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McIlroy wins PGA in thrilling show on soggy turf
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy and he was better than ever to win the PGA Championship.

On a back nine filled with as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a 4-man battle with flawless golf to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness Sunday at Valhalla and capture his second straight major.

McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s greatest players.

Boy Wonder appears on his way to belonging in that group.

“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this,” said McIlroy, only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year. “I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today.”

But one of the greatest shows on soggy turf came with a most peculiar ending.

McIlroy hit a 9-iron from a fairway bunker on the 17th hole to 10 feet and made the birdie putt to take a 2-shot lead to the par-5 18th. Because of a 2-hour rain delay, darkness was falling quickly and it wasn’t certain McIlroy would be able to finish.

He was allowed to tee off even before Mickelson and Rickie Fowler had reached their golf balls in the fairway. Both were only two shots behind and still in the game. McIlroy came within a yard of hitting into a hazard right of the fairway. Mickelson and Fowler had to stand to the side of the green to allow McIlroy to play his second shot.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland hit into a bunker and had to 2-putt from 35 feet for a 1-shot win.

Moments earlier, Mickelson came within inches of chipping in for eagle. He settled for a 6-under 66 and a runner-up for the ninth time in a major. Fowler, the first player in history to finish in the top five at all four majors without winning, also had a chance with a long eagle putt. He missed badly, then missed the short birdie putt.

Fowler closed with a 68 and tied for third with Henrik Stenson, who also had a share of the lead until missing a 3-foot par putt on the 14th putt. He never recovered from that and shot 66.

McIlroy finished at 16-under 268. The victory was his third in a row, following the British Open and World Golf Championship event last week at Firestone.

 
Allmendinger takes somber win at Watkins Glen
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — AJ Allmendinger’s journey is almost complete.

With a new contract, sponsor extensions and a solid one-car team at JTG Daugherty Racing, Allmendinger became a winner in Sprint Cup for the first time on a somber Sunday, outdueling Marcos Ambrose in the final two laps at Watkins Glen International.

The day began on a solemn note when 3-time Cup champion Tony Stewart pulled out of the race 12 hours after he struck and killed 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. in a race after Ward climbed from his car on a small dirt track in nearby Canandaigua.

Allmendinger offered his condolences to the Ward family after he won, saying, “We’re a community here, we’re thinking about you.

“It’s a tough time for everybody. This NASCAR community, as a whole, we’re a family. When anything like that happens, it’s something that you don’t get time to erase and forget about. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Ward family and what happened.

“And it also goes to Tony. It’s not like he’s sitting there and forgetting about it.”

In a statement released during the race by a spokesman, Stewart wrote: “There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Regan Smith drove Stewart’s car and finished 37th after having to start from the back of the 43-car field and getting caught in a late accident.

It was the second straight time Stewart missed the race at The Glen, where he has a NASCAR-record five victories. Last year, he broke his leg in a sprint car accident in Iowa days before the Cup race and missed the rest of the season.

 
Simon struggles again, Reds lose to Marlins 4-3
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 10:50 PM

By JOE KAY

Associated Press

 

CINCINNATI — Alfredo Simon hasn't won since his first All-Star selection. The rest of the Cincinnati Reds aren't doing all that much better.

Brad Penny rejoined the Marlins for the first time in 10 years and pitched five solid innings to get a notable win Saturday night, 4-3 over Simon and the slumping Reds.

Cincinnati is 8-14 since the All-Star break, leaving the Reds stranded in fourth place in the NL Central. Simon went into the break with a 12-3 mark but is 0-4 with a no-decision since then. Four times, he's gone five innings or less.

 
Metcalfe's Musings — I can only imagine …
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:20 PM )

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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I cannot imagine taking a two MONTHS to walk 135 miles — doing so two miles every day.

What does this have to do with the price of eggs in China, you say?

Have no fear, my ever-growing legion of readers — according to jimmetcalfeisthegreatestwhowas/is/everwillbe.com, a NOT self-named readership polling web site, it’s up to 120,213 — I will cut to the chase.

I refer to the item I ran across a couple of weeks ago about a Cincinnati man — Harvey Lewis — who won the pedestrian, ho-hum, walk-in-the-park, nothing-to-it 135-mile Badwater 123 Ultramarathon running race.

It was also held in some spa-like place called Death Valley, Calif.

It has been run in altitudes up to 10,000 feet and in temperatures as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Yawn!!!!

It only took him slightly less than 24 hours.

Approximately 100 people ran in this race — race? I guarantee you, it was not a sprint! — and 14 did not finish.

Wimps!

It was his fourth time in this event the last four years.

 
Wildlife Ohio
Written by Information Submitted   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM

Wildlife News

FROM THE ODNR

Drawing to be held for blind locations at Mosquito Creek Reservoir

AKRON – A drawing will be held for Mosquito Creek Reservoir waterfowl blind locations at 9 a.m. August 16.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Mosquito Creek hunter check station/headquarters located at 8303 North Park Ave. in Bloomfield.

Applicants must be present at the time of the drawing, must exhibit their 2014 hunting license and provide their customer identification number when registering.

Individuals who are drawn for a blind location will have 45 days in which to construct a blind on the designated location. All blinds must bear a tag with the name and address of the owner and must be removed within 30 days of the close of waterfowl season.

Call Wildlife District Three headquarters in Akron at (330) 644-2293 with questions.

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Youth fishing opportunity at Magee

OAK HARBOR - Anglers 15 and under can still fish on Saturdays in August at the designated Youth Fishing Pond at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, according to the Division of Wildlife.

Loaner equipment and bait will be provided and a DOW staff member will be available to assist, all free of charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

Only youth age 15 and under are allowed to fish in the pond located around the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center; they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Young anglers may catch as many fish as they want but may keep only six channel catfish per day.

 
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