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Buckeyes think they have more, better linebackers
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:26 PM


Associated Press


COLUMBUS — Joshua Perry says he's ready for his closeup.

The Ohio State linebacker played well while learning the job a year ago. Now he's being counted on heavily to replace first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier and shepherd several new players through their first season with the fifth-ranked Buckeyes.

Perry is being counted on to fill in for last year's leading tackler, Ryan Shazier, who was taken with the No. 15 pick in the first round of the NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Urban Meyer has already challenged Perry. Meyer believes the linebacking crew is improved but just how much depends on the strides made by the junior from suburban Columbus.

Bengals' task: Win playoff game or else
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:23 PM


Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Even if the Bengals reach the playoffs for an unprecedented fourth straight season, it'll be considered mostly irrelevant unless they win at least one more.

Harsh but accurate.

The defending AFC North champions are in what amounts to uncharted territory for their franchise. They've put together the best streak of regular-season success since their debut in 1968, reaching the playoffs three years in a row.

Browns head into season with hope, Manziel on deck
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:18 PM


Associated Press


CLEVELAND — The Browns, unspeakably miserable for years, have a major buzz about them. It may soon become deafening.

The Dawg Pound is barking — and some of its more rabid members are begging — for Johnny Manziel.

With starter Brian Hoyer on the sideline wearing a baseball cap and watching last week, Manziel, the Browns' rookie quarterback with the quick feet, rocket arm and penchant for partying, scrambled, pump-faked and launched himself into the end zone for his first touchdown as a pro.

Cougs outlast Jays in volleyball
Written by Larry Heiing   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:04 PM
Van Wert’s Amanda Coplin sets up for the return over the block of Jessica Geise of St. John’s Monday night at Arnzen Gymnasium. (DHI Media/Larry Heiing)


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DELPHOS — The climate inside the Robert A. Arnzen gymnasium felt more suited for a sand volleyball match than a high school matchup between the Van Wert Cougars and St. John’s Monday night.

In fact, the 85-degree temperature at match time made the gym floor slippery like a skating rink with the high humidity levels and excess sweat during the 5-set non-league matchup.

The Jays won the first two sets 25-22 and 25-23 before Van Wert rallied to win the last three 25-21, 25-15, 15-11.

The Lady Jays jumped out to 13-8 lead in the opening game and extended the lead with aces on serves by sophomore Jessica Geise and freshman Ellie Csukker. Van Wert stopped the St. John’s rally with a kill by Landrie Koontz and a pair of unforced errors by the Jays brought the visitors within one at 18-17. After a Van Wert return went into the net, the Cougars took the lead on back-to-back kills by Koontz and an ace serve by their Libero. With the score knotted at 22, the Jays recorded the final three points on an ace by Colleen Schulte, a little tapper by Geise and the set-winner with Rebekah Fischer’s kill shot to win 25-22.

Cavaliers — finally — open with shutout of Lady Jays
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:01 PM
St. John’s freshman Marie Mueller battles with Coldwater’s Morgan Grunden for ball possession during Tuesday night’s WOSL girls soccer matchup at the St. John’s Annex. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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DELPHOS — Coldwater’s girls soccer crew had two matches postponed last week due to weather, so the Lady Cavaliers were looking forward to their inaugural Western Ohio Soccer League matchup versus St. John’s at the St. John’s Annex.

Even that was threatened as lightning and thunder forced a 1- hour, 45-minute delay.

When the match finally began, the Cavaliers won 2-0.

“I don’t know if it was the delay or the fact that it was the second day of school but we just didn’t have the intensity I expected today,” first-year St. John’s coach Katrina Hammons explained. “I just expected more today. I think we defended pretty well overall but they have a solid front line, especially with No. 1 (Maura Hoying) and 12 (Erica Sudhoff); if you give them an inch, they take a mile. They are a tough matchup, especially because they are so much deeper.”

For Coldwater coach Scott Brinkman, it was a relief to finally get a match in.

“We had the two matches we didn’t have and it didn’t look promising tonight. We’ve had a couple of key injuries early — Holly Rindler (a senior) is done for the season with an ACL injury and our starting keeper, Alanna Severt, broke her collarbone,” he explained. “Because of some other things, this was the first time we’ve had these 11 girls together and I was a bit nervous. We played very well and I was pleased with that.”

Coldwater — with 34 players on the roster — owned the ball possession, registering 16 shots on-goal to a mere five for the Lady Blue Jays (0-1-1).

Still, the young and thinner Jays — 18 players — held on behind the solid play of senior goalkeeper Sam Wehri (12 saves, several of the diving and scrambling variety) — returning from a pre-season injury.

The Jays did have six corner kicks to two for the guests.