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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

Lions will try to move on from 2013 collapse

DETROIT — It's been five years since Detroit drafted Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick and in that span, the Lions have progressed from miserable to maddening.

Needless to say, that's still not good enough.

"We think that our talent level is approaching a point where we should be contending — and we are not there now," general manager Martin Mayhew said.

Mayhew made that comment in December, when the Lions fired coach Jim Schwartz after a late collapse cost the team a playoff spot. Schwartz took Detroit to the postseason in 2011 but that was his only playoff appearance with the team — and amid heightened expectations, the Lions went 11-21 in the two years since.

So now Jim Caldwell is coaching the Lions and the front office is hopeful he can help Stafford take another step forward after a promising but uneven start to his career. The 26-year-old Stafford has thrown for more than 4,600 yards in each of the past three seasons but threw 19 interceptions in 2013, his most since his rookie season.

 
MLB Scores, Schedule
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:24 PM

Associated Press

National League

Monday's Results

L.A. Dodgers 5, Pittsburgh 2

San Francisco 7, Philadelphia 4

Miami 3, Atlanta 1, 10 innings

Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 2

Washington 7, Colorado 2

Detroit 4, Arizona 3

Seattle 5, N.Y. Mets 2

Tuesday's Results

Pittsburgh 12, L.A. Dodgers 7

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Miami 6, Atlanta 5

Chicago Cubs 6, San Diego 0

Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 3

Tampa Bay 7, St. Louis 2

Washington 7, Colorado 4

Detroit at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

 
Ottoville’s Baker heads to AAU Junior Olympic Games
Written by Charlie Warnimont   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:13 PM
Baker

By CHARLIE WARNIMONT

DHI Media Correspondent

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OTTAWA — Near the end of the junior high track season, Ottoville coach Shawn Knodell handed eighth-grade hurdler (Kimberly) Elyse Baker a piece of paper.

On that paper was information regarding the Putnam County Express summer track club. After looking over the information, Baker decided to give summer track a try. And it was a move that will have the Ottoville freshman-to-be headed to the AAU Junior Olympic games this week at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

After a solid spring season in the hurdle events for the Big Green junior high team, Baker qualified to the AAU national event in the 100- and 200-meter hurdles age group for 14-year-old females. She will compete on Monday in the 200 hurdles and Tuesday in the 100 hurdles.

She is the first Ottoville member of the Express track team to qualify for the national meet.

Baker qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics from a district meet at Elida and from the regional meet at Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati. At the regional, meet Baker needed to finish among the top eight runners to advance to the national meet, which she was able to accomplish in her first-ever AAU regional meet.

 
Crestview’s Bolenbaugh to play hoops at ONU
Written by John Parent   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:10 PM
Tyson Bolenbaugh with parents Tim and Shelly, coach Jeremy Best and AD Dave Bowen. (DHI Media/John Parent)

BY JOHN PARENT

DHI Media Sports Editor

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CONVOY — Coming off its first state boys basketball championship, Crestview has now sent the third different member of that team to play at the next level.

Joining teammates Cameron Etzler and Damian Helm, fellow 2014 graduate Tyson Bolenbaugh made official his commitment to continue his athletic career in college. Bolenbaugh announced on Monday his intentions to attend Ohio Northern University and suit up for the Polar Bears men’s basketball team.

For the 6-5 post player, the decision to continue his studies at ONU was an easy one.

“It’s a really good school,” Bolenbaugh noted. “I’m going into civil engineering and they have a really good program there.”

The proximity of the Ada campus was also a draw for Bolenbaugh, who said he wanted to play somewhere that his parents and grandparents could come and watch.

 
NFC South Preview
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:10 PM

Associated Press

Saints again bring playoff expectations into 2014

NEW ORLEANS — Sean Payton constantly searches for an edge, even if it means fiddling with a training camp formula that has worked rather well for him over the past half-decade.

Payton has coached his club to the playoffs during his past four seasons on the sideline (excluding 2012, when he served his 1-season bounty ban).

All of those began with training camp at Saints headquarters in suburban New Orleans.

This week, camp opens more than 800 miles northeast of the Big Easy, at the posh Greenbrier Resort in mountainous White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

It marks the first time since 2008, Payton's third season as an NFL head coach, that the Saints have held camp away from home.

 
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