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AP Source: Davis to Lakers for two years, $2 million
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:03 PM



LAS VEGAS — Ed Davis is on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, giving the changing Lakers frontcourt another athletic big man and Davis another chance to show what he can do.

Davis agreed to a 2-year, $2 million deal with the Lakers on Wednesday night, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. The deal includes a player option for the second season, giving him the chance to get back on the market quickly if things go well.

Toronto made Davis the 13th overall pick in 2010, hoping the forward would add a dynamic element to its frontcourt. He showed real flashes early on in his career, averaging 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in under 25 minutes per game during his rookie season.

Two years later, Davis was shipped to Memphis as part of the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Raptors and he struggled to find consistent playing time on a Grizzlies team loaded with talent and experience in the frontcourt. When the Grizzlies re-signed Zach Randolph this summer, it made Davis expendable.

The opportunity is there for him in Los Angeles. The Lakers are going through a period of transition, with long-time power forward Pau Gasol headed to Chicago and veteran center Chris Kaman gone to Portland.

The Lakers brought back veteran Jordan Hill and drafted Kentucky’s Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in June. But that’s about the extent of their depth in the frontcourt, so the opportunity is there for Davis to come in and make an impact.

After bringing back Hill and guard Nick Young and acquiring point guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with Houston, the Lakers used up nearly all of their cap room.

So squeezing in Davis for $2 million — a deal that was first reported by Yahoo! Sports — could be one of the bargains of the summer.

McGinnis new OHSAA Director of Officiating Development for Baseball
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:02 PM



COLUMBUS – Five-time state baseball tournament umpire Dan McGinnis is the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s new Director of Officiating Development for baseball, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Beau Rugg has announced. McGinnis takes over for the retired Kyle McNeely, who held the post since 2009.

A native of Columbus, McGinnis was named Ohio’s 2013 Baseball Official of the Year. He is a past president of the Central Ohio Baseball Umpires Association and now serves on the Board of Directors of UMPS CARE Charities, a non-profit organization established by Major League Baseball umpires (www.umpscare.com).

Under Rugg’s leadership, McGinnis joins 11 other individuals who serve as the OHSAA Director of Officiating Development in their respective sport. The Directors serve as instructors, state rules interpreters, official’s observers, liaisons with local officials associations and consultants to the OHSAA. More information is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/officials/directors.htm

Lima Junior Golf Association
Written by Staff Reports   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:02 PM

McDonald’s Junior Series

Dick Clark Real Estate Open - Delphos Country Club - Par 71

Thursday’s Results

BOYS 12-13

1. Christian Nartker 42; 2. (tie) Cole Fletcher 45, Adam Gerker 45 and Ethan Harmon 45 (Fletcher wins a playoff for 2nd place); 3. Gavin Harmon 46; 4. (tie) Ryan Moody 48 and Austin Radcliff 48; 5. Jack Gerker 49; 6. Noah Brinegar 50; 7. (tie) Alivia Koenig 53 and Braydon Ruble 53; 8. (tie) Zane Fast 55 and Alex Wisser 55; 9. Grant Csukker 62.

BOYS 14-15

1. Collin Nartker 37-39-76; 2. Jake Smalley 38-38-77; 3. Jeffrey Knueve 41-39-80; 4. Sam Reed 41-41-82; 5. Jared Hernandez 48-38-86; 6. Austin Lucas 47-41-88; 7. Evan Baughman 42-47-89; 8. Eli Kuck 46-47-93; 9. Jacob Black 50-44-94; 10. Daniel Magowan 46-49-95; 11. Derek Klausing 47-51-98; 12. Troy Rindler 53-47-100; 13. Nick Guerrero 51-51-102; 14. Joey Miller 55-49-104; 15. Andrew Cook 54-54-108; 16. Robbie Buescher 62-47-109; 17. Cade McGarvey 58-54-112; 18. Sean Houston 62-56-118.

Golf Glance
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:17 PM

Associated Press



Site: Hoylake, England.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: Royal Liverpool Golf Club (7,312 yards, par 72).

Purse: 5.4 million pounds ($9.24 million). Winner’s share: 975,000 pounds ($1.67 million).

Television: ESPN (Today-Friday, 4 a.m.-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Phil Mickelson won at Muirfield for his fifth major title, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 5-under 66. He finished at 3 under for a 3-stroke victory.

Last week: Justin Rose won the European Tour’s Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen for his second straight victory, holding off Kristoffer Broberg by two strokes. Rose won the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National at Congressional in his previous start. … Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, for his first PGA Tour title, beating Zach Johnson by a stroke. Harmon earned a spot at Hoylake.

Notes: Tiger Woods, the winner at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and Royal Liverpool in 2006, is making his second start since having back surgery March 31. He missed the cut three weeks ago at Congressional in his first event since Doral in early March. Woods won the last of his 14 major titles in the 2008 U.S. Open. … Mickelson is winless since his victory last year at Muirfield. … The tournament is the third major of the year. Bubba Watson won the Masters and Martin Kaymer took the U.S. Open. … Founded in 1869, Royal Liverpool is the second-oldest course in England. … The 2015 event will be played at St. Andrews. … The Canadian Open is next week at Royal Montreal. The European Tour will be in Moscow next week for the Russian Open.

Online: http://www.opengolf.com

Hendrick and Penske headed for tight title fight
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:16 PM


Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hendrick Motorsports seems to have the edge, at least on paper, in the race with Team Penske for the top organization in NASCAR.

Hendrick has three drivers ranked in the top five of the Sprint Cup Series standings and Jeff Gordon has been the points leader for 12 of the last 13 races. Combined, Hendrick drivers have six victories this season.

Team Penske has both its drivers in the top nine in points, with Brad Keselowski charging hard after Gordon’s lead. Keselowski’s victory last week at New Hampshire was his third of the season, tying him for the most in the series with Jimmie Johnson.

With only seven races until the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship begins, it’s shaping up to be a Hendrick vs. Penske battle for the title.

“You’ve got the Ford versus Chevy and both organizations seem to be on top of their game right now,” Gordon said. “To me, there’s that competitive rivalry that we have among all our competitors, and when one rises to the top, then they put a target on their back and you go after it, and you have that sort of rivalry.”

But Gordon doesn’t want to be drawn into a personal rivalry with the Penske organization or drivers Keselowski and Joey Logano.

“There’s been a little bit here and there but you know, I think Brad certainly doesn’t mind a little controversy and stirring it up as we’ve seen social media wise and just in the media,” Gordon added. “For us, it’s just going about our business trying to be the best that we possibly can and those guys seem to be the teams to beat right now.

“If there’s any rivalry, it’s just that we’re working hard to go out there and be the most competitive team out there.”