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Golf Glance
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:17 PM

Associated Press

ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB OF ST. ANDREWS

BRITISH OPEN

Site: Hoylake, England.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: Royal Liverpool Golf Club (7,312 yards, par 72).

Purse: 5.4 million pounds ($9.24 million). Winner’s share: 975,000 pounds ($1.67 million).

Television: ESPN (Today-Friday, 4 a.m.-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Phil Mickelson won at Muirfield for his fifth major title, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 5-under 66. He finished at 3 under for a 3-stroke victory.

Last week: Justin Rose won the European Tour’s Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen for his second straight victory, holding off Kristoffer Broberg by two strokes. Rose won the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National at Congressional in his previous start. … Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, for his first PGA Tour title, beating Zach Johnson by a stroke. Harmon earned a spot at Hoylake.

Notes: Tiger Woods, the winner at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and Royal Liverpool in 2006, is making his second start since having back surgery March 31. He missed the cut three weeks ago at Congressional in his first event since Doral in early March. Woods won the last of his 14 major titles in the 2008 U.S. Open. … Mickelson is winless since his victory last year at Muirfield. … The tournament is the third major of the year. Bubba Watson won the Masters and Martin Kaymer took the U.S. Open. … Founded in 1869, Royal Liverpool is the second-oldest course in England. … The 2015 event will be played at St. Andrews. … The Canadian Open is next week at Royal Montreal. The European Tour will be in Moscow next week for the Russian Open.

Online: http://www.opengolf.com

 
Hendrick and Penske headed for tight title fight
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:16 PM

By JENNA FRYER

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hendrick Motorsports seems to have the edge, at least on paper, in the race with Team Penske for the top organization in NASCAR.

Hendrick has three drivers ranked in the top five of the Sprint Cup Series standings and Jeff Gordon has been the points leader for 12 of the last 13 races. Combined, Hendrick drivers have six victories this season.

Team Penske has both its drivers in the top nine in points, with Brad Keselowski charging hard after Gordon’s lead. Keselowski’s victory last week at New Hampshire was his third of the season, tying him for the most in the series with Jimmie Johnson.

With only seven races until the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship begins, it’s shaping up to be a Hendrick vs. Penske battle for the title.

“You’ve got the Ford versus Chevy and both organizations seem to be on top of their game right now,” Gordon said. “To me, there’s that competitive rivalry that we have among all our competitors, and when one rises to the top, then they put a target on their back and you go after it, and you have that sort of rivalry.”

But Gordon doesn’t want to be drawn into a personal rivalry with the Penske organization or drivers Keselowski and Joey Logano.

“There’s been a little bit here and there but you know, I think Brad certainly doesn’t mind a little controversy and stirring it up as we’ve seen social media wise and just in the media,” Gordon added. “For us, it’s just going about our business trying to be the best that we possibly can and those guys seem to be the teams to beat right now.

“If there’s any rivalry, it’s just that we’re working hard to go out there and be the most competitive team out there.”

 
Pirates conquer Braves in LL finals
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:12 PM
The Delphos Pirates finished a successful 2014 Tri-County Little League campaign as champions of the post-season tournament Wednesday night, after also sweeping the regular season and Fourth of July Tournament. Members of the team are, front row left to right, Trent Lindeman, Brady Zalar, Braxton Scalf, Cole Binkley and Devin Haggard; and back, assistant coach Lenny Hubert, Blake Fischbach, Logan Hubert, head coach Ray Geary, Hunter Haehn, Brady Parrish and assistant coach Scott Scalf. Absent is Jaylen Jefferson. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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DELPHOS — The Mel and Dee Westrich Memorial Athletic Complex at Delphos Stadium Park was the site of Wednesday’s Tri-County Little League finals matching the Delphos Pirates and the Delphos Braves.

The Pirates were going for a clean sweep of the 2014 summer — regular season, Fourth of July Tournament and the league tournament.

They scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning and southpaw Braxton Scalf shut the door in the top of the sixth to give them that tourney title with a 3-2 victory.

Scalf got the save with his one inning of relief (1 hit, 1 base-on-balls), with second hurler Hunter Haehn (2 innings, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 BBs) getting the win.

Brady Parrish threw the first three frames (2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 BBs, 6 Ks). The trio combined for 110 pitches (62 strikes).

The runs gave the loss to Braves’ reliever Brady Welker (2 IPs, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 BB, 2 Ks), taking over for starter Carson Muhlenkamp (3 IPs, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 3 BBs, 5 Ks). The duo combined for 86 pitches (51 strikes).

Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, ninth hitter Trent Lindeman led off the Pirates’ half with a free pass. Scalf (2 runs) walked and a passed ball advanced both runners. An out later, Blake Fischbach (2-for-2, walk, 2 runs batted in) lashed a 2-run single to deep center for that 3-2 lead. He advanced on a wild pitch but a strikeout and bounceout ended the threat.

 
College Football Roundup
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:08 PM

Associated Press

Kent State at Ohio State noon start on Sept. 13

COLUMBUS — Kent State and Ohio State will kick off at noon on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium.

The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, the Big Ten announced on Wednesday.

Eight of Ohio State's 2014 games now have a start time, including a record five night games: Aug. 30 vs. Navy, noon, at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium; Sept. 6, Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.; Sept. 13, Kent State, noon; Sept. 27, Cincinnati, 6 p.m.; Oct. 18, Rutgers, 3:30 p.m.; Oct. 25, at Penn State, 8 p.m.; Nov. 1, Illinois, 8 p.m.; Nov. 8, at Michigan State, 8 p.m.

The kickoff times and television networks for the Buckeyes' remaining four games will be determined later.

 
A new generation emerging at golf’s oldest major
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

HOYLAKE, England — Even when he’s not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.

Woods earned that attention by piling up majors at a faster rate than anyone in history and the attention is just as great now because his recent past includes back surgery and his immediate future is more uncertain than ever. ESPN plans to show his entire round online today.

Not to be overlooked at golf’s oldest championship, however, is a new generation of stars.

Rickie Fowler and Harris English will be playing ahead of him. Two groups behind will be Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama. They are among 25 players who share a bond that speaks to the state of golf. Woods has never won a major during their professional careers.

Yes, they saw his dominance on TV. They just never experienced it.

They were not around for the decade when Woods won majors with regularity, sometimes by a record score, sometimes by a record margin. They missed the days that were so Tiger-centric a player couldn’t get through an interview without being asked something about Woods.

“Tiger ruined a lot of guys’ lives,” Charles Howell III, a longtime friend of Woods who lived through those times, said earlier in the year. “He caused a lot of people some sleepless Sunday nights. But he also motivated an entire generation behind him.”

Howell’s point was that while the next generation might have been in awe of Woods, being outside the arena allowed them to study him without getting scarred. They learned from the way he worked. They were more prepared than the generation before them.

The talk at this British Open is that it is more open than ever.

But then, that’s been the case since Woods won his last major six years ago. Since that 2008 U.S. Open, 19 players have won majors; no one has won more than two. In the 24 majors leading up to his last major, Woods won six, Phil Mickelson won three and no one else won more than one.

 
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