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RPM off to strong start after offseason upgrades
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:58 PM

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Richard Petty, still mourning the death of his wife, skipped the short trip to Martinsville Speedway to watch his team compete.

At the track located a little over an hour south from Petty’s famed race shop, his two drivers set out to capture a victory in honor of the late Lynda Petty and their boss, “The King.”

Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola fell short of driving their way into Victory Lane on Sunday. But for just the fourth time in 77 races as teammates, both Richard Petty Motorsports drivers finished inside the top 10.

Ambrose led 22 laps en route to his season-best finish of fifth and Almirola was eighth. It marked the second time in three races the duo both finished inside the top 10, and showed the RPM has turned a corner in its bid to recapture some of its glory days.

Mickelson among leaders at Houston Open
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:55 PM

Associated Press

HUMBLE, Texas — Phil Mickelson did more than prove to just himself that he’s ready for next week’s Masters on Thursday.

The 5-time major winner showed to everyone that he’s fully recovered from last week’s muscle pull and likely to be a factor in this week’s Houston Open as well.

Without so much as a practice round this week at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, Mickelson opened with a 4-under par 68 and was among the leaders following Thursday’s opening round.

The bogey-free performance was a far cry from last week when Mickelson was forced to withdraw during the third round in San Antonio after pulling a muscle in his right side.

Waiters scores 26 as Cavs beat Magic 119-98
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press


ORLANDO, Fla. — At this point in the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to make one last run at the playoffs and the Orlando Magic are looking for luck in the NBA draft lottery.

Both improved their chances of reaching those goals Wednesday night as the Cavaliers beat the Magic 119-98 behind 26 points from Dion Waiters and 20 each from Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson.

The easy win moved the Cavaliers within two games of New York and Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs play at Atlanta Friday night.

"This was a big game for us but every game is big because of the position we've put ourselves in," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "There is nothing tricky that we have to do. We just have to out and play hard and give ourselves a chance."

Waiters shot 10-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-3 on 3-pointers.

Knights hammer Jays 12-0 in 5 innings
Written by Larry Heiing   
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:17 PM
St. John’s first baseman Jesse Ditto plays behind Crestview’s Justin Overmyer Wednesday night at Stadium Park. (Delphos Herald/Larry Heiing)


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DELPHOS — Just 10 days ago, the Crestview Knights were in Columbus winning the 2014 Division IV basketball state championship.

Wednesday night, the Knights were in Delphos playing their first game of the baseball season against homestanding St. John’s at Stadium Park.

Crestview head coach Jim Wharton has seven round-ballers on his baseball squad this year and is getting a late jump on the spring season.

“We still have our basketball players in a transition phase from the hardwood to the diamond and are slowly getting their arms into shape,” Wharton explained. “We aren’t allowing them to throw much yet but we’ll get there. As a matter of fact, this is our first game and also the first time we played infield this year.”

Wildcat baseballers walk past Polar Bears
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:16 PM


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DOLA — Sometimes the game of baseball is about hitting.

Sometimes it’s more about patience.

Jefferson’s crew only garnered seven hits but earned 15 walks and four hit batters en route to a 15-2 5-inning rout of Hardin Northern on a pleasant overcast Wednesday in Dola.

“We showed good patience at the plate but one of the things we need to address is being mentally focused from the start. We need to pay attention to such things as the opposing pitcher’s warming up and seeing what he’s got,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary began. “We need to make adjustments from that: some did and some didn’t and you could tell the ones who didn’t because they weren’t staying back. That is something we need to learn because those types of mistakes cost you in close games.”