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Spieth, Watson tied for lead at the Masters
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 12:00 AM


Associated Press


AUGUSTA, Ga. — Young and old. Even without Tiger Woods, this Masters has a little bit of everything.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth is making quite a bid to become golf's youngest major champion in more than 80 years with three straight sub-par rounds in his Augusta National debut.

He'll have to fend off 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez and 54-year-old Fred Couples, both hoping to become the sport's oldest major champion.

And let's not forget Bubba Watson, who stumbled a bit on moving day but will go for his second green jacket in three years from the final group.

Spieth, who last year became the youngest PGA tour winner since the Depression at age 19, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with Watson.

Chase Elliott continues wowing NASCAR
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press


DARLINGTON, S.C. — Chase Elliott isn't really sure what he has accomplished the last two weeks in becoming the youngest Nationwide driver with multiple victories.

Elliott acknowledged he was still in shock over his first series win at Texas Motor Speedway when he doubled up at Darlington Raceway, coming from back in the pack the final two laps on Friday night for a second consecutive triumph.

"Me telling you guys that last week, I still can't believe that, I'm not lying to you," Elliott told The Associated Press on Saturday. "Last week was really a dream come true. To come out of Texas with the win was unbelievable. I'm still not sure I completely believe that, much less to come out with a win at Darlington, that's crazy. I don't know what to think."

Elliott certainly has the pedigree to succeed at NASCAR as the son of Sprint Cup great Bill Elliott. Yet, Chase was never pushed into the sport by his father, growing to love it as he watched Bill Elliott compete toward the tail end of a stellar career.

Indians get 12 hits in 12-6 win over White Sox
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press


CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians almost wasted a great chance to grab the lead in the seventh inning on Saturday. Then Ryan Raburn came to the plate and did what he usually does against the Chicago White Sox.

Raburn hit a tie-breaking single and David Murphy drove in four runs, leading the Indians to a 12-6 victory over the White Sox.

"It's a team win," Raburn said. "Just to be able to be in that position to help us out, I mean, that's a tribute to our team putting us in that position."

Some dreams are ‘better’ than others
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 PM

Metcalfe's Musings


Sports Editor

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This is a story that you really — really — REALLY — hope to end up in a good way.

I refer to Sylvania native Jeremy Bigelow.

He is a 30-year-old former high school hockey and football player.

He has a great attitude, trying at attain his dreams and goals.

Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Who of us doesn’t have a dream/vision/hope/desire/deepest longing of the heart/etc. that we are chasing?

The difference with this one is this: his desire is simply to walk again.

Panthers pound away at Wildcats
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, April 11, 2014 8:07 PM
Jefferson senior Tyler Rice follows through on the swing for a base hit in the fifth inning Friday night at Paulding. (Photo Submitted)


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PAULDING — It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon/evening for a baseball game.

Unfortunately for head coach Doug Geary and the Jefferson baseball crew, they had one of those games against Paulding.

The Panthers put together an 18-hit attack and grabbed a 13-3 6-inning Northwest Conference triumph at Keysor Athletic Complex in Paulding.

The game was originally slated for Thursday but was moved up due to a scheduling conflict.

The Wildcats (4-3, 0-1) got on board first in the top of the first against Paulding starter and winner Garod Harder (1-0; 6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 bases-on-balls, 1 strikeout; 78 pitches, 50 for strikes). Jace Stockwell slapped a single to left, advanced on a wild pitch and a 1-out Ross Thompson (2-for-3) single to left, with the batter taking second on the throw home, then scored on an Austin Jettinghoff fly ball to right. Thompson, now at third, touched the dish on a single to center by Hunter Binkley for a 2-0 edge.