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Dillon looks for strong NASCAR Nationwide finish
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:00 PM

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — Chase Elliott's brilliant start in the NASCAR Nationwide series has overshadowed the steady if unspectacular debut of fellow rookie Ty Dillon.

Dillon believes he's finally ready to push Elliott in the standings.

Dillon scored his first top-5 finish in 18 races last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Dillon, driving the No. 3 car his brother Austin piloted to the Nationwide title last season, is 30 points behind Elliott heading into this weekend's race in Indianapolis.

Midget Football signup July 28
Written by Staff Reports   
Monday, July 21, 2014 6:44 PM

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DELPHOS — Signup for Delphos Midget Football will be held from 6-7 p.m. July 28 at the Stadium Park shelterhouse.

This is for anyone 9-12 years old not currently on a team. Gridders must be 9 on or by Sept. 1 and no older than 12.

Tryouts will be held from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 near Diamond 4 in Stadium Park.

Contact Ron Ebbeskotte at 419-692-7191 for more information.

Grove 12-U captures Grand Slam title
Written by Dave Boninsegna   
Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:14 PM


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VAUGHNSVILLE — The ACME and Legion baseball seasons may be over but there was still baseball to be played in Vaughnsville as the annual Columbus Grove Grand Slam tournament for 12-U took place on Sunday afternoon at the Vaughnsville Park.

The Columbus Grove’s 12-U team took on Lima in the first semifinal contest and came away with a 13-3 run-ruled victory as Nate Rameriez went 2-for-3 and Brady Rudasill knocked in a pair with a first-inning double .

The Grove team scored nine runs in the first two innings en route to the victory.

Grove added four more in the fifth with all four runs scoring on wild pitches to round out the game.

In the second semifinal contest, the Columbus Grove 11-U team pitted against Van Buren for the right to play in the finals against the aforementioned Grove 12-U squad.

Westfall edges Sherman at the line in Modifieds at Limaland
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:11 PM
Greg Wilson (20) and Cody Swanson battle for the lead during the NRA Sprint Invader feature at Limaland Motorsports Park. (DHI Media/Mike Campbell Photos)



LIMA – When weather conditions have been slightly cooler and overcast, it usually serves to create a gripping-fast racing surface on a high-banked quarter-mile dirt track like Limaland Motorsports Park.

Often with a faster track, the racing action itself can produce very close competition and on this Friday night it allowed Matt Westfall to edge Todd Sherman at the finish line by a nose.

It was a race that saw Westfall trail Sherman by a car length or more with just half a lap remaining in the 20-lap Reineke Modified feature.

Pole starter Brandon Vaughan of Spencerville led the opening couple of laps, including a restart on lap number three following an early race caution period. Wapakoneta driver Jerry Bowersock took the lead from Vaughan by lap number four and held the front running position until a hard-charging Sherman stormed past Bowersock for the lead at the event mid-point.

Sherman, the point’s leader and defending track champion, was on a tear and decided to take a high line around the track through most of the race. Although unusual for Sherman, he appeared comfortable riding the cushion at the top and was cruising to an apparent third win of the season until a yellow flag came out on lap number 16.

Westfall, second in the Modified points chase behind Sherman, was in the runner-up position when the green flag came out for the final four circuits. Sherman quickly expanded his margin over Westfall and seemed a certain winner. As the white flag was unfurled for the final lap, Sherman moved to the bottom of the track in what seemed like a cautionary move to protect the lead and cruise to the checkers.

McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:11 PM



HOYLAKE, England — Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy.

On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.

“I’m immensely proud of myself,” McIlroy said after his 2-shot victory Sunday that was never really in doubt. “To sit here, 25 years of age, and win my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to a career Grand Slam … yeah, I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly.”

He had to work a little harder than he wanted for this one.

Staked to a 6-shot lead going into the final round, McIlroy turned back every challenge. He made two key birdies around the turn and delivered a majestic drive at just the right moment to close with a 1-under 71 and complete his wire-to-wire victory.

In another major lacking tension over the final hour, what brought The Open to life was the potential of its champion.

After nearly two years of turmoil, McIlroy looked like the kid who shattered scoring records to win the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional and who won the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a record eight shots a year later.

Boy Wonder is back. Or maybe he’s just getting started again.