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McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:11 PM



HOYLAKE, England — Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy.

On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.

“I’m immensely proud of myself,” McIlroy said after his 2-shot victory Sunday that was never really in doubt. “To sit here, 25 years of age, and win my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to a career Grand Slam … yeah, I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly.”

He had to work a little harder than he wanted for this one.

Staked to a 6-shot lead going into the final round, McIlroy turned back every challenge. He made two key birdies around the turn and delivered a majestic drive at just the right moment to close with a 1-under 71 and complete his wire-to-wire victory.

In another major lacking tension over the final hour, what brought The Open to life was the potential of its champion.

After nearly two years of turmoil, McIlroy looked like the kid who shattered scoring records to win the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional and who won the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a record eight shots a year later.

Boy Wonder is back. Or maybe he’s just getting started again.

Bourdais and Conway win in IndyCar doubleheader
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:10 PM



TORONTO — IndyCar ran two races in Toronto on Sunday, where rain wreaked havoc on both the schedule and driver strategy.

The series had planned to run one race Saturday and one on Sunday until rain washed out the first event.

It instead began Sunday morning, roughly five hours before the start of the second race, and won by Sebastien Bourdais. He broke a 52-race losing streak dating to 2007 in claiming a dominating win on the dry street course at Exhibition Place.

But the rain returned for the second race and IndyCar officials moved the start up 10 minutes in an attempt to run as much as possible in dry conditions. The sky eventually did open, the track became slick and drivers darted to pit road for rain tires.

When the track began to dry, Mike Conway gambled and made an early stop to remove his rain tires. A caution minutes later sent the bulk of the field to pit road to change their tires and Conway shot up the leaderboard.

Conway was fifth on the restart but his dry tires were far superior to the drivers still racing on rain tires, and he quickly moved through the field and into the lead. The race, which had been scheduled to run 65 laps or 80 minutes, whichever came first, then became a timed race.

A multi-car accident stopped the clock for a cleanup with 4 minutes, 32 seconds remaining, and set up one final restart. Conway pulled away on the restart and easily held off Tony Kanaan.

Ohio NFL Schedules
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

2014 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule

Sept. 7 at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Sept. 14 Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Sept. 21 Tennessee, 1 p.m.

'Decision II' not so 'ugly' as first
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:00 PM


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What to think about LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their owner, Dan Gilbert, who didn’t exactly endear himself to the King when he left the City by the Lake for sunshine in Miami?

How about this — take him for his word?

I remember I wasn’t exactly happy with LeBron leaving in the first place — even though I am not endeared by the Cavaliers, I don’t hate them — because I thought/hoped he might end up with my beloved Los Angeles Lakers — despite the selfishness of one Kobe Bryant.

My thoughts evolved on the matter over the years as I’ve gotten into my golden years — OK; not so golden years! I don’t think I hated LeBron as much as I hated what is happening throughout major pro sports with the money and such.

I am like a man trying to hold back the flood with a sponge!

I didn’t understand the hatred for the man for making an honest mistake in how his First Decision was presented; we are all human and he profusely apologized for how he did it.

I took him for his words — eventually.

McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:35 PM )

Associated Press


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy looks as if he has just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open and it was only Saturday.

When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist.

He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour.

And suddenly, the biggest challenge facing the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland was reminding himself that he had one more round left.