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Depth, experience to key Beaver men’s soccer in ‘14
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:11 PM


BLUFFTON — With the 2014 season rapidly approaching, the Bluffton men’s soccer team will rely on its experience and depth as it prepares for another exciting campaign on the pitch.

A squad that includes 13 juniors and seniors, the Beavers are primed to leave it all on the field after battling through a 2013 season in which victories struggled to maintain pace with the effort.

Depth at all key positions has improved, most notably at keeper where four talented goal-stoppers will be tasked with keeping opponents out of the net. Athleticism across the board and team speed are also strengths of the 2014 Beavers as Bluffton will put pressure on the defense thanks to a group of fleet-footed attackers.

Local Golf Roundup
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:09 PM


Kalida golfers seize first in 17-team Paulding Invitational

DEFIANCE — Led by the tandem of Jeff Knueve and Collin Nartker — 74 and 75, respectively — the Kalida boys golfers secured the 17-team Paulding Invitational held Thursday at Auglaize Golf Club.

The Wildcats total of 310 bested Wauseon’s total of 323, despite the medalist 71 of Trevor Dominique.

Liberty Center was third at 332 with the 73 of Joel Studer.

Corbin Linder’s 78 led fourth-place Wayne Trace’s 333 team score.

Amongst local units, Jefferson’s 369 was ninth, with 90s from Ryan Bullinger and Zach Wannemacher.

Wesley Markward led 12th-place Ottoville (380) with a 74 and Brendon Schnipke added an 85.

Fort Jennings was 16th at 404, with Sam Vetter’s 93 the low man.

Kalida is in the Celina Invitational today (8:30 a.m.) at Fox’s Den, while Ottoville and Fort Jennings are in a PCL quad vs. host Miller City at Pike Run (9 a.m.) and Jefferson hosts an NWC quad 4 p.m. Monday.


Auto Racing Glance
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:08 PM

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Site: Brooklyn, Michigan.

Schedule: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (ESPN2, 11 a.m.-noon); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-4:30 p.m.).

Track: Michigan International Speedway (oval, 2.0 miles).

Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: AJ Allmendinger won on the road course at Watkins Glen for his first career Sprint Car victory. He drives for JTG Daugherty Racing.

Last year: Joey Logano won on fuel mileage. Kevin Harvick was second.

Fast facts: Tony Stewart sat out at Watkins Glen, a day after the 3-time Cup champion struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. under caution in a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York. Stewart hasn’t announced whether he’ll drive this weekend. … Race winners get first priority for the 16-driver Chase as long as they are in the top 30 in the standings and attempted to qualify for every race. With four regular-season races left, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski top the series with three victories. Harvick, Logano, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards each have two wins; Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch also have won. Earnhardt leads the standings, four points ahead of Gordon. … Johnson won at the track in June. … Keselowski is from Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Next week: Irwin Tools Night Race, Aug. 23, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee.


UNOH unveils new synthetic baseball infield
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:04 PM | Updated ( Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:48 PM )
The University of Northwestern Ohio unveiled its brand-new “Replicated Grass” baseball infield during a press conference Thursday afternoon at Racer Field. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio has a new look for its baseball field.

Instead of a dirt infield at the St. Rita’s Health Partners Complex on its western campus, the Racers — under the guidance of President Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis, the university board and Athletic Director Chris Adams — will have a brand-new “Replicated Grass” synthetic surface for the 2015 season.

“We are very excited about this project,” Adams remarked. “The new infield will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts, along with allowing us to complete more of our regular-season baseball games this spring.”


Sterling loses appeal to block LA Clippers sale
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:26 PM


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LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling's latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was rejected Wednesday by a California appeals court.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a brief order Wednesday ruling it couldn't halt a sale that had been completed.

"The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed," the court wrote. "Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay."