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Ohio State good but must patch O-line, secondary
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:16 PM


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COLUMBUS — So Urban Meyer and his wife were coming back from the victory at rival Michigan last season and he turned and asked a question.

“In your wildest dreams, could you have imagined we’d win our first 24 games at Ohio State?” he asked.

Shelley Meyer thought a second and then replied, “Honey, you’re not in my wildest dreams.”

Regardless of whether that tale, told by Meyer at a women’s clinic this summer, is true, there’s no question that he could hardly believe his tenure with the Buckeyes opened with two dozen wins — or that last season would close with two painful losses.

Now 2014 beckons with a couple of units needing major overhauls — and a franchise quarterback in Braxton Miller returning for a final hurrah.

Browns starting Hoyer, not Manziel, vs. Redskins
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:14 PM


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CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer has held off rookie Johnny Manziel for at least another week.

Browns coach Mike Pettine has chosen Hoyer to start at quarterback ahead of Manziel in Cleveland’s second exhibition game on Monday night at Washington against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins.

Pettine’s decision is somewhat surprising since he has stated that the quarterback competition is “open” and Hoyer started the preseason opener last week at Detroit. Pettine has said the two quarterbacks will share the snaps with Cleveland’s first-team offense against the Redskins.

Thompson, Lee share LPGA Championship lead
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:13 PM

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Tall and fit with all those Instagram photos to prove it, long-hitting Lexi Thompson figured she might have an edge on the LPGA Championship’s new course.

She did.

Thompson and South Korea’s Meena Lee shot 6-under-66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s fourth major championship of the season.

OHSAA Board of Directors meeting highlights
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:12 PM


COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday for its regularly-scheduled August meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted later at

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.