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Errani's 'cottage cheese' serve tops Venus at Open
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:42 PM


Associated Press


NEW YORK — A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation.

It showed a pair of former players and coaches, Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill, forecasting Friday at Flushing Meadows. Both picked Williams to win.

The 13th-seeded Errani's ears perked up particularly when Gilbert referred to her "cottage cheese" serve and predicted she'd win only four games.

Jays survive 2-OT battle vs Elida
Written by Larry Heiing   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:38 PM
St. John’s senior quarterback Nick Martz winds up to unleash a pass during the Blue Jays’ 2-OT victory over Elida Friday night at Stadium Park. (DHI Media/Kenny Poling)


DHI Media Correspondent

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DELPHOS — Whatever It Takes.

That’s the motto the St. John’s football seniors chose for the 2014 campaign. The motto is a perfect way to describe the opening game as the Blue Jays hosted the Elida Bulldogs Friday night at Stadium Park.

The contest turned into an emotional roller coaster as the game went into double overtime as the Jays pulled out the 40-34 victory.

Another motto the Jays could have picked was “Don’t Look Back” as Coach Todd Schulte and his players were growing weary of the talk about last year. The Blue Jays were fired up at the opening kickoff to prove all the critics wrong. Elida drove down the field on its opening drive as quarterback Logan Alexander completed a pass to Clark Etzler on 3rd-and-3. Two plays later, Alexander connected with Brian Upshaw for the 31-yard touchdown and the point-after by Garrett Brinkman gave the Bulldogs the early lead, 7-0.

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal
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Friday, August 29, 2014 8:33 PM

Associated Press


HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

This was a far cry from the brash driver known around the track as "Smoke."

Ninety minutes later, he climbed into his No. 14 car and sped toward the high-banked oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drawing a cheer from the crowd gathered around his garage. He quickly got up to speed, turning laps of nearly 190 mph, a racer back in his element.

Ready or not, Stewart is back on the track.

‘Cats open season with destruction of Tigers
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:30 PM
Jefferson junior Adam Rode finds open space near the goal line versus Waynesfield-Goshen Friday night in season-opening football action. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


DHI Media Sports Editor

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WAYNESFIELD — Chris Sommers wanted to send a statement in his first game as head football coach at Jefferson.

Message sent.

The Wildcats thoroughly dominated the first half versus Waynesfield-Goshen Friday night, leading to a 55-15 bashing of the Tigers in Waynesfield.

“That’s how we wanted to come out: playing physical and playing well. You worry about first-game jitters but we didn’t show any,” Sommers noted. “We wanted to establish the run — which we did — and be effective in the passing game. Defensively, we dominated the line of scrimmage and even got a score, which is always nice for those guys. It’s a blessing to be with these guys and this coaching staff for my first win.”

Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:28 PM

Associated Press


NORTON, Mass. — Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he'll take his lowest round of the season.

Palmer took only 21 putts and made birdie on half of his holes Friday on the TPC Boston, giving him an 8-under 63 and a 2-shot lead over Keegan Bradley after the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

"It was one of my best ones of the year, for sure," Palmer said.