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Ambrose eyes Watkins Glen for that elusive victory
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Friday, August 08, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, August 08, 2014 5:30 PM )


Associated Press


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Eleven drivers have at least one Sprint Cup victory and are locked into the Chase for the Championship. Marcos Ambrose wants to make it an even dozen.

Next stop, the Cheez-It 355 on Sunday on the road course at Watkins Glen. A win would earn the Australian his first berth in the Chase and give Richard Petty Motorsports a second car in NASCAR's version of a postseason. Aric Almirola drove Petty's famed No. 43 to victory in the rain-shortened July race at Daytona.

"This is our best chance. I've got to get in," Ambrose said Friday. "It would make our year. We're excited."


Rory McIlroy in a familiar spot in final major
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Friday, August 08, 2014 8:00 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rory McIlroy is making this PGA Championship feel like 2000 all over again at Valhalla.

Back then, it was Tiger Woods who was making the game look easy as he started to pile up majors. Now it's McIlroy, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland who produced superior shots with his long game and made all the right putts Friday for a 4-under 67 that gave him a 1-shot lead over Jason Day and Jim Furyk.

"When I'm playing like this, it's obviously very enjoyable," McIlroy said. "I can't wait to get back out on the course again tomorrow and do the same thing all over again."

Manziel ready for preseason debut
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Friday, August 08, 2014 8:00 PM


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DETROIT — This is no ordinary exhibition game.

Johnny Manziel will have his first real chance to show how he measures up against live NFL competition when the Cleveland Browns play at Detroit tonight.

Although Manziel won't be the starter for this game, what happens against the Lions could be an early indicator of how soon Cleveland will be able to rely on its rookie quarterback.

Fish Ohio
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Friday, August 08, 2014 8:00 PM


Division of Wildlife

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!


Big Darby Creek (Franklin/Madison/Pickaway counties) - In summer weather, creeks and rivers can provide action. Smallmouth bass: Casting small crankbaits or plastics resembling crayfish or shiners can be rewarding; target boulders, shoreline cover, where pools meet riffles and current eddies. Rock bass: Can be caught using the same techniques as smallmouths; other game fish present are bluegill, carp, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, saugeye and sauger.

Kiser Lake (394 acres; Champaign County) - This lake is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. Largemouth bass (good population): Try plastics, top-water baits and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side. Crappie: Become more active as the water cools this fall; try minnows in the old creek channel or around woody cover. Bluegill: Fish aquatic vegetation and cover using wax worms for good results; fly fishing is a good way to learn this fishing technique.


Outhwaite Reservoir, Bucyrus Reservoir #4 (160 acres; Crawford County) - Bluegill: Are being caught on the east side; try maggots or wax worms. Yellow perch: Are being caught with maggots a few feet above a sinker on the bottom. There is no motor-size restriction but a “No-Wake” zone exists throughout the reservoir.

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) - Longnose Gar: Have been biting on minnows fished under bobbers below the Ballville Dam during the day. Catfish: Have been biting below the Ballville Dam using any of the common catfish baits during the day and night.


Mogadore Reservoir (1,104 acres; Portage County) - Fishing from shore is somewhat limited but the entire reservoir is available for boat fishing; outward motors are limited to electric only. Largemouth bass: Biting well on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic worms; target deep weedlines. Catfish: Cut shad remains as a top bait for channel catfish, which run big here. Sunfish: Try wax worms under a bobber near shore.

Spencer Lake (50 acres; Medina County) - Boats are restricted to electric motors only. Catfish: The bite has been consistent at night; use a variety of baits — chicken liver, nightcrawlers, shiners and cut shad — on the bottom with the peak bites happening after dusk. Sunfish: Use small hooks or pin-mins baited with wax worms fished under a float.


Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case
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Friday, August 08, 2014 8:00 PM


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A federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over.

In a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. She issued an injunction prohibiting the NCAA from enforcing its rules on money given to athletes when it comes to their names, images and likenesses.

In a partial victory for the NCAA, though, Wilken ruled the body that governs college athletics could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as it allows at least $5,000 per athlete per year of competition for players at big football and basketball schools.