Getting to Know the Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Back in 1974, a local pigeon fancier imported a flock of about 50 Eurasian collared-doves to the Bahamas. Ultimately he released the birds, and they took to life in the West Indies. By the late 1970s, some had reached south Florida, and by the late 1980s, some had been seen in Georgia and Arkansas.

Since then, biologists and birders have reported collared-doves in Alabama (1991), Texas (1995), South Dakota (1996), Montana (1997), Minnesota (1998), Iowa (1999) and Oregon (1999). Today, collared doves occur all across the U.S., though for some reason their numbers are small in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states.

Though the rapid expansion of collared-dove populations has been impressive, it is neither unprecedented nor entirely natural. Originally native to the Indian subcontinent, Eurasian collared-doves began to wander northwestward into Asia and Europe in the 1600s. By the 1930s, collared doves began a rapid range expansion in Europe. It is not known if these movements were natural or facilitated by man. They reached Germany by 1945 and Great Britain in 1955, when four birds were counted. By 1970, the population in Great Britain had increased to approximately 20,000 pairs.

Though Eurasian collared-doves do not migrate, the birds disperse when local populations begin to grow. This may help explain their ability to rapidly expand their range. Furthermore, they seem genetically predisposed to move in a northwesterly direction when dispersing. This may explain why so few collared doves are seen in northeastern states.

Since the 1970s, many additional intentional and accidental releases have occurred in California, Colorado, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and throughout the Caribbean. Collared-doves visit bird feeders for sunflower seeds, millet and various cereal grains, and seem to do best in areas with higher human populations. In some places, collared doves have become relatively common backyard birds. The availability of backyard bird feeders is certainly one factor that has helped fuel their range expansion in North America. It seems inevitable that collared-doves will continue to expand their range and become increasingly common.

When exotic species invade new areas, a major conservation concern is the impact the invader may have on native species. In this case, biologists worry that mourning doves may be negatively affected. And in some towns and cities, collared doves have displaced mourning doves. In more rural areas, mourning doves hold their own.

Regulations vary from state to state, but often species that are classified as “exotic” get no protection and can be killed at will. House sparrows and European starlings are examples of unprotected exotic species. The concern is that if collared doves are designated as an unprotected exotic species, native mourning doves might be killed by mistake or out of season.

In West Virginia, all members of the dove/pigeon family (Columbidae) are classified as game birds and subject to hunting regulations. So invading doves of any species are immediately subject to existing laws.

Earlier this year the Pennsylvania Game Commission took a different approach. To protect native mourning doves, the Game Commission classified the Eurasian collared-dove as a game bird for hunters possessing a general hunting license and a migratory bird license. They must be counted as part of the bag limit for mourning doves. The rationale is that if collared-doves had been classified as an exotic species, they could be taken year-round and that could lead to out-of-season kills of mourning doves. The intent is to insure that mourning doves not be killed by mistake or out of season.

Some states have simply offered collared doves no protection — no closed season and no bag limits. It will be interesting to see how mourning doves fare in states where collared doves are totally unprotected.

Compounding the problem is that collared doves and mourning doves can be tricky to identify, especially on the wing. Collared doves are larger (7 oz. vs. 4 oz.), and their tails are square rather than pointed. And of course, collared-doves have a distinctive black band across the back of the neck.

Dove hunters should get to know the new species they may encounter this fall, and birders can add a new target species to their life list.

~~  Dr. Scott Shalaway - 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 ~~

Recalls - 07.25.14



Dream On Me is recalling Dream On Me Dinah High Chairs sold nationwide from November 2012 to November 2013.

The leg or side opening of the chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck or fall from the chair.

This poses a strangulation and fall hazard.

The recall includes Dream On Me Dinah high chairs made with a steel, powder coated tubing open-framed base with white plastic foot grips and black with white trim or red with white trim fabric seats. “Dream On Me” is printed on a label attached to the front of the tray.

Consumers should contact Dream On Me at 877.201.4317 from 9 AM to 5 PM ET Monday through Thursday and 8 AM to 4 PM Friday or online at to receive a free repair kit.


Oeuf is recalling Sparrow Cribs sold nationwide.

The slats/spindles and top rail can detach from the cribs and pose an entrapment hazard.

The recalled cribs were manufactured between July 2007 and January 2014 and have one of the following model numbers: 1SPCR, 2SPCR, 4SPCR or 5SPCR.

The manufacture date, in the MM-YYYY format, and the model number are located on the warning label attached to the crib’s mattress support.

Consumers should contact Oeuf at 844.653.8527 from 10 AM to 6 PM ET Monday through Friday or online at to receive a free repair kit.

Eventbrite to Provide Refunds to Dirty Girl Race Participants

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Morrisey: Self-service ticketing company is going to refund money to people who purchased their ticket for Saturday’s race through Eventbrite.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that self-service ticketing company, Eventbrite, has said it will refund registration fees it collected for the now-cancelled July 26 Dirty Girl Mud Run in Charleston.

According to a July 25 agreement between Eventbrite and the Office of the Attorney General, Eventbrite will send electronic notifications of its intent to provide full refunds to race participants who paid registration fees through Eventbrite’s website by July 28, with all refunds initiated in the coming days.

Despite reports that another entity was providing refunds to participants, only Eventbrite is confirmed to be providing registrants refunds as this time.

“Eventbrite was a third-party contractor serving the organizers of the race and had nothing to do with the decision to cancel the race,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Notwithstanding, the company desires to provide full refunds to those participants that paid registration fees through the website.”

100 LLC contracted with Eventbrite to provide “tickets” and receipts to participants who paid between $65 and $95 to take part in the obstacle course.

When the Charleston run was cancelled on July 23, 100 LLC announced it would not provide refunds to the approximately 2,700 people who had registered for the race. Within 24 hours of that announcement, more than 250 people filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Office alleging the no-refund policy violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

“Upon learning of 100 LLC’s statement that it would not refund the paid registration fees, Eventbrite found the outcome unsatisfactory for the Eventbrite registrants. Based upon the unusual circumstances of the cancellation, Eventbrite has decided to provide refunds in the amount of the registration fees to the Eventbrite registrants.“

“Eventbrite wants to work cooperatively with us to facilitate the refunds and ensure all appropriate participants are fully refunded their race registration fees,” Morrisey said.

Morrisey said the agreement between the Attorney General’s Office and Eventbrite does not preclude or prohibit either party from seeking additional legal remedies from 100 LLC, Human Movement, or other entities that may bear liability for damages to participants, consumers and others arising out of the cancellation of the 2014 Charleston Dirty Girl Mud Run.

“Our Office is pleased that we were able to reach this agreement with Eventbrite, and we look forward to working with them to facilitate these refunds for race participants,” Morrisey said. “Eventbrite has been cooperative throughout this process, and they share our desire that participants are treated fairly.“

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West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.27.14

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U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller has been elected to the board of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The West Virginia Democrat’s addition to the board was announced by the Virginia historic attraction Friday. The foundation also said retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Anthony C. Zinni has been elected to the board.

Zinni has been a teacher and lecturer at numerous institutions, including the College of William & Mary and Virginia Military Institute.

The Rockefeller family has been a major benefactor to Colonial Williamsburg from its inception. Rockefeller’s wife, Sharon, served as a trustee from 2001-2013.

The foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th century capital of Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg includes more than 400 restored or reconstructed buildings, among many other attractions.


Roane County officials believe the body of an elderly man who disappeared Thursday has been found.

Friends of Calvin Westfall alerted deputies after they found a body in the woods.

Deputies believe it is Westfall, and that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An autopsy still has to be performed to confirm the identity.

Deputies said Westfall took his pistol and dog with him when he disappeared into the woods earlier this week.


A teacher is charged with hitting a student multiple times with his vehicle.

Joseph Keller, a teacher at Independence High School, was arrested on Friday.

He is charged with three counts of battery.

According to Officer Zack Issa with the Sophia Police, the incident happened on May 05, 2914 during track practice.

Issa says Keller hit the student with his truck three times.

The unidentified student was not injured.

Keller was arraigned Friday in Raleigh County.

He was able to make bond.


At least some women who paid entry fees for a Charleston run that was canceled will get refunds.

The West Virginia attorney general’s office says that Eventbrite, a ticketing company used for the Dirty Girl Mud Run, will issue refunds.

It says registrants who paid through any other vendor should file a complaint with the attorney general’s office.


After showing little initial interest, federal officials are conducting more animal studies on chemicals that sullied 300,000 people’s drinking water in January.

For West Virginia, the decision was the latest curveball of federal follow-up to the Freedom Industries chemical spill in Charleston.


West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be live and on the air in 2015 with its own student-programmed radio station.

Torie Jackson, coordinator of WVU-P’s journalism and public relations programs, said students, staff and volunteers have been setting up the station equipment in a room in the college’s journalism lab, and a 40-foot tower will be installed on the roof of the main building.

The 100-watt station will be available at 96.3 FM and will have the call letters WPKM. So far the program hasn’t settled on a call name, though.

“There were several ideas put forward, but none agreed upon yet,“ she said.

Jackson said many aspects of the station are still up in the air, such as the format of programming. Earlier this year college officials put out a survey for students to weigh in on the kinds of programming they wanted on the college station.

Jeremy Harrison, a senior journalism and public relations student, has been working on establishing the station and said most students agreed on a rock variety block format.

Jackson said it will take six students to run the station, and the college is required to have live, original programming eight hours a day, though the college has three years to reach that benchmark.

Right now the planned live hours will be: Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 AM to 7 PM; Wednesday and Thursday from 6 AM to 9 PM; Friday and Saturday from 6 AM to midnight; and Sundays from 9 AM to 2 PM.

“Those are the times when we’ll have actual students in the station,“ Jackson said.

Jackson said the station has had a tremendous amount of help from area radio stations, DJs and those involved in broadcasting. The college also has had some equipment, software and the labor for setup donated by area individuals and groups.

Students also have spent the past year studying public and college radio stations to determine what formats they use and what might be the best fit for WVU-P.

Harrison said the radio programs will be streamed online so alumni can access the station from other states and areas, and students are looking at a mobile app to allow streaming to mobile phones and tablets.

Jackson said she hopes to get mobile broadcasting equipment for the program so students can do live broadcasts from events on and off campus, such as graduation or events at the college’s downtown campus.

Harrison said he’d also like to see the college periodically feature live music from local bands.

“I’m excited,“ he said. “There are a lot of resources out there that we can tap into.“

The college will be introducing a new broadcasting class this fall specifically designed around radio broadcasting. Jackson said her hope is the radio station becomes both a tool for the college and a link to the community.

“We’re really excited for this opportunity to grow the journalism program,“ she said. “We hope this becomes a voice for our college to our community.“


A tractor-trailer fire filled an Interstate 77 tunnel with black smoke, backed up traffic for miles and sent two West Virginia firefighters to a hospital.

The fire in the East River Mountain Tunnel near West Virginia’s border with Virginia was extinguished by 5:50 PM Friday, more than 2½ hours after it was reported.

Mark Perkins, a firefighter with the Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, said two of his colleagues were transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center for treatment for smoke inhalation. Several other departments also responded.

Bluefield Fire Chief Jeff Warden said smoke pouring out of the tunnel was so thick that for about 50 feet from the entrance “you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face.“

Sports Brief - 07.27.14

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►   SHAQUILLE RIDDICK, DE, WEST VIRGINIA:  The Mountaineers’ disappointing 4-8 campaign a season ago can be largely contributed to their porous defense, which allowed 33.3 points and 455.0 yards per game, but they are hoping that the addition of one of the FCS’s most disruptive forces will help turn things around.

In 11 games for Gardner-Webb in 2013, Riddick racked up 19.0 TFL, 8.5 sacks and 17 QB hurries.

It remains to be seen whether his skill set will translate to the Big 12, but Riddick is an athletic freak in a similar mold as Hunter (6-6, 244), and only figures to help a WVU squad that finished with only 16 sacks a season ago.


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►   RB GROOMS DISMISSED FROM TEAM FOLLOWING SATURDAY ARREST:  Marshall running back Kevin Grooms, whose on-field accomplishments had been coupled with several off-the-field problems, was dismissed from the football team Saturday morning following his arrest on several charges.

Grooms, age 22, was arrested Saturday on charges of misdemeanor domestic assault by threat, felony burglary and daytime breaking and entering, misdemeanor petit larceny and fleeing on foot.

Marshall’s athletic department announced Grooms’ dismissal through an emailed statement, saying he was off the team for a “violation of team rules and policies” and there would be no further comment.

This is Grooms’ third arrest since April 2013. On April 21, 2013, he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage consumption and obstruction.

Grooms also was one of five people named in a civil suit filed in May seeking damages following a vehicle-pedestrian collision on April 21, 2013.

The suit claims that on that day, Grooms was driving a Toyota Camry owned by Alyssa Rae Bartley, also named in the suit, “while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, operating said motor vehicle at excessive speed” in the 1200 block of Fourth Avenue in Huntington, when it struck Jordan Badalucco-Crist as he was crossing the street, severely injuring his leg.

Grooms was arrested on November 30, 2013 on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and obstruction.

He was suspended indefinitely following the November arrest, missing Marshall’s Conference USA championship game at Rice and its Military Bowl win over Maryland. He was allowed to return to the team for spring practice.

Grooms was named C-USA’s freshman of the year in 2012, after leading all conference freshmen with 737 rushing yards.

He suffered a high ankle sprain during the 2013 preseason and was hobbled by it for much of the season. He shared carries with Essray Taliaferro and Steward Butler in 2013, finishing third on the team with 503 yards and six touchdowns on 91 carries.


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►   ERIC STRIKER, LB, OKLAHOMA:  Striker is already a well-known commodity for the Sooners.

After receiving virtually no playing time as a freshman in 2012, he emerged last season to start all 13 games while leading the team in TFL (10.5) and sacks (6.5).

He saved his breakout performance for the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, where he logged three sacks and a forced fumble, and if that showing was any indication for what’s to come, Striker could be one of the nation’s premiere pass-rushing linebackers in 2014, and a hot commodity in next spring’s NFL Draft.


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►   SAINTS TE GRAHAM RETURNS IN FORM, AND WITH HUMOR:  Aside from the New Orleans Saints’ fleur-de-lis symbol, star tight end Jimmy Graham never associated playing pro football with flowers.

That is, until this week, when he reported to training camp at The Greenbrier resort and found his room adorned in wallpaper heavy on a pink floral print.

The room choice for Graham was an apparent practical joke. Teammate Pierre Thomas captured Graham’s reaction on video that was posted to social media, proclaiming, “They got you so good.“

Graham can afford to have a sense of humor about it. After missing all of the Saints’ offseason because of a protected contract holdout, Graham is finally back with the team, thanks to a four-year, $40 million deal struck between him and the club last week.

After his first practice on Friday, Graham, smiling, described his room as “a little bit more floral than I’m used to.“

But Graham was pleased to be back among teammates after a well-publicized contract negotiation.

“These last three days have been awesome,“ Graham said. “I told the guys, ‘You don’t know how much you miss it until you are gone for that amount of time and knowing everyone else is together.‘

“I missed the locker rooms. I missed the coaches. I missed the guys. Today was a special day for me.“

Graham’s deal makes him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL, topping the $9 million per season earned by New England’s Rob Gronkowski.

Quarterback Drew Brees didn’t seem to think Graham’s holdout had been too detrimental to his form on the field.

“Jimmy is Jimmy,“ Brees said. “Ran the best time in conditioning tests yesterday, so there’s no doubt he’s in shape and ready to roll.“

Much of that can be attributed to Graham’s support system in his offseason home of Miami, including former Saints linebacker and unsigned free agent Jonathan Vilma, a fellow former Miami Hurricane.

“When I’m down there in Miami ... that’s all we do is work,“ Graham said. “We took on this year just like we did the lockout year (2011). For me, that’s how I saw it. I knew that whenever my number was called or whenever something was figured out, that I could just show up and prove myself.“

That has not been a problem during his first four NFL seasons. Graham has become an integral part of the Saints’ high-powered offense, with 301 career receptions for 3,863 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Saints coach Sean Payton was impressed by the maturity with which Graham handled the situation.

“We have seen a guy come in here young and all of a sudden in a short period of time accomplish a lot of great things, and still has a lot of things I’m sure he wants to be able to accomplish,“ Payton said.

Graham, a former third-round pick who signed his rookie deal with little fanfare, called his first major contract negotiation “a tough process.“

“It really is,“ Graham said. “You don’t really get into football to do things like that. You never see the business side of it. You never experience litigation and things like that. So for me it was an eye-opener. But in the same respect, I’m just happy that all that mess is over and that I can just focus on this team and this season.“

►   PACKERS GIVE WR NELSON CONTRACT EXTENSION:  The Green Bay Packers signed wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a contract extension on Saturday.

According to multiple reports, Nelson and the team agreed on a four-year extension worth $39 million.

“Jordy’s hard work and dedication has made him a good player, teammate and a core member of this team,“ Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “We are pleased to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career.“

Nelson, 29, is coming off a season in which he caught 85 passes for 1,314 yards—both career highs—and eight touchdowns.

Selected by Green Bay in the second round of the 2008 draft, the Kansas State product has 302 receptions for 4,590 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career.

►   49ERS RB HUNTER TEARS ACL:  San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter suffered a torn ACL during Friday’s practice.

The injury likely sidelines Hunter for the season.

Hunter, 25, has rushed for 1,202 yards on 262 carries with seven touchdowns over his three-year NFL career—all with the 49ers.


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►   NIBALI CLOSES IN ON TOUR TITLE AFTER TIME TRIAL:  Italian Vincenzo Nibali is set to become the winner of the 2014 Tour de France after a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s time trial.

German Tony Martin won Stage 20 after completing the 54-kilometer ride from Bergerac to Perigueux in a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 21 seconds. It was his second stage won of this year’s Tour.

Nibali crossed the finish line 1:58 behind Martin, but increased his lead in the overall standings.

With Nibali in firm control of the yellow jersey, Saturday was a race to reach the podium in Paris.

Only 15 seconds separated Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde in a heated battle for second and third at the start of the stage.

Peraud placed seventh to jump ahead of Pinot for second. He trails the leader by 7:52. Pinot is 32 seconds behind his countryman after finishing 12th, while Valverde is another 1:31 slower in fourth after placing 28th Saturday.

The Tour concludes on Sunday with the traditional finish along the Champs Elysees in Paris.


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►   CARDINALS SIGN C PIERZYNSKI:  The St. Louis Cardinals have signed catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

The Cardinals expect the 37-year-old veteran to join the team in Chicago on Saturday.

Pierzynski was released by the Boston Red Sox on July 16 after batting .254 with four home runs and 31 RBI over 72 games.

The Cardinals have been searching for a viable replacement since losing Yadier Molina, who had surgery earlier this month to repair a ruptured thumb ligament.

Catcher George Kottaras was designated for assignment to clear a spot for Pierzynski on the active roster.

►   BRAVES OPTION PASTORNICKY, RECALL GOSSELIN:  The Atlanta Braves optioned second baseman Tyler Pastornicky to Gwinnett on Saturday and recalled fellow infielder Phil Gosselin from the Triple-A club.

Pastornicky has batted .200 with one home run and a .321 on-base%age in 28 games for the Braves this season. His 2013 season was cut short by surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Gosselin was hitting .344 in 96 games for Gwinnett this season. He had two hits in six at-bats for the Braves last season in his first major-league action.

►   INDIANS PROMOTE MCALLISTER FOR ANOTHER START:  The Cleveland Indians recalled pitcher Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday’s game against Kansas City.

McAllister, who has made 12 starts for the Indians this season, was brought up from the minors for the third time this month.

The right-hander is 0-1 in two July starts with four runs given up in 12 1/3 innings. The Indians are 6-6 this season in games he has started.

Cleveland optioned righty Josh Tomlin to Columbus to make room on the roster.

►   GIANTS ADD PEAVY IN TRADE WITH RED SOX:  The Boston Red Sox shipped veteran Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

The Giants hope the move bolsters their rotation as they are locked in a tight battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers for NL West supremacy.

Boston acquired two minor league pitchers, Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, in exchange for the 33-year-old Peavy and cash considerations. Escobar and Hembree were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

A former National League Cy Young Award winner, Peavy was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 outings for the Red Sox this season. The right-hander’s run support average of 2.76 was the second-lowest among all AL starting pitchers.

►   RAYS RECALL HELLICKSON FROM MINORS:  The Tampa Bay Rays recalled right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the minors, in order to take the mound Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.

Hellickson had been optioned to Double-A Montgomery on July 13, in order to give him more time to rehab from offseason elbow surgery which had limited him to one start this year.

The 27-year-old had gone 12-10 with a 5.17 earned run average in 31 starts last season.

To make room on the roster, the club designated pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment. The pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez went 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 32 appearances for Tampa in 2014.

►   METS PLACE MATSUZAKA ON DL WITH SORE ELBOW:  The New York Mets placed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sore right elbow.

The move is retroactive to Friday, a day after the right-hander gave up three runs in two innings out of the bullpen in a loss to Milwaukee.

Matsuzaka, who started the season in Triple-A, is 3-3 with a 3.87 ERA in 28 games for the Mets this season, including nine starts.

The Mets selected the contract of righty Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster spot.

►   PADRES ACTIVATE 1B ALONSO:  The San Diego Padres activated first baseman Yonder Alonso from the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s game against Atlanta.

Alonso was batting .210 with five homers and a .250 on-base%age when he went on the DL last month with right wrist tendinitis.

The Padres optioned utility man Jake Goebbert to Triple-A El Paso to make room.


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►   ROSBERG ON POLE, HAMILTON AT THE BACK FOR HUNGARIAN GP:  Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg captured his sixth pole of the season while his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, experienced an engine fire in the early going of Saturday’s qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Rosberg bumped Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel from the pole position in the closing seconds when he made a lap around the Hungaroring circuit in 1 minute, 22.715 seconds.

A brief shower interrupted the start of the final qualifying round (Q3). With slippery conditions in turn 1, McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen spun out and slammed into the barrier. Magnussen was not injured during the incident but qualifying was stopped briefly for repairs to the barrier.

Rosberg is seeking his fifth grand prix victory of the season. He won last weekend’s German Grand Prix, his home race.

“That was a very tough qualifying session today, especially with the rain at the beginning of Q3,“ said Rosberg, who claimed his 10th career pole in F1. “It’s difficult to judge which braking point is best in changing conditions, so I was a bit over the limit at times, especially in turn 1. I was lucky there, but in the end, I nailed the last lap. So I’m quite happy to be starting from pole.“

Hamilton, who has won the Hungarian GP four times, including victories the past two years, qualified 21st after failing to set a time in Q1 due to his engine fire. He had posted the fastest laps in all three practice sessions for this race.

“I can’t really believe it today. There was just nothing I could do,“ Hamilton said. “There was an issue with the car as I was coming out of the second-to- last corner and then the engine just cut out. I thought we could get it back to the garage, but then I looked in my mirrors and saw the whole rear end was on fire and that was it. Now we need to see what damage has been done to the car and see if the gearbox or engine needs to be changed.“

Hamilton, the 2008 F1 world champion, had a disastrous qualifying session in Germany as well. He suffered brake disc failure on his right-front, causing him to spin out and slam hard into the barrier. Hamilton later received a grid penalty for an unapproved gearbox change. He started 20th but rebounded nicely with a third-place finish in the German GP.

“It’s getting to the point where it’s beyond back luck now,“ he said. “As a team, we need to do better. I need to somehow find the way to turn this into a positive for tomorrow, then build on that going into the race. It will be very difficult, as [Hungaroring] is one of the hardest circuits to overtake on.“

Rosberg enters Sunday’s 70-lap Hungarian GP with a 14-point lead over Hamilton.

“It’s a real shame for Lewis and the team,“ Rosberg said of Hamilton’s qualifying incident in Hungary. “I know how much it hurts to have technical failure where there is nothing you can do as a driver. We need to sort out the reliability issues, but I know that tonight there will be a great team effort to fix his car, just like in Hockenheim [German GP] where the whole garage pitched in to help rebuild it.

“It takes away a bit of the excitement when there is no gloves-off battle because that’s what we are here for. But tomorrow is a long race, and I’m sure that Lewis can get another good result.“

Vettel’s final lap in Q3 was clocked in 1:23.201, giving him the provisional pole. The four-time F1 world champion had P1 for only a few seconds before Rosberg completed his last lap and took the pole. Vettel matched his best qualifying finish of the season. He also qualified second for the Malaysian Grand Prix in March.

“I think historically we’ve always had a competitive car around here,“ Vettel said. “It seems that we are a little bit closer, but Nico’s final lap was very good. The gap was bigger than we were hoping for because if we get everything perfect and Nico maybe has a bit of a wobble then we can have a crack. But it didn’t happen.“

Valtteri Bottas from Williams placed third in qualifying, while Vettel’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, took the fourth spot. Fernando Alonso from Ferrari was fifth.

Finishing sixth through ninth were: Felipe Massa (Williams), Jenson Button (McLaren), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India).

Magnussen did not post a time in Q3 due to his accident, as he finished 10th in qualifying. But Magnussen will have to start the race from pit lane after his team had to make a chassis and gearbox change to his badly-damaged car.

“Starting from the pit lane will make life more difficult, but I’m determined to have a strong race,“ Magnussen said.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen failed to advance into Q2 after he opted not to run another lap late in the opening round. Raikkonen held a transfer spot until he was bumped in the final seconds of Q1. He qualified 17th.

Pastor Maldonado from Lotus did not record a lap in Q1 when he experienced a problem with his car and came to a halt on the track in the opening minutes. Maldonado will start alongside Hamilton on the last row.

►   DILLON HOLDS OFF BUSCH FOR FIRST NATIONWIDE WIN AT INDY:  Rookie Ty Dillon became a first-time race winner in the Nationwide Series after passing Kyle Busch for the lead late in the race and then holding off Busch in the closing laps in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dillon, the 22-year-old grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress and younger brother of Sprint Cup Series rookie Austin Dillon, pulled ahead of Busch and took the lead for the first time following a restart on lap 77. The driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing ran in front for the final 24 laps around this historic 2.5-mile racetrack to claim his maiden win in Nationwide, which occurred in his 31st career start.

“When you got the best guy in the business [Busch] behind you, it’s tough,“ Dillon said. “It’s tough to stay focused and not give up.“

Dillon also collected a $100,000 bonus from series title sponsor Nationwide Insurance for being the highest finisher among the four drivers eligible for the “Dash 4 Cash” at Indianapolis.

“The emotions are incredible,“ he said. “I came here [to Indy] two years ago and finished third in my second Nationwide race ever. There’s just something about this place that feels right to me. I feel comfortable. I don’t know what it is. But the main thing was [crew chief] Danny Stockman Jr. gave me a car that I felt like I could go out there and win with from the moment we unloaded. He put me in a position to win, and we did it.

“I wasn’t going to let this thing go. I wasn’t going to let it slip. My guys have gone through some hard stuff this year, and they haven’t given up on me. So I was definitely going to give them all I had.“

Dillon had scored 11 top-10 finishes in the first 17 Nationwide races in 2014 but had not posted a top-five run this season until last weekend’s event at Chicagoland.

“It was really cool to see him win,“ Childress said of his grandson’s victory at Indianapolis. “He’s had a tough year this year. He’s had some close runs. But to come up here and win at Indy and race with the guys that he was racing with, it was a great day for RCR, Ty Dillon and the whole family.“

Dillon competed in the Camping World Truck Series full-time from 2012-13, winning three races. He graduated to Nationwide this season, replacing his brother in the No. 3 car for RCR. Austin Dillon won last year’s Nationwide championship and then moved on to Sprint Cup competition.

Busch, a Sprint Cup regular and winner of the 2013 Nationwide race at Indy, tried to catch Dillon during the final laps but came up 0.8 seconds short at the finish. Busch started on the pole and led just 10 laps in this event. In last year’s race here, he started first and led 92 of 100 laps.

“It’s unfortunate that we weren’t as good as we were last year,“ Busch said. “I thought we were, but we weren’t. Maybe it was the cloud cover today, or whatever. I don’t know. Felt that we would be better than that, and we just weren’t. There at the end, I had a restart and couldn’t get through turn 1. Just slipped. I don’t know what happened. [Dillon] just drove right by me. That was it. That was the race.“

Sprint Cup regulars Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Paul Menard finished third through sixth, respectively. Harvick led the most laps with 33.

Rookie Chase Elliott, who won at Chicagoland, Trevor Bayne and Brian Scott were the other drivers qualified for the Dash 4 Cash at Indianapolis. Scott, the winner of the bonus at Chicagoland, finished seventh. Bayne placed ninth, and Elliott was 12th.

Dillon, Scott, Bayne and Regan Smith qualified for the fourth and final round in the Dash 4 Cash, which is the Aug. 2 race at Iowa.

Elliott remained atop the championship standings, but Smith moved to within four points of his JR Motorsports teammate following his 10th-place finish at Indy. Elliott Sadler placed 15th and fell 11 points behind.

Dillon is now 15 points out of the lead.

►   HARVICK WINS BRICKYARD 400 POLE WITH NEW TRACK RECORD:  Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for the Brickyard 400 after a dominating performance in Saturday’s qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Harvick, in his first season as driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, posted the fastest lap in all three rounds of knockout qualifying at this historic 2.5-mile racetrack. His lap at 188.470 mph during the final round earned him the top starting position for Sunday’s 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race here.

The 38-year-old Harvick scored his 10th career pole in Sprint Cup, including his second at Indianapolis. He started on the pole and won the 2003 Brickyard 400. Harvick now leads the series with four poles this season.

“After the first lap, I was probably more nervous than I have been in a while for qualifying,“ Harvick said. “I wasn’t really expecting to have the car run that fast. From there, they [the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team] are all looking at you and saying, ‘Alright if you screw this up, it’s on you buddy.‘

“It’s great to have fast cars. They do a great job preparing the cars and just being able to come to the racetrack and know the cars are going to be fast takes a huge burden off of everybody’s shoulders just to get the balance right.“

Harvick turned a lap at 188.889 mph during the first qualifying round, which set a new track record at Indianapolis. The previous record was 187.531 mph, set by Ryan Newman in 2013. Harvick’s best lap in the second round was clocked at 188.281 mph.

It’s the 14th time this season that a new track record has been set in the series.

Jeff Gordon, the current points leader and four-time Brickyard 400 winner, qualified second with a lap at 187.770 mph. Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994. His most recent victory in this race occurred 10 years ago.

“We didn’t have anything for Kevin today but what an incredible [car] that we have this weekend,“ Gordon said. “Qualifying second is so huge here. To be on that front row and 20 years after that first Brickyard 400, I get excited about that.“

Brad Keselowski, who has won two of the last three Sprint Cup races, qualified third, while Newman, who is the defending winner of the Brickyard 400, placed fourth. Brian Vickers was fifth.

Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch will start sixth through 12th, respectively. Montoya, a full-time competitor in the IndyCar Series this year, is making his second Sprint Cup start this season. Johnson is also a four-time winner Brickyard 400 winner, with his most recent victory here in 2012.

“We had a solid day, but in that last [qualifying] session, you could just tell in the first corner that it just wouldn’t turn in the center like I needed it to,“ Johnson said. “It’s the first time we went three laps on qualifying tires. We didn’t have much time to practice this morning to work on that kind of stuff. But I’m sure we definitely learned a lot in today’s qualifying session.“

Among those drivers failing to advance into the third qualifying round were: Matt Kenseth (qualified 13th), Danica Patrick (14th), rookie Kyle Larson (15th), Clint Bowyer (16th), rookie Austin Dillon (17th), Carl Edwards (18th), Greg Biffle (19th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (23rd) and Jamie McMurray (24th).

Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard, the 2011 Brickyard 400 winner, did not make it into the second round. Hamlin qualified 27th and Menard 29th.

Brett Moffitt, David Stremme and Matt Crafton failed to qualify.


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►   LANGER LEADS SENIOR OPEN BY 8:  Bernhard Langer carded his third straight round in the 60s on Saturday and he extended his lead to a record- tying eight strokes after three rounds of the Senior Open Championship.

Langer shot 3-under 68 in round three to end 54 holes at 14-under-par 199. His 8-shot lead matched Jack Nicklaus’ tour record for largest 54-hole lead. Nicklaus led by eight after three rounds at the 1991 Senior PGA Championship.

Langer, the 2010 champion and last year’s runner-up, will go for his fourth major championship on the Champions Tour on Sunday.

Rick Gibson fired a 5-under 66 to jump into second place at minus-6. Bob Tway is one stroke further back at 5-under 208 after a third-round 68 at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.

Three-time champion Tom Watson shot 69 to move into a share of fourth at minus-4. He was joined there by Chris Williams (71) and Scott Dunlap, who matched the low round of the week with his 6-under 65.

Langer led by seven entering the third round and did little to cost himself that big margin. He got on the board with a birdie at the second.

The German birdied the fourth and 2-putted for birdie on the par-5 sixth. He has birdied both of those holes all three days.

Around the turn, Langer tripped to just his third bogey of the week at the 10th to dip to 13-under. He was eight clear at that point, and remained comfortably ahead with seven pars in a row from the 11th.

“I got off to a good start, and got 3-under after six, I think, and then, you know, maybe played a little more safe a couple of holes and hit one shot fat which wasn’t great, but made bogey there, but the rest, again, the long putting was very good,“ Langer stated.

Langer hit his drive on the par-5 18th over 380 yards and had just a short iron into the par-5. He dropped his approach inside 15 feet and 2-putted for birdie to end eight ahead of Gibson.

“I hit a couple of good trick shots towards the end, and drove the ball very well, hit some amazing straight drives and long drives. I mean the one on 18 I can’t believe how far I went, but that’s how it is right now,“ said Langer. “It’s very bouncy and firm, and I was fortunate not to end up in a bunker there on 18.“

Gibson, whose last tour start was at the 2012 Senior Open Championship, stumbled to a bogey at the first, but he came right back with a birdie on the second. He parred three in a row from the third, then dropped in a birdie chance on No. 6.

The Canadian converted back-to-back birdie chances from the eighth en route to making the turn at minus-4.

Gibson birdied the 12th, then ran off five pars in a row. He closed his round with his second birdie in three days at the 18th to briefly move within seven of Langer, but Langer also birdied the last to lead by eight.

“Obviously, Langer is playing extremely well and the rest of us are packed in behind him. But links golf has its reputation for a reason, and I understand we’re going to get some wind tomorrow. At least that’s what people keep telling me,“ Gibson said. “We’ve only had light breezes so far, and Bernhard is the only one who’s figured it out. So with some wind tomorrow it’s going to be very interesting.“

Montgomerie, the Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open champion, birdied three of five holes from the fourth, and he was seven back of Langer at that point. However, the Scotsman double-bogeyed the 10th before making bogey at 11 and 18 to tumble 11 behind Langer.

NOTES: Noboru Sugai led the 2002 Senior Open Championship by six strokes after three rounds, and that had stood as the largest 54-hole lead in championship history ... Bob Charles won this event by seven in 1989 and that is the largest winning margin ... Langer’s 14-under score matched the lowest third- round score in championship history - Carl Mason was 14-under in 2003 ... Langer has led 10 senior majors after three rounds, but is just 3-7 in those 10 ... Three of the four 54-hole leaders in majors this season have won the title ... Greg Turner had a hole-in-one on the 15th for the 11th ace since this championship became a major in 2003.

►   U.S. OUSTED AT INTERNATIONAL CROWN:  Korea’s So Yeon Ryu and Inbee Park both birdied the first playoff hole on Saturday to oust the United States and earn the final spot in Sunday’s singles matches at the International Crown.

“You know, when I won the U.S. Women’s Open, I had a playoff, but I wasn’t that nervous. This was the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life,“ Ryu said.

Ryu and Park beat Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr in the extra session. Thompson and Kerr made a par and birdie, respectively. They had beaten the Jutanugarn sisters, Ariya and Moriya, to move the U.S. to six points.

However, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Onnarin Sattayabanphot fended off Paula Creamer and world No. 1 Stacy Lewis, 1-up. Thailand and Spain topped group A with seven points, while Chinese Taipei was eliminated with four points.

Japan split its two matches with Korea, but still finished atop group B with eight points. Sweden beat Australia in both matches Saturday to earn four points and moved into second place with seven points.

Korea finished with six, while Australia was ousted with just three points.

Korea and the United States went to the par-5 16th for the playoff at Caves Valley Golf Club. All four players found the fairway off the tee, but only Kerr reached the green in two.

Park laid up, then chipped her third to five feet. Ryu and Thompson both came up just short with their second shots. Thompson putted onto the green, but was still 15 feet short of the hole. Ryu chipped to about three feet.

After Kerr missed her lengthy eagle attempt, Thompson’s birdie try stayed above ground and she was conceded par. Kerr made her birdie try before both Park and Ryu made their birdies to win the final spot in Sunday’s singles.

“Lexi hit an awesome shot in here (at 16), but that’s golf. We can’t just say that one shot was it. There’s four players on this team, and (Cristie) said that we win together and we lose together,“ said Creamer.

After getting shutout on Thursday, the U.S. rallied with four points on Friday.

“First day was really the killer. Honestly, the format in this event is hard, it’s really hard and to have a playoff end on one hole is really hard too,“ Kerr stated.

Kerr birdied the second and parred the fourth to give the U.S. a 2-up lead against the Jutanugarns. The teams halved seven in a row from the fifth before Thompson birdied 13 and 14 to give the U.S. a 4-up lead. The Jutanugarns birdie the 15th to get within 3-down, but after two more halves, the U.S. won that match, 3 & 2.

In the final match on the course, Lewis and Creamer trailed much of the way. The Thai duo of Phatlum and Sattayabanphot won the second and fifth with birdies.

Lewis answered with a birdie on No. 7 and the U.S. also birdie the eighth to square the match. After Phatlum birdied the 11th, Lewis answered with an eagle on No. 12. The U.S. had two chances to birdie the 13th and go 1-up, but both players missed.

Phatlum made an 8-footer for birdie on 14 and stuffed her second to a foot on the 15th. After Lewis missed, the U.S. duo was 2-down with three to play. Lewis was conceded a birdie on 16 after just missing her eagle try. Both Thai players missed birdie chances and the U.S. was back within 1-down.

Sattayabanphot 2-putted for par on the 17th to halve the 17th after Phatlum went in the water with her tee ball. Creamer and Lewis had similar birdie chances on the 18th, but neither was able to convert and the Thai duo earned two points to advance and the U.S. was later ousted in the playoff for the final spot.

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz rolled to a 6 & 5 win over Taipei’s Yani Tseng and Phoebe Yao. Spain also claimed the other match as Belen Mozo and Beatriz Recari held off Candie Kung and Teresa Lu, 1-up. Those two wins gave Spain seven points and a spot in Sunday’s singles matches and those results ousted Taipei.

In group B, Park and Ryu cruised to a 4 & 3 victory over Mamiko Higa and Mika Miyazato, while Japan’s Sakura Yokomine and Ai Miyazato rallied for a 3 & 2 win over Korea’s Na Yeon Choi and I.K. Kim.

Sweden earned two huge wins to earn the second spot in group B. Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist easily took down Australia’s Minjee Lee and Karrie Webb, 5 & 3. Pernilla Lindberg and Mikaela Parmlid trounced Katherine Kirk and Lindsey Wright, 7 & 5. That was the largest win of the week.

NOTES: The United States had been the top-seeded team in the event ... Kirk and Wright lost six of their last seven holes on Friday, and lost six of the first 12 on Saturday.

►   SUCHER REMAINS IN LEAD AT MIDWEST CLASSIC:  Zack Sucher carded a third-round, 7- under 64 and he extended his lead to three shots heading into the final day at the Midwest Classic.

Looking for his first win on the Tour, Sucher finished 54 holes at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate at 20-under-par 193 and he holds a 3-shot lead over Aaron Watkins heading into Sunday.

Watkins also fired a 7-under 64 on day three and he is alone in second place at 17-under 196. Right behind him is Jason Gore at 14-under. Gore did not quite go as low in his round, finishing with a 68. He is six shots off the lead after beginning the day just two shots back.

Bill Lunde is in sole possession of fourth place at 13-under after his 66. Tom Hoge just missed out on the third 59 in Tour history, but he finished his day with an 11-under 60, vaulting him into a tie for fifth at 12-under. Hoge began the day 12 shots back.

Joining Hoge at minus-12 are Aron Price (63), Rod Pampling (64) and Shane Bertsch (66).

Sucher’s lead was just one as he began his round with Hoge right behind him. Sucher did not begin his round well as he double-bogeyed the first hole to briefly drop out of the lead.

A birdie at the par-4 second got Sucher back on track and he pulled even with Hoge at minus-12. Sucher settled for five straight pars from No. 3 before pouring in three straight birdies from No. 8.

Already on a roll as he made the turn, Sucher made par at No. 11 and then rattled off four straight birdies from No. 12 to move to minus-6 for the day. Another birdie at No. 17 put Sucher at 7-under for the day and minus-20 for the week. He parred the final hole to finish there.

“It’s hard to find something positive when you start out with a double,“ Sucher said. “I guess it was a really good two-putt. My irons were really good today, probably better than they were yesterday. The pins weren’t so hard that you couldn’t get close to them. The greens are soft and if you’re hitting the ball well you can get to any of them.“

Watkins had a relatively quiet front nine, making two birdies at two and nine to go along with seven pars.

Like Sucher, the back nine was where Watkins did his work. After starting the last nine with a birdie at No. 11 sandwiched in between pars at 10 and 12, Watkins made three straight birdies from No. 13. Watkins’ final birdie of the day came at No. 17 and he ended his round with a par at the last.

Hoge started his round off right with a birdie at one, and it only got better from there. Another birdie at No. 3 preceded three straight birdies from No. 5.

Making the turn at minus-5 for the day, Hoge crushed the back nine as well with seven birdies and just two pars. Hoge made back-to-back gains at 12 and 13 as well as 17 and 18. He also dropped in birdies at 10 and 18 to complete an incredible round.

NOTES: While Sucher has never won on the Tour, he does have three top-10 finishes this year, with his most recent one coming at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open, where he finished tied for fourth ... Watkins is also seeking his first win on tour ... Hoge nearly joined Will Wilcox (2013 Utah Championship) and Russell Knox (Albertsons Boise Open) as the only players to shoot a 59 on tour.

►   ZALATORIS TOPS RILEY TO WIN U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR:  William Zalatoris defeated Davis Riley 5 & 3 to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship 36-hole match play final on Saturday.

Playing in his fifth U.S. Junior Amateur, Zalatoris won holes 30, 32 and 33 to clinch the championship. For the second straight year, Riley finished runner- up at this event. He also lost in the 36-hole final to Scottie Scheffler last year.

Through the first 18 holes on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods, Zalatoris and Riley went back-and-forth, with both of them holding a lead at some point.

Zalatoris struck first at the par-4 second, pouring in a birdie to go 1-up. Riley came right back with a birdie of his own at No. 3, but he tripped to a double-bogey on No. 4 to go 1-down again.

The two kept trading blows as Riley won the fifth hole to get to all-square, but Zalatoris answered yet again with a birdie at No. 6 to go 1-up. After they both halved seven and eight, Zalatoris bogeyed No. 9 to drop back to all- square.

Riley took his first lead of the day with a birdie at 11 and he kept rolling with his second straight birdie at 12 to win back-to-back holes and take a 2- up lead.

Zalatoris trimmed that lead to one with a birdie at No. 13 and he squared things up with another birdie at 15. Riley responded with a win at No. 17, but Zalatoris had an answer again with a birdie and a win at No. 18, making the match all-square through 18.

Starting the second 18 at the first hole again, Zalatoris earned back-to-back wins at 19 and 20 to go 2-up, and he never trailed again.

Riley birdied No. 21 to get back to 1-down, but he bogeyed No. 23 to fall back. Zalatoris grabbed his biggest lead to that point with a birdie and a win at No. 26, moving him to 3-up.

A birdie on the 29th hole got Riley back to 2-down, but Zalatoris won No. 30 to recapture a 3-up lead.

An incredible shot at No. 32 all but sealed the deal for Zalatoris as he holed out from the fairway for an eagle. A par on No. 33 was good enough for Zalatoris to win the hole and the championship.

►   SUPERAL EDGES NAVARRO TO WIN GIRLS’ JUNIOR TITLE:  Princess Mary Superal bogeyed the 37th hole on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club, but it was good enough to defeat Marijosse Navarro, 1-up, to win the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship on Saturday.

Navarro, a three-time Mexican Women’s Amateur champion, found water on the first extra hole. After Superal’s par putt just missed, Navarro conceded the hole and the match.

Superal was in control throughout most of the day, but she could not quite shake Navarro until the very end. The two halved the first three holes before Superal took her first lead of the day with a birdie at the par-4 fourth.

She remained 1-up until the eighth hole, where Superal made par to go 2-up. Navarro won her first hole at No. 10 when she made birdie on the par-4.

Superal and Navarro matched each other on the next six holes before Superal went back to 2-up with a win at No. 17. Navarro responded with a birdie at 18 to get back to 1-down after the first 18 holes.

After the break, Superal and Navarro halved the next three before Navarro got things back to all-square for the first time since the third hole with a birdie on No. 22. Superal had another answer, however, as she birdied the 23rd hole to regain the lead.

Superal got to 2-up with another birdie on No. 27 and Navarro came back with a birdie at 29. Superal got right back to 2-up with a birdie at No. 30, but Navarro responded with back-to-back wins at 32 and 33, evening things up with three holes to play.

For the first time all day Navarro took the lead with a par at No. 35, but it was short-lived as Superal birdied the final hole of regulation to square the match and send it into extra holes.

►   WHITEFORD JOINS HORSEY IN RUSSIAN OPEN LEAD:  Peter Whiteford fired a 6-under 66 on Saturday to claim a share of the lead of the Russian Open.

Whiteford was joined atop the leaderboard at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club at 13- under-par 203 by David Horsey (70), who has held at least a share of the lead since the end of the first round.

Whiteford is seeking his first career title on the European Tour, while Horsey is a two-time tour winner.

“I’m hoping I wake up tomorrow with a better swing. I had a lot of good luck today,“ said Whiteford. “It might be a bit like match play on the front nine tomorrow.“

Andrea Pavan carded the low round of the day with an 8-under 64 to vault into a tie for third place with Scott Jamieson (69) and Thomas Pieters (72) at minus-9.

Damien McGrane (69), Sam Hutsby (70) and Gary Boyd (72) shared sixth at 7- under 209.

Horsey entered the day with a 2-stroke lead and birdied the first and third to move to 13-under and remain on top of the leaderboard despite Whiteford’s hot start that included five birdies over his first six holes.

That brought Whiteford within one of the lead at minus-12 before a bogey at the seventh halted his momentum and handed Horsey back his 2-shot advantage.

Whiteford, however, bounced right back by holing out from a bunker for an eagle at the eighth to claim a share of the lead.

Horsey then bogeyed the ninth to fall to 12-under and give the outright lead to Whiteford.

Pieters, who was also playing in the final group, had recorded birdies at the fourth, seventh and ninth during his front nine to meet Horsey in second place at 12-under.

A flurry of activity at the 10th put Horsey back in the lead as he rolled in a birdie at the hole to move to 13-under while Whiteford bogeyed the hole to drop to minus-12. Pieters also tripped to a bogey at the 10th to fall two shots off the pace.

Horsey made it two gains in a row at the 11th to move two clear, but gave both of those shots away with bogeys at the 13th and 15th to drop into a tie for the lead with Whiteford.

Whiteford and Horsey both birdied the 17th to reach 13-under and both parred the last to remain tied heading into the final round.

“Pete started like a train and I was just trying to tell myself to concentrate on my own game,“ Horsey said. “I didn’t quite maintain it that well on the back nine, but I kept myself in there and hopefully it’ll be a little better tomorrow.“

NOTES: Whiteford’s best finish of the season was a tie for 17th at the South African Open Championship. He has missed the cut in 16 of his 19 starts since ... Horsey has four top-10 finishes this season, with the most recent coming at the Lyoness Open in June ... Pavan’s 64 was also the best round of the tournament so far.


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►   LOVE WITHDRAWS FROM TEAM USA:  Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has informed USA Basketball that he will be unable to participate with the men’s national team this summer.

Love cited his current status with the Timberwolves as the reason he will be unavailable. The three-time All-Star has recently been involved in trade speculation after informing Minnesota he will not re-sign with the team when his contract expires.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors have reportedly been the teams with the most interest in landing Love.

“The fact is we can only look to the players we have available,“ Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo said. “Our job is to get the job done with our very, very deep roster, and we’re anxious to get things started.“

The news comes just days before Team USA is set begin training camp for the FIBA World Cup.


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►   SVITOLINA, JOVANOVSKI TO MEET IN BAKU FINAL:  Former champions Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Serbian Bojana Jovanovski reached the final of the Baku Cup with three-set victories in the semifinals on Saturday.

The second-seeded Svitolina, who won her maiden title here last year, rallied to beat 2010 French Open champ Francesca Schiavone of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 after the fifth-seeded Jovanovski outlasted Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Svitolina, 19, will play her second WTA Tour final on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Jovanovski captured her first crown at this event in 2012. She also won a tournament in Tashkent last year.

The 2014 Baku champ will claim $43,000.

►   MONACO, ANDUJAR EYE GSTAAD TITLE:  Juan Monaco and Pablo Andujar will play for the Swiss Open title after both defeated seeded players in the semifinals on Saturday.

Monaco posted a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win over seventh-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase on the red clay at Roy Emerson Arena, then Andujar bested fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1 in an all-Spanish matchup.

Haase lost in last year’s Gstaad final, while Verdasco was the 2011 runner-up at this tournament.

The 30-year-old Monaco reached his first final since losing at Kitzbuhel in July last year. The Argentine has won seven of his eight career titles on clay.

Andujar, 28, is looking to capture a third career title. He prevailed in the 2011 Casablanca final and successfully defended his crown the following year.

Sunday’s match will be the first meeting between the two on the ATP World Tour.

The 2014 Swiss Open champ will earn $105,000.

►   HEAVY RAINS POSTPONE SEMIFINALS IN UMAG:  Torrential rain has forced the postponement of play at the Vegeta Croatia Open on Saturday.

Both singles semifinals and the doubles championship were pushed back until Sunday.

Top-seeded Fabio Fognini will take on Pablo Cueves of Uruguay, while the other semifinal pits Croat Marin Cilic and Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

The 2014 Croatia Open titlist will collect $105,000.


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►   WICKED STRONG CLAIMS JIM DANDY STAKES:  Wicked Strong, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, went past favored Tonalist and won Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in advance of next month’s $1 million Travers.

Trained by Jimmy Jerkens for Centennial Farms, Wicked Strong was sent off as the 2-1 second pick in the field of six 3-year-olds. Belmont Stakes champ Tonalist was the 9-10 favorite with Kid Cruz at 5-1.

Wicked Strong broke sharply from the gate and proceeded to press from the outside the pace being set by Legend. Tonalist was sitting off the pace up the backstretch in the 1 1/8-mile stakes.

Around the final turn, Wicked Strong drew even with Legend as Tonalist ranged into contention from the middle of the track. Wicked Strong had the lead at the top of the stretch with Tonalist to his outside.

Maragh shook his mount up to draw away from Tonalist down the stretch and post a 2 1/4-length victory over the favorite. Kid Cruz rallied to finish third followed by Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve, Ulanbator and Legend. Cousin Stephen was a scratch.

“This is great. This is really great,“ said Jerkens. “The way he works, I don’t think Secretariat worked any better than this horse does in the morning. I know the talent’s there. It’s just getting him to put it all together.

“It was a different dimension today where he was up close to the pace, and he didn’t get by (Legend) too easy. He had to run to get the best of him, and then Tonalist was right there. I think he showed a lot of class today.“

The time for the Jim Dandy on a fast track was 1:49.16.

Wicked Strong, wearing blinkers for the first time, pocketed $360,000 in his Saratoga debut and became a millionaire in the process. The colt has won three of nine career starts for $1,244,610.

“It might be my imagination but he always seemed to be running with his head cocked to the outside in his other races,“ said Jerkens. “I didn’t really notice that today. I thought he ran straight and true.“

The 3-year-old began his season with a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After a fourth in an optional allowance race, he won the Wood Memorial at 9-1 odds.

Wicked Strong overcame some problems in the Kentucky Derby to finish fourth and again finished fourth, in a dead heat with California Chrome, in the Belmont Stakes.

The 1 1/4-mile Travers, the “Mid-Summer Derby,“ will be run on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Wicked Strong paid $6.40, $3.10 and $2.40. Tonalist returned $2.50 and $2.10, and Kid Cruz paid $2.50 to show.

►   MCWICKED CAPTURES ADIOS PACE AT THE MEADOWS:  Odds-on favorite McWicked set most of the pace and rolled to victory Saturday in the $400,000 final of the Adios Pace at The Meadows.

Trained by Casie Coleman and driven by David Miller, McWicked left from post 2 as the 1-5 favorite in the nine-horse field of 3-year-olds for the mile pace.

McWicked took the lead shortly after the start and set the pace with At Press Time, Cammikey and Somewhere In L A racing right behind him. The favorite took the field into the final turn with Somewhere In L A moving into second on the outside.

McWicked, racing along the rail, turned back the challenge from Somewhere In L A and went on to post a length victory in a time of 1:49 1/5.

“Pretty much loafed around the track, really no pressure at all,“ the winning driver said. “He’s very manageable, he would go a lot slower if I let him.“

Cammikey was third followed by Beat The Drum, At Press Time, Stevensville, Let’s Drink On It, Carracci Hanover and Bushwacker.

Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked added $200,000 with the Adios victory and has won five of his last six starts. The 3-year-old colt has earned $798,447 with nine wins and seven seconds in 19 career starts.

McWicked won an Adios elimination race last week three weeks after claiming the $500,000 final of the Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He had finished fourth in the final of the North America Cup behind JK Endofanera.

Coleman becomes the first female trainer to win an Adios final.

McWicked returned $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10. Somewhere In L A paid $4.40 and $3.60, Cammikey paid $5.00 to show.

►   FED BIZ IS ALL BUSINESS IN WINNING SAN DIEGO HANDICAP:  The far outside post position proved no problem for Fed Biz Saturday in winning the 73rd running of the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar.

The 1 1/16-mile San Diego is a prep for the $1 million Pacific Classic in four weeks.

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, Fed Biz was sent off as the 3-1 second choice behind 2-1 favorite Frac Daddy in the nine-horse field. On Thursday, probable favorite Dance With Fate suffered a catastrophic injury at Del Mar and was euthanized that day.

Fed Biz, breaking from the last post, quickly moved to the inside to take lead setting the pace. Owned by Kaleem Shah, the 5-year-old led the field up the backstretch with very little pressure and easily put away the competition turning for home.

Fed Biz drew away from the field down the stretch to register a five-length victory in his debut effort of 2014. In the process, he set a new track record of 1:41 for 1 1/16 miles, breaking the one held by 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta.

“That performance was incredible. This is one race I’ve never been able to win,“ Baffert stated.

Finishing second was 25-1 longshot Footbridge followed by You Know I Know, Frac Daddy, Handsome Mike, Honduran, Soi Phet, Imperative and Battier. Summer Hit was scratched.

Fed Biz notched his sixth lifetime win in 16 starts and adds $120,000 to his earnings. The 5-year-old has banked $660,496.

The horse ran his record at Del Mar to three wins in as many starts. Last year he won the track’s Pat O’Brien Stakes over eventual Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents. Fed Biz was sixth in the Dirt Mile after a two-month absence from the races.

Coming into this year, Fed Biz had the Del Mar record of 1:21.12 for seven furlongs as well.

Fed Biz returned $8.00, $5.40 and $4.40. Footbridge paid $19.00 and $7.60, and You Know I Know paid $4.40 to show.


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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

Major League Baseball - National League
Washington at Cincinnati, 1:10 PM - MASN, FS-Ohio, DSS
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1:35 PM - FS-Arizona, CSN-Philadelphia, DSS
NY Mets at Milwaukee, 2:10 PM - SNY, FS-Wisconsin, DSS
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 PM - FS-Midwest, WGN (America), DSS
Pittsburgh at Colorado, 4:10 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain, DSS
San Diego at Atlanta, 5:05 PM - FS-San Diego, South, DSS
Los Angeles at San Francisco, 8:07 PM - ESPN

American League
Toronto at NY Yankees, 1:05 PM - SNET, YES, TBS, DSS
Boston at Tampa Bay, 1:40 PM -  NESN, SunSports, DSS
Cleveland at Kansas City, 2:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, DSS
Chicago WSox at Minnesota, 2:10 PM - CSN-Chicago, FS-North, DSS
Detroit at LA Angels, 3:35 PM - FS-Detroit, West, DSS
Baltimore at Seattle, 4:10 PM - MASN2, ROOT-Northwest, DSS
Oakland at Texas, 7:05 PM - CSN-California, FS-Southwest, DSS

Miami at Houston, 2:10 PM - FS-Florida, CSN-Houston, DSS

Minnesota at Connecticut, 3:00 PM - WCTX
Atlanta at Washington, 4:00 PM - CSN-DC, NBA TV
Chicago at Tulsa, 4:30 PM - No scheduled television

Major League Soccer
FC Dallas at Vancouver FC, 5:00 PM - Time Warner, TSN, DSS
Portland at Montreal, 8:00 PM - ROOT-Northwest, TVA Sports, DSS

International Soccer
AC Milan vs. Manchester City, 4:00PM - FS1
Liverpool vs. Olympiacos, 6:00 PM - FS1
EuroAmerican Cup: San Jose vs. Club Atletico de Madrid, 7:55 PM - beIN Sport

Major League Lacrosse
Chesapeake at New York, 3:00 PM - CBSSN

EUROPEAN - Russian Open, 6:00 AM - Golf Channel
CHAMPIONS - Senior British Open, 12:00 PM - ESPN 2
PGA - Canadian Open, 1:00 PM - Golf Channel
LPGA - International Crown, 3:00 PM - Golf Channel
PGA - Canadian Open, 3:00 PM - CBS

Atlanta Open, 4:00 PM - ESPN 2
World Team Tennis Finals, 6:00 PM - ESPN 2

Auto Racing
FORMULA ONE - Hungarian Grand Prix, 7:30 AM - CNBC
SPRINT CUP - Crown Royal 400/Brickyard, 1:00 PM - ESPN

Tour de France
Stage 21, 9:00 AM - NBCSN

Horse Racing
Haskell Invitational, 5:00 PM - NBC
Big Crosby Stakes, 8:00 PM - TVG

Gilmer County Democratic Executive Committee: MEETING NOTICE - 07.29.14


The Gilmer County Democratic Executive Committee will be having a meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM at The Glenville Inn Conference Room.

The public is invited to attend.

Glenville First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - July 27-31, 2014 Starting Today

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Weekly Horoscope: 07.27.14 - 08.02.14

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Pursue fun and happiness on the 27th and 28th. You will be admired for your contributions and invite popularity that will make some jealous. Don’t be daunted by those less accommodating. Being a team player will pay off. A good opportunity on the 29th 30th and 31st is apparent. Make sure you are fully prepared to do whatever it takes to excel. What’s being offered can change the way you move forward personally as well as professionally. Take a step back on the 1st and 2nd and size up your situation before you make an offer or suggestion. Be humble, gracious and attentive and you will avoid within important relationships. Your insecurities will be the root of your problem.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Rejection or feeling discontentment should be your signal to make a clean break from something or someone on the 27th and 28th. Too much of anything will lead to trouble. Cut your losses and get on with your life. Make plans to improve your position, health and wealth. An interest learning or meeting people from different backgrounds on the 29th 30th and 31st will lead you to new possibilities. This is the perfect time to start something new, a new project, hobby or even a new friendship. Using past experience on the 1st and 2nd to help you move forward will pay off. Reevaluating and soul searching will lead to the answers you’ve been looking for.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Mini trips, sharing ideas with people in your community or engaging in an educational pursuit will bring good results on the 27th and 28th. Bounce your ideas or future plans off someone you trust or feel has experience and knowledge to share with you. Don’t expect to get something for nothing on the 29th 30th and 31st. Emotional confusion will lead to mistakes when dealing with situations that can influence your home or reputation. Problems with contractors or domestic chores can be expected. Your popularity will grow on the 1st and 2nd. Enjoy getting together with old friends. A short trip will lead to an interesting encounter with someone you feel is very special and important to your future

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Don’t sidestep important issues that can influence your future on the 27th and 28th. Going over the past and assessing ways you can utilize your experiences and knowledge to make gains now will lead to a stable and secure future. You’ll be the center of attention if you get together with friends or relatives on the 29th 30th and 31st. Your insightful ideas and the way you express what you would like to see happen will attract interest from an unexpected source leading to a lucrative partnership. Follow your instincts. A younger or older person in your life will need help on the 1st and 2nd. Look at this as an opportunity not a burden.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - You are likely to overdo it on the 27th and 28th especially if you are dealing with personal matters. Indulgence will lead to opposition or even worse a falling out with someone important to your future. Now is not the time to embellish the truth. Whatever you do or offer others on the 29th 30th and 31st will have an impact on the way you are treated. Focus on your work and career objectives. You can make vocational changes if you send out your resume or touch base with someone you’ve worked with in the past. An old friend or colleague will have a positive and prosperous influence on your future on the 1st and 2nd. Take advantage of a good deal.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Consider what you can do for others on the 27th and 28th. Filter through all the information you are given regarding organizations or facilities that can offer you the help you are looking for. Don’t hold back when you can make a difference. Follow through with your plans on the 29th 30th and 31st. Being afraid of change or opting to play it safe will not help you move forward. Embrace whatever comes your way and take ownership of any contribution you make. Don’t spend needlessly or lend or donate money on the 1st and 2nd unless you are sure that it will be used for the purpose intended. Communication will help clear up confusion. Love is on the rise.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Take a back seat and be observant on the 27th and 28th. Once you feel you have all the information you need take action. You will learn through the company you keep so pick and choose who you spend time with carefully. Stop procrastinating on the 29th 30th and 31st and start to make changes before someone makes them for you. You will be accused of laziness or incompetence if you don’t take a stance and get things done. Think big on the 1st and 2nd and you will be able to make a difference to the outcome of a situation at home or at work. Stay focused on what’s important and you will succeed.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Weigh the pros and cons on the 27th and 28th before you make a blanket statement that can lead to a feud. Creative endeavors will help keep you out of trouble as well as lead to an accomplishment that you can be proud of. Everyone will be looking to you for answers on the 29th 30th and 31st. Your wisdom and expertise will allow you to express your thoughts however you mustn’t give ultimatums. Diplomacy will be your ticket to getting what you want and when. You have more to offer than you realize. Overreacting, taking on too much or exaggeration will lead to trouble on the 1st and 2nd. Victory depends on how accurate and precise you portray your feelings.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Take care of money, medical and legal issues on the 27th and 28th. You will be right on target so don’t skip a beat and you will get everything done on time and be praised for your accomplishments. You will be sensitive and inclined to be vague about the way you feel or what you want to do on the 29th 30th and 31st. Expect someone to criticize you if you hold back or neglect taking care of your responsibilities. You can make a difference if you put your mind to it. You can achieve your goals on the 1st and 2nd if you are willing to give something up in return. You will have no regrets if you strive for equality.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - You will have something to think about on the 27th and 28th regarding your future and your relationships with others. Be careful where money and contracts are concerned. Get everything in writing and don’t sign anything if confusion or uncertainty prevails. Business trips or digging deep to discover ways to do your job more efficiently should be your intent on the 29th 30th and 31st. Being open to new ideas will lead greater prosperity. Networking will enforce greater alliances with your colleagues. An emotional setback is likely on the 1st and 2nd. Do what needs to be done and refuse to be sidetracked by anything or anyone. It’s what you accomplish that will count in the end.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Partnerships will be questionable and tension will mount on the 27th and 28th if you have neglected your responsibilities or you haven’t been listening to complaints being made. Focus on positive realistic change and you can turn things around. What you learn can result in added income on the 29th 30th and 31st. Check out job prospect or educational pursuit that can help you make long-term gains. Take the initiative and change the dynamics of your current job situation. Speak up on the 1st and 2nd but be willing to listen to good advice as well. Taking on too much or overreacting or spending will be your downfall. Change is good as long as it’s practical.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) -  Get started and don’t stop until you complete what’s on your agenda on the 27th and 28th. Refrain from offering your services to people who aren’t appreciative or inclined to take advantage of you. You may want to help but you are best to put your needs first. Don’t jump to conclusions or react impulsively on the 29th 30th and 31st when dealing with partnerships. Concentrate on love and romance not anger and hurt. Make a point to sign up for something you enjoy doing or learning. Budget carefully on the 1st and 2nd when dealing with projects for work or home. Pending legal matters will strike an emotional chord. Focus on what you must do to get what you want.

G-OB™: Environmental Services Attendant – Glenville Facility

The Gilmer Free Press

Minnie Hamilton Health System has an opening as a regular full time opening for an Environmental Services Attendant working 1:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Job duties include maintaining the environmental atmosphere of the facility and grounds in a clean, sanitary, safe and attractive manner and sanitize in accordance with established policy and procedures, sweep mop and gather trash and other duties as assigned.

Must have 10th grade education, pleasant, cheerful attitude, able to bend, stretch, stoop and stand for prolonged periods.

Interested individuals contact Larry Springston or Eric Cain, 186 Hospital Drive Grantsville, WV, 26147.

Applicant can also apply online at and go under “careers”.

Last day to apply for position is July 28, 2014.


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Minnie Hamilton should do public relations work by providing an official explanation to Gilmer County how our citizens will benefit from its Glenville operations moving into the Waco Center. Will we get new and better services, and does a formal plan exist for public review to explain when specific improvements can be expected? We are entitled to the information because the County Commissioners approved bond money to cover the move. MH employees claim that there will simply be a move to the Waco Center with the same level of services. We hear differently from GSC officials who claim that there will be a great expansion of services with more local jobs. Someone has to be wrong. Could it be that the real reason for the move was to provide revenue from MH’s rent to GSC to help prop up its diminished financial standing? How much will MH pay GSC a year for using Waco facilities? If there is nothing to hide there is no reason for all details being kept secret from the public. Another question, what is GSC’s Foundation’s role with this project including what are advantages to the public for its involvement anyway?

By Henry Jones  on  07.27.2014

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today welcomed the New Orleans Saints to their preseason training camp, underway at the new facility in White Sulphur Springs. Training camp is set to last until Thursday, August 14, and will bring visitors and fans from across the nation to West Virginia, an opportunity to showcase all the Mountain State has to offer.

“I am proud to welcome the New Orleans Saints players, coaches, staff and fans to West Virginia,“ Governor Tomblin said. “This state-of-the-art facility is exciting news for the Mountain State and offers tremendous opportunities - not only for the team to train, but for us to showcase all of the wonderful things we love about our state. The investments we are making to support our state’s robust tourism industry help us to grow our local economies and provide visitors with an opportunity to experience all that’s wild and wonderful about West Virginia.“

While training at The Greenbrier, the team will undergo strength and conditioning tests and workouts - a total of 20 practices and a scrimmage on Saturday, August 2. In addition, The Greenbrier is offering events for West Virginians and visiting Saints fans alike, including a picnic with the Saints this Saturday, July 26. This event is an opportunity to meet New Orleans Saints players and staff and tour the new facilities.

“We are very excited about this new opportunity with the New Orleans Saints, which will benefit all the people of West Virginia, bringing in tourism and new jobs,“ said Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier. “I encourage all Saints fans and West Virginians to join us tomorrow afternoon to see a practice session, tour the new training facilities and celebrate the kickoff of this summer’s training camp with a picnic with players and coaches.“

The new training camp facilities were made possible with the signing of the West Virginia Tourism Development Act, which provides opportunities for new economic development projects and the expansion of existing tourism-related attractions and facilities. During the 2014 legislative session, the Legislature extended the act and increased the total amount of tourism development expansion project tax credits for all approved companies, both large and small.

“I am pleased to have been able to play a role in this project,“ Senate President Jeff Kessler said. “The Senate overwhelmingly supported the amendment to the West Virginia Tourism Development Act that made the dream of this day a reality. We are very excited about this opportunity with the 2009 Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. It will benefit all West Virginians by bringing in tourism and jobs.“

The new training facilities include a total of three practice fields and a 55,000-square-foot multi-purpose complex, which is equipped with weight rooms, locker rooms, training and physical therapy accommodations and dining facilities.

“The arrival of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints to The Greenbrier for part of its 2014 training camp is a wonderful new chapter for West Virginia’s tourism industry,“ House Speaker Tim Miley said. “The enthusiasm surrounding the Saints’ training camp will attract thousands of people from around the country and world into West Virginia, who will then discover what we have always known - that West Virginia is a terrific destination for living, working and, of course, playing.“

For more information or to view a complete schedule of events, visit

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Pardon if we don’t get too excited Governor.  The Saints are always welcome to enjoy WV Hospitality but Gilmer county couldn’t even get two schools and little four, five and six year old kids have to travel long miles and hours over rural roads to get to one your people put us in debt for.You gave away our jobs and students over politics so forgive if we don’t feel in the party mood.How many millions went into the new training facilities Senator Kessler?  You knew what was going on here too and didn’t open your mouth one time to help your redistricted voters.How long does the tax credit last?  That’s about how long the warm fuzzies will last with the Saints.

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RECEIPTS:    Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week     122,500     39,800        66,900        229,200 
Last Week     155,500     32,300       306,100        493,900 
Last Year     136,500     98,900       103,700        339,100

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold 3.00-8.00 higher with the full advance on yearlings which were actually higher than two weeks ago and ended up gaining ground through last week’s knee-jerk correction.

Calf sales were still slightly lower than the week after the 4th which led into last week’s divot in this summer’s steadily rising feeder cattle swing.

Despite attempts by naysayers and techno-chart readers suffering from acrophobia (fear of heights), nothing trumps good ol’ supply and demand when tracking prices for publicly traded commodities.

There is simply a larger desire to own additional levels of beef cattle and products than the current availability, at every level.

Market-ready fed cattle supplies are extremely tight and packers could no longer play coy as they were lighting up the phones of prospective sellers Wednesday night.

By Friday, the direct slaughter cattle market was a full 9.00 higher than the previous week with late sales from 164.00-166.00.

The rallying dressed beef market allowed this advance as boxed beef cut-outs gained 8.00-12.00 this week with good demand as wholesalers allowed themselves to get short-bought.

On the Northern Livestock Video from Billings, MT the Galt Ranch from White Sulphur Springs sold near 600 head of Waygu X steer and heifer calves to weigh 435 lbs. in late October for 402.50.

On Wednesday, Bassett, NE quoted 136 head of fancy 600 lb. steers at 300.00 and Thursday in Mitchell, SD they had nearly 400 head of Large frame and thin fleshed grass yearling steers weighing 1000-1100 lbs. which averaged 206.39.

Top selling new pickup accessories this year will include gooseneck balls, flat-beds, and bale spikes; rather than fuel tanks as crops and livestock rarely flourish at the same time.

Friday’s cattle-on-feed report was bullish and added even more fuel to the fire with July 1st inventories less than expected at 97.6% of last year, while placements came in well under industry expectations at 93.8% of 2013, and fed marketings were slightly higher than thought at 98.2% of the same timer a year ago.

The mid-year cattle inventory report showed 95 million total cattle which was down 3% from two years ago (latest available comparison).

There were 29.7 million beef cows (also down 3%) and shockingly beef replacement heifers were down 2% from July 2012.

The 2014 calf crop was projected to be down 1% from last year at 33.6 million head.

This week’s reported auction volume included 43% over 600 lbs. and 40% heifers.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  122,500   Last Week:  155,500   Last Year:  136,500

Buckhannon Livestock, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday July 23, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  29

Slaughter cows made up 38% of the offering, slaughter bulls 4%,
replacement cows 21%, other cows 8%, and feeders 29%.

The feeder supply included 86% steers, and 14% heifers.

Feeder Steers                Small 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    322-322    322       187.50         187.50
    3    468-468    468       175.00         175.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    330-330    330       232.50         232.50

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1110-1140  1125   999.00-1250.00    1229.73   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1    900-900    900   999.00-1010.00    1010.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1205-1205  1205   999.00-1300.00    1300.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1185-1185  1185   999.00-1250.00    1250.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1380-1380  1380       107.00         107.00
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    3   1275-1360  1308    112.50-119.00     116.10
    2   1440-1475  1458    103.00-111.00     106.95
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    3   1060-1110  1090    103.00-113.50     109.12

Heiferettes                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    795-795    795       112.50         112.50   
    1    945-945    945       110.00         110.00   

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1445-1445  1445       130.00         130.00

Weston Livestock Marketing, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday July 19, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  257

Slaughter cows made up 40% of the offering, slaughter bulls 8%,
replacement cows 6%, other cows 1%, and feeders 45%.

The feeder supply included 27% steers, 53% heifers, and 19% bulls.

Near 34% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    345-345    345       275.00         275.00
    1    365-365    365       247.50         247.50
    1    535-535    535       220.00         220.00
    4    625-635    630    206.00-210.00     207.76
    1    645-645    645       200.00         200.00   Red
    2    655-685    670    192.50-193.00     192.74
    2    725-745    735    192.50-197.50     194.97
    1    840-840    840       197.50         197.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    425-425    425       222.50         222.50   Red
    1    415-415    415       195.00         195.00   Exotic
    2    465-470    468    220.00-230.00     224.97

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    245-245    245       240.00         240.00
    1    250-250    250       220.00         220.00
    1    370-370    370       232.50         232.50
    1    370-370    370       200.00         200.00   Red
    2    430-435    433    207.50-215.00     211.23
    2    450-485    468    200.00-209.00     204.33
    4    513-540    523    200.00-212.50     203.23
    3    570-585    575    190.00-204.00     197.93
    2    620-645    633       190.00         190.00
    2    665-680    673    190.00-200.00     194.94
    1    715-715    715       184.00         184.00
    2    788-788    788       188.00         188.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    200-200    200    230.00-235.00     232.50
    1    375-375    375       200.00         200.00
    1    430-430    430       196.00         196.00
    1    405-405    405       195.00         195.00   Red
    3    450-480    467    197.50-207.00     201.60
    1    490-490    490       200.00         200.00   Red
    2    500-500    500       208.00         208.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    300-300    300       300.00         300.00
    1    590-590    590       195.00         195.00
    1    615-615    615       193.00         193.00
    2    665-680    673    180.00-190.00     185.06
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    265-265    265       200.00         200.00
    1    335-335    335       255.00         255.00
    4    450-485    473    192.50-225.00     203.02
    1    645-645    645       190.00         190.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    910-910    910   999.00-1375.00    1375.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1375-1375  1375   999.00-1400.00    1400.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    975-975    975   999.00-1325.00    1325.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    1   1265-1265  1265   999.00-1500.00    1500.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    1   1545-1545  1545   999.00-1500.00    1500.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    2   1205-1305  1255   999.00-1275.00    1231.79   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1100-1100  1100   999.00-1400.00    1400.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1330-1380  1355    107.00-112.00     109.45
    3   1495-1700  1572     99.00-109.00     102.58
    1   1495-1495  1495        95.00          95.00   Low Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    6   1045-1345  1238    101.00-107.00     103.97
    4   1115-1300  1216    109.00-125.00     114.23   High Dressing
    1   1315-1315  1315        94.00          94.00   Low Dressing
    3   1405-1550  1498    104.00-106.00     105.00
    4   1405-1605  1485    110.00-118.00     115.10   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
   17   1045-1305  1176     91.00-103.00      96.47
    4   1170-1340  1290    106.00-117.00     110.53   High Dressing
    6    945-1210  1113     80.00-89.00       84.90   Low Dressing
    1   1400-1400  1400        97.00          97.00
    1   1530-1530  1530       117.00         117.00   High Dressing
    2   1410-1440  1425     89.00-92.00       90.52   Low Dressing

Heiferettes                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1090-1090  1090       115.00         115.00   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1270-1270  1270       126.00         126.00
    5   1625-2225  1940    130.00-134.00     132.28
    3   1715-1935  1810    137.00-140.00     138.60   High Dressing
    2   1685-1780  1733    125.00-128.00     126.54   Low Dressing

Cow/Calf Pairs				M&L1			M&L2
 Head	Age Range			Price Range
    2   2-8 yrs old w/calf under 250lbs 1600.00			1325.00
    1   2-8 yrs old w/calf over 250lbs				1450.00
    2   Over 8 old w/calf under 250lbs  1275.00-1410.00		1175.00

Slaughter Barrows & Gilts
 Head	Wt Range	Price Range
    4   300-350		92.50-97.50

 Head	Wt Range	Price Range
    2   500-550		22.00-23.00

Feeder Lambs
 Head	Wt Range	Price Range
   11   45-60		150.00-161.00
   13   60-75           157.50-165.00
    1   75-90		146.00

 Head 				Sel1		Sel2		Sel3
    4  Kids under 20lbs			     30.00-40.00
    8  20-40lbs			70.00	     42.50-57.50
    2  40-60lbs					77.50
    1  60-80lbs					80.00
    1  SL Yearling			       172.50
    5  Big Billies	       225.00	    167.50-192.50    150.00-175.00
    2  SM Billies			    125.00-127.50

Weighted Average Report for Saturday July 19, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  470

Slaughter cows made up 9% of the offering, slaughter bulls 5%,
replacement cows 4%, other cows 2%, and feeders 80%.

The feeder supply included 38% steers, 41% heifers, and 21% bulls.

Near 28% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    185-185    185       305.00         305.00
    1    295-295    295       250.00         250.00
    1    330-330    330       285.00         285.00
   17    380-393    390    270.00-294.00     284.98
    5    405-441    433    271.00-290.00     275.17
    1    410-410    410       250.00         250.00   RED
    9    465-475    469    267.00-279.00     270.00
    4    467-467    467       300.00         300.00   Value Added
   23    501-545    519    238.00-271.00     262.02
   15    575-595    581    238.00-260.00     253.87
    1    575-575    575       248.00         248.00   SMOKE
    6    552-552    552       267.50         267.50   Value Added
   33    606-647    618    215.00-265.00     248.25
    1    605-605    605       227.00         227.00   SMOKE
    2    672-672    672       223.00         223.00
    2    710-740    725    218.00-222.00     219.96
    9    703-703    703       231.00         231.00   Value Added
   10    770-775    774    218.00-219.00     218.20
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    270-270    270       295.00         295.00
    1    380-380    380       202.00         202.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    5    310-310    310       254.00         254.00
    5    345-345    345       247.50         247.50   RED
    8    365-375    369    254.00-257.00     255.86
    3    350-352    351    230.00-237.50     232.49   SMOKE
   21    405-445    437    234.00-252.50     246.56
    9    465-490    472    234.00-256.00     242.10
    4    460-482    471    222.00-244.00     232.74   RED
    3    455-485    465    200.00-269.00     235.37   SMOKE
   21    500-535    525    210.00-257.50     247.12
    4    540-540    540       192.50         192.50   RWF
    7    510-540    531    240.00-244.00     241.10   SMOKE
    1    530-530    530       189.00         189.00   EXOTIC
   28    570-587    584    217.00-240.00     236.01
    5    572-572    572       207.00         207.00   SMOKE
    2    635-645    640    210.00-221.00     215.46
    2    602-602    602       230.00         230.00   RED
    1    615-615    615       170.00         170.00   RWF
    2    635-640    638    186.00-211.00     198.45   SMOKE
   12    650-692    667    181.00-225.00     214.96
    2    665-665    665       201.00         201.00   SMOKE
    1    720-720    720       177.00         177.00
    1    715-715    715       191.00         191.00   SMOKE
    1    815-815    815       186.00         186.00
    2    935-940    938    149.00-166.00     157.52
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    320-320    320       235.00         235.00
    1    385-385    385       195.00         195.00
    1    480-480    480       210.00         210.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    225-225    225       300.00         300.00
    1    315-315    315       248.00         248.00   RED
    7    356-356    356    225.00-277.50     255.00
    1    415-415    415       220.00         220.00
    3    400-435    423    256.00-270.00     260.41   RED
    4    410-430    425    260.00-278.00     273.66   SMOKE
    9    450-485    460    260.00-268.00     265.50
   11    505-535    519    253.00-261.00     257.07
    1    510-510    510       200.00         200.00   RED
    1    545-545    545       192.00         192.00   SMOKE
   17    550-592    557    230.00-260.00     246.97
    4    615-630    620    170.00-236.00     208.09
    1    605-605    605       189.00         189.00   RED
    2    615-620    618    197.00-199.00     198.00   SMOKE
    1    660-660    660       200.00         200.00   SMOKE
    1    735-735    735       180.00         180.00
    1    705-705    705       206.00         206.00   SMOKE
    4    755-780    764    147.00-180.00     164.77
    1    755-755    755       158.00         158.00   RED
    1    760-760    760       189.00         189.00   SMOKE
    2    875-890    883    166.00-185.00     175.42
    1    900-900    900       145.00         145.00
    1    975-975    975       162.00         162.00
    1   1045-1045  1045       137.00         137.00
    1   1240-1240  1240       110.00         110.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    695-695    695       174.00         174.00

Bred Cows                  Large 1 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    895-895    895   999.00-1475.00    1475.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    960-960    960   999.00-1350.00    1350.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1045-1045  1045   999.00-1475.00    1475.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 Young
    1    875-875    875   999.00-1425.00    1425.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 Middle Aged
    1   1370-1370  1370   999.00-1550.00    1550.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1170-1170  1170   999.00-1200.00    1200.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium 1 Young
    3   1135-1195  1168   999.00-2000.00    1744.76   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1225-1225  1225   999.00-1575.00    1575.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    910-910    910   999.00-1410.00    1410.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium 1 Middle Aged
    1   1270-1270  1270   999.00-1400.00    1400.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1    865-865    865   999.00-1300.00    1300.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    3   1030-1185  1103   999.00-1675.00    1459.86   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1215-1255  1235   999.00-1375.00    1338.11   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    905-905    905   999.00-1400.00    1400.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    1   1350-1350  1350   999.00-1850.00    1850.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1205-1355  1280    108.00-126.00     117.53   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    840-840    840        88.00          88.00   Low Dressing
   11   1005-1335  1116     91.00-100.00      94.93
   15    955-1380  1159    104.00-117.00     110.02   High Dressing
    8    915-1195  1051     82.00-91.00       87.12   Low Dressing
    3   1405-1605  1480    110.00-117.50     114.58   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    655-655    655        70.50          70.50   Low Dressing
    1   1215-1215  1215        92.00          92.00
    1    945-945    945       100.00         100.00   High Dressing

Heiferettes                 Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4    800-845    818    124.00-139.00     128.97   Per Head
    6    900-1150   996    110.00-138.00     120.66   Per Head

Slaughter Cattle
   12    1250-1525lbs.     124.50-151.00

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3   1130-1385  1295    110.00-115.00     112.95
    2   1265-1475  1370    116.00-122.00     118.77   High Dressing
    1   1670-1670  1670       110.00         110.00
   15   1500-2280  1897    120.00-135.50     125.07   High Dressing
    1   1845-1845  1845       102.00         102.00   Low Dressing

Baby Calves
    1   Beef      460.00

Cow Calf Pairs
 Head                                              Sel1                  Sel2
          2-8yrs old w/calf under 250lbs     1750.00-1800.00             1425.00

          2-8yrs old w/calf over 250lbs      1800.00-2050.00

          Over 8 w/calf under 250lbs         1500.00-1850.00         1350.00-1375.00
          Over 8 w/calf over 250lbs          1500.00-1650.00

Goats                        Sel 1          Sel2
 Head     Sm Billies      80.00-110.00      
          Bg Billies          165.00
          Sm Nannies      70.00-90.00      35.00-65.00
          Big Nannies     70.00-100.00

   5      51.00-55.00

   under 90lbs     140.00-160.00
   over  90lbs     158.00

    1    160lbs    110.00

Greenbrier Valley Livestock Auction, Caldwell, WV
Weighted Average Report for Friday July 18, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  139

Slaughter cows made up 26% of the offering, slaughter bulls 9%,
replacement cows 3%, other cows 1%, and feeders 61%.
 The feeder supply included 60% steers, 27% heifers, and 13% bulls.

Near 52% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    440-440    440       227.50         227.50
    1    525-525    525       150.00         150.00   RWF
    7    553-574    565    207.00-208.00     207.58
    6    600-635    627    221.00-230.00     225.65
    2    640-640    640    220.00-226.00     223.00   EXOTIC
    1    760-760    760       200.00         200.00   EXOTIC
    1   1045-1045  1045       149.00         149.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    440-440    440       210.00         210.00
    1    495-495    495       185.00         185.00   EXOTIC
    1    545-545    545       210.00         210.00
    1    550-550    550       210.00         210.00
    2    675-675    675       226.00         226.00
    2    730-730    730       150.00         150.00
    1    750-750    750       200.00         200.00
    1    895-895    895       180.00         180.00
                             Small 2
    1    530-530    530       152.50         152.50
    1    620-620    620       120.00         120.00
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    610-610    610       149.00         149.00
    1    795-795    795       157.50         157.50
    1    820-820    820       130.00         130.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large 3
    2   1250-1250  1250       115.00         115.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    385-385    385       208.00         208.00
    1    425-425    425       192.50         192.50
    1    485-485    485       195.00         195.00
    6    515-545    532    195.00-200.00     196.32
    1    515-515    515       198.00         198.00   EXOTIC
    2    605-610    608    195.00-198.00     196.49
    2    767-767    767       175.00         175.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    250-250    250       225.00         225.00
    1    525-525    525       185.00         185.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    295-295    295       180.00         180.00   RWF
    1    425-425    425       220.00         220.00
    1    515-515    515       192.50         192.50
    1    635-635    635       192.50         192.50
    1    670-670    670       192.50         192.50   EXOTIC
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    675-680    678    177.50-190.00     183.73
    1    740-740    740       152.50         152.50

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1310-1315  1313   999.00-1230.00    1220.02   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1215-1215  1215   999.00-1110.00    1110.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1560-1855  1708    109.50-112.00     110.64
    2   1455-1530  1493    105.00-108.00     106.46   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
   12   1110-1380  1240     97.00-107.50     102.27
    4    955-1325  1194    109.50-112.50     110.37   High Dressing
    2   1095-1165  1130     90.00-91.00       90.52   Low Dressing
    3   1420-1530  1478    109.00-113.00     111.22   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1   1555-1555  1555        87.50          87.50

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    860-860    860       122.00         122.00   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3   1040-1135  1085    112.00-115.00     112.96
    1   1290-1290  1290       125.00         125.00   High Dressing
    1   1205-1205  1205        95.00          95.00   Low Dressing
    4   1600-2205  1973    121.50-128.50     126.09   High Dressing

    2 cow/calf pairs               L&M1                 L&M2
     8 & up calf under 250        1825                   1150

 Baby calves           Beef              Dairy
  4 newborn           140                145

 Feeder lambs
  15 hair lambs  55-65lbs    166.00 - 167.00
  20 hair lambs  45-50lbs    140.00 - 142.00

 Slaughter lambs
   4 100-110lbs      171.50

 8  take home ewes  190lbs     165/head

Bon Appétit: Vietnamese Beef Pho

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  6 cups beef consomme or beef stock
  1 cinnamon stick
  2 star anise
  1/4 cup lime juice
  2 tablespoons fish sauce
  3/4 lb. rice noodles
  1 lb. beef fillet, excess fat trimmed
  1/3 lb. bean sprouts
  4 green onions, ends trimmed, thinly sliced diagonally
  2-4 small fresh red chillies (or to taste), thinly sliced
  1 cup Thai basil leaves

Combine beef consomme or stock, cinnamon stick and star anise in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes or until aromatic. Stir in lime juice and fish sauce.

Cook rice noodles in a large pan of boiling water until just tender. Drain well.

Slice beef into 5mm-thick slices. Heat a barbecue or chargrill pan on high. Lightly oil barbecue. Add 1/3 of the beef and cook for 1 minute each side for rare or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Cook remaining beef in 2 more batches.

Divide noodles among serving bowls. Top with bean sprouts, green onion, chilli, basil and beef. Pour over hot stock and serve with extra lime, chilli and fish sauce.

Flashback: What Happened on July 27, ....


•  1756 On July 27, George Washington directed fifty troops to be stationed at Fort Trout Rock on the South Branch of the Potomac River in present-day Pendleton County.

•  1892 The Democratic State Convention met in Parkersburg.

•  1933 West Virginia placed all its employees under blanket code, becoming the first state to do so.

•  1964 About 1,600 members of the United Auto Workers local voted to accept a new contract, ending a bitter three-month strike at the FMC ordnance plant in South Charleston.

•  1977 Union Carbide suspended the manufacture of fluorocarbons.

•  1978 The United Mine Workers (UMWA) International Executive Board rejected a petition to recall President Arnold Miller.

•  1984 The violence-plagued fifteen-day strike at the Heartland Nursing Home in Beckley (Raleigh County) ended.




Since salvation is by grace through faith, there is nothing one can do
to receive it.  Truth or Tradition?

By Grace Through Faith.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) .  Grace is God’s unmerited favor, and includes all the good things God has provided us that we do not deserve.  Since salvation is a gift of His grace, and grace cannot be earned, there is nothing we can to receive it.  Truth or Tradition?

Nothing To Do.
While it is true that salvation cannot be earned by works, the idea that there is nothing to be done is out of harmony with many other passages of scripture.  The Apostle Peter had been given the keys of the kingdom (Matthew 16:19) , which he used to open the doors of the kingdom on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) .  After convincing those present on that occasion that they had crucified the Messiah,  “they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) .  Somehow they had the idea that they had to do something to have their sins forgiven.  Note what Peter did NOT say:  “There is nothing you can do.  Forgiveness is free.”

Something To Do.
Rather, what he said was:  “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  (Acts 2:38) .  Two things Peter told them to do:  Repent and be baptized, and two things they would receive if they did:  Remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:  and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”  (Acts 2:41) .  What of those who did not gladly receive the word…    THOSE WHO DID NOTHING?

They That Do.
Peter was echoing something Jesus Himself had taught earlier in the Sermon on the Mount:  Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  (Matthew 7:21) .  Who will enter the kingdom?  NOT he that stops with saying, Lord, Lord, but he that DOETH the will of the Father.  Something must be done.  Peter tells us what that something is.

The Great Commission.
After commissioning the church to go into all the world and preach the gospel, Jesus added: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”  (Mark 16:16) .  Jesus lays down two conditions that must be met in order to be saved:  belief and baptism.  Does Jesus have the right (authority) to lay down the terms of salvation?  Does any man have the right to change them?  Obedience to God’s Will does not earn salvation, but salvation cannot be had without obedience.

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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 27

Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

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“The sentimentalist ages far more quickly than the person who loves his work and enjoys new challenges.“ — Lillie Langtry, English actress (1853-1929).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally engaged in a course of conduct designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case. (In the days that followed, the Committee also adopted articles accusing Nixon of abuse of power and contempt of Congress.)

On this date:

In 1214, France prevailed in the Battle of Bouvines over the forces of the Holy Roman Empire and England.

In 1789, President George Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the Department of State.

In 1861, Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan took command of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.

In 1909, during the first official test of the U.S. Army’s first airplane, Orville Wright flew himself and a passenger, Lt. Frank Lahm, above Fort Myer, Virginia, for one hour and 12 minutes.

In 1921, Canadian researcher Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles Best, succeeded in isolating the hormone insulin at the University of Toronto.

In 1942, during World War II, the First Battle of El Alamein in Egypt ended in a draw as Allied forces stalled the progress of Axis invaders. (The Allies went on to win a clear victory over the Axis in the Second Battle of El Alamein later that year.)

In 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting.

In 1960, Vice President Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president on the first ballot at the Republican national convention in Chicago.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of urban rioting, the same day black militant H. Rap Brown said in Washington that violence was “as American as cherry pie.“

In 1980, on day 267 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed Shah of Iran died at a military hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at age 60.

In 1984, actor James Mason, 75, died in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 1996, terror struck the Atlanta Olympics as a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park, directly killing one person and injuring 111. (Anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph later pleaded guilty to the bombing.)

Ten years ago:

Democrats assailed President George W. Bush’s handling of the Iraq war at their convention in Boston and painted a vivid portrait of John Kerry as a decorated Vietnam War hero.

In a keynote address, Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama said Kerry had long made “tough choices when easier ones were available.“

Five years ago:

The presidents of Taiwan and China exchanged direct messages for the first time since the two sides split 60 years earlier.

A sailboat with an estimated 200 Haitians aboard ran aground on a reef and sank off the Turks and Caicos Islands; authorities reported 119 survivors, 15 confirmed dead and dozens missing.

Football player Michael Vick, suspended for bankrolling a dogfighting operation, was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

One year ago:

Security forces and armed men clashed with supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, killing at least 80 people.

More than a thousand inmates escaped a prison in Libya as protesters stormed political party offices across the country.

Former Louisiana congresswoman Lindy Boggs, 97, died in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Today’s Birthdays:

TV producer Norman Lear is 92

Actor Jerry Van Dyke is 83

Sportscaster Irv Cross is 75

Actor John Pleshette is 72

Singer Bobbie Gentry is 70

Actress-director Betty Thomas is 66

Olympic gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming is 66

Singer Maureen McGovern is 65

Actress Janet Eilber is 63

Rock musician Tris Imboden (Chicago) is 63

Actress Roxanne Hart is 60

Country musician Duncan Cameron is 58

Comedian-actress-writer Carol Leifer is 58

Comedian Bill Engvall is 57

Jazz singer Karrin Allyson is 52

Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 47

Rock singer Juliana Hatfield is 47

Actor Julian McMahon is 46

Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (NIH’-koh-lye KAH’-stur WAHL’-dah) (TV: “Game of Thrones”) is 44

Comedian Maya Rudolph is 42

Rock musician Abe Cunningham is 41

Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn is 40

MLB player Alex Rodriguez is 39

Actor Seamus Dever is 38

Actor Jonathan Rhys (rees) Meyers is 37

Actor Blair Redford is 31

Actress Taylor Schilling (TV: “Orange is the New Black”) is 30

Singer Cheyenne Kimball is 24

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West Virginia Ranks #3 Among States with Fastest-Growing Economies

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West Virginia’s economy was the third fastest-growing in the nation in 2013, according to the latest report on real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Recovering from a 1.4% decline in 2012, West Virginia’s economy grew by 5.1% in 2013. U.S. real GDP growth slowed from 2.5 in 2012 to 1.8% in 2013.

Leading contributors to U.S. economic growth were nondurable–goods manufacturing; real estate and rental and leasing; and agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Although mining was not a significant contributor to real GDP growth for the nation, BEA reports it did play a primary role in five of the fastest growing states: North Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Mining includes oil, natural gas and coal production.

West Virginia’s positive performance can be attributed in part to the development of the Marcellus and Utica natural gas formations.


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“Consumers should be on the lookout for fruit recalled by Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif., after routine sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes on some of the fruit, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.

“Our regulatory officers are in stores on a daily basis and are making sure that recalled product has been pulled from shelves,” said Commissioner Helmick. “Consumers should be especially cautious if they might have affected products that predate the actual recall.”

Products subject to the recall are certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 01, 2014 and July 12, 2014.

Brand names can include Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat or Harvest Sweet. Affected stores in West Virginia include Sam’s Club and Kroger, along with out-of-state chains such as Costco, BJ’s, Wegman’s, Dierberg’s and Trader Joe’s.

No illnesses have been linked to this recall, but Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Consumers can identify the recalled products by the information provided at

Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them.

Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at 1.888.232.9912, M-F, 8 AM - 5 PM ET.

West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.26.14

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A dangerous round of storms is forecast for the entire area for Sunday.

The storms will arrive in two rounds, with the most severe set for Sunday.

The first round of storms are expected after midnight and into early Sunday morning.

These storms could bring heavy rain, high winds with gusts of up to 50 mph and dangerous lightning.

The first round of storms should move out by 8:00 AM, followed by sunshine through Noon, creating hot and humid conditions.

The second round of storms, which are expected to be most dangerous, will move in during the afternoon.

These storms are capable of producing high winds, isolated tornadoes, dangerous lightning and large hail the size of golf balls.

The winds from these storms could reach 60 to 70 mph.

The storms will be scattered in nature, and that not all areas will receive the same severity of weather.

A threat of flash flooding exists through both rounds of storm, and a flash flood watch has been issued for most counties in the area from midnight early Sunday to late Sunday night.


An animal rights group opposes plans to conduct testing on animals of chemicals that spilled into West Virginia’s largest water supply using animals.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced concerns in a letter Thursday to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials promised additional tests on rats, worms and zebra fish.

They will cost up to $1.2 million and take up to a year.

Joseph Manuppello of PETA wrote animal tests are often inconclusive and irrelevant to humans.

He suggested more in-home water testing and non-animal studies.

Tomblin has called for additional toxicology studies tests before more in-home sampling.

Spokesman Chris Stadelman said the governor respects federal officials’ determination of studies.

The January spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.


The Kanawha County Commission voted to begin removal proceedings against elected Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants due to the ongoing costs of special prosecutors.

The county has already paid $93,000 for special prosecutors because Plants is still charged with two domestic-related misdemeanor crimes for allegedly violating a domestic violence protective order filed by his ex-wife and a domestic battery charge in connection with using a belt to discipline one of his sons.

Commissioner Hardy has been calling for Plants to resign for several weeks but the two-term Republican has given no indication he will do so.

The commission will have to prove by “clear and convincing” evidence to the three-judge panel that Plants should be removed from his elected position.


Monongalia County Circuit Judge has signed an order sending one of Skylar Neese’s killers to an adult prison facility.

Rachel Shoaf can be transferred to an adult correctional facility any time after Friday, according to the order signed this week.

Shaof pleaded guilty in 2012 to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

She will be eligible for parole in 10 years.

Shoaf, along with co-conspirator Shelia Eddy, picked up Neese from her Star City home in July 2012 and drove her to Pennsylvania, where they attacked and stabbed the teen to death.

The pair left the body in a wooded area.

Eddy later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder was sentenced to life in prison with mercy, making her eligible for parole after 15 years.

Shoaf is currently housed in a juvenile facility.

She will likely be transferred to Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County, where Eddy is currently held.


A man and two women are in custody after police say they committed an armed robbery in Niro.

Kaleb Johnson, age 19, Megan Long, age 21, and Kayla Levitt, age 23, are charged with first-degree armed robbery.

The three allegedly robbed Tiffany Taylor of Eastwood Acres after she agreed to give them a ride.

Taylor told police Johnson held a sawed off shotgun to the back of her head while the women went through her purse.

Nitro police said Johnson, Long and Levitt all confessed to the crime.

They are in the South Central Regional Jail.

Police found the weapon they believe was used in the crime.


A search has been under way in Roane County involving an elderly man accused of touching a female.

The man left Thursday morning to work on his farm and made statements that “we wouldn’t find anything of him but his bones.“, a deputy said.

The man took a 9mm pistol and his dog and left his wallet, medications and personal effects at his house.

Deputies have found the four-wheeler in the woods, but no sign of him anywhere.

The search has been going on in the Toms Run area north of Spencer.


A former Shinnston police officer will serve up to 16 years in the state penitentiary for drug crimes.

Charles Roscoe Henning III, of Salem was sentenced to between one and four years for each count against him, to be served consecutively, by Harrison County Circuit Court.

Henning was arrested in March 2013 on four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation by fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

Henning confiscated around 100 pills of hydrocodone for himself from several people while working as a Shinnston police officer before putting the bottles into the evidence locker.

Henning was sent to North Central Regional jail to await transportation to the state penitentiary.

He has earned 468 days credit for time served in home confinement and will be eligible for parole in four years.


The brother of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin claims the senator and his other brother Roch Manchin owe him $1.7 million from a loan that originated in the 1980s.

Dr. John Manchin II filed the civil lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court.

It claims he loaned the money to his brothers to help their financially distressed business, the Manchin Carpet Center, with the promise he would be paid back.

The lawsuit said the most recent repayment promise came in July 2012 in a Funds Sharing Agreement but still no money has come his way.

Dr. Manchin also claims that he was promised if he held off filing a lawsuit against them he would be “granted, conveyed, and provided a one-third interest in the coal reserves and coal brokerage businesses and other businesses incorporated, formed, and owned by them.”

The lawsuit also claims Senator Joe Manchin and Roch Manchin dissolved the Manchin Brothers business without knowledge of John Manchin II.

The civil suit alleges violation of the Uniform Partnership Act, unjust enrichment, constructive fraud, breach of fudiciary duty, breach of contract and civil conspiracy.


A license has been suspended for the operator of a pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.

West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine suspended the license of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. at a disciplinary hearing Friday.


A fire inside the East River Tunnel near West Virginia’s border with Virginia has stopped traffic on Interstate 77.

West Virginia Turnpike State Police dispatcher D.L. Parsons says a tractor trailer was on fire Friday inside the tunnel.

He says first responders are having difficulty getting into the tunnel, and the blaze wasn’t suppressed as of 30 minutes ago.

Parsons says traffic north and south is closed and there’s no estimate for reopening it. Drivers are being redirected onto U.S. Route 460 at Princeton.

The Virginia Department of Transportation website says traffic is backed up for 6 miles.

Virginia State Police dispatcher J. Marshall says the fire started around 3 PM.

She says Virginia police have not heard of injuries.


David Allen Booher, age 49, from Calhoun County is behind bars in North Central Regional Jail.

He is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.


Visitors might notice an unusual amount of activity on the campus of West Virginia State University.

A training exercise was scheduled Friday on the school’s Institute campus for local and state first responders, the university’s public safety officers and students and faculty, among others.

The drill aimed at putting to the test an emergency response to an active shooter on campus.

Colleges and universities are required under the Clery act to test their emergency response plans on an annual basis.

This is first training exercise of its scope at the university.


Friday was graduation day at West Virginia State University for the 19th Junior Trooper Academy.

The academy is a week-long program designed to introduce young people between the ages of 14-17 to the law enforcement field.

Instruction includes training in firearms, Internet safety, crime scene investigation and other related classes.

Fifty-seven junior troopers participated in the training this week.


The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.

The city council unanimously approved the move Thursday.

It will transfer funds from the city’s insurance program and the street paving budget.

Mayor Steve Williams told the council that Huntington residents are scared to take their children outside.

He says the hirings will send a message to drug dealers to get out.

Williams says the hope is to have the new officers in place by the end of the year.

In addition to the new officers, an information technology position will be created.

City officials estimate that drug offenses in Huntington by the end of the year will jump 89% over 2013 levels.

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Very interesting to read the Manchin vs. Manchin lawsuit and items at issue.  You can just imagine the skullduggery involved.
Money. Power. Greed. Ego.  All at play.

By all in the family  on  07.26.2014

Holding money sacred and an insatiable lust for power destroys the bonds of another family and that is sad.  But it is sort of ironic justice that the chickens came home to roost for the Joe & Gayle Manchin family who have done every thing in that power we gave them to destroy Gilmer County’s children , families and communities using our own tax payer dollars to do it. The same loyal tax payers that supported his bid for the offices of both Governor and Senator with votes and money.

Hoppy reported that Joe wants to be President.

By Wouldn't Count On Staying Senator  on  07.26.2014

Nothing will change for the better until West Virginians stop their blind allegiances to political parties and they begin to vote for those who will serve the people. When fooled,  incompetents could be defeated at following elections until we get it right. People must begin to speak out too if they want change. Take our school mess for an example as need for the expression of public outrage. The State with Mrs. Manchin’s involvement paid four times the value of land at the Cedar Creek Elementary site with our County’s money. We got at least three times as much land as needed, and we will pay through the nose for decades because electricity will be used to heat the school instead of cheaper natural gas. Don’t be surprised if even more revelations develop about need for additional money to build the school. Where is the County’s outrage over the architect for the school getting the work without competitive buds? Please explain how that mismanagement by the State is a good for strapped taxpayers?

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Movie Review: ‘Ilo Ilo’ - Family Matters in Singapore

Singapore is not a land of wide open spaces, as director Anthony Chen shows in “Ilo Ilo” by snaking a hand-held camera through tight spots. The crowded compositions convey a sense of life in the dense Asian city-state, but also the intimacy of this semi-autobiographical story.

Winner of the best debut film award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, “Ilo Ilo” is gentle and discerning. Sensitive performances by the four main players suit the tone, which is naturalistic and even earthy — most of the characters are shown going to the bathroom — yet ultimately poignant.

It’s 1997, and the Lims are a barely middle-class family whose aspirations are threatened by the Southeast Asian financial crisis. Teck (Chen Tian Wen) loses his salesman job but can’t admit it to his pregnant wife, Leng (Yeo Yann Yann). She’s a secretary whose work consists mostly of typing termination letters and handing out severance pay.

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The movie’s original Chinese title translates as “Mom and Dad Are Not Home,” which may explain why the couple’s 10-year-old son, Jiale (Koh Jia Ler), keeps getting into trouble. In the hopes of restoring domestic tranquility, they hire a maid/nanny from Ilo Ilo province in the Philippines.

Catholic, English-speaking and no taller than her new charge, Terry (Angeli Bayani) has a lot of adjusting to do. Jiale balks at the newcomer’s presence and begins to test her limits. But Terry learns how to handle the boy, who’s initially detestable but then reveals his sweeter nature. Terry actually has more trouble with Jiale’s bossy, condescending mother.

Leng becomes even snippier when she realizes that Terry and Jiale are bonding. Terry is treated more warmly by Teck, who fears his wife as much as the nanny does. And Leng’s own vulnerability is gradually revealed, notably when she falls for the pitch of a get-rich guru who’s interested only in his own fortune.

Money shadows every development in “Ilo Ilo,” from the demise of the family car to Jiale’s obsession with the lottery. Like a lot of older and should-be wiser gamblers, the boy is convinced he can discern the pattern in previous winning numbers. Terry has a more sensible, if hardly lucrative, strategy: She spends her day off working as hairdresser.

Not all of the movie’s details come from the director’s own childhood; Leng’s pregnancy was written into the script when the actress discovered she was expecting. But Chen did grow up with a Filipina nanny named Terry, and his affection for her is evident.

That’s why the relationship between Jiale and Terry is at the center of this simple yet emotionally complex tale. In multicultural, multilingual Singapore, the two cross a substantial divide to become a sort of family.

Jenkins is a freelance writer.

★ ★ ★

Unrated. Contains mild violence, a naked child, smoking and drinking. In Chinese, English and Tagalog with subtitles. 99 minutes.

Sports Brief - 07.26.14

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►   HOLGORSEN LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014:  The fourth-year head coach of the Mountaineers feels good about his latest squad that will gather in August to begin fighting another fight in the Big 12 Conference.

Of course, before that will become a brutal non-conference slate staring with the Crimson Tide of Alabama.


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►   MARSHALL PICKED TO WIN C-USA EAST:  A season ago, Marshall’s football program claimed its first-ever division crown in Conference USA and played for the league title with Rice.

In 2014, the Herd is being predicted to again be a part of the C-USA championship tilt.

In the preseason poll, Marshall was unanimously chosen to win the East Division with 91 points, followed by Middle Tennessee (73), Florida Atlantic (60), WKU (57), Old Dominion (33), UAB (31) and FIU (19). The voting was tight atop the West Division, with North Texas (66) edging Rice (65) and UTSA (62), followed by Louisiana Tech (38), Southern Miss (24) and UTEP (18).

This year’s title game - the 10th in league history 0 will be staged on Saturday, December 6.

-Meanwhile, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and defensive lineman James Rouse were named Conference USA’s Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, The honors were chosen by the league’s coaches.

Cato and Rouse are also members of the preseason all-conference team.


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►   TEXAS TECH REINSTATES BETHEL:  Texas Tech has reinstated defensive back Nigel Bethel II after he was dismissed from the team less than three weeks ago.

Bethel, who is regarded as one of Texas Tech’s highest-rated recruits in its upcoming freshman class, was kicked off the team for punching women’s basketball player Amber Battle and breaking her jaw during a pickup basketball game in late June.

“This is an unfortunate situation with a unique set of circumstances and there are no winners,“ said Texas Tech director athletics Kirby Hocutt. “Every decision related to this case has been the right one at that particular time based upon our principles, student-athlete code of conduct and team rules. As I continued to work with Coach Kingsbury and Coach Whitaker, we looked at the totality of the situation and have arrived at this decision. Two talented young people made a mistake, have shown remorse and learned some very valuable life lessons.“

Bethel also issued a statement through the school’s website.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to come back to Texas Tech,“ said Bethel. “I take full responsibility for my actions and I would like to let everyone know that this won’t happen again. It’s not who I am and I am sorry for the embarrassment this has caused. I want to thank Amber Battle for accepting my apology and for coming forward to say that I deserved a second chance. I would like to thank everyone at Texas Tech, including the coaches, for believing in me and giving me a second chance to show my ability and to receive an education from Texas Tech.“

Bethel is allowed to return to the team, but is suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season.

Battle, who led the Lady Raiders with 16.4 points per game this past season, is suspended for the entire month of November for initiating contact during the incident.


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►   COLTS RB BALLARD TEARS ACHILLES:  Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the practice field Friday after reportedly tearing his left Achilles tendon.

Ballard went down after catching a pass and was scheduled to have an MRI, according to the team’s website., citing a source, said Ballard suffered a torn Achilles.

The third-year back missed all but one game last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The non-contact injury occurred during practice when Ballard lost his footing on a running play.

He carried the ball 13 times for 63 yards in a Week 1 win over Oakland after rushing for a team-high 814 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2012.

►   RAVENS ADD SUSPENDED HILL:  The Baltimore Ravens signed free safety Will Hill on Friday.

Hill, 24, joins the Ravens after being waived by the New York Giants last month following his third violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Hill must sit out the first six games of the season because of his latest infraction.

The Florida product also received a four-game ban in 2012, and missed the first four games last season. He started 10 of the remaining 12 games last year for the Giants, registering 77 tackles and two interceptions.

The news of Hill’s signing comes on the heels of cornerback Aaron Ross being lost for the season with a torn Achilles.

►   DOLPHINS’ POUNCEY, MORENO ON PUP LIST:  Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and running back Knowshon Moreno will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey confirmed the moves Friday morning before the start of camp.

Pouncey had surgery in June after reportedly suffering a torn hip labrum during OTAs and could be sidelined for three months. Moreno, who joined the Dolphins in the offseason, underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee last month.

Players can be activated off the PUP list at any time during training camp or the preseason. If a player is on the PUP list to start the regular season, he must miss the first six weeks.

►   EAGLES EXCUSE KEELAN JOHNSON FROM CAMP:  The Philadelphia Eagles have excused Keelan Johnson from training camp in order for the defensive back to deal with his pending legal matters.

The club said in a statement that Johnson, 24, will be excused “for an undetermined amount of time as he tends to matters related to his arrest in Arizona last weekend.“

Johnson met with head coach Chip Kelly on Thursday, and is still on the 90-man roster.

He was arrested Saturday in Arizona following an altercation with a police officer. He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The Arizona State product appeared in two games for the Eagles last season.

►   DERRICK BROOKS NAMED NFL APPEALS OFFICER:  Former NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks was named an appeals officer on Friday.

Brooks, a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, will hear player appeals of on-field discipline. He’ll join former NFL player and coach Ted Cottrell for the 2014 season.

An 11-time Pro Bowl selection in 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brooks has also served as president of the Arena League’s Tampa Bay Storm since 2011.

“Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president,“ said NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. “His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive.“

The announcement was made jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

“Derrick was jointly selected by the players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer,“ said NFLPA senior director of player affairs and development Jason Belser. “We look forward to working with him.“

Brooks replaces Matt Birk, who was named the NFL’s director of football development earlier this month.

►   VIKINGS PLACE MUNNERLYN ON PUP:  The Minnesota Vikings placed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn on the physically unable to perform list on Friday.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Munnerlyn has a “slight” hamstring injury, but added that the free agent from Carolina will be “fine.“

Munnerlyn signed a reported three-year deal in the offseason after playing five seasons with the Panthers.

The Vikings also put tight end Chase Ford on the PUP list after he underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, while safety Andrew Sendejo was also placed on the list because of an ankle injury.

Players can be activated off the PUP list at any time during training camp or the preseason. If a player is on the PUP list to start the regular season, he must miss the first six weeks.

►   RAIDERS RELEASE BURNETT:  The Oakland Raiders released linebacker Kevin Burnett on Friday.

Burnett, who sustained an ankle injury during the offseason, failed to receive medical clearance for training camp.

The 31-year-old Burnett started all 16 games for Oakland last season, recording 105 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and an interception. Over his nine-year career with Oakland, Miami, San Diego and Dallas, Burnett has tallied 628 tackles, 20 sacks and five interceptions.

►   TEXANS SIGN RT TYSON CLABO:  The Houston Texans announced Friday they have signed veteran right tackle Tyson Clabo.

Clabo signed a two-year, $2.4 million contract, according to the Houston Chronicle.

He has started all 116 NFL games he has played, including 15 for the Miami Dolphins last season.

Prior to that, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle spent seven seasons as a starter for the Atlanta Falcons.

►   BROWNS SIGN LB WESTERMAN:  The Cleveland Browns signed linebacker Jamaal Westerman on Friday.

Last season, Westerman played in 12 games with Buffalo before appearing in Pittsburgh’s season finale.

The 29-year-old Rutgers product has recorded 35 tackles and six sacks in 58 career games with five teams.


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►   BUCS, NICKS PART WAYS:  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and guard Carl Nicks mutually agreed to part ways on Friday.

Nicks signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Bucs in March 2012. The deal included $31 million guaranteed.

“I’d like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field,“ Nicks said in a statement. “However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.“

A Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and 2011 while with New Orleans, Nicks played in just nine games with the Bucs over the past two seasons.

“I know this has been a difficult time for Carl and his family, but we respect his decision and thank him for his effort in trying to get back on the football field,“ Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “Carl is a very prideful athlete and has been an elite level guard in the league. We are all disappointed that he will not be a part of this new chapter of Buccaneers football.“

The 29-year-old Nicks missed the final nine games of the 2012 campaign with a toe injury that led to a MRSA infection. He had been medically cleared for training camp before both sides made the decision to move on.

►   YANKEES ADD CAPUANO TO ROSTER:  The New York Yankees signed recently acquired pitcher Chris Capuano to a major league contract and added him to the 25-man roster on Friday.

The veteran was pitching in the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system when the Yankees obtained him in Thursday’s trade to aid their depleted pitching staff.

Capuano agreed to a minor league contract with the Rockies earlier this month and he made one start for Double-A Tulsa and three for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The 35-year-old lefty began 2014 with the Boston Red Sox and was released by the club on July 1. He signed with the Rockies three days later.

Capuano has compiled a 74-84 record with a 4.28 ERA in 266 career games (209 starts) with Arizona, Milwaukee, the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston.

Pitcher Chris Leroux was designated for assignment by the Yankees in a corresponding move.

►   GIANTS PROMOTE 2B UGGLA:  The San Francisco Giants placed infielders Ehire Adrianza and Marco Scutaro on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday’s series opener against the Dodgers and promoted second baseman Dan Uggla from Triple-A Fresno.

Uggla, a three-time All-Star, signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Monday, three days after he was released by the Atlanta Braves.

Uggla’s mostly disappointing tenure with Atlanta came to a close last Friday, less than a week after the team suspended the struggling veteran for its final game prior to the All-Star break for arriving late to a game.

The 34-year-old will start at second base and bat seventh in Friday’s game.

The Giants also added infielder Tony Abreu from Fresno.

Adrianza injured his right hamstring in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Phillies, and Scutaro heads back to the DL with a strained lower back. Scutaro, 38, has played just five games this season.

To make room on the active roster, San Francisco designated pitcher Jose De Paula and infielder Nick Noonan for assignment.


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►   NAVARDAUSKAS WINS RAINY STAGE 19, NIBALI IN CONTROL OF TOUR:  Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania won Stage 19 of the Tour de France on a rainy Friday, while Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali remained in firm control of the yellow jersey as the overall leader with just two days remaining in cycling’s most prestigious event.

Navardauskas finished the 208.5 kilometers from Maubourguet to Bergerac in a time of 4 hours, 43 minutes and 41 seconds for his first career Tour de France stage win. He crossed the line alone after a crash within the final three kilometers ended the stage win hopes for many of the top sprinters.

“It was a big dream to win a Tour de France stage,“ said Navardauskas. “It’s everyone’s dream.“

Germany’s John Degenkolb won a sprint to finish second, seven seconds behind, followed by Norway’s Alexander Kristoff and Australia’s Mark Renshaw.

Nibali was placed 24th on Friday and was actually more than a minute behind the stage winner, but the crash within the final three kilometers left all the riders in the peloton with the same time as the runner-up group.

“It was important not to take any risk,“ said Nibali about Friday’s strategy. “That was the essential for me. The rain had made the finale difficult.“

The Italian still has an overall lead of 7 minutes and 10 seconds over Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, who had initially finished 40 seconds ahead of Nibali. France’s Jean-Christophe Peraud is 7:23 behind and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde is another two seconds off the pace in fourth.

Rain throughout Friday’s race helped cause many flat tires, but there were no crashes early. A group of five leaders never got more than 3 1/2 minutes ahead of the peloton and after Navardauskas moved to the front in the closing moments, his lead was whittled to under 30 seconds with less than five kilometers to the finish.

The sprinters’ group appeared poised to steal the stage win until the crash. Green jersey leader Peter Sagan of Slovakia was among those caught up, while the incident also caused the yellow jersey group to slow down—leading to the time credits.

“I was caught in the crash, I tried to avoid it but I couldn’t,“ said Peraud. “Obviously the rain did not help, especially in a finale with a lot of turns and nervous sprint in the end. We crashed, it’s classic.“

With Nibali in firm command of the yellow jersey, Saturday’s time trial will help determine the remainder of the podium. Just 15 seconds separates Pinot, Peraud and Valverde.

Stage 20 on Saturday is the only time trial in this year’s Tour and runs 54 kilometers from Bergerac to Perigieux.

The Tour concludes on Sunday with the traditional finish along the Champs Elysees in Paris.


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►   HAWKS SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK PAYNE:  The Atlanta Hawks signed first-round pick Adreian Payne on Friday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Payne, the 15th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, finished his career at Michigan State as the school’s all-time leader with 141 blocks. He also became one of nine players in school history with at least 1,200 career points and 700 career rebounds.

As a senior, Payne averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games en route to Second Team All-Big Ten honors, helping the Spartans reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

►   HORNETS RE-SIGN G PARGO:  The Charlotte Hornets re-signed guard Jannero Pargo on Friday.

Terms of the deal were not released.

“We’re pleased that Jannero will be back with us again this season,“ Hornets general manager Rich Cho said. “He is a great veteran presence in our locker room who is always ready when called upon.“

The 34-year-old averaged 4.7 points, 1.8 assists and 0.7 rebounds in 29 games with Charlotte last season.

With nine years under his belt in stints with the Lakers, Raptors, Bulls, Hornets, Hawks, Wizards and Bobcats, Pargo holds career averages of 6.4 points, 2.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds.

►   MAGIC SIGN RIDNOUR:  The Orlando Magic signed guard Luke Ridnour on Friday.

Ridnour played in 61 games with Milwaukee and Charlotte a year ago, averaging 5.0 points, 2.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Luke (Ridnour) and his family to Orlando,“ general manager Rob Hennigan said. “Luke is a proven player in this league who is well-respected as a teammate and competitor. The depth and veteran experience he will provide to our backcourt will help our team continue to grow.“

Over his 11-year career with Seattle, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Charlotte, Ridnour has career averages of 9.6 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.

►   LAKERS RE-SIGN G XAVIER HENRY:  The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed guard Xavier Henry.

Henry, 23, is coming off surgeries in April to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and a cartilage abnormality in his right knee.

He averaged 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists—all career highs—in 43 games for the Lakers this past season after spending the previous three years with Memphis and New Orleans.

Terms of the deal were not released.

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►   DREAM COACH COOPER HAS SURGERY FOR TONGUE CANCER:  The Atlanta Dream announced that head coach Michael Cooper had surgery for tongue cancer on Thursday.

The team said in a statement Friday that the procedure was successful and Cooper “will be back coaching soon.“

Assistant Karleen Thompson has been filling in for Cooper, who the team announced Monday was diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer.

Cooper, who won five NBA titles as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers and two WNBA titles as a coach with the Los Angeles Sparks, is in his first season with Atlanta. The Dream lead the Eastern Conference with a 15-7 record.

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►   2014 WEST VIRGINIA OPEN SCORES:  Final round scores Friday at the West Virginia Open on the Glades Springs Resort’s Cobb Course:

1. Christian Brand, Charleston 70-68-66_204

2. David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry 70-68-69_207

3. Craig Berner, Hurricane 68-69-71_208

4. Will Evans, Charleston 70-66-74_210

T5. Jonathan Bartlett, Charleston 69-74-68_211

T5. Jason Martin, Wheeling 70-71-70_211

T7. Scott Davis, Hurricane 69-76-67_212

T7. Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 77-66-69_212

T7. Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 68-73-71_212

10. Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 73-72-68_213

T11. Brian Anania, Hurricane 72-73-69_214

T11. Jason Robinson, Charles Town 71-70-73_214

13. Bob Friend, Pittsburgh 76-68-73_217

T14. Alan Cooke, Vienna 73-74-71_218

T14. Evan Muscari, Pineville 72-73-73_218

T14. Cole Moore, Spencer 72-73-73_218

17. Chris Williams, Scott Depot 74-75-70_219

T18. Trent Roush, Mason 76-75-69_220

T18. Jeremy Rogers, Buckhannon 77-71-72_220

T18. Philip Reale II, South Charleston 76-72-72_220

T18. Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 75-71-74_220

T18. Davey Jude, Kermit 72-74-74_220

T23. Joey Seabright, Wheeling 72-75-74_221

T23. Pat Carter, Huntington 74-72-75_221

T25. Jonathan Clark, Hurricane 70-78-74_222

T25. Josh Holmes, Huntington 76-71-75_222

T25. Nick Dent, White Sulphur Springs 74-72-76_222

T25. Barry Evans, Charleston 71-74-77_222

29. Bryan Myers, Wheeling 75-70-79_224

30. Swanson Smith, Charleston 75-79-71_225

31. Ty Roush, Mason 74-77-75_226

T32. Justin Caroli, Stonewood 76-78-73_227

T32. Will Johnson, Charleston 77-76-74_227

T32. Aaron Gizzi, Morgantown 75-76-76_227

T32. Harold Payne, Hurricane 76-75-76_227

T32. John Ross, Bramwell 76-74-77_227

T32. Nathaniel Begley, Oak Hill 79-71-77_227

T32. Winston Canada, Beckley 76-72-79_227

T39. Michael Stewart, Clarksburg 75-78-75_228

T39. Steve Fox, Huntington 74-77-77_228

T39. Cory Hoshor, Buffalo 76-74-78_228

T42. Brian McPherson, Belpre 76-75-78_229

T42. Brad Westfall, Grafton 70-79-80_229

T42. Brandon Waters, Summersville 75-73-81_229

T45. Chad Baldwin, Green Bank 78-76-76_230

T45. John Kingora, Morgantown 76-78-76_230

T45. Rick Ellison, Huntington 81-72-77_230

T45. Richard Moore, Spencer 75-76-79_230

T49. Carl Roncaglione, Charleston 78-77-76_231

T49. Thomas Frazier, Huntington 80-74-77_231

T49. Michael Foust, Hurricane 77-74-80_231

T52. Mike Keiffer, Scott Depot 80-75-77_232

T52. Stuart Wiley, Lavalette 77-78-77_232

T52. Joshua Arbaugh, Morgantown 75-79-78_232

T52. Mike Marrara, Morgantown 76-74-82_232

T52. Kyle Long, Beaver 72-76-84_232

T57. Christopher McGinnis, Waynesburg 74-81-79_234

T57. Aaron Persily, Charleston 79-76-79_234

T59. Cam Roam, Huntington 79-74-83_236

T59. Burt Baine, White Sulphur Springs 79-74-83_236

T61. Marco Oliverio, Bridgeport 84-71-82_237

T61. Adam Kaminski, Shady Spring 78-77-82_237

T61. Josh Bower, Ravenswood 79-76-82_237

T64. Cole Hand, Wheeling 80-74-85_239

T64. Kris Webster, Charleston 82-71-86_239

►   LANGER WIDENS LEAD AT SENIOR OPEN:  Bernhard Langer expanded his lead to seven shots heading into the weekend at the Senior Open Championship following his second-round, 5-under 66 on Friday.

Langer, who is seeking his four career major championship on the Champions Tour and his second this season, is at 11-under-par 131 through 36 holes and he stands seven shots ahead of Chris Williams and Colin Montgomerie, this year’s Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open Championship winner.

The 7-shot lead by Langer is the largest in this championship’s history, beating Noboru Sugai’s 4-shot lead at Royal County Down in 2002. Langer’s 11- under through 36 holes also ties a record set by Fred Funk at Sunningdale in 2009.

“I can’t remember if I’ve had any similar rounds in the past, but it’s definitely very, very good golf,“ Langer said. “To make two bogeys, but more importantly, 13 birdies along with it is not easily done in these conditions.“

Montgomerie matched Langer’s round with a 5-under 66, while Williams finished day two with a 70. Both Montgomerie and Williams are 4-under 138 at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.

Pedro Linhart sits alone in fourth place at 3-under 139 after his second-round 69. He is followed by eight-time PGA major champion Tom Watson (66) and Bob Tway (73), both of whom are at 2-under 140.

Barry Lane (69) and Rick Gibson (71) are the only other players in the field under par through two rounds. They are tied for seventh at 1-under.

Langer began his day two shots ahead of Tway, and the German started things off on the wrong foot with a bogey at the first. Langer quickly rebounded, however, and he started to widen the gap.

The 56-year-old followed the bogey with back-to-back pars before pouring in three straight birdies from the fourth to put him at minus-2 on the day. Langer rounded out his front nine with three straight pars.

Another par at No. 10 preceded back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 as Langer continued to increase his lead. Langer made five straight pars from 13 before finishing his day with his sixth birdie of the round at the last.

“I played very smart, very aggressive, then very smart and I was fortunate to some extent, but I have played very well the last two days,“ Langer said. “It wasn’t the kind of start I wanted today, but from that point on, I settled down and I played some really good golf.“

Montgomerie, who started the day at 1-over and seven shots off the lead, did not do much to help himself at the beginning of his round. Two straight bogeys at one and two put Montgomerie in a hole, one he quickly dug out of.

The 51-year-old Scotsman made six birdies in a 7-hole span, with the lone par coming at No. 4. All of a sudden Montgomerie was 3-under for the week as he made the turn. He made two more birdies at 13 and 18 to go along with a bogey at 16, putting him in a tie for second.

Williams also started off with a bogey at No. 1, but a birdie at No. 2 got him back to even-par. A bogey at No. 8 dropped him back to 1-over and he made the turn there.

An eagle at 11 and a birdie at 13 had Williams rolling, but a bogey at 17 put him back to 1-under on the day. He ended there with a par at No. 18.

NOTES: Langer is seeking his second win at this championship, having won it back in 2010 ... Watson is a three-time winner of this championship with victories in 2003, 2005 and 2007 ... Miguel Angel Jimenez (69), who is 1-over on the week, began and ended his day with eagles at one and 18 ... With the cut at 7-over 149, 76 players advanced to the weekend ... Among those that missed the cut were Des Smyth, Corey Pavin, Eduardo Romero, Mark James, last year’s winner Mark Wiebe and Craig Stadler.

►   FURYK JOINS PETROVIC IN CANADIAN OPEN LEAD:  Jim Furyk fired a 7-under 63 on Friday and he joined Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Canadian Open.

Petrovic, who shared the first-round lead with Michael Putnam, carded a 4- under 66 in round two. The pair ended 36 holes at 10-under-par 130.

Furyk, the 2006 and 2007 winner, is winless since the 2010 season, while Petrovic’s lone tour win was at the 2005 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Graham DeLaet, who played alongside Furyk, also fired a 63 and that helped the Canadian jump into a share of third place at minus-8. He was joined there by Kyle Stanley, who shot 67 in round two at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (65) stands alongside Justin Hicks (67), Andrew Svoboda (66) and Scott Brown (66) in fifth place at 7-under 133.

Matt Kuchar (65), who played with Furyk and DeLaet, headlines a group of eight players tied at minus-6. He was joined there by Greg Chalmers (68), Putnam (70), Tim Clark (67), Nick Watney (68), Danny Lee (65), Jamie Lovemark (65) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (67).

Furyk started the second round with a par on the 10th, his first. He poured in a 50-foot birdie effort on the par-4 11th and followed with a 10-foot birdie effort on No. 12.

“That was probably my worst iron shot of the day,“ Furyk said of his second to the 11th. “It was an extra bonus to get ‘3’ there.“

The Well Fargo and Players Championship runner-up birdied the 13th as well. Furyk then made a 12-footer for birdie on the 14th to make it four in a row. He parred the final four holes of his first nine, then moved to minus-8 with a 20-foot birdie try on No. 1.

Furyk parred four straight holes, then dropped in a birdie putt on the sixth. He moved to 10-under with an 11-foot birdie putt on the eighth before closing with a par.

“I did miss a couple of putts out there, but you can’t make them all. I made a bunch more putts today, and that was the difference in 67 yesterday and 63 today,“ Furyk said. “I got the putter working early and gave myself a lot of opportunities on the second side.“

Petrovic also played the back nine first in round two. He 2-putted for birdie on the par-5 12th and holed a birdie attempt from off the green at the 15th.

The 47-year-old stumbled to a bogey on the 18th to make the turn at 7-under. He stuffed his approach to four feet at the first and knocked that in for birdie.

Petrovic rolled in an 18-footer for birdie on the third and joined Furyk in the lead when he drained a 13-foot birdie chance at the sixth. Petrovic closed with three pars to share the second-round lead.

“I tried to not to do too much. I just tried to put the ball in play and get the ball on the green. It’s sounds simple, but that was my gameplan. I knew that it was breezy and a little cooler, I knew it was going to be playing a little tougher,“ said Petrovic. “I had a couple good up and downs to keep the momentum going. I made one bogey, but things are going to happen.“

NOTES: Furyk has missed just three greens in regulation through two rounds ... This is the second time this season Furyk has had a piece of the 36-hole lead, while Petrovic has a share of the 36-hole lead for the second time in his career ... Petrovic has scrambled to par 12 of the 13 holes in which he missed the green ... Defending champion Brandt Snedeker shot 69 for the second day in a row and is tied for 37th at minus-2 ... The cut line fell at even-par 140 with 73 players moving on to the weekend ... Among those missing the cut were Chad Campbell, Aaron Baddeley, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Luke Donald.

►   U.S. SWEEPS SPAIN ON SECOND DAY OF INTERNATIONAL CROWN:  After finishing day one as the only team without a single point, the United States rebounded in a big way on Friday by winning both of its matches against No. 5 Spain at the International Crown.

Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson defeated Belen Mozo and Beatriz Recari, 3 & 2, while Paula Creamer and world No. 1 Stacy Lewis held on to beat Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz, 2-up, giving the top-seeded Americans their first four points of the week at Caves Valley Golf Club.

“I didn’t feel any additional pressure at all. I think that put more fire into all of us coming into today,“ Thompson said about not having any points entering day two. “We all came out here with a lot of heart and played our own games and tried to make birdies and we did that.“

The United States is now tied for second in Pool A, while Spain is fourth with three points.

No. 4 Thailand picked up four points on the second day with two wins over No. 8 Chinese Taipei. Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya Jutanugarn beat Candie Kung and Teresa Lu, 3 & 2, while Pornanong Phatlum and Onnarin Sattayabanphot topped Yani Tseng and Phoebe Yao, 1-up.

Thailand leads the way in Pool A with five points as Chinese Taipei is tied with the U.S. for second with four points.

After two days, No. 3 Japan leads the way with six points in Pool B. Mamiko Higa and Mika Miyazato won 3 & 2 over Australia’s Minjee Lee and Karrie Webb. Japan’s Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine stunned Australia, coming back from 6- down with seven holes to play to finish all-square.

Japan is in first place in Pool B, while No. 7 Australia is tied for third with three points.

No. 2 Korea and No. 6 Sweden each had a win against the other on Friday and each picked up two points. Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist finished 1-up against Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu. Na Yeon Choi and I.K. Kim got revenge by beating Pernilla Lindberg and Mikaela Parmlid, 1-up.

Korea is in second in Pool B with four, while Sweden is tied with Australia at three points.

Through 11 holes, it seemed as if Ai Miyazato and Yokomine would be finishing their match early. At 6-down with seven to play, they could not afford to lose another hole and could only halve one hole if they had any chance of coming away with points.

Yokomine’s birdie at No. 12 got things going for the Japanese. At the next hole, Kirk and Wright both made bogey, while Miyazato and Yokomine poured in pars to win their second straight hole and put the deficit at four.

Kirk and Wright tripped up again at No. 14 as both made double-bogey at the par-4, and all of a sudden their lead was just 3-up. The two teams halved No. 15 before Miyazato’s birdie at 16 gave Japan yet another win.

Another birdie from Yokomine at 17 forced an 18th and deciding hole, which both Kirk and Wright bogeyed. Just like that, Japan halved the match to earn a point.

“It was just something clicked, and after 12, we kept the round going,“ Miyazato said. “It’s match play. I thought it’s just something that happens and the momentum is going to go the opposite way sometimes. And I realized that you never know what’s going to happen until the end. And match play is great fun.“

Creamer and Lewis were 3-up heading to the 15th hole, but Ciganda and Munoz earned wins at 15 and 17 to force a final hole. Lewis came through with a big birdie at No. 18, however, and the second United States team held to for the 2-up win.

NOTES: Saturday’s matchups include: United States vs. Thailand, Spain vs. Chinese Taipei, Japan vs. Korea and Sweden vs. Australia ... The top-two teams in each pool advance to Sunday’s singles matches. Any team in third place or tied for third place in its pool will compete in a sudden-death, wild-card playoff to determine the fifth and final team that advances to Sunday.

►   HORSEY REMAINS ON TOP IN MOSCOW:  David Horsey carded a 4-under 68 on Friday to remain on top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Russian Open.

Horsey, who is seeking his third career win on the European Tour, finished 36 holes at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club at 11-under-par 133.

“I’ve got a while now until the next round, so I’ll be recharging the batteries this afternoon and hopefully I’ll be raring to go tomorrow,“ said Horsey, who played in the fifth group off the 10th tee.

Thomas Pieters also shot 68 to move into second place at 9-under, while Peter Whiteford (71) and Gary Boyd (68) shared third at minus-7.

Scott Jamieson (72), Nacho Elvira (69), Maximilian Kieffer (71) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (71) are tied for fifth at 6-under 138.

Horsey followed a pair of opening pars with back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th, dropping him to 5-under.

He got one of those strokes back with a birdie at the 14th, and later rolled in consecutive gains at the 17th and 18th to make the turn at minus-8.

The Englishman bogeyed the first to fall back to 7-under, but then converted four birdies in a 5-hole stretch from the fourth to jump to 11-under. He parred the last to end there and remain on top of the leaderboard.

“I got off to a slow start but I managed to bounce back well,“ said Horsey. “Dropping a couple of shots early on is always disappointing, but I knew there’d be plenty of chances to come and I just needed to stay patient and keep giving myself putts for birdie.“

Pieters birdied the second and fourth to move to 7-under, and then countered a bogey at the sixth with consecutive birdies at the seventh and eighth to make the turn at minus-8.

He tripped to another bogey at the 12th, but again responded with back-to-back gains at the 13th and 14. A birdie at the 17th pulled him within a shot of Horsey, but he then bogeyed the last to fall back to 9-under and hand Horsey a 2-stroke lead heading into the weekend.

Whiteford recorded a double-bogey, three bogeys and six birdies during his up- and-down round, while Boyd countered three bogeys with seven birdies to earn his share of third place.

NOTES: Horsey’s last win came at the 2011 Trophee Hassan II ... Pieters is seeking his first career win on the European Tour ... Whiteford had missed the cut in his last eight starts entering this week ... The cut line fell at 2- over 146, with 66 players advancing to the weekend.

►   HUGO CLAIMS TITLE IN SOUTH AFRICA:  Jean Hugo carded a 3-under 69 on Friday to claim a 1-stroke victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf.

Hugo earned his 15th career victory on the Sunshine Tour at 7-under-par 137. It was Hugo’s ninth Vodacom Origins of Golf series title.

The tournament was shortened to just 36 holes after the second round was suspended due to heavy winds and Friday’s action saw rain also suspend play.

Hugo started fast with back-to-back birdies at the first and second, but then gave those shots right back with consecutive bogeys at the fourth and fifth to fall back to minus-4.

A birdie at the eighth moved him to 5-under at the turn and after trading a bogey at the 10th with a birdie at the 11th, Hugo closed his round with birdies at the 13th and 18th to claim the 1-shot win.

First-round leader Rhys West managed just a 1-under 71 during his second round at Arabella Country Club to fall into second place at 6-under 138.

Chris Swanepoel (71), Trevor Fisher, Jr. (72), Ulrich van den Berg (70) and Adilson Da Silva (71) shared third at minus-5.

►   RILEY, ZALATORIS ADVANCE TO U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR FINAL:  Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield in 21 holes, while William Zalatoris defeated Curtis Luck on the final hole to move on to Saturday’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship 36-hole match play final.

Riley, who beat Andy Zhang 2-up in the quarterfinal round earlier on Friday, managed to make par, while Horsfield tripped to a bogey on the third hole on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods.

After defeating stroke-play co-medalist Sean Crocker 3 & 2 in the quarterfinals, Zalatoris made birdie on the last hole of his semifinal match against Luck to advance to Saturday’s final.

Before capturing the 21st hole of his semifinal match, Riley had led for just one hole against Horsfield, who was ousted in the quarterfinals at this event last year.

Horsfield, the other stroke-play co-medalist, was 2-up entering the 13th hole, but Riley got within 1-down with a birdie at the par-5. Riley, who finished tied for third in stroke play, evened things up at the par-4 16th with a birdie.

The two managed to halve the next four holes before Riley captured the victory on the 21st hole.

Zalatoris never trailed in his match with Luck. Zalatoris won two of the first three holes to take a 2-up lead, but Luck got things back to all-square with wins at four and seven. Zalatoris bounced back quickly with a win at No. 8 and he moved to 3-up with wins at 11 and 12.

Then Luck went to work, capturing three straight holes from No. 14 to square the match once again. It stayed that way for one hole before Zalatoris came through with a clutch birdie at the last to punch his ticket to the final.

Zalatoris is playing in his fifth U.S. Junior Amateur, while Riley is participating in his third. This is the second straight year Riley will be playing in the match play final. He lost to Scottie Scheffler in the 36-hole match play final in 2013.

►   SUPERAL, NAVARRO TO BATTLE FOR GIRLS’ JUNIOR CROWN:  Princess Mary Superal and Marijosse Navarro won two matches on Friday, and they will face off in the final match at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

Superal needed 19 holes to beat Bethany Wu in the quarterfinals, then won the 18th for a 2-up victory over Cindy Ha in the semis.

Navarro held off Andrea Lee, 1-up in the quarterfinals, before beating Shelly Shin with an eagle on the 21st hole of their match.

Superal jumped out to a quick 2-up lead after two holes on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club. Ha birdied the fourth to get within 1-down, but Superal took the par-5 fifth with a par to again grab a 2-up lead.

After three straight halves, Superal moved 3-up with a par on the ninth. Ha rallied with birdies on 12 and 14 to get within 1-down. They traded wins at 15 and 16 before Superal birdied the 18th for a 2-up win.

Navarro birdied the second to go 1-up, but she bogeyed the fourth to square the match. She came right back with a birdie on No. 5. Shin took the second with a par to even the match once again.

Navarro made par on No. 9, but Shin won the next three holes to grab a 2-up lead. Navarro fought back with a birdie on 14 and another on No. 16 to square the match.

They halved four in a row from the 17th before Navarro made eagle on the par-5 third, the 21st hole of the match, to move on to the final.

►   SUCHER SOARS INTO MIDWEST CLASSIC LEAD:  Zack Sucher fired an 8-under 63 on Friday and soared into the lead after two rounds of the Midwest Classic.

Sucher, who is winless on the Tour, finished 36 holes at 13-under-par 129. He missed the tournament’s 36-hole scoring record by one stroke.

Jason Gore, who leads the Tour with seven career wins, also fired a 63 to jump into second place at minus-11. Aaron Watkins is one stroke further back at 10-under 132 after shooting 65 in round two.

Bill Lunde posted a 6-under 65 on Friday and is alone in fourth place at minus-8. Shane Bertsch (70), Steve Allan (67), Kyle Reifers (67) and Paul Haley II (71) share fifth place at minus-7.

Jarrod Lyle is making his first tour start since a lengthy battle with leukemia. He shot 2-under 69 in round two and headlines a group of 11 players tied for ninth at 6-under 136.

“I’m proud and pleased at the way I’m playing,“ Lyle stated. “I couldn’t ask for anything better. I would have been happy to make the cut on the number, but now I’m in a position where I could make a charge hopefully. Who knows what’s going to happen on the weekend.“

Sucher opened with birdies on the first and third at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He traded a bogey for a birdie from the fifth then faltered to another bogey on the par-3 eighth.

The 27-year-old bounced right back with a birdie on the ninth. Sucher moved to 8-under with a birdie on the 11th. He then made eagle on the par-5 13th.

Sucher birdied the par-5 15th to join Gore atop the leaderboard at minus-11. He made it two in a row with a birdie on 16. Sucher closed his round with a birdie on the 18th to grab a 2-shot lead.

“I made a lot of long putts. I wasn’t stuffing it in there close, which is hard to do when it’s windy. I think one of the hardest things about the wind is putting. It’s bothered me in the past, but it didn’t bother me today,“ said Sucher, who had a 2-shot lead after 36 holes last week in Boise.

Gore flew out of the gate with three birdies in the first four holes to jump to 6-under. He parred three in row from the fifth.

The Panama Claro Championship runner-up dropped in a birdie effort on the eighth and made it two in a row at No. 9.

Around the turn, Gore parred four of the first five holes on the back nine to go with a birdie on the 12th. He followed a birdie on 15 with another on the 16th to move to 11-under. Gore ended there as he parred the last two holes.

“I’ve played solid all year, which is something new for me. It’s been a much better year. I’ve had more fun and I’ve been in contention more times this year than probably in my entire career - within the last four or five groups on Sunday,“ said Gore, who is second in greens in regulation through two rounds. “I haven’t capitalized on it, but I’ll keep knocking on the door.“

NOTES: Harold Varner III, who had two eagles in round one, ran off five straight birdies from the 13th ... The cut line fell at 1-under-par 141 with 72 players moving on to the weekend ... Billy Mayfair, Roland Thatcher, Nick O’Hern, Parker McLachlin, Len Mattiace and Lee Janzen are among those that missed the cut.

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►   FOGNINI, ROBREDO, CILIC REACH SEMIS IN UMAG:  Top-seeded 2013 runner-up Fabio Fognini, reigning champion Tommy Robredo and heavy crowd favorite and former titlist Marin Cilic secured semifinal berths at the Croatia Open tennis event.

The fiery Italian Fognini held off 17-year-old Croatian wild card Borna Coric 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in 2 hours, 42 minutes in Friday’s quarterfinal nightcap.

The promising Coric was last year’s U.S. Open boys’ champion.

Fognini, who lost to Robredo in last year’s Umag finale, will meet Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in Saturday’s semifinals.

The second-seeded Robredo rolled past fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-4, while the third-seeded Croat Cilic swatted 10 aces in crushing fifth- seeded Czech slugger Lukas Rosol 6-0, 6-2 in 62 minutes on the red clay at ITC Stella Maris.

Cilic captured his home event in 2012 and was a runner-up here the year before that.

The former top-10 stars Robredo and Cilic will do battle in Saturday’s other semi.

Another quarterfinal saw the qualifier Cuevas outlast Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. The in-form Cuevas captured his first-ever ATP title two weeks ago in Bastad, Sweden.

The 2014 Croatia Open titlist will collect $105,000.

►   YOUZHNY, GRANOLLERS OUSTED IN GSTAAD QFS:  Top-seeded and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny and second-seeded former titlist Marcel Granollers failed to reach the semifinals at the Swiss Open tennis event.

In a rematch of last year’s final in Gstaad, seventh-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase exacted some revenge by upending the Russian veteran Youzhny 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in just under two hours on the red clay at Roy Emerson Arena.

“Until 5-2 in the third set, I felt good,“ said Haase. “But two net cord winners, one unbelievable backhand smash from him changed things. At 5-4, 40-0, you think it is done. I double faulted and lost my rhythm. I knew I could beat him. Compared to last year’s match, it was very good.“

The 2011 champion Granollers, meanwhile, succumbed to unseeded fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-5, 6-3. Andujar’s semifinal opponent on Saturday will be fourth-seeded compatriot Fernando Verdasco, who saw double duty on Day 5.

The 2011 Gstaad runner-up Verdasco opened his day by holding off German Jan- Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in a rain-suspended second-round affair from Thursday, and capped his Friday with a 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-1 quarterfinal victory over Serbian wild card Viktor Troicki, who rejoined the ATP Tour this week after serving a one-year doping ban.

The other semi will pit the 2013 runner-up Haase against Argentine Juan Monaco, who handled two-time Gstaad champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 to reach his first semifinal in 12 months.

The 2014 Swiss Open champ will earn $105,000.

►   SVITOLINA, SCHIAVONE REACH BAKU SEMIS:  Reigning champion Elina Svitolina and former French Open titlist Francesca Schiavone were among Friday’s quarterfinal winners at the Baku Cup tennis event.

The second-seeded Ukrainian Svitolina defeated France’s Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-4, while the 34-year-old Schiavone outlasted Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 on the hardcourts at Baku Tennis Academy.

Svitolina won her first WTA title at this event last year by beating Israeli Shahar Peer in the final.

The 19-year-old Svitolina and Schiavone will do battle in one of Saturday’s semifinals, while the other will pit fifth-seeded Serb Bojana Jovanovski against Swiss Stefanie Voegele.

The 2012 Baku champion Jovanovski overcame Japanese qualifier Misa Eguchi 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, while Voegele vaulted past Peer 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 on Day 5.

The 2014 Baku champ will claim $43,000.

►   ISNER REACHES SEMIS AT ATLANTA OPEN:  Defending champion and No. 1 seed John Isner reached the semifinals of the Atlanta Open with a straight-set win over Marinko Matosevic on Friday.

The 6-foot-10 Isner—who beat 6-foot-8 Kevin Anderson for last year’s title—knocked off the No. 8 seed Matosevic 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 to move a step closer to another final at this U.S. Open Series hardcourt tournament.

Isner, a back-to-back runner-up to Mardy Fish in 2010 and 2011, will face fellow American Jack Sock in the semifinals after Sock ousted Lukas Lacko 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 on Friday.

The other semifinal will pit Germany’s Benjamin Becker against Dudi Sela. Becker was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Thiemo de Bakker and Sela toppled No. 4 seed Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.

This week’s winner will claim $103,000.


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Major League Baseball - National League
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 PM - FS-Midwest, CSN-Chicago, DSS
Washington at Cincinnati, 4:05 PM - MASN, FS-Ohio, FS1, DSS
Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:05 PM - FS-Arizona, NBC 10, DSS
San Diego at Atlanta, 7:10 PM - FS-San Diego, South, DSS
NY Mets at Milwaukee, 7:10 PM - WPIX, FS-Wisconsin, DSS
Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:10 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain, MLBNet, DSS
Los Angeles at San Francisco, 9:05 PM - SportsNet LA, CSN-Bay, MLB Net, DSS

American League
Toronto at NY Yankees, 1:05 PM - SNET, YES, MLB Network, DSS
Baltimore at Seattle, 4:10 PM - MASN2, ROOT-Northwest, DSS
Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM -  NESN, SunSports, DSS
Chicago WSox at Minnesota, 7:10 PM - WGN (America), FS-North, DSS
Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, FS-Kansas City, FS1, DSS
Oakland at Texas, 8:05 PM - CSN-California, FS-Southwest, DSS
Detroit at LA Angels, 9:05 PM - FS-Detroit, West, DSS

Miami at Houston, 7:10 PM - FS-Florida, CSN-Houston, DSS

Canadian Football League
Ottawa at Hamilton, 7:00 PM - TSN,
Toronto at Saskatchewan, 10:00 PM - ESPN 2, TSN

Arena Football League
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 5:00 PM - TCN-Philadelphia,
Los Angeles at Jacksonville, 7:00 PM -
Arizona at Orlando, 7:00 PM - CBSSN
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7:30 PM -
San Antonio at New Orleans, 8:00 PM -
San Jose at Iowa, 8:05 PM -
Spokane at Portland, 10:00 PM -

Los Angeles at Seattle, 4:00 PM - Time Warner, KONG, NBA TV
Indiana at San Antonio, 8:00 PM - No scheduled television
New York at Phoenix, 10:00 PM - No scheduled television

Major League Soccer
Sporting Kansas City at Toronto FC, 7:00 PM - KMCI, TSN2, DSS
Columbus at New England, 7:30 PM - CSN-New England, DSS

International Soccer
EuroAmerican Cup: Estudiantes vs. ACF Fiorentina, 2:55 PM - beIN Sport
Manchester United vs. Roma, 4:00 PM - FOX
New York Red Bulls vs. Arsenal, 5:00 PM - ESPN 2
EuroAmerican Cup: Alianza Lima vs. Valencia CF, 6:25 PM - beIN Sport
Chicago vs. Tottenham, 8:00 PM - ESPN 2

Major League Lacrosse
Denver at Ohio, 4:30 PM - CBSSN
Boston at Florida, 7:00 PM - MSG+, SPortSouth,
Charlotte at Rochester, 7:00 PM - YouTube

EUROPEAN - Russian Open, 6:00 AM - Golf Channel
CHAMPIONS - Senior British Open, 12:00 PM - ESPN 2
PGA - Canadian Open, 1:00 PM - Golf Channel
PGA - Canadian Open, 3:00 PM - CBS
LPGA - International Crown, 3:00 PM - Golf Channel
USGA - Girls’ Junior Championship, 8:00 PM - Golf Channel

Atlanta Open, 3:00 PM - ESPN 2

Tour de France
Stage 20, 8:00 AM - NBCSN

Auto Racing
FORMULA ONE - Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, 8:00 AM - CNBC
SPRINT CUP - Crown Royal 400/Brickyard practice, 9:00 AM - ESPN 2
NATIONWIDE - Lilly Diabetes 250 qualifying, 12:00 PM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - Crown Royal 400/Brickyard qualifying, 2:00 PM -= ESPN
NATIONWIDE - Lilly Diabetes 250, 4:30 PM - ESPN

Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting - 07.27.14

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Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting

1:00 PM, Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, WV

The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, 2014, beginning at 1:00 PM at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke, WV in Lewis County.

The public is invited to attend and make comments. Items on the agenda include:

•  Approval of the 2015-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations

•  Approval of the 2015 Fishing Regulations

Yard Sale at 326 Little Bull Run Road - July 24-26, 2014 - Last Day

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Yard Sale at 326 Little Bull Run Road

(Smith’s Custom Meat Shop)

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24, 25 and 26, 2014

from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, books, household items, tools

Camping equipment, camouflage clothing

Miscellaneous items too numerous to mention

Rain or shine.

Glenville: Gilmer County Farmers’ Market - Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Today


The Gilmer County Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens pavilion in Glenville, WV.

Lots of vendors are set up with vegetable and flower plants and some vegetables are now available, fresh lamb meat,  baked goods, honey, jelly and jams, fresh farm eggs, lunch is available, and much more.

Come out and see what our Farmers Market has to offer.

Charity Softball Tournament - 07.26.14

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The United Way’s mission is to advance the common good for local residents by building strong families, supporting independent seniors, and nurturing thriving children.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) and Sharpe Hospital, of Weston, Davis Medical Center, of Elkins, and United Hospital, of Clarksburg, are all dedicated to supporting the United Way in their county.

The four hospitals are joining forces and participating in a “Central West Virginia Hospital Challenge” to raise money for their respective United Way organizations in a Charity Softball Tournament.

The tournament is planned for Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Robert Bland Middle School Softball Field in Weston, beginning at 8:00 AM.

The first game pits the two Weston Hospitals, followed by the Davis, UHC matchup at 9:30 AM.

Kevin Stalnaker, COO at SJMH, has been involved with United Way for years and is delighted by the interest from the four hospitals and all of their employees.

He said, “The United Way plays an important helping non-profits in the community and our employees, who are very charitable, are thrilled to be able to give back to the community.”

The rain date is Sunday, July 27, 2014.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Chemistry/Physics Teacher - GCHS


POSITION: Chemistry/Physics Teacher - Gilmer County High School

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 School Year

QUALIFICATIONS: West Virginia Certification in Chemistry and Physics 9-12

SALARY: Based on Professional Salary Scale for Degree and Experience

RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties as outlined in West Virginia State Board of Education - Policy 5310

• Application for employment; Copy of WV Teaching Certificate; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations

• Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website).

• Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Send these documents to:
                                    Judith A. Stalnaker
                                    Personnel Director
                                    Gilmer County Schools
                                    201 N. Court Street
                                    Glenville, WV 26351

MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Friday, August 01, 2014 – 3:00 PM

As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, handicapping condition, marital status, or national origin in employment or in its educational programs and activities.
Inquiries may be referred to:  Gilmer County Board Of Education, 201 North Court Street, Glenville, West Virginia   26351. Or referred to: The Department of Education’s Director of the Office for Civil Rights.

NOTE:  State and federal laws include Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972; Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 540; and other State or Federal laws and regulations governing students and employees

POSTED:  07.25.14

Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?

Bon Appétit: Steak and Cheese Pasta

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  12-ounces whole-wheat spaghetti or other pasta
  2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  2 Tablespoons water
  1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  1 Tablespoon olive oil
  1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  1 large red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  1 large green bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  2 cloves garlic, minced
  1 1/2 pound flank steak, sliced very thinly across the grain
  4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a small glass, mix together the soy sauce, tomato paste, water and cornstarch. Set aside.

While the pasta cooks, in a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the onion, both peppers and the garlic. Saute until tender and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the steak and saute until just barely cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and return to a simmer, cooking for 2 minutes, or until thickened.

Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss well to coat with the sauce and mix with the vegetables and steak. Add the cheese and toss until melted and mixed into the sauce.

Makes 6 servings.

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