Locos clinch homefield advantage for playoffs

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The Lima Locos clinched homefield advantage for the playoffs after beating Muskegon 11-9 Sunday night. Peyton Berry (2-1) picked up the win in relief for the Locos and Kyle Sacher garnered the save. Berry pitched four innings and struck out five while walking five and giving up seven earned runs.

Offensively, Jackson Miller went 3 for 5 with five RBI and three runs scored and Tyler Tolve went 2 for 4 with 4 RBI. Tolve matched a Great Lakes Collegiate League record with 52 RBI for the season.

The Locos look to grab the best record in the league with a win Monday night.

Duncan back with Spurs as assistant coach

Tim Duncan is back with the San Antonio Spurs, this time as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich.

Duncan, the Spurs’ all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots — and the only player to be on all five of San Antonio’s NBA championship teams — officially returned to the franchise Monday. The Spurs, per their usual style, made the announcement in a very understated way, not even putting Duncan’s name in the headline of the news release.

“It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” Popovich said in the release.

Duncan didn’t even get top billing in the announcement. That went to Will Hardy, who will be taking on an expanded role as one of the Spurs’ assistant coaches. Hardy has been with the Spurs since 2010, working his way up from the video room at first.

“Will Hardy is a talented, young basketball mind who has earned a great deal of respect from everyone in the organization thanks to his knowledge, spirit and personality,” Popovich said.

The entirety of the Spurs’ description of Duncan in the release was this: “Duncan, a 1997 Wake Forest graduate, played 19 seasons with the Spurs before retiring in the summer of 2016.” No mention of his rings, his 15 All-Star nods, his three NBA Finals MVP awards, his two NBA MVP awards or anything else.

Duncan retired from playing three years ago, but has worked at times with San Antonio’s post players. He has long been one of Popovich’s favorites, even going back to 1997 in the days leading up to San Antonio taking Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in that year’s draft.

Popovich went to the Virgin Islands before that draft to get to know Duncan, and was immediately sold.

Colbert joins ONU staff

ADA — A familiar face is returning to the Ohio Northern football family. Former player Josh Colbert has been named an assistant and will coach wide receivers and special teams this fall.

“Obviously I wanted to get back to Ada since I left,” Colbert said. “This is the perfect opportunity. This was an opportunity to focus in on one sport. The stars kind of aligned.”

Colbert spent the last three seasons at Mount Union. He was an assistant coach with the track and field team for three seasons and was an assistant football coach for two seasons.

Prior to his stop in Alliance, Colbert was an assistant track and field coach and an assistant football coach at Cornell (Iowa) in 2014-15.

Tigers ink Jackson

DETROIT (AP) — Right-hander Edwin Jackson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers and will report to Triple-A Toledo.

The 35-year-old was 1-5 with an 11.12 ERA this season for Toronto, his record 14th major league team over a 17-year big career. The Blue Jays released him on Friday.

He was an All-Star with the Tigers a decade ago, threw a no-hitter the next year with Arizona and helped St. Louis win the World Series in 2011.

Detroit traded Jackson in 2009 as part of a three-team deal with the New York Yankees and Arizona, trades that brought right-hander Max Scherzer and outfielder Austin Jackson to the Tigers.

Detroit announced the deal Monday.

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