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Hoyer, Manziel set to battle for Browns’ QB job
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:05 PM

Associated Press


BEREA — It’s time for football, Johnny.

After months of having his off-field behavior analyzed, scrutinized and criticized, Johnny Manziel will again be the center of attention.

This time, though, it won’t be for swigging champagne on an inflatable swan but during his first NFL training camp as he and Brian Hoyer battle for the Browns’ starting quarterback job.

The Hoyer-Manziel showdown will dominate camp until someone is named the winner and that decision from first-year coach Mike Pettine will not come until the third exhibition game (Aug. 23).

Manziel earned his “Johnny Football” nickname during a stellar career at Texas A&M, where his daring, dazzling scrambles and improvisational skills made him a college star. It’s probably not going to be nearly as easy for him at this level.

The Browns drafted Manziel in the first round, selecting him to hopefully end a decade-plus problem at the game’s most vital position. It may be only a matter of time before Manziel unseats Hoyer, a career backup who started three games last season before tearing his right knee ligament.

Hoyer enters camp with a slight lead in the starter’s competition. It’s up to him to keep it.

A lifelong Browns’ fan, Hoyer, who has full medical clearance, is determined to hold off Manziel. The pressure will be immense as every pass, incompletion, interception and touchdown will be viewed and examined by media members and thousands of fans, who had to register online just to be able to watch practices this summer.

Cleveland fans appear divided over Hoyer — the hometown hero — and Manziel, the fun-loving curiosity.

The Browns, too, will feel some heat — from fans, TV networks, advertisers — to push Manziel along.

Let the duel begin.

Delphos Minor League co-champs/Tourney runners-up
Written by Staff Reports   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:03 PM
The Pirates were the Delphos Minor League regular-season co-champions and Minor League Tournament runners-up. Members of the team are, front from left, Tanner Jones, Kevin Pohlman, bat boy Maddox Kroeger, Avery Schulte, Danny Schleeter, Lucas Grothaus and Braylon Scalf; and back, Assistant Coach Scott Scalf, Gavin Holdgreve, Eli Coil, Head Coach Randy Holdgreve, Mason Rowe, Jason Gillespie and Assistant Coach Josh Gillespie. (DHI Media/Amy Holdgreve).
NFC Central Previews
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

Lions will try to move on from 2013 collapse

DETROIT — It's been five years since Detroit drafted Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick and in that span, the Lions have progressed from miserable to maddening.

Needless to say, that's still not good enough.

"We think that our talent level is approaching a point where we should be contending — and we are not there now," general manager Martin Mayhew said.

Mayhew made that comment in December, when the Lions fired coach Jim Schwartz after a late collapse cost the team a playoff spot. Schwartz took Detroit to the postseason in 2011 but that was his only playoff appearance with the team — and amid heightened expectations, the Lions went 11-21 in the two years since.

So now Jim Caldwell is coaching the Lions and the front office is hopeful he can help Stafford take another step forward after a promising but uneven start to his career. The 26-year-old Stafford has thrown for more than 4,600 yards in each of the past three seasons but threw 19 interceptions in 2013, his most since his rookie season.

MLB Scores, Schedule
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:24 PM

Associated Press

National League

Monday's Results

L.A. Dodgers 5, Pittsburgh 2

San Francisco 7, Philadelphia 4

Miami 3, Atlanta 1, 10 innings

Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 2

Washington 7, Colorado 2

Detroit 4, Arizona 3

Seattle 5, N.Y. Mets 2

Tuesday's Results

Pittsburgh 12, L.A. Dodgers 7

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Miami 6, Atlanta 5

Chicago Cubs 6, San Diego 0

Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 3

Tampa Bay 7, St. Louis 2

Washington 7, Colorado 4

Detroit at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Ottoville’s Baker heads to AAU Junior Olympic Games
Written by Charlie Warnimont   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:13 PM


DHI Media Correspondent

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OTTAWA — Near the end of the junior high track season, Ottoville coach Shawn Knodell handed eighth-grade hurdler (Kimberly) Elyse Baker a piece of paper.

On that paper was information regarding the Putnam County Express summer track club. After looking over the information, Baker decided to give summer track a try. And it was a move that will have the Ottoville freshman-to-be headed to the AAU Junior Olympic games this week at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

After a solid spring season in the hurdle events for the Big Green junior high team, Baker qualified to the AAU national event in the 100- and 200-meter hurdles age group for 14-year-old females. She will compete on Monday in the 200 hurdles and Tuesday in the 100 hurdles.

She is the first Ottoville member of the Express track team to qualify for the national meet.

Baker qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics from a district meet at Elida and from the regional meet at Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati. At the regional, meet Baker needed to finish among the top eight runners to advance to the national meet, which she was able to accomplish in her first-ever AAU regional meet.