Sports briefs | Marauders knock off Tampa Yankees; Manatee 9-U wins again at Cal Ripken state

July 12, 2014 

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Manatee All-Stars Jud Hildreth reacts after being hit by a pitch during a 9-U Cal Ripken state tournament game Thursday at Heritage Harbour. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald

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Baseball: Marauders hold off Yankees

BRADENTON -- Bradenton rode dominant pitching to a fourth straight victory over the Tampa Yankees on Friday night. Tyler Glasnow, Josh Smith and Bryton Trepagnier combined for 14 strikeouts in the win.

Glasnow mowed down 10 Yankees over 5 2/3 innings. The righty has struck out 10 or more batters in both of his starts against Tampa this season.

The Marauders scored once early and once late. Jordan Steranka singled with two outs in the first to drive in Max Moroff. Gourley doubled Bradenton's 1-0 lead in the eighth inning with a base hit to bring home Josh Bell. Bell went 3-for-4 on the night.

Trepagnier pitched the ninth inning, surrendering one run but striking out two to get the save.

Game two of the series is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at McKechnie Field. Shane Carle will make his first start of the season for the Marauders. The Yankees did not name a starter.

Youth baseball: Manatee 9-U team wins again

The Manatee All-Star 9-U team defeated Okeeheelee 9-4 in the Cal Ripken state tournament for the Southern Region at Heritage Harbour to advance to Saturday's winner's bracket final.

Manatee, which improved to 3-0 in the tournament, will meet Palm Beach Gardens at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Harbour. The winner will advance to the championship finals on Sunday.

The Manatee 11-U team was eliminated. It defeated Ocala 8-4 in the loser's bracket before falling 8-2 against North Tampa.

Also Friday, the Braden River Little League Intermediate Division team dropped an 8-7 decision against St. Cloud in eight innings at Wellington Little League. The squad will play its second contest in Pool A play at noon Saturday.

Golf: IMG to sponsor Junior World series

MANATEE -- IMG Academy announced it will assume title sponsorship of the Junior World Golf Championships hosted by the San Diego Junior Golf Association beginning in 2015.

The Junior World Golf Championships are a series of 12 individual stroke-play tournaments for boys and girls ages 6-17.

IMG also announced it will introduce a new match-play event, called the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Match Play Championship, to be played in December in Florida.

Tennis: Isner bounced in Hall of Fame quarters

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Seventh-seeded American Jack Sock and third-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Friday.

The 21-year old Sock, fresh off a doubles title at Wimbledon with Canadian Vasek Pospisil, defeated top-seeded and two-time Newport champion John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (4). The 33-year old Hewitt beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4.

ELSEWHERE -- Defending champion Fabio Fognini eased into the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Colombia's Santiago Giraldo. … Defending champion Carlos Berlocq upset top-seeded David Ferrer in a 6-3, 6-3 victory at the Swedish Open quarterfinals. … Andrea Petkovic reached her third semifinal of the season by defeating Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2 at the Gastein Ladies.

NFL: Vikes' Nealy suspended by league

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL has suspended Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Spencer Nealy for the first four games of next season for violating rules against performance-enhancing drugs.

The league announced the suspension on Friday. Nealy will not be paid during his suspension, but he is eligible to participate in all practices, offseason programs and preseason games.

Nealy was a member of the Vikings practice squad for six weeks last season. If he makes the team, he will be eligible for the Vikings' active roster on Sept. 29.

Cycling: Trentin wins Tour's 7th stage

NANCY, France -- Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after two top American hopefuls went down in the latest spills of a crash-marred edition this year.

Fellow Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. U.S. rider Tejay van Van Garderen, who crashed within the last 17 kilometers, was the big loser on the day -- with his fall costing him more than a minute in the title chase.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

The sun finally broke through clouds that had dumped rain over riders in recent days for the 234.5 kilometer (146 mile) ride from Epernay, the capital of Champagne country, to the eastern city of Nancy. It was the second-longest stage of the three-week race this year.

Trentin, a cheery 24-year-old who won a stage in the Tour of Switzerland earlier this year, beat Slovakia's Peter Sagan by what looked like no more than a centimeter or two on the finish-line photo of the final sprint.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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