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Browns LB Mingo hoping bigger is better in Year 2
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 27, 2014 7:40 PM )

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BEREA — Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo is banking on bigger being better after a rookie year that started fast and then sort of fizzled.

He’s been bulking up this offseason, ready to fit in with the faster and stronger of the NFL.

As the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Mingo made an instant impact for the Browns, flying all over the field and registering a sack in each of his first three games. But just as quickly, he disappeared from the stat sheet, recording only two more sacks the rest of the season.

Mingo now weighs in the upper 230s.

“Last year, I learned a lot of lessons - stuff that you can’t draw on the board,” Mingo said Sunday. “I feel like I’m using that this year to help me be a better player.”

It’s not just overcoming the stigma of being undersized. With a new coaching staff in place, Mingo is also adapting to new responsibilities in a revamped defense.

 
Anderson captures Fricke Memorial Thunderstock Select
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:00 PM
Max Stambaugh (6) tries to fend off teammate J.R. Stewart during the sprint feature at Limaland Friday night. (DHI Media/Mike Campbell Photos)

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LIMA – It was an evening that featured the Budweiser Thunderstocks division at Limaland Motorsports Park Friday night and for spectators of the heat races earlier in the night, it came as little surprise that Tony Anderson and Lima’s Jeff Koz took top honors in the “money” races to cap off the program.

Defending division champio Anderson moved to the front through the early stages of the 10-lap Fricke Memorial and held off challenges from both Koz and fellow frontrunner Tim Cole. Anderson piloted his number 22T machine flawlessly around the high-banked ¼-mile oval, as he has done many times previously, and rolled to the coveted checkered flag.

“This was a good field of stock cars out here tonight,” noted Anderson afterward. “The top of the track isn’t my usual domain but the car was working well up there so you do what you have to in order to compete and win. I’m really grateful for my crew, sponsors and family.”

Earlier in the race program, it was Koz that dominated in winning the Thunderstocks regular 15-lap feature. A pair of mid-race caution flags didn’t slow his progress as he led the field from flag to flag after starting from the front row.

“It a fast race track again tonight and this car loves fast, tacky tracks,” said Koz. “This win goes to Dean Miracle. I drive his modified and his mom is in the hospital so we’re thinking of them.”

 
It’s ‘Jeff Gordon Day’ at Indy for record 5th time
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:00 PM

By JENNA FRYER

Associated Press

 

INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.

Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

Gordon’s first win came before the celebratory kissing of the Yard of Bricks was en vogue, before he became a household name, while Sprint Cup Series rookies Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon were still in diapers. Now a family man with an aching back, Gordon used Sunday to show he’s still at the top of his game.

“If you can do it here, you can do it anywhere,” said Gordon, who has led the Sprint Cup Series standings for 13 of the last 14 weeks. “It’s certainly going to be a huge confidence boost for this team. We recognize the significance of this.

“We saw we were points leaders, we won at Kansas but I don’t know if we believed we were capable of winning this championship this year. We do now.”

To prove it to himself, to his Hendrick Motorsports team and to his ardent fan base, Gordon needed a vintage close to Sunday’s race.

 
Metcalfe's Musings — The more things change …
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:01 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 27, 2014 7:41 PM )

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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I just hate when I am right.

Actually, not really, but I have to be humble about this.

I refer to my column a few weeks back regarding the pressure being put to bear on Washington Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder to change to name of his NFL team to — whatever.

Now, the Atlanta Braves apparently are in the hot seat about their nickname/mascot.

What did I tell you?

 
Hall call: Thomas, Glavine and Maddux enter shrine
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Friday, July 25, 2014 9:02 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Frank Thomas was always driven to excel and that sure served him well.

"I was never that blue-chip prospect," he said. "I had to outwork my opponents."

Hard to imagine now that Thomas was ever anything except a huge star.

For Thomas, the 6-5, 240-pound former Chicago White Sox slugger known as the Big Hurt, life has come full circle — from awe-struck rookie in 1990 to baseball royalty.

 
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