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Browns WR Gordon reports to camp, hearing looms
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Friday, July 25, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


BEREA — Josh Gordon's off-field issues didn't put him out of shape.

The embattled Pro Bowl wide receiver reported to Browns' training camp Friday and passed his conditioning test as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.

Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league Friday. He's facing a 1-year ban for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.

With Nibali in command, Tour is about 2nd place
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Friday, July 25, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


BERGERAC, France — Ramunas Navardauskas gave Lithuania and his American team a stage victory Friday at the Tour de France. Now cycling's great showcase is reduced to this — the race for second place behind Vincenzo Nibali.

The Italian, who has all but won the yellow jersey, cruised to the finish in Stage 19 in the rain-splattered pack behind the Lithuanian's breakaway. Only a mishap of the highest order during today's time trial would deny Nibali victory in Paris on Sunday.

With cool and methodical racing, Nibali has bit by bit built a lead of more than seven minutes on his closest rivals, much more against many others. Frenchmen Thibaut Pinot and Jean-Christophe Peraud and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde are vying for second and third.

Fish Ohio
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Friday, July 25, 2014 8:00 PM


Division of Wildlife


Bucyrus Reservoir #1 (40 acres; Crawford County) – Anglers can expect to catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and bullheads this time of year; fish the cover along the shore consisting of timber, brush and weeds. Anglers seeking out largemouth bass should try minnows, plastic worms, tube jigs and crankbaits. A primitive boat ramp is available, off SR 98, just east of Beechgrove Road; there are no motor restrictions but boats must operate at “no-wake” speeds.

Resthaven Wildlife Area (444 acres; Erie County) – With 10 different ponds, anglers should still be able to hook into some largemouth bass this time of year; typical lures include plastic worms and crankbaits. Pond 7 is also excellent for carp; for something new, try bow fishing from the access roads or from a boat. Boats may be used on the ponds; however, no boat ramps are available at most of the ponds; Pond 8 does have a boat ramp and a handicapped-accessible fishing pier. Gasoline motors up to 9.9 HP may be used on all ponds.


The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … Through Aug. 31 the trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 5 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 14 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye: Fishing has been good north of West Sister Island, off Magee Marsh, west and north of “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, around northwest reef and west of Rattlesnake Island. Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom-bouncers and spoons pulled behind divers; anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow Perch: Fishing has been good just off Turtle Island, between Green and Rattlesnake islands and from Marblehead to Kelleys Island. Perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Delphos Blues 2nd in tourney
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:00 PM
The Delphos Blue Pony League team finished second to Glandorf recently in the tournament title game. Members of the team were, front row, left to right, Austin Adams, Chandler Skym, Colin Will, Connor Anspach and Tyler Bratton; and second row, coach Sam Miller, Damien Jones, Hunter Bonifas, Troy Elwer, Cioran Shanahan, Connor Hulihan and Matthew Miller. (Photo submitted)
Langer leads British Senior by two after first round
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:00 PM

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BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a 2-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday.

Langer, who threw away a 2-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31.

He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th. He dropped a shot at the 16th but then hit back immediately with birdies at the two closing holes.

“Six under is very satisfying,” Langer said. “I played smart, some good, some great.

“I kept it out of the bunkers and out of the hay and gave myself some opportunities. And I’m pleased with a birdie-birdie finish.”

Langer is trying to add a second British Senior title to the one he won at Carnoustie in 2010.

Tway set the early target at 4-under 67, with birdies at the first, sixth, 12th and 13th, and no dropped shots.

“It was a pleasure to play a nice round of golf on a great golf course,” Tway said. “I probably should have bogeyed a couple of holes coming in but I got lucky.”

Chris Williams of England was alone in third on a bogey-free 68 with birdies at Nos. 2, 4 and 6, while Andrew Oldcorn of Scotland was a stroke behind in fourth. Spain’s Pedro Linhart and Canadian Rick Gibson were tied for fifth on 70.

Mark Wiebe, who beat Langer in last year’s playoff and played with him in the first round, carded 5-over 76.

Colin Montgomerie, bidding for his third successive seniors’ major, was on 74 with just two birdies and three dropped shots.

Tom Watson had a roller-coaster front nine of 1-over 36, steadied the ship for five holes after the turn, then dropped three strokes on successive holes before birdieing the last for a 3-over 74.

On the way out he birdied the first, dropped a stroke at the next three holes, parred No. 5, birdied the sixth, dropped a stroke at the seventh, birdied the eighth and parred the ninth.

The winner at Royal Birkdale two years ago, Fred Couples, was out in 39 after a triple-bogey eight at the long sixth but stormed back with a birdie-eagle-birdie run from the 12th to get back to level, dropped a stroke at the 16th and birdied the last to be back in 32 for a par 71.

Taiwan sweeps US in 1st day of International Crown

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A winless day left the top-seeded United States with the feeling there’s nothing left to lose in their quest to capture the International Crown

Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Taiwan a sweep of the Americans in the opening round of the 32-player, eight-team tournament Thursday.

Tseng and Phoebe Yao never trailed in a 1-up win over Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson after Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3.

“There’s probably more pressure with being No. 1 but we all knew coming into match play that anything can happen,” Lewis said. “It always comes down to one putt here and there.”

Tseng made the winning putt after Lewis failed from a bit farther out on her own birdie try.

“I haven’t had this feeling for a long time,” Tseng said. “I made that birdie putt; my hands were shaking.”

Thompson and Lewis had little doubt about whether the ball was going to drop.

Each team receives two points for a win and one for a tie. The U.S. was the only team that failed to secure a point on the first day.

“You just have to keep positive and try to find the good in the day,” Kerr said. “We’re going to be coming out guns a blazing. We have nothing to lose from here on in.”

Today, the United States will face Spain (3 points) in Pool A, and Taiwan (4) will take on Thailand (1). Pool B matchups are Japan (3) against Australia (2) and South Korea (2) versus Sweden (1).

Taiwan, which entered as the No. 8 seed, now appears to be the team to beat.

Japan took the lead in Pool B with a strong performance against Sweden. Although the Japanese team of Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine led from start to finish, it took a birdie on No. 18 by Yokomine to secure a 2-up win over Pernilla Lindberg and Mikaela Parmlid.