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5 sports storylines to watch this week

1. Battle for Ohio: The Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians battle for bragging rights with a four-game series split between the two cities. The Reds host Monday and Tuesday. The Tribe gets the next two in Cleveland on Wednesday and Thursday. Beavercreek High School graduate Justin Masterson is expected to take the mound on Wednesday. Masterson (7-3, 3.20 ERA) struggled in a rainy game against Boston on Friday. He allowed five runs on six hits over six innings, striking out five and walking one.

2. Lions vs. Crew, II: The Dayton Dutch Lions get a familiar opponent for their third-round match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Dayton travels to play the Columbus Crew in Crew Stadium 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Lions used a pair of late goals in the 78th and 79th minutes to stun the Crew 2-1 in last year’s third round, despite getting outshot 18-3. Dayton has won two straight in the Cup, while the Major League Soccer teams join the action for their first games.

3. Net gains: After two days of play, the championships for the adidas Warrior Soccer Classic will be decided today. More than 500 teams from nine states and Canada started play Saturday around the Miami Valley in one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the country. Championship games will be played starting at 8 a.m. and continuing through 11:30 a.m. at the Warrior Soccer Complex on Fishburg Road and Thomas Cloud Park in Huber Heights. The tournament brings in about $8 million to the Dayton area.

4. Prepping for state: The Miami Valley pins its high school tennis state championships on two singles players and one doubles team. Springboro’s Zach Berry advances to state as a district champion in Division I. Milton-Union sends Matt Brumbaugh and the doubles team of Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins in D-II. The tournament is Friday and Saturday at Ohio State. Baseball and softball crown regional champs by the end of the week and a handful of Miami Valley state title contenders are still alive. Track takes off with its regional meets, highlighted by this past weekend’s sectional sweeps by the Centerville and Wayne boys and girls teams in D-I.

5. Dragons return home: The Dayton Dragons return to Fifth Third Field for a lengthy homestand this week, and a chance to make a run into the upcoming All-Star break on a hot streak. Dayton hosts South Bend Tuesday through Thursday. Lake County visits Saturday through June 3.

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