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Craft, Ohio State fall short in loss to Dayton
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:17 PM

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Aaron Craft’s career at Ohio State ended with a thud.

The senior guard was left lying on his back in the paint looking up toward the rafters after his driving 10-foot jumper rolled off the rim, sealing 11th-ranked Dayton’s 60-59 victory over the sixth-seeded Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

“I just wanted to do everything I could to help our team win and down the stretch I couldn’t do that today,” Craft said. “I can take the blame for that.”

Craft finished with 16 points and four steals, upping his Big Ten Conference-record total to 337. But he couldn’t steal away a victory in what became the Buckeyes’ earliest tournament exit since a first-round 74-72 overtime loss to Siena in 2009.

Vee Sanford hit a layup with 3.8 seconds left to seal the win for Dayton (24-10) in a showdown of Ohio schools separated by just 75 miles.

 
RPM has banner day with a pair of top-5s
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:16 PM

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 75 races as teammates, Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose had never before run in the top five together. They finally broke through at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Richard Petty Motorsports scored its best overall day as an organization in years.

Almirola finished a career-best third at Bristol, while Ambrose was fifth. It marked the first time since Almirola moved into Petty’s iconic No. 43 Sprint Cup seat in 2012 that both drivers finished in the top five in the same race.

Now they had to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., looking for another big finish.

“Last week gave our team a lot of momentum going into this weekend,” Almirola said. “It showed that all of our hard work and all the investment from our partners is paying off. We have shown speed everywhere we’ve gone this year, we just haven’t seen the results to prove it. We did just that last week.”

For Ambrose, his finish at Bristol was his first top-5 since Bristol in August 2012. Last season was a disappointing year of only six top-10 finishes for the Australian.

But California will be a different animal.

 
Bengals sign QB Campbell to be backup
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:16 PM

Associated Press

CINCINNATI — The Bengals signed quarterback Jason Campbell to be Andy Dalton’s backup on Thursday, a move that brings the franchise full circle in several ways.

Campbell’s broken collarbone with the Raiders midway through the 2011 season had deep reverberations in Cincinnati.

The injury prompted then-Raiders coach Hue Jackson to lobby for a trade with the Bengals, who sent them Carson Palmer for a first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick. Palmer was holding out, saying he’d never play again for the Bengals.

 
District 8 All-Stars named
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:13 PM

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The District 8 basketball all-star games will be held on Monday and Tuesday at Elida High School.

Girls all-star games will be Monday, with the Division I-II-III all-stars playing at 6:30 p.m. and the Division IV game to follow.

Boys all-star games will take place Tuesday at the same times.

Those playing in the game include:

GIRLS

Division I-II-III West Roster - Kourtney Fark (Celina), Joelle Hemmelgarn (Celina), Sammi Stechschulte (Columbus Grove), Kristin Miller (Ottawa Glandorf), Sierra Fent (Parkway), Cami Hellwarth (Parkway), Claire Dahlke (Shawnee), Cheyenne Handy (Van Wert), Sara Warner (Wapakoneta) and Michelle Maag (Ottawa-Glandorf).

 
‘Top 5’ label sure to follow Patrick Reed
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:12 PM

By DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — To listen to Patrick Reed after he won at Doral is to be reminded of the famous exchange at the 1989 Ryder Cup.

U.S. captain Raymond Floyd borrowed a line from Ben Hogan two decades earlier when he introduced his team as the “best 12 players in the world.” That worked in 1967 when Hogan’s team produced what remains the biggest blowout in history. On this occasion, it prompted a memorable reply from European captain Tony Jacklin.

“Does that make Seve Ballesteros the 13th best?”

Some versions of the story have a European player whispering to Nick Faldo, “That makes you No. 14.” Faldo had won the Masters earlier that year. Ballesteros was 14 months removed from his third British Open and fifth major championship.

They were bold words, indeed, especially when the Americans left England without the Ryder Cup.

 
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