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Is the Apocalypse upon us?
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, April 05, 2014 8:00 PM

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I really hadn’t thought through last week’s decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board to allow football players at Northwestern University to form the first players union of college athletes.

Obviously, we haven’t heard the last of this case but it does open some different cans, so to speak.

If this case continues and it eventually is decided that, yes, college athletes can unionize, it will most definitely change the games of collegiate athletics forever — or at least for a while!

UConn and Florida meet again
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, April 04, 2014 8:20 PM

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — The last time Florida lost, there were still 23 shopping days until Christmas.

The Gators have won every game since that loss at Connecticut on Dec. 2. The teams meet again today in the Final Four. They both have changed and they both have stayed the same.

“They are high right now. They are playing great basketball. They are sharing the basketball. They are all playing hard. They haven’t lost since then. It will be really tough,” Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels said Friday. “We feel great. … I feel like nobody is playing harder than us right now. We are just out there having fun and not playing for ourselves, but playing for each other.”

Tires the talk of Texas ahead of Sunday’s race
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, April 04, 2014 8:19 PM


Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday’s race before a single lap had been turned.

Goodyear’s multi-zone tread tire is making its season debut at Texas, where speeds inched toward 200 mph in today’s opening practice session.

There was one major incident, 100 minutes into practice, when Kurt Busch wrecked hard into the outside wall. Busch, winner of last week’s race at Martinsville, appeared to blow a left rear tire before losing control of his Chevrolet and crashing.

His car caught fire and as his Stewart-Haas Racing team pulled out the backup, Busch said the left rear tire started to separate on the backstretch.

The left side tires being used at Texas are the same ones Goodyear has used at the last two races here.

The multi-zone tread tire combines two distinct rubber compounds on right-side tire, with the outside 10 inches of tread designed for traction, and the compound on the inside two inches is designed for durability.

Ohio MLB Friday results
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, April 04, 2014 8:17 PM

Swisher powers Indians to 7-2 win over Twins


Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher hit a 2-run homer in the sixth inning, two batters after Yan Gomes connected for a solo shot, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 home-opening win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Swisher’s homer off Mike Pelfrey (0-1) allowed the Indians to cap a day of pomp and pageantry as they celebrated Progressive Field’s 20th anniversary. Before the sixth, the Indians had been shut out by Pelfrey and were in danger of disappointing a sellout crowd that stuck around following a 2-hour, 13-minute rain delay and plummeting temperatures.

Indians reliever Josh Outman (1-0) recorded two outs after coming in for Danny Salazar in the sixth and got the win.

Swisher added an RBI double and Michael Brantley hit a 2-run single in Cleveland’s 4-run seventh that broke it open.

Chris Colabello homered for the Twins.

Jefferson 5th-grade tournament champions
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, April 04, 2014 8:15 PM
The Jefferson DYH boys fifth- and sixth-grade basketball teams participated in the 2014 Ottoville Shootout March 28-30. Both teams played hard and competed. The fifth-graders placed first in the Gold Division. The team is comprised of, front row, Caden Carder; second row, Nicholas Curth, Logan Gallmeier, Trent Teman, Troy Wolfe and Caleb Catlett; and third row, Josh Wiseman, Damon Wiltsie, Ian Wannemacher and Levo Rode. “We thank all our sponsors’ contributions that make these opportunities possible,” said coach Ed Smith. (Photo Submitted).