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McMahan wins emotional Brad Doty Classic
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:10 PM
Brad Doty (left) and Bob Fricke (center) present Steve Kinser a retirement gift prior to the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland. (DHI Media/Mike Campbell Photos)

Earns third WoO STP Sprint Car Series win



ELIDA — Paul McMahan won an emotional World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory at Limaland Motorsports Park’s annual Brad Doty Classic Wednesday night after a pitched battle with 3-time champion Sammy Swindell that lasted much of the 40-lap feature.

McMahan, who earlier in the night talked about what Doty has meant to him as he developed as a driver and person through the years, said this win means a lot to him.

“I tell you what, it took me a little bit to collect my thoughts before I got out of this racecar because this just means the world to me,” McMahan said. “Brad Doty, like I said, is my hero and I’ve come here many times and never been able to get a win. It’s a normal win but this is the Brad Doty Classic. This takes every win I’ve ever won away and this is right up top.

“Man, I won the Brad Doty Classic… I can’t believe this, this is the greatest.”

Sammy Swindell started on the front row with Shane Stewart and dominated early. McMahan, who started in fourth, found his way around third place Kerry Madsen early and began working on Shane Stewart. The two battled in the opening laps with McMahan taking the second position by lap two.

Following a caution with two laps complete, Madsen drove his American Racing Custom Wheels car around Stewart and moved into the third position.

For the next thirty laps, Swindell and McMahan battled back and forth for the lead. Swindell ran high as McMahan tried both the low line and the high line, riding the cushion until it went away midway through the race. The two even traded position on lap 12 with McMahan taking over the lead briefly.

Farther back, Daryn Pittman was working his way forward in his Great Clips car after starting in the ninth position and Donny Schatz was doing the same after he was forced to use a provisional and started in the back. By lap 25, Pittman had moved to fifth while Schatz worked his way up to the ninth position.

With less than 10 to go, McMahan got the opportunity with his CJB Motorsports car he had been looking for to get around Swindell.

“I was following Sam and I was just kind of staying with him, I wasn’t getting nowhere,” McMahan recalled. “So I saw some lapped cars down there that were hard to lap and I just said, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot and the thing stuck and I just drove off.”

McMahan got around Swindell on the low side in the middle of turn one and two.

“I was a little nervous there at the end if I would get the lapped cars, whether I needed to be at the top or the bottom,” McMahan added. “But I know if I would have hesitated, Sammy would have pounced on me.”

With much of his family in attendance, McMahan scored his third win of the season and the 21st win of his career. He sits just 91 points out of the championship lead in third place.

Swindell fell back in the closing laps. He finished the race in seventh.

For second place finishing Madsen, this was his 22nd top-5 of the year and his fifth podium finish in a row.

“Great car, we had a good run,” Madsen said. “I felt like in the middle stages we had opportunities but the yellows would keep coming out. We had a great run. We had our chance - we didn’t take advantage of it but a great second place.

“It’s always an exciting race at Lima and I’m sure tonight was no different. I feel a little disappointed but we’re still really, really pleased with a second place run.”

Pittman, who closed out his night in third after advancing six positions from the start, credited his team, his car and a little positive thought for the success his team has had this season. He said tonight he just did not find the right line early enough.

Defender out of position comfortable facing Messi
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:08 PM

Associated Press


PORTO SEGURO, Brazil — For a man about to face one of the game’s most prolific scorers, Benedikt Hoewedes is remarkably calm and composed ahead of the World Cup final.

Even more so considering he’ll be playing out of his usual position.

Hoewedes has been used as left back by Germany coach Joachim Loew during the tournament and the Schalke defender is likely to be the one assigned to stopping Argentina star Lionel Messi’s runs on the right wing.

“I’ll do my part but it will be a collective effort. That’s how even a player of such quality can be stopped,” Hoewedes said Thursday.

Hoewedes already has had to deal with another scoring sensation, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Ronaldo was held scoreless and Germany won its World Cup opener 4-0.

Usually a center back, Hoewedes has defied skeptics with his performances at the tournament.

“Since we are in the final, I must have done something right,” said Hoewedes, one of the three Germany players to have played every minute of the tournament. The other two are goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and captain Philipp Lahm.

The position of left back has been considered the weak link in Germany’s team for years. Loew has tried several players in the position and even complained once that “I can’t cut a left back out of wood” when none met his standards.

When exactly Loew came up with the idea of using Hoewedes is not clear but he has been at left back since day one of the tournament.

“I am playing in a position for which I haven’t trained. But I think I am helping the team with my presence,” Hoewedes said.

Germany started the tournament with four center backs in its last line of defense but Lahm has since returned to right back from the midfield and the defense has gained stability.

Hoewedes has played right back for Germany and Schalke when necessary but being on the left is a novelty.

“For me, it’s completely crazy what’s going on. I still can’t believe it,” he added. “It’s huge what’s happening to me and the final will be the highlight. We want the title.”

Hoewedes does not provide much attacking spark on the left flank but says that that’s his not priority anyway.

Loew has praised Hoewedes’ robust performances.

“He’s been very strong in 1-on-1 situations and has covered a lot of distance,” Loew said. “His strong play in the air has been useful both in the back and in the attack.”

Despite woes, Argentines united in World Cup run

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandal-plagued end to a 12-year political dynasty that has polarized the nation.

The country’s World Cup semifinal victory over the Netherlands in a penalty shootout unleashed a collective catharsis on Buenos Aires’ streets Wednesday night the likes of which Argentines have rarely seen in recent times.

Coinciding with Independence Day celebrations, tens of thousands of Argentines dressed in blue and white partied well past midnight in cities across the country.

Lima Junior Golf Association
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:08 PM

McDonald’s Junior Series

Mast Memorial Classic - Bluffton Golf Club - Blue Par 72

Thursday’s Results

BOYS 12-13

1. Christian Nartke and Austin Radcliff 38; 2. Cole Fletcher 42; 3. Ethan Harmon and Gavin Harmon 43; 4. Austin Luck and Braden Ruble 47; 5. Grant Csukker and Adam Gerker 48.

BOYS 14-15

1. Andrew Simpson and Jack Rubin 33-35-68; 2. Sam Reed and Jacob Good 37-39-76; 3. Jared Hernandez and Daniel Magowan 39-37-76 (Reed & Good win a playoff for 2nd place); 4. Derek Klausing and R. Buescher 41-40-81; 5. Nick Guerrero, and Andrew Boone 44-39-83; 6. Ricky Carroll and Sean Houston 41-44-85; 7. Regan Altenbach and Thomas Williams 44-42-86; 8. Keaton Mckinley and Drew Bullock 45-45-90; 9. Joey Miller and Andrew Cook 49-46-95; 10. Jake Klingler and Colin Poling 55-51-106.

BOYS 16-18

1. James Riepenhoff and Westin Young 34-30-64; 2. Evan Hall and Carter Bowman 33-32-65; 3. Brady Garver and Spencer Stubbs 33-33-66; 4. (tie) Joshah Rager/Adam Vieira 34-34-68 and Wesley Markward/Xavier Francis 31-37-68; 5. (tie) Rich Streicher/Eli Runk 36-37-73 and Ian Hasting/Collin Hennon 35-38-73; 6. (tie) Nathan Clark/Eric Jordan 38-36-74 and Aaron Tietje/Jared Nelson 36-38-74; 7. Brandon Hernandez 39-41-80.


Simon first in NL to win 12, Reds beat Cubs 4-1
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:00 PM


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CINCINNATI — Alfredo Simon became the NL’s first 12-game winner and Billy Hamilton added to his sensational series with a tie-breaking triple Wednesday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1 victory over the trade-depleted Chicago Cubs.

The Reds won their fifth in a row — matching their season high — and moved a season-best seven games over .500. After winning the first four games of the series, they’ll try for their first 5-game sweep since 1976 today.

Simon (12-3), left off the All-Star team, became the first Reds pitcher to win a dozen games before the break since Edinson Volquez also went 12-3 in the first half of 2008. The reliever-turner-starter gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings, including Anthony Rizzo’s third homer in four games.

Hamilton tripled home a run and scored during a 3-run fifth against Dallas Beeler (0-2), who has lost his first two starts in the majors. Cubs manager Rick Renteria was ejected during the inning for arguing a foul-ball call with third-base umpire Andy Fletcher.

Hamilton is 7-for-15 with three triples, three walks, two steals and seven RBIs during the series. He left the game in the eighth with a tight left hamstring.

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips also left in the eighth after spraining his left thumb while making a sliding catch. X-rays were negative.

It’s been a tough week for the Cubs, who have lost all six games — their deepest slump of the season — since they dealt starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for a package of prospects.

Beeler and several others will get a chance to move up from the minors and fill their spots. The 25-year-old pitcher gave up four runs, six hits and four walks in five innings.

4 players eligible for NFL’s supplemental draft
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:00 PM

NEW YORK — Four players will be available during the NFL’s supplemental draft today.

League spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email that New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead were eligible for the draft.

The supplemental draft allows qualified underclassmen who did not request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance at entering the NFL. Teams submit picks and are awarded players if their bid — for which round they would take that player — is highest. Teams then lose the corresponding pick in next year’s draft.

Players that are not picked become free agents.

Redskins’ Tanard Jackson suspended 4th time by NFL

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended for a fourth time for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

The league announced Wednesday that Jackson has been suspended indefinitely without pay.

Jackson was also suspended indefinitely in August 2012. He was given what was expected to be his final chance to play again when the NFL reinstated him in May.

The Redskins re-signed him and he claimed during a spring practice that this time would be different in part because of the “humbling experience” of having to work in a warehouse during his suspension.

The 28-year-old Jackson was suspended twice while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: four games in 2009 and for 12 months starting in September 2010. He first signed with the Redskins in April 2012.