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Tires the talk of Texas ahead of Sunday’s race
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Friday, April 04, 2014 8:19 PM


Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday’s race before a single lap had been turned.

Goodyear’s multi-zone tread tire is making its season debut at Texas, where speeds inched toward 200 mph in today’s opening practice session.

There was one major incident, 100 minutes into practice, when Kurt Busch wrecked hard into the outside wall. Busch, winner of last week’s race at Martinsville, appeared to blow a left rear tire before losing control of his Chevrolet and crashing.

His car caught fire and as his Stewart-Haas Racing team pulled out the backup, Busch said the left rear tire started to separate on the backstretch.

The left side tires being used at Texas are the same ones Goodyear has used at the last two races here.

The multi-zone tread tire combines two distinct rubber compounds on right-side tire, with the outside 10 inches of tread designed for traction, and the compound on the inside two inches is designed for durability.

Ohio MLB Friday results
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Friday, April 04, 2014 8:17 PM

Swisher powers Indians to 7-2 win over Twins


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CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher hit a 2-run homer in the sixth inning, two batters after Yan Gomes connected for a solo shot, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 home-opening win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Swisher’s homer off Mike Pelfrey (0-1) allowed the Indians to cap a day of pomp and pageantry as they celebrated Progressive Field’s 20th anniversary. Before the sixth, the Indians had been shut out by Pelfrey and were in danger of disappointing a sellout crowd that stuck around following a 2-hour, 13-minute rain delay and plummeting temperatures.

Indians reliever Josh Outman (1-0) recorded two outs after coming in for Danny Salazar in the sixth and got the win.

Swisher added an RBI double and Michael Brantley hit a 2-run single in Cleveland’s 4-run seventh that broke it open.

Chris Colabello homered for the Twins.

Jefferson 5th-grade tournament champions
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Friday, April 04, 2014 8:15 PM
The Jefferson DYH boys fifth- and sixth-grade basketball teams participated in the 2014 Ottoville Shootout March 28-30. Both teams played hard and competed. The fifth-graders placed first in the Gold Division. The team is comprised of, front row, Caden Carder; second row, Nicholas Curth, Logan Gallmeier, Trent Teman, Troy Wolfe and Caleb Catlett; and third row, Josh Wiseman, Damon Wiltsie, Ian Wannemacher and Levo Rode. “We thank all our sponsors’ contributions that make these opportunities possible,” said coach Ed Smith. (Photo Submitted).
Saints agree to terms with Champ Bailey
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Friday, April 04, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, April 04, 2014 8:21 PM )

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NEW ORLEANS — Champ Bailey will get to chase a Pro Bowl record and another Super Bowl appearance with the New Orleans Saints.

The veteran cornerback agreed to a 2-year contract with the Saints on Friday, with a maximum value that approaches $7 million, including guaranteed money and a signing bonus in the first year.

The 35-year-old Bailey played the last 10 seasons with Denver after spending his first five in the NFL with Washington. A shutdown cornerback for much of his career, Bailey has made three All-Pro teams and been selected to 12 Pro Bowls. He trails only Hall-of-Fame end Reggie White (13) among defensive players in NFL history in Pro Bowls.

Bailey’s 52 interceptions are the most among active players, as are his 204 passes defensed. He made the league’s All-Decade team for 2000-09.

Bailey missed 11 games because of a left foot sprain originally suffered in the 2013 preseason, which wound up being a Lisfranc injury, one of the most painful for an athlete.

He returned late in the season to help the Broncos advance to the Super Bowl, where they were routed by Seattle.

His coverage skills clearly are not what they were in his prime but he will add leadership and savvy to the Saints’ secondary that is undergoing a transformation following the release of strong safety Roman Harper and the loss of free safety Malcolm Jenkins, who signed with Philadelphia as a free agent.

New Orleans also may lose safety Rafael Bush, an unrestricted free agent who on Thursday signed an offer sheet from the Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans has until Tuesday to match that offer and keep Bush but the Saints have been operating with minimal salary cap space, which will only be squeezed further by bringing in Bailey.

A versatile player who saw action on offense, defense and special teams at Georgia, Bailey was drafted with the seventh overall pick in 1999 by Washington. He was dealt to Denver in 2004 for running back Clinton Portis.


Bengals sign free agent safety Manning
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Friday, April 04, 2014 12:00 AM | Updated ( Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:22 PM )

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CINCINNATI — The Bengals signed strong safety Danieal Manning on Thursday, three days after his release by the Houston Texans.

Manning started the first six games last season before suffering a season-ending injury to his right knee. He became an unrestricted free agent on Monday.

Manning was Chicago's second-round draft pick in 2006. He went to Houston as a free agent after five seasons with the Bears.

He started nine playoff games with the Bears and the Texans. The Bengals lost at Houston in the opening round of the playoffs in 2011 and 2012. They were beaten at home by San Diego last season, leaving them with no playoff victory since 1990 — tied for the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history.