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Green-Ellis, Moorman among early wave of NFL cuts
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:56 PM

Associated Press

 

The Law Firm has closed up shop in Cincinnati.

Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was released by the Bengals on Friday, among a handful of players out of jobs — for now — as NFL teams started to trim their rosters to get down to the mandatory 53 players by this afternoon.

Green-Ellis was Cincinnati's top rusher the past two seasons,but the running back with the amusing nickname was made expendable once the Bengals drafted LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round in May. Cincinnati also waived linebacker Brandon Joiner, defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and quarterback Tyler Wilson.

 
No. 5 Ohio State launches season against Navy
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:50 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo found the routine of watching film of fifth-ranked Ohio State to be cause for consternation as today's season opener drew closer.

"It seems like every time I turn on the tape that team gets better," Niumatalolo said. "Ohio State has always gotten great players but Coach (Urban) Meyer has taken their recruiting to another level since he got there. There are phenomenal athletes at every position on the field."

Navy, in contrast, has only has a handful of players that were offered scholarships by other Football Bowl Subdvision schools. That explains in part why the Midshipmen are two-touchdown underdogs.

The Buckeyes have won 24 straight regular-season games and have national championship aspirations despite losing starting quarterback Braxton Miller to a season-ending shoulder injury.

 
Santana homers again in KC, helps Indians win
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:46 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Carlos Santana, who homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month, hit a 2-run homer as the Cleveland Indians topped the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Friday night.

The loss cut the Royals' lead to a half-game over Detroit in the AL Central.

Santana connected in the ninth inning for his 22nd home run, helped Cleveland win for the fifth time in six games.

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

By HOWARD FENDRICH

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)

By LARRY HEIING

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.

 
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