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Southern HOF class of 2019

SALINEVILLE — The Salineville-Southern Athletic Hall of Fame will induct athletes Todd Brammer (Class of 1979), Jim Hickman (1991), Tyler Clemens (2002) and Cody Warnock (2007) as part of its class of 2019. The induction breakfast will take place at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15. Members will be introduced at halftime of the football game the previous evening.

Capps off to a good start

NORWALK (AP) — Ron Capps led Funny Car qualifying Friday night in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

Capps had a 3.879-second pass at 329.18 mph in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

“Conditions here are always good when the sun goes down,” Capps said. “(Rahn Tobler, crew chief) put the rear spoiler down and did things outside his box he normally does. It was kind of neat to see that we were either going to go to the pole or smoke the tires but he was going to try and that’s always fun.”

Brittany Force led in Top Fuel, Deric Kramer in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Force had a 3.712 at 328.38, Kramer ran a 6.559 at 210.18 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Krawiec had a 6.844 at 197.08 on a Harley-Davidson.

Naquin’s defense leads Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning, right fielder Tyler Naquin made a game-saving play in the ninth, and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Kipnis’ triple — which was initially ruled a home run, a call that was overturned after a replay review — and Jake Bauers’ sacrifice fly put Cleveland ahead 7-5, but the ninth inning had plenty of drama.

JaCoby Jones led off with a double off closer Brad Hand, the Indians’ fifth reliever, and scored on Christin Stewart’s single. Nicholas Castellanos sent a sinking liner to right-center, and Naquin made a diving catch, got to his feet and threw to first for a double play.

Miguel Cabrera popped out to end it, giving Hand his 21st save in 21 opportunities. Adam Cimber (3-2) retired two batters on six pitches in the eighth.

JosÈ RamÌrez led off the eighth with a bunt single off Joe JimÈnez (2-5). Kipnis drove a 3-2 pitch to center, and Jones attempted to make a leaping catch, but the ball bounced back into the field of play.

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