because it could be later — he’ll look Cliff up, Lasorda says.They’ll have that cup of coffee.Dennis McCarthy’s column runs on Friday. He can be reached at [email protected] Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error