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TinCaps rally in 9th, avoid sweep in Iowa

The TinCaps went down to the wire to avoid a three-game sweep in Clinton, Iowa.

Fort Wayne rallied for four runs with two outs in the top of the ninth to defeat Clinton 7-3 at Ashford University Field on Tuesday.

The TinCaps’ Jace Peterson broke a 3-3 tie by driving in Matthew Colantonio with a single, and Justin Miller added another run to the lead with an RBI single. Casey McElroy doubled to center field to bring Peterson and Miller.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the TinCaps (7-12), who return to Parkview Field for a six-game homestand starting today against Burlington.

Clinton (7-12) scored in the first inning only to let the TinCaps tie the game in third. The LumberKings went up 3-1in the fourth, but Fort Wayne tied the game again with two runs in the sixth.

John Barbato (2-0) picked up the win giving up one hit and no runs in two innings of relief for starter Matthew Wisler, who gave up three runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings.

Trevor Miller (1-1) took the loss for Clinton, giving up four runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Auto racing

Rahal team adds 2nd Indy driver

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing says Michel Jourdain Jr. will return to the team for the Indianapolis 500. Jourdain, who is from Mexico City, has competed in only one Indy 500, in 1996, when he finished 13th. The team had announced in March that Italian driver Luca Filippi would be with the team for the Indy 500 in what would be his first season in an American-based racing series.

Lotus drops teams

Lotus has released Bryan Herta Autosport and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing from its IndyCar engine contracts. The struggling engine manufacturer cleared the way for the two teams to align with either Chevrolet or Honda. This season is the first in seven years of multiple engine manufacturers, and Lotus has lagged behind.

Forbes: NASCAR driver is tops

Forbes’ annual ranking of America’s Most Influential Athlete has placed NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson at the top of the list for the second consecutive year. The rankings are done by public opinion polling. Forbes says Nielsen and E-Poll surveyed over 1,100 adults about dozens of well-known athletes to measure their likeability and whether they are considered influential to marketers. This year, six of the 10 featured on the list are NFL quarterbacks, including Peyton and Eli Manning, as well as Tim Tebow, who debuted last year at No. 10, but is now second. Five-time NASCAR champion Johnson was joined on the list by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who slipped from third to seventh, while teammate Jeff Gordon dropped off completely.

Basketball

Thunder reserve remains out

The Oklahoma City Thunder are still waiting for top reserve James Harden to be cleared after he took an elbow to the head from the Lakers’ Metta World Peace and suffered a concussion. Coach Scott Brooks said Harden had not yet been cleared. He wouldn’t say whether he would play Harden if doctors allow it, or if he’d hold him out as a precaution.

Luers senior picks Western Michigan

Bishop Luers senior Miracle Woods has made a commitment to the Western Michigan women’s program after a home visit. Woods averaged 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds last year. Woods led the Knights to three straight Class 2A state championship games, winning the 2011 title.

Hockey

Red Wings veteran mum on comeback

The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom said he plans to decide by July 1 whether to return to the Red Wings or retire. He believes his body can hold up for another season but isn’t sure if he’ll be mentally motivated enough to play again. Tomas Holmstrom insists he’s not leaning toward calling it a career or coming back because he has taken a beating in front of the net for 15 seasons.

Horse racing

Baffert adds another for Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert says he’s entering Liaison in the Kentucky Derby, giving the Hall of Famer two horses in the field of 20. Liaison, sired by Indian Charlie, is coming off a string of poor performances in Santa Anita, Calif. The 3-year-old bay colt hasn’t finished in the top three of any race so far in 2012 after winning the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in December.

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