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Posted on July 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 21 at 7:02 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs, and Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games yesterday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that revolved around an early rain delay. The third-place Reds have won the first two games in the NL Central series, closing their gap with second-place Pittsburgh to two games.

CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA says the safety of its student athletes is among its core principles. The college sports association responded this week to a lawsuit that challenges its handling of head injuries. Attorneys asked a federal judge Friday to let them expand the lawsuit nationwide to include thousands of plaintiffs. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn says the association "has been at the forefront of safety issues."

JOILET, Ill. (AP) — Elliott Sadler says Regan Smith reached out to him this week, and the NASCAR drivers talked about their confrontation following last weekend's Nationwide race in New Hampshire. Sadler says he's still upset after Smith spun him around on a restart toward the end of last Saturday's race in Loudon. Next up for the championship contenders is the STP300 today at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, where Sadler is the defending champion.

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A 59-year-old man has died after completing a three-mile mud race in northwestern Indiana. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says Rick Richards of Michigan City was pronounced dead yesterday at Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso. The Mudathlon's website says it's a three-mile race through a muddy obstacle course.

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