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McIlroy and Woods deliver at British Open
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:04 PM

By DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

 

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.

A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.

Now if he can only find a way to get to the weekend.

McIlroy either set himself up for a good run at the claret jug or another dose of Friday failures. In what already has been an unusual year for golf, no trend is more mysterious than Boy Wonder going from awesome to awful overnight.

Six times in his last eight tournaments, he has had a nine-hole score of 40 or higher on Friday that has taken him out of the mix.

“It’s not like I’ve shot good scores in first rounds and haven’t backed them up before,” McIlroy said. “I’m used to doing that. I just haven’t done it recently. We’ll see what tomorrow brings and what weather it is and try and handle it as best I can.

“Hopefully, it’s just one of those things and I’m able to turn it around tomorrow.”

 
AP Source: Davis to Lakers for two years, $2 million
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:03 PM

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

LAS VEGAS — Ed Davis is on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, giving the changing Lakers frontcourt another athletic big man and Davis another chance to show what he can do.

Davis agreed to a 2-year, $2 million deal with the Lakers on Wednesday night, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. The deal includes a player option for the second season, giving him the chance to get back on the market quickly if things go well.

Toronto made Davis the 13th overall pick in 2010, hoping the forward would add a dynamic element to its frontcourt. He showed real flashes early on in his career, averaging 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in under 25 minutes per game during his rookie season.

Two years later, Davis was shipped to Memphis as part of the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Raptors and he struggled to find consistent playing time on a Grizzlies team loaded with talent and experience in the frontcourt. When the Grizzlies re-signed Zach Randolph this summer, it made Davis expendable.

The opportunity is there for him in Los Angeles. The Lakers are going through a period of transition, with long-time power forward Pau Gasol headed to Chicago and veteran center Chris Kaman gone to Portland.

The Lakers brought back veteran Jordan Hill and drafted Kentucky’s Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in June. But that’s about the extent of their depth in the frontcourt, so the opportunity is there for Davis to come in and make an impact.

After bringing back Hill and guard Nick Young and acquiring point guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with Houston, the Lakers used up nearly all of their cap room.

So squeezing in Davis for $2 million — a deal that was first reported by Yahoo! Sports — could be one of the bargains of the summer.

 
McGinnis new OHSAA Director of Officiating Development for Baseball
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:02 PM

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COLUMBUS – Five-time state baseball tournament umpire Dan McGinnis is the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s new Director of Officiating Development for baseball, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Beau Rugg has announced. McGinnis takes over for the retired Kyle McNeely, who held the post since 2009.

A native of Columbus, McGinnis was named Ohio’s 2013 Baseball Official of the Year. He is a past president of the Central Ohio Baseball Umpires Association and now serves on the Board of Directors of UMPS CARE Charities, a non-profit organization established by Major League Baseball umpires (www.umpscare.com).

Under Rugg’s leadership, McGinnis joins 11 other individuals who serve as the OHSAA Director of Officiating Development in their respective sport. The Directors serve as instructors, state rules interpreters, official’s observers, liaisons with local officials associations and consultants to the OHSAA. More information is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/officials/directors.htm

 
Lima Junior Golf Association
Written by Staff Reports   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:02 PM

McDonald’s Junior Series

Dick Clark Real Estate Open - Delphos Country Club - Par 71

Thursday’s Results

BOYS 12-13

1. Christian Nartker 42; 2. (tie) Cole Fletcher 45, Adam Gerker 45 and Ethan Harmon 45 (Fletcher wins a playoff for 2nd place); 3. Gavin Harmon 46; 4. (tie) Ryan Moody 48 and Austin Radcliff 48; 5. Jack Gerker 49; 6. Noah Brinegar 50; 7. (tie) Alivia Koenig 53 and Braydon Ruble 53; 8. (tie) Zane Fast 55 and Alex Wisser 55; 9. Grant Csukker 62.

BOYS 14-15

1. Collin Nartker 37-39-76; 2. Jake Smalley 38-38-77; 3. Jeffrey Knueve 41-39-80; 4. Sam Reed 41-41-82; 5. Jared Hernandez 48-38-86; 6. Austin Lucas 47-41-88; 7. Evan Baughman 42-47-89; 8. Eli Kuck 46-47-93; 9. Jacob Black 50-44-94; 10. Daniel Magowan 46-49-95; 11. Derek Klausing 47-51-98; 12. Troy Rindler 53-47-100; 13. Nick Guerrero 51-51-102; 14. Joey Miller 55-49-104; 15. Andrew Cook 54-54-108; 16. Robbie Buescher 62-47-109; 17. Cade McGarvey 58-54-112; 18. Sean Houston 62-56-118.

 
Golf Glance
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:17 PM

Associated Press

ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB OF ST. ANDREWS

BRITISH OPEN

Site: Hoylake, England.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: Royal Liverpool Golf Club (7,312 yards, par 72).

Purse: 5.4 million pounds ($9.24 million). Winner’s share: 975,000 pounds ($1.67 million).

Television: ESPN (Today-Friday, 4 a.m.-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Phil Mickelson won at Muirfield for his fifth major title, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 5-under 66. He finished at 3 under for a 3-stroke victory.

Last week: Justin Rose won the European Tour’s Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen for his second straight victory, holding off Kristoffer Broberg by two strokes. Rose won the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National at Congressional in his previous start. … Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, for his first PGA Tour title, beating Zach Johnson by a stroke. Harmon earned a spot at Hoylake.

Notes: Tiger Woods, the winner at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and Royal Liverpool in 2006, is making his second start since having back surgery March 31. He missed the cut three weeks ago at Congressional in his first event since Doral in early March. Woods won the last of his 14 major titles in the 2008 U.S. Open. … Mickelson is winless since his victory last year at Muirfield. … The tournament is the third major of the year. Bubba Watson won the Masters and Martin Kaymer took the U.S. Open. … Founded in 1869, Royal Liverpool is the second-oldest course in England. … The 2015 event will be played at St. Andrews. … The Canadian Open is next week at Royal Montreal. The European Tour will be in Moscow next week for the Russian Open.

Online: http://www.opengolf.com

 
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