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Stern sees Sterling saga ending well, lauds Silver
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


NEW YORK — Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league.

Stern said his successor, Adam Silver, has been "forceful" but also "demonstrated a compassionate side" in his reaction to the racist remarks that were made by the Los Angeles Clippers' owner.

"He's done great. He has been forceful, he has been reflective, he has been buttoned-down and I think he has also demonstrated a compassionate side as well," Stern told The Associated Press on Wednesday during a phone interview. "So I think it's going to end well."

Austin eager for fresh start with Browns
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


BEREA — Not too long ago, Miles Austin was on his way to becoming one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL.

But nagging hamstring injuries got in the way and the 2-time Pro Bowler was released by the Dallas Cowboys after last season.

He has a fresh start with the Browns, though. And through the first four days of camp, he's making the most of it.

Lima Junior Golf Association
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM
The Lima Junior Golf Association held its annual season-ending banquet Monday night at the Shawnee Country Club, site of the Tournament of Champions event held earlier. Special award-winners were Emily Knopf, center, girls Player of the Year for the second straight year — sweeping all 13 individual events on the tour for 2014 — and Grant Ricketts, second from right, the Oscar Scheufler Sportsmanship Award recipient as voted on by the players. Also in the picture — from left — is LJGA Tournament Director Mike Harmon, former association golfer and banquet speaker Michael Schmitmeyer and Scheufler, a long-time former tournament director. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

McDonald’s Junior Series

The Elks Invitational - Tournament of Champions - Shawneee Country Club (Par 36-36-72 - white)

Monday’s Results

BOYS 12-13

1. Austin

1 Radcliff 40; 2. (tie) Christian Nartker 41 and Ryan Moody 41 (Nartker defeats Moody in a playoff for 2nd); 3. Ethan Harmon 47; 4. Gavin Harmon 48; 5. Cole Fletcher 49; 6. Adam Gerker 51.

BOYS 14-15

1. Jeffrey Knueve 41-42-83; 2. Collin Nartker 42-43-85; 3. Sam Reed 47-39-86; 4. Jake Smalley 44-49-93; 5. Jared Miller 54-44-98; 6. Austin Lucas 49-51-100; 7. Jared Hernandez 46-55-101.

BOYS 16-18

1. (tie) Joshah Rager 38-40-78 and Spencer Stubbs 37-41-78 (Rager defeats Stubbs in a playoff for 1st); 3. Grant Ricketts 41-38-79; 4. (tie) Brady Garver 41-40-81 and Kaleb Kuhn 41-40-81; 5. Xavier Francis 39-43-82; 6. Britton Hensel 43-40-83; 7. Wesley Markward 40-49-89.

Ohio MLB Capsules
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press



CINCINNATI — Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run — a rare commodity for the Reds these days — leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

The Reds won for only the second time in 11 games since the All-Star break. The offense has been the biggest problem, scoring only 20 runs — by far the fewest in the majors over that span. Leake (8-9) pitched in that way, too.

His single off the glove of diving third baseman Martin Prado drove in a run in the second off Trevor Cahill (1-8), who has yet to win as a starter this season. Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena also had RBI singles off Cahill, who fell to 0-6 in seven starts this season.

A Reds lineup already missing first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips — both on the disabled list — also was without rightfielder Jay Bruce, who went on bereavement leave for his grandfather’s death.

Gordon eyeing 5th title after big Brickyard win
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


INDIANAPOLIS — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels.

He was the “Wonder Boy” who racked up wins at a record place. He brought the southern sport to Madison Avenue and became such a household name that even rapper Nelly name-dropped Gordon in a song.

Gordon won all the big races, collected four championships in seven years and had 58 victories before his 30th birthday.

Then his pace began to slow, the rest of the field caught up to him and Johnson moved into the Hendrick Motorsports shop as the new kid on the block. Gordon hasn’t won a title since, while Johnson has won five.

Now, 13 years after Gordon launched “The Drive for 5,” Gordon is on track to collect that elusive fifth title.

The Sprint Cup points leader won Sunday’s Brickyard 400, a race that often gives a preview of the championship. Nine times in 21 years, the winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway went on to hoist the Cup at the end of the year.