Martin's 69 good for 5-shot win at Ohio Amateur
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Middletown's Alex Martin built a big lead with four early birdies and then weathered a rough patch in the middle of his round to shoot a 3-under 69 and win the Ohio Amateur golf championship by five strokes.
The senior-to-be at Indiana finished at 5-under 283. He tied for second a year ago.
Hilliard's Ethan Tracy, who will be a sophomore at Arkansas, shot a 74 and was alone in second.
First- and second-round leader Lucas Murray of East Sparta drew within a shot with five holes left but faltered to a 74 that left him at 289. Ryan Stocke of Boardman, who matched Martin for the day's low round, and defending champion Vaughn Snyder (74), turning pro next week, were at 292.
Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Michael Bernard slid to a 77 and tied for sixth with Columbus' Scott Miller.
Father of Super Bowl-winning coach dead at 90
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - The father of Super Bowl-winning football coach and NFL commentator Jimmy Johnson is dead.
C.W. Johnson Jr. died Monday at Tomball Regional Medical Center in Tomball, a Houston suburb. He was 90.
Funeral and burial were Thursday in Groves. A statement issued by Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home says the Arkansas native and longtime Port Arthur resident moved four years ago to the small Houston-area town of Magnolia.
Johnson had been a former superintendent of a dairy and 1-time owner of a downtown Port Arthur gas station.
Jimmy Johnson coached the Dallas Cowboys to 1992 and '93 Super Bowl titles and the Miami Hurricanes to the 1987 NCAA Division IA football title. He is also a former Oklahoma State coach. He is now an in-studio analyst on the Fox network's NFL telecasts.
Rangers release El Duque from AAA contract
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - El Duque's comeback attempt with the Texas Rangers has ended.
Texas released Orlando Hernandez from his minor league contract Friday, making him a free agent.
Hernandez had 12 strikeouts over 11 innings in eight relief appearances for AAA Oklahoma City since being activated three weeks ago.
Hernandez, part of 4 World Series championship teams, last pitched in the majors for the New York Mets in 2007 before toe surgery.
The pitcher's age has been questioned at times, and is listed as high as 43 by some accounts. The Rangers said he was 39 when they signed him June 12.
Prep football goes 7-on-7 during the summer
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The quarterback snaps the ball to himself, then completes a short pass over the middle.
Touchdown? Not quite. A defender got his hands on the receiver about a yard short of the goal line.
It's a scene you can find all over the country - a game of touch football on a hot summer afternoon. Only this game has referees. And yard lines. And a scoreboard.
This is 7-on-7 football, the high school gridiron's answer to summer league basketball and one that appears to be growing across the country. It gives quarterbacks and receivers a chance to sharpen their skills - and it gives coaches, parents, sponsors and even recruiting experts more time around these young athletes in what might pass for the offseason.
This month, Hoover, Ala., is hosting the National High School Coaches Association National Select 7-on-7, which last year included teams from as far away as Pennsylvania and Utah. This year's event will include 32 teams, whittled down from about 200 after qualifying tournaments. Nike is 1 of the sponsors.
Events like this have become commonplace in the football-crazy South, but this is hardly a regional phenomenon.
But the University Interscholastic League has a rule limiting what Texas high school coaches can do during 7-on-7 tournaments. They can't coach or be "interacting with them."
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