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Bluffton native shares lead in Indiana Open

Bluffton’s McCormick Clouser is part of six-way tie for first place at the 99th Indiana Open Championship at Otter Creek in Columbus on Monday.

Clouser, the 2011 State Am runner-up, opened with a 5-under 67. The amateur had a 33 on the front nine and a 34 on the back.

“I didn’t really make any mistakes today,” Clouser said in a news release. “I played steady, and I hope to continue to do the same tomorrow. Being in this position definitely takes the pressure off, and I’m excited to see what happens this week.”

Clouser is tied for the lead with Tyler Duncan, Andy Winings, Craig Bowden, Eric Huther and Blake Russell.

Decatur’s Keith Blythe is tied for 39th after shooting a 73.


Ex-IPFW pitcher is Frontier all-star

A former IPFW pitcher is now a Frontier League All-Star. Chuck Weaver, who plays for the Florence Freedom, was selected to participate in the 2014 Frontier League All-Star game July 16. It’s the first All-Star appearance for Weaver, a Homestead graduate, in his second season with Florence. At IPFW, he won six games during his two-year career, striking out 87 batters in his junior year, second all time in school history.

4 local players on North All-Stars

Four area players will be part of the North All-Star team in the annual series against the South this weekend in Richmond. On the North team are Northrop’s Colin Brockhouse, East Noble’s Grey Fox, North Side’s Zach McKinstry and Carroll’s Taylor Goshen.


Irish’s Smith on Bednarik watch list

Bishop Luers grad Jaylon Smith, a Notre Dame sophomore linebacker, and Irish teammate KeiVarae Russell were placed on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation’s best defensive player. Also, Irish quarterback Everett Golson was put on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, the annual honor for college football player of the year. There are 76 players on each list.

IU, Purdue players on Hornung list

Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn and Purdue tailback Akeem Hunt were among 47 players named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list. The annual award is given to the player who demonstrates the most versatility in college football.

Ohio State player kicked off team

Ohio State defensive end Tracy Sprinkle pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, rioting and failure to disperse after a weekend bar fight in Lorain, Ohio. Also, coach Urban Meyer kicked the 19-year-old redshirt freshman off the team pending the outcome of his legal problems.

Jail transfer OK’d for Hernandez

Former New England player Aaron Hernandez can transfer to a jail closer to Boston for easier access to his lawyers while he awaits trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled .


NHL news

Columbus re-signed forward Corey Tropp and defenseman Corey Goloubef. … Ottawa general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer. … Chicago hired Jimmy Waite to coach the goaltenders. Waite replaces the fired Steve Weeks. … Nashville forward Mike Fisher had surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon and likely will miss the start of the upcoming season.


Phelps, Lochte stay on comeback trail

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will resume their comebacks during a special meet at the University of Georgia this week. The Bulldog Grand Slam will feature some of the top teams in the country.


Junior regional at Huntington

Huntington University will host the 2014 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Regional meet Thursday through Sunday. The meet will feature more than 800 high school and middle school athletes from Indiana and Illinois.

Ex-world champ wins 100 meters

In Paris, former world champion Tyson Gay ran 10.04 seconds in pouring rain to win the 100 meters at the Montreuil meeting. Gay crossed the finish line 0.12 clear of 2008 Olympic runner-up Richard Thompson. Also, Michelle-Lee Ahye overcame a poor start in the women’s 100 to beat Carrie Russell in 11.32, and Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross pulled away in the final straight to win the 400 in 51.12. Hansle Parchment, who set a year-leading 12.94 in the 110 hurdles last week in Paris, edged Orlando Ortega in 13.33.