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Clinic owner tied to MLB scandal to plead guilty
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014 8:08 PM


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MIAMI — The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes.

The charges filed Tuesday against former Biogenesis of America owner Anthony Bosch and six others marked one of the biggest salvos yet in a case that has dragged on for nearly two years. The case has sparked lawsuits, mudslinging and suspensions against numerous major-leaguers, including Rodriguez.

Also charged was Yuri Sucart, 52, a cousin of Rodriguez who the New York Yankees third baseman has said provided him with steroids from 2000-03 when he played for the Texas Rangers.

Giants rally to beat Bills 17-13 in HOF Game
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Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:00 PM


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CANTON — With running back David Wilson out indefinitely, rookie Andre Williams showed glimpses he can provide the New York Giants’ ground game some fresh legs.

The fourth-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist out of Boston College had seven carries for 48 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in a 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game.

Rookie receiver Corey Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 73-yard pass up the right sideline from backup Ryan Nassib with 13:18 remaining. Washington reached back to catch the partly under-thrown pass, then stepped around flat-footed defender Kamaal McIlwain.

Williams’ performance was encouraging for the Giants after Wilson sustained his second neck injury in less than a year during training camp.

Getting additional playing time as the No. 2 back behind newly acquired starter Rashad Jennings, Williams provided a 1-2 punch to the Giants’ new-look running game that was slowed by injuries last season. And the two took the pressure off quarterback Eli Manning.

Though Manning lost a fumble while being sacked on the second series, Williams helped bail out the offense on the third possession. He had five carries for 37 yards, which he capped with a strong run up the middle to put the Giants ahead 7-3 in the final minute of the first quarter.

Dancer dominates ‘Run for the Rabbit’ at Limaland
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Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:00 PM
Hud Horton (28) and Shawn Dancer battle for the lead in the “Run For the Rabbit” Travis Miller Memorial at Limaland Motorsports Park Friday night. (DHI Media/Mike Campbell Photos)



LIMA – There is an old saying in sports that “winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”

For veteran sprint car driver Shawn Dancer, the experience of winning a feature at Limaland Motorsports Park was the only thing he was still looking to accomplish.

That quest became a moot point for the Delphos-based racer as he went flag-to-flag on this night and won the coveted “Run for the Rabbit” 25-lap NRA Sprint Invaders showdown.

The event quickly turned into a 3-car tussle between Dancer, fellow front-row starter Hud Horton and Jared Horstman. Dancer and Horstman were content to storm around the high-side cushion of the high-banked ¼-mile, while Horton took the middle or inside line as his preferred avenue for racing. It remained a 3-car engagement with these same racers despite a pair of caution flags and a red flag to slow the race.

A harrowing end-over-end accident involving veteran Todd Heuerman occurred after he made contact with the turn four wall. The popular Leipsic racer was unable to continue due to damage with his number 18 machine. The incident did set up a 4-lap dash to the finish. Dancer simply turned it into a series of victory laps on his way to a first-ever feature-race checkered flag.

“The car was really good and my guys did a great job with the setup,” exclaimed a happy yet calm Dancer. “It’s awesome for my first win to be the ‘Run for the Rabbit.’ The family of Travis ‘Rabbit’ Miller is great for putting this on. For me after flipping at Eldora (recently) it was important to do something positive and my whole team really stepped up as this is something special!”

The Reineke Modifieds 20-lap feature proved to be a repeat of the previous two weeks as Matt Westfall and Todd Sherman continued their dual domination in the division. Westfall came from behind to edge Sherman at the finish line two weeks ago while Sherman held off Westfall in a similar scenario just last week at the famed western Ohio speed venue.

Westfall took an outside front-row starting position and propelled his number 54 entry to the early lead using the high line around the track. Sherman, celebrating a milestone 50th birthday, stayed with his traditional middle- to bottom-route line and was within range of Westfall throughout. Both racers seemed content to hold their positions although Sherman made a few attempts to get fully underneath Westfall. He was never successful as Westfall rolled mostly unthreatened to his third win of 2014.

“We had a really good car tonight and it’s always a good feeling to win,” said a matter-of-fact Westfall. “The longer the green, it seemed the top of the track was best and I didn’t feel like Todd (Sherman) was really gaining much on me.”

Reed packs emotion, Strahan laughs at Hall of Fame
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Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:00 PM

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CANTON — Andre Reed delivered the emotion and managed to hook up for one more catch from Jim Kelly on the Pro Football Hall of Fame stage.

And leave it to Michael Strahan and his familiar gap-toothed grin to bring the laughs in closing the ceremony honoring the seven inductees Saturday night.

The defensive end cracked he was still a little scared of former New York Giants teammate Lawrence Taylor. Strahan singled out former Philadelphia tackle Jon Runyan in the crowd and referred to him as his toughest opponent and "350 pounds of twisted steel and non-sex appeal."

And Strahan even had a kiss blown to him on stage from Kelly Ripa, his morning TV show co-host.

McIlroy wins and goes back to No. 1
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Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:00 PM

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AKRON — Winning the British Open wasn’t enough to make Rory McIlroy want to take the rest of the year off to celebrate. Neither was the first World Golf Championship he won Sunday at Firestone.

Another major awaits next week. McIlroy can’t wait to get there.

Two weeks after his wire-to-wire win at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy took his game from the links of Britain to the parkland of America and made the game look just as easy. With another powerful performance, he wiped out a 3-shot deficit to Sergio Garcia in three holes, closed with a 4-under 66 and returned to No. 1 in the world with a 2-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational.

He looked just as good as the last time he reached No. 1 in the world during his torrid stretch at the end of 2012.

“This is better,” he said. “Mentally, I’m really sharp. I didn’t start to think about score. I didn’t think about where I was in the tournament. I just playing shot after shot after shot. So yeah, it’s good.”

Garcia wasn’t at his best and closed with a 71. He’s not sure it would have mattered.

“Everybody saw it,” Garcia said. “He played very, very well. He drove the ball miles and very, very straight for the most part. He gave himself a lot of birdie looks.”

McIlroy finished the third round with two straight birdies and not even one day and a rain delay slowed him. He punched an 8-iron out of the rough, under the trees and up the slope to an elevated green to 3 feet to open with a birdie. He drilled a 4-iron from 219 yards into 25 feet for a 2-putt birdie at the second, then followed with a gap wedge to 8 feet for a third straight birdie. Garcia made bogey from the rough and just like that, he was trailing. The Spaniard never caught up.

McIlroy became the 13th player with a major and a World Golf Championship and joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win them in consecutive starts.

Woods wasn’t around to see it.

Four months after back surgery — and in his third tournament since his return — Woods injured his lower back when he landed with a thud in the stand from an awkward stance atop a bunker on the second hole. He withdrew after a tee shot on the ninth hole, bending over slowly and struggling to remove the tee from the ground.

It was not clear he Woods could play in the PGA Championship next week.

McIlroy heads south to Valhalla with a full head of steam. After a brief celebration with the claret jug, he was determined to move forward and chase more titles over the final four months of the year. He backed it up with a powerful performance on a soggy Firestone course to take the top spot in the world from Adam Scott.

McIlroy finished at 15-under 265 and won $1.53 million, leaving him $765 short of Bubba Watson on the PGA Tour money list.

More important was the world ranking.