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Strahan goes from DE to TV to HOF
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:00 PM

By BARRY WILNER

Associated Press

 

Michael Strahan had one objective in mind when he came to the New York Giants as a second-round draft pick in 1993 out of Texas Southern.

“My goal when I first started was just to make a little money so I didn’t have to move back to my parents’ house,” he says. “I didn’t want to disappoint my parents. So that was my goal, to kind of just make my parents proud, make them happy, play as hard and just do the best I could do.”

The best he could do was pretty good: Strahan will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Strahan was the leader of a defense that stunned the undefeated Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl. He holds the single-season mark for sacks with 22 1/2 in 2001 — yeah, we know all about Brett Favre’s “dive” for the record-setting sack. He retired with 141 1/2 sacks, seven Pro Bowl appearances and four All-Pro team selections.

And while he was a game-changer on the field, he was making his mark elsewhere with his gregarious personality, gap-toothed smile and willingness to step out of his comfort zone. He became a regular in commercials, most notably for Subway.

Strahan easily moved from the field to the television studio after retirement and now is co-host of the “Live! With Kelly and Michael” morning show.

But he’s going into the Canton shrine because of his on-field achievements in 15 seasons, all with the Giants.

 
Langer wins Senior British Open by record 13 shots
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:00 PM

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BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open on Sunday for his fourth senior major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie.

The 56-year-old German closed with a 4-under 67 at sunny and breezy Royal Porthcawl to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of 65, 66 and 68.

“The golf course is unbelievably tough,” Langer said. “To have this weather for four days is unreal, it’s like playing in Florida with a bit of wind. The secret was I didn’t make too many mistakes and my driver was very good and my long putting was excellent, although not quite today as I was lacking a little. Perhaps my lead was too big.”

Montgomerie, the winner of the previous two senior majors, finished with a 69.

“This was a brute of a golf course with no wind, never mind with the wind,” Montgomerie said. “But what I would like to say is that Bernhard Langer’s performance here is one of the golfing performances of all time. And I’d like to say, Rory McIlroy and his group of friends, bring it on here. … Remarkable, remarkable play and all credit to him.”

Langer broke the Champions Tour record for margin of victory of 12 set by Hale Irwin in the 1997 Senior PGA, and almost doubled Bob Charles’ tournament record of seven strokes set at Turnberry in 1989. Langer also matched the tournament record for relation to par set by Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2003.

 
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
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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.

 
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