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Former NFLers: Painkillers easy to get up to 2012
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Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM

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Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few — if any— safeguards as recently as 2012. That extends by four years the time frame for similar claims made in the original complaint and could open the door to a criminal investigation.

"On flights home, the routine was the same everywhere," said Brett Romberg, who played center in Jacksonville (2003-05), St. Louis (2006-08) and Atlanta (2009 and 2011). "The trainers walked up and down the aisle and you'd hold up your hand with a number of fingers to show how many pills you wanted. No discussions, no questions. You just take what they hand you and believe me, you'll take anything to dull the pain."

With the federal Drug Enforcement Administration beginning to look into accusations contained in the lawsuit — filed in May and covering the years 1968-2008 — the new allegations could dramatically expand the investigation's scope, legal experts said. Any violation of federal drug laws after 2009 would not be subject to the five-year statute of limitations.

Lots of big names still on NFL's unemployment line
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Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM

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NEW YORK — MISSING: A handful of former NFL stars.

REWARD: An opportunity to help a team and revive a once-flourishing career.

With NFL training camps about to open, several big-name players are still unemployed, waiting anxiously, wondering when — or if — they'll get a call.

Ohio MLB Capsules
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Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM

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NEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run homer and David Phelps pitched the Yankees to a fast start in the second half, leading New York to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran had 2-out RBIs for the Yankees, who began a 10-game homestand by winning the opener of an interleague series against a National League contender. New York, with a major league-high 40 home games after the All-Star break, improved to 19-23 at Yankee Stadium.

Dellin Betances struck out three in 1 2/3 perfect innings and David Robertson got three outs for his 24th save in 26 chances.

St. John's volleyball team wins tournament
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:05 PM
Delphos St. John’s hosted the first annual 3-on-3 Women’s Volleyball Tournament and with eight teams playing close to 60 sets throughout the day, a St. John’s team took first place. Team members include: Maddie Pohlman, Jessica Geise, Maya Gerker and Maddie Buettner. (Submitted photo)
McIlroy and Woods deliver at British Open
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:04 PM


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HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.

A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.

Now if he can only find a way to get to the weekend.

McIlroy either set himself up for a good run at the claret jug or another dose of Friday failures. In what already has been an unusual year for golf, no trend is more mysterious than Boy Wonder going from awesome to awful overnight.

Six times in his last eight tournaments, he has had a nine-hole score of 40 or higher on Friday that has taken him out of the mix.

“It’s not like I’ve shot good scores in first rounds and haven’t backed them up before,” McIlroy said. “I’m used to doing that. I just haven’t done it recently. We’ll see what tomorrow brings and what weather it is and try and handle it as best I can.

“Hopefully, it’s just one of those things and I’m able to turn it around tomorrow.”