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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

COLUMBUS — The top high school quarterback in Ohio will remain in state.

Joe Burrow, a 3-star dual threat from Athens, announced Tuesday he has committed to Ohio State.

One of the most prolific quarterbacks in state history, the 6-4, 190-pound Burrow was named the Ohio Gatorade player of the year as a junior last season after throwing for 3,374 yards and 46 touchdowns and rushing for 585 yards and nine TDs. His 93 career passing touchdowns rank seventh all-time in Ohio.

Burrow, the son of longtime Ohio University defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow, is the third commitment in the Buckeyes‘ late-arriving Class of 2015. He also held offers from West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, and North Carolina State among others.

Burrow could have company at his position. The Buckeyes are expected to continue their pursuit of 5-star Florida quarterback Torrance Gibson, a 6-4 dual threat ranked by Scout.com as the 14th overall prospect in the Class of 2015. Gibson lists OSU among his favorite schools but is not expected to make his decision until taking all five of his allotted official visits in the fall.

TENNIS

PARIS — Much to her dismay, Li Na is familiar with this feeling.

She earns a Grand Slam championship, is heralded at home, then shows up at subsequent major tournaments and seemingly forgets how to win.

Happened in 2011, after her French Open triumph made her China's first player with a Grand Slam singles title. Happened again Tuesday, when Li was seeded second at Roland Garros but lost to someone ranked 103rd in the first round, not quite four months removed from winning the Australian Open.

Her 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 exit against Kristina Mladenovic of France in front a partisan crowd on a cloudy, windy Day 3 came about 16 hours after the men's Australian Open champion, third-seeded Stan Wawrinka, was beaten in Paris — making this French Open already unlike any Grand Slam tournament in history.

It's the first time that the men's and women's singles champions from the previous major lost in the first round.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who won in four sets Tuesday.

No. 13 Caroline Wozniacki, the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up, was beaten Tuesday, less than a week after her planned wedding to golf star Rory McIlroy was called off; No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, considered an up-and-coming threat by many, lost to Ivo Karlovic; two seeded men, No. 16 Tommy Haas and No. 21 Nicolas Almagro, quit during the first set because of injuries; and past Grand Slam titles winner Lleyton Hewitt also lost.

One person pleasantly surprised to finally feel what it's like to win in the first round is 66th-ranked Marinko Matosevic of Australia, who was 0-12 at Grand Slam tournaments before beating Dustin Brown of Germany 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-7 (1), 7-5.

 

NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart has driven a sprint car again, roughly 10 months after the accident that sidelined the 3-time NASCAR champion with a broken leg.

Stewart posted several pictures to his new Twitter account of a car he drove Monday. It's not clear where the test session occurred.

Stewart broke his leg in a crash in a sprint car race in Iowa last August that sidelined him until February preparations for NASCAR's season-opening Daytona 500.

Stewart wrote on Twitter that driving the car again "was a huge day for me." In reply to a fan, he acknowledges that he indeed had butterflies, "but it felt like an old pair of shoes."

He also posted that the car had safety improvements to the torque tube to prevent an injury like the one he suffered.

 

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