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September is National Preparedness Month

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Center for Threat Preparedness is urging the public to plan for health threats with a personal preparedness kit.

“September is National Preparedness Month, a good time for the public to engage in personal preparedness planning and to build or evaluate emergency preparedness kits,” said Dr. Letitia Tierney, Commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and State Health Officer.  “If you already have a kit in place, you should routinely check to determine if items need to be added, changed or replaced.”

Dr. Tierney said that there are some basic supplies that every household emergency kit should contain, including non-perishable food items, water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, prescription medication and a supply of over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol® and aspirin.  Comfort items, such as pen and paper or a book, a small game to pass the time, tools to shut off house utilities, and a toy for children, are often overlooked. Back-up documentation, such as insurance policies and deeds, are also important.

Federal recommendations suggest maintaining three gallons of water on-site at all times and enough food and supplies on-hand to last up to 72 hours per person. Young and elderly family members may require more water than is recommended. Pets will also need supplies including food and water for three days for each pet; bowls, and a manual can opener.

Building an emergency preparedness kit can be an activity for the whole family.

For more information, visit the Center for Threat Preparedness website at

Bon Appétit: Berry-Mint Gazpacho

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  1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped (2 cups packed)
  1 cup fresh orange juice
  1 cup fresh blueberries
  5 Tablespoons agave nectar
  Pinch sea salt
  10 mint leaves, stacked, rolled and cut into thin ribbons
  Peeled, sliced kiwi, for garnish
  4 to 6 Tablespoons creme fraiche, for garnish


Combine half of the chopped strawberries and all of the orange juice in a mixing bowl. Use the stick blender to form a coarsely blended mixture. Stir in the remaining chopped strawberries and the blueberries by hand (so they don’t break up), then add the agave nectar, salt and half of the mint, stirring until well incorporated.

Divide among individual dessert bowls. Top each portion with a few slices of kiwi, a dollop of creme fraiche and some of the remaining mint. Serve right away.

Makes 3 or 4 servings (makes about 3 1/2 cups).

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Flashback: What Happened on September 01, ....


•  1784 George Washington began his last trip into present-day West Virginia in order to protect his land titles.

•  1879 The Clarksburg, Weston and Glenville Railroad, formerly the Weston and West Fork Railroad, was completed to Weston, Lewis County.

•  1908 Former slave Rev. Jared M. Arter became principal of the African- American school at Hill Top, Fayette County, administered by the West Virginia Baptist State Convention.

•  1929 The first female patients were admitted to the State Hospital for Colored Insane at Lakin, Mason County.

•  1939 The Kanawha College was merged into Morris Harvey College, both of Charleston.

•  1947 WWVA - FM radio went on the air, the first FM radio station in Wheeling and the sister station to WWVA - AM.

•  1954 The Kanawha County Board of Education implemented a plan to integrate public school buses and to eliminate several one-room schools through limited integration, with complete integration scheduled for fall 1955.

•  1965 WMGP - FM radio went on the air in Parkersburg, the sister station to WADC - AM.

•  1967 Edward Fox retired as president of the Bituminous Coal Operators Association. He was succeeded by George Judy.

•  1971 Charleston Transit Company workers went on strike.

•  1975 WXIL - FM radio went on the air in Parkersburg.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 09.01.14


Those who wish to come after me must deny themselves. A line in T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Dry Salvages’ reads: ‘We had the experience but missed the meaning’. It might be applied to Jesus’ contemporaries, including his apostles, who were slow to understand his teaching and the nature of his saving mission. Peter could not accept that Jesus would die ‘at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law’. Jesus chided Peter because he did not have in mind the concerns of God but merely human concerns. The same was true of the proud and ambitious Francis Xavier before he saw and embraced the truth of Ignatius’ oft-repeated reminder: ‘What profits us if we gain the whole world and lose our soul?’ Lord Jesus, may I always follow in your steps.

G. Jeremiah 20:7-9. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God—Ps 62(63):2-6, 8-9. Romans 12:1-2. Matthew 16:21-27.


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Wilderness Act of 1964 Marks 50 Years

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Fifty years ago, on September 03, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964. Eight years, 66 revisions and 18 hearings in the making, this landmark conservation legislation now protects more than 109 million acres in 750 wilderness areas across 44 states.

Conservationist Howard Zahniser (1906-1964) conceived the original Wilderness Act. He had grown tired of, “a wilderness preservation program made up of a sequence of overlapping emergencies, threats and defense campaigns.” Unfortunately, Zahniser died four months before the bill was signed into law.

But passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 is a testament to this longtime leader of the Wilderness Society ( who treasured the value of wilderness. He wrote, “I believe we have a profound fundamental need for areas of the earth where we stand without our mechanisms that make us immediate masters over our environment.”

The most well-known wilderness areas include the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota, the Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming, the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana and the Ansel Adams Wilderness in California.

“Wilderness” is the highest form of land protection. Roads, vehicles, permanent structures, logging and mining are prohibited. These are places that can only be accessed by those wanting to experience a true pristine environment. They provide wildlife with critical habitat, filter and cleanse the air we breathe, protect vast watersheds, boost local economies with tourist and recreation dollars and provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

These are places where at night 3,000 stars twinkle and the Milky Way illuminates the heavens. By day, they are totally quiet except for the sounds of nature — leaves rustling in the wind, a deer bounding through the woods, birds singing.

Though my own time spent in true wilderness is limited, just knowing it is there soothes me. If I never spend another minute in a wilderness area, I smile knowing that my daughters and my grandchildren will have the opportunity to enjoy it. And for that I thank Mr. Zahniser and other like-minded conservationists who, 50 years ago, acted while there was still wilderness to be protected and saved.

Among those who write about nature, there is an interesting and persistent confusion regarding the terms “wilderness” and “wildness.” The confusion began with Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). In his essay “Walking,” he wrote: “The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild; and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the world.”

Wildness means “loose from restraint or control,” and I think that is exactly what Thoreau meant when he chose that word. He was, after all among other things, an abolitionist and tax resister. So his use of “wildness” was effective and correct.

That sentiment stood for decades until the publication of Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There in 1949. In it, Leopold paraphrased Thoreau: “Perhaps this is behind Thoreau’s dictum: In wildness is the salvation of the world.”

Then in 1956 in The American Transcendentalists, Their Prose and Poetry, Perry Miller compounded the confusion by treating wildness and wilderness as synonyms: “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” The confusion is understandable because the words are so similar.

With the Wilderness Act came a new and more precise definition of wilderness so I think there’s an even better way to articulate the essence of wilderness. Let me offer a variation on the theme, consistent with our current understanding of wilderness: “In wilderness is the salvation of the Earth.”

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Smithsonian Channel will premiere AERIAL AMERICA: WILDERNESS, a special episode of its popular series, on Sunday, September 07, at 9 PM. The hour-long episode will take viewers on an aerial tour of America’s most breathtaking natural landscapes and national parks protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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

Ginseng Digging Season Starts September 01, 2014

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West Virginia’s 2014 ginseng digging season starts Monday, September 01, 2014 and runs through Sunday, November 30, 2014.

The native herb grows in all of the state’s 55 counties and is ready to harvest when its berries turn red.

West Virginia state law requires “sengers,” those who dig the root, to only harvest plants with three or more prongs.

The number of prongs indicates the age of the plant. Only plants 5-years old and older can legally be harvested.

In addition, sengers are required to replant the berries/seeds from the parent plant in the spot where they harvested it to help continue the species.

The following laws also apply to the harvesting of ginseng:

•  No permit is needed to dig wild ginseng, but anyone digging ginseng on someone else’s property must carry written permission from the landowner allowing him or her to harvest ginseng on the property.

•  Digging ginseng on public lands, including state forests, wildlife management areas or state parks, is prohibited.

•  Diggers have until March 31 of each year to sell to a registered West Virginia ginseng dealer or have roots weight-receipted at one of the Division of Forestry weigh stations.

•  Possession of ginseng roots is prohibited from April 01 through August 31 without a weight-receipt from the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

Beginning September 01, 2014 a list of registered ginseng dealers for 2014-2015 will be available.

West Virginia’s Latest News - 08.31.14

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The director of a veterans museum in Parkersburg is protesting the outcome of a court case in which a Wood County man was sentenced to probation for stealing from the museum.

Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley director Gary Farris placed a sign outside the museum Friday. It mockingly invited the public to steal from the museum without the threat of jail time.

61-year-old Robert Lawrence Burdette of Belleville pleaded guilty earlier this month to petit larceny for stealing a bayonet, cap and patch from the museum on January 04.

Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton says the items were returned.

Farris says he’s not pleased with the outcome of the case.


For West Virginians already sick of political slam ads, TV will be even tougher to stomach after their Labor Day barbecues.

This election cycle, the state’s roots in retail politics have yielded to 30-second attacks with menacing narrators, headshots of President Barack Obama and generic clips of coal mines.

A decisive U.S. Senate race and two competitive House contests are attracting millions of dollars on the airwaves. Before Labor Day, the tab topped $7.5 million for ads from federal candidates and well-heeled outside interests, according to media buy breakdowns. The ads started last year.

More than $5.2 million is already set aside for a two-month fall barrage, and several candidates and groups haven’t made reservations yet. The amount could fluctuate, depending how tight races stay leading to November 04.

The Senate race for the seat held by Democrat Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring, is essential as Republicans try to erase a thin Democratic majority. Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is the favorite against Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

Some metro areas, like Charleston and Huntington, get an added dose of rhetoric in a media market shared with Kentucky. Ads from the race between Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are on constant rotation, while West Virginia viewers don’t get to vote for either.

Competitive state legislative races could also factor into the TV mix.

Whether the millions will be well-spent or blur into white noise remains to be seen. Both sides are complaining about out-of-state groups, but they have helped Democrats and Republicans.

“The West Virginia voters could simply turn off, not listen to the specific charge that outsiders are trying to buy us, and all these very expensive and slick ads that outsiders are buying,“ said Robert Rupp, a West Virginia Wesleyan College political science professor.

The president isn’t on the midterm ballot. Listening to Republican strategy here, he might as well be.

Republicans are tightly focused on tying West Virginia Democrats to Obama. Few other states rejected him as soundly in 2012, when Obama lost all 55 counties.

West Virginia’s disdain for Obama partly stems from his energy policies. The administration is pushing to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Many West Virginians view the proposal as an affront on the state’s iconic fossil fuel industry, which already is dwindling.

Most West Virginia Democratic candidates assure voters they’ll fight Obama on energy and other policies many voters dislike. Tennant took it a step further in one ad rebuking Obama, in which she pretended to cut the power to the White House.

The Obama disconnect in a historically Democratic state has been a green light for conservative groups.

Conservatives call up the same recycled imagery in ads — Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall shooting pool with Obama in 2008, and U.S. Senate hopeful Natalie Tennant and congressional candidate Nick Casey campaigning for Obama in 2008.

Charleston resident Laura Cardinale said she’s been tuning it all out.

“I would not base any of my decisions on an ad,“ Cardinale said. “They need to stop slinging mud at each other.“

The biggest magnet for outside cash has been Rahall’s bid for a 20th term against Republican Evan Jenkins. Americans for Prosperity and American Energy Alliance, both associated with the wealthy, conservative Koch brothers, have bashed Rahall to the tune of about $2 million. House Majority PAC, a liberal super PAC, has poured in $1.3 million against Jenkins, a Democrat-turned-Republican state senator.

In mid-August, a group orchestrated by Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, entered the 3rd Congressional District mix. Crossroads GPS spent $330,000 to bash Rahall on coal.

Another Koch-related group, Freedom Partners, has booked air time this fall. So has the YG Network, which is linked to defeated Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Both sides have made claims struck down by fact checkers. PolitiFact wrote that Capito exaggerated by saying Obama’s carbon rule wouldn’t allow new coal power plants or burning of limited amounts of coal in existing plants. The Washington Post said Rahall used a flawed argument about a $6,000 increase in seniors’ Medicare costs under the GOP budget, and twisted a Jenkins quote about Medicaid to be about Medicare.

Both parties’ congressional campaign arms are also now involved. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has $1.2 million reserved this fall, while the National Republican Congressional Committee says it has booked $1.3 million.

Some of that party money could fuel the fight over the House seat Capito is vacating. Casey, a former state Democratic Party chairman, faces Alex Mooney, a former Maryland GOP chairman and state lawmaker who moved to West Virginia last year.


A roller coaster of rapids will await thrill-seekers for the start of the Gauley River whitewater season as southern West Virginia businesses anticipate an influx of visitors to finish out a tourism season that for a time simmered in the stigma of a chemical spill in Charleston.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens the valves from the Summersville Dam next Friday to begin a series of releases that will stretch the Gauley season through mid-October.

It was a different type of water — tainted tap water — that dominated talk earlier in the year in the state’s tourism industry. A January 09 chemical spill along the Elk River in Charleston prompted a restriction on water use for 300,000 residents in nine counties.

The restriction lasted for days. Businesses, especially in southern West Virginia, heard the discussion for months. The state spent extra money on a tourism campaign to bolster its image.

The spill’s direct impact on tourism may never be known because money won’t be spent to research it, said Dave Arnold, a member of the state Tourism Commission and a partner in whitewater outfitter Adventures on the Gorge.

What is known is that businesses — whether their numbers were up, flat or down — survived and have moved on.

The spill had no direct relation to the whitewater industry because the Elk River flows into the Kanawha River, which is downriver from the New and Gauley rivers.

“There’s no question this had some effect,“ Arnold said. “I do know it didn’t help us.“

Arnold predicted that trips for his company on the New River alone will be down about 7% compared to last year.

“Most outfitters were down slightly this year despite being very aggressive,“ he said. “We spent a lot of money on marketing.“

Despite some outfitters’ efforts to reinvent themselves by adding tree zip-line tours and family oriented activities, the state industry has seen a steady decline since peaking at 257,446 visits in 1995. According to state Division of Natural Resources figures, there were 142,860 trips taken last year, about the same as 2012.

Two whitewater outfitters, Adventures on the Gorge and ACE Adventure Resort, comprised nearly two-thirds of those trips.

To bolster its image in the wake of the chemical spill, the state doubled the Division of Tourism’s budget for the spring advertising campaign with a $1.2 million cash infusion in April. The extra funds helped expand the campaign into several Ohio markets, along with radio ads in select cities in Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.

The spill initially forced Charleston-area restaurants and hotels to close, and business tax collections over the first five months of the year were down about 5% before rebounding in June, said Alisa Bailey, president of the Charleston Convention and Visitors bureau.

“I do believe that the people are assured” about the quality of the water, she said. “We’re moving on.“

In the tourism-driven community of Fayetteville near the New River, Secret Sandwich Society shop owner Lewis Rhinehart said there was some concern earlier in the year among businesses after the chemical spill, but that quickly faded.

“There were certainly some doom-and-gloom people saying it’s going to end the whitewater industry,“ Rhinehart said. “Nothing like that happened.“

Rhinehart said he saw an increase in business from customers who arrived from Charleston in the months after the chemical spill.

“We had an upsurge in the middle of winter,“ he said. “It opened people’s eyes. People who live in Charleston could come to Fayetteville. It was a good ambassadorship for the town.“

Rhinehart said very few customers at his shop mentioned the spill this summer. At a nearby campground operated by the nonprofit American Alpine Club, manager Paul Nelson said he received no inquiries from prospective campers concerned about the quality of the water.

Business at the campground so far this year has been better than a year ago. The peak climbing season is mid-September to November.

“It will be interesting to see how it goes,“ Nelson said.

At Water Stone Outdoors, a Fayetteville business that provides gear to rock climbers, business has been flat, and co-owner Kenny Parker said the dollars available to the traditional customer base for tourism in the region have “just dried up.“ He also said the lingering concerns over the chemical spill “definitely affected us.“

“I have friends in the lodging business,“ Parker said. “When they’re getting calls from people asking about (the spill), to me, that’s bad. Those people who come for lodging, a certain percentage of those people are going to find my store. I might have had growth if it weren’t for that.“

But recreational visits to the New River Gorge National River are up about 4.2% this year compared to last year, according to the National Park Service. Although much smaller in numbers, visits to the Gauley River National Recreation Area are up 33% and visits to the Bluestone National Scenic River in southern West Virginia are up 6.5%.

Andrea Ness of Dimondale, Michigan, hadn’t heard about the spill when she was among a group that went rock climbing and whitewater rafting on the New River in June. She enjoyed the experience so much that she plans to return with seven others in September for a trip on the Gauley.

“Once people are out there, they love it and they want to come back,“ she said.


Police in Parkersburg are looking for a St. Marys man in the death of a 1-year-old girl.

Parkersburg police say in a news release that 30-year-old Curtis Dean Richards II is wanted on a charge of murder by a parent or guardian.

Media outlets report the young Parkersburg girl died Aug. 5 while she was left in Richards’ care at their mother’s apartment.

Police say Richards was last seen the same day withdrawing money from an ATM and driving a black, 1994 single-cab truck.

Police say he is believed to have associates in Beckley, St. Marys, and Huntington.


It’s no secret that a good education can take a student very far in the world.

Two Huntington High School students used their education to go halfway around the world earlier this year when their work on a school science project earned them a spot in the annual GLOBE Learning Expedition in New Delhi, India.

Elise Gooding, a senior at the school, and Sarah Cartwright, who graduated from there in May, spent Aug. 1 to 11 traveling to, and participating in, the conference, which is part of a worldwide school-based science and education program. Kalila Baker, another Huntington graduate, also worked in the study, but she was unable to attend the conference.

Five student-teams from North America were invited to attend the conference, and Huntington’s team made the tight cut. A total of 114 countries participate in the program.

GLOBE stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, and it works in close partnership with NASA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation Earth System Science Projects in study and research of the Earth’s environment.

Likewise, the students’ project was titled “The Effect of Aerosols on the Urban Heat Island Effect,“ and, for the layman, Gooding explained the project with ease.

“You know when you’re in a big city, and you’ve got all of this concrete and tall buildings, and it’s scorching hot? Then, you go out of the city, and it drops a few degrees. That’s the urban heat island effect,“ she said. “The effect is the heat getting trapped in the city because darker colors tend to absorb more sunlight. It traps the energy in there making an urban heat island.“

Keeping that in mind, the students sought to see how aerosols in the planet’s atmosphere would impact the urban heat island effect.

“Aerosols are those tiny particles in the atmosphere that you can’t see that block the sunlight,“ Gooding said. “They can make it hotter or cooler. It depends on where you are.“ Even though most people associate aerosols with hairspray, Gooding said they can come from coal fueled power plants and from volcanic ash, which is one of the most common sources of aerosols in the atmosphere.

The students kept track of weather patterns and aerosol levels for a few weeks during the 2013-14 school year, although a series of overcast days meant they had to rely on year-old data.

What they found was inconclusive, Gooding said.

“It was all across the ballpark based on what your surface was,“ Gooding said. “There was some high correlation for some aerosols that sky rocketed. There were some where it dropped. There were others where nothing happened. More research needed, I guess.“ Their teacher, Rich Sharpe, said he was proud of his students for taking on a project in a relatively new scientific niche.

“It helps to have good students,“ Sharpe said. “The idea behind it is to have students around the world make as many observations as they can, so years from now, we can know what climate change is caused by. This something they’re doing for future generations.“ Before their trip, Cartwright said she was very excited for her first opportunity to leave the United States.

“For my first trip, I get to go halfway across the world,“ she said. “No matter how nerve wracking it is for us to get there, when we come back, we’ll be able to say we went there and had that experience.“

Movie Review: ‘Life After Beth’ - Is She a Zombie, or Is She Jesus?

With its accomplished cast and darkish, off-kilter worldview, “Life After Beth” at first seems to be an unconventional rom-com with a sly, skeptical streak. But the promise of its premise is squandered all too soon in what becomes yet another tiresome exercise in the way-overworked zombie genre.

Written and directed by Jeff Baena — who co-wrote David O. Russell’s witty, existential detective movie “I Heart Huckabees” — “Life After Beth” is an aimless, slight and ultimately off-putting example of a clever title in search of a movie. The search, in this case, never comes to fruition in anything other than cliches and facile, clunky plotting.

Dane DeHaan plays Zach Orfman, who, when “Life After Beth” opens, is trying to buy black napkins for a memorial lunch for his late girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza), who died suddenly during a hike in the Southern California hills.

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Stunned and grief-stricken, Zach strikes up a friendship with Beth’s parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon), who are keeping up a brave front even as they sort through Beth’s things. But within days of Beth’s passing, they suddenly turn away from Zach, for reasons that become clear after he catches a glimpse of his dead girlfriend through their living room window.

One of the arguments that Zach has with Beth’s Jewish family in “Life After Beth” is whether their little girl has been resurrected (“like Jesus,” according to her folks) or has turned into a zombie. Rather than stay in that provocatively ambiguous space, Baena goes straight into genre territory, complete with rotting flesh, guttural growls and scary, superhuman strength. DeHaan and Plaza bring focus and sincerity to their roles, and both are convincing as college-bound teenagers in love. When Anna Kendrick shows up in a giggly cameo, she ignites the screen with totes adorbs fizz.

But that’s about as good as it gets. “Life After Beth” mostly trafficks in hackneyed vignettes of suburban life — Zach’s parents (Paul Reiser and Cheryl Hines) are blandly clueless and constantly eating dinner — and, in its final third, gruesome visual effects that feel warmed over from the far superior 2009 film “Zombieland.” Even one of the film’s more novel comic touches, involving smooth jazz and Kenny G., quickly wears out its welcome.

The film’s payoff, a sight gag with odiously misogynistic symbolic undertones, harks back to “can’t live with ’em, can’t shoot ’em” humor that was dated a decade or two ago. “Life After Beth” may have revived the ultimate girlfriend from hell, but it’s still wan, listless and derivative in bringing her to undead life.

R. Contains pervasive obscenity, some horror violence, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use. 88 minutes.

Sports Brief - 08.31.14

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►   NO. 2 ALABAMA DOWNS WEST VIRGINIA:  T.J. Yeldon racked up 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace a potent rushing attack, as second-ranked Alabama took down West Virginia, 33-23, in the first-ever meeting between the programs from Georgia Dome.

Derrick Henry added 113 yards and another score on 17 attempts for the Crimson Tide (1-0), while Blake Sims ended up 24-of-33 for 250 yards and one interception.

Amari Cooper led all receivers with 12 receptions and racked up 130 yards for Alabama, which is seeking a third national title in the last four seasons.

Clint Trickett ended up 29-of-45 for 365 yards and a TD pass to Kevin White for the Mountaineers (0-1).

White collected 143 yards on nine grabs, while Mario Alford returned a kick 100 yards while adding 54 yards on five catches.

Adam Griffith’s 41-yard boot on the final play of the first half gave Alabama a 20-17 edge, and though Sims came up short on a 4th-and-6 pass to Cooper on the first series of the second half, Josh Lambert missed a subsequent 47-yard try for West Virginia.

Alabama needed just six plays to gain some breathing room, as Henry’s 19-yard scamper close to the midway point of the third provided a 27-17 margin.

Lambert connected from 42 yards away and the Mountaineers got back within 27-20 with 4:59 left in the period, but Griffith converted a 27-yarder to wrap up the ensuing possession and the Tide’s lead was back up to 10.

The Mountaineers then had Alabama backed up deep in their own zone, but a bad snap on 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line forced Trickett to fall on the ball at the 24. Lambert, though, was good from 41 yards away and it was a seven- point game once more with 13:37 to go.

The Crimson Tide defense forced a three-and-out, then another make by Griffith—this one from 45 yards out—boosted Alabama’s advantage to 10 points at 33-23.

WVU punted on the following series then Trickett’s pass to Rushel Shell on 4th-and-11 late in the contest fell incomplete.

West Virginia made the most of its first drive, taking the early lead as Lambert converted from 20 yards away. Griffith capped Alabama’s second possession with a 47-yard make.

A leap along the right sideline to cap a 15-yard dash by Yeldon capped a 95- yard drive and sent Alabama up 10-3 less than a minute into the second quarter.

The Mountaineers countered on their next series, when White beat a defender and came down in the back of the end zone with a lob from Trickett for a 19- yard score.

Yeldon then found the end zone from one yard out inside of two minutes left in the half, and the Tide regained the lead. However, it took Alford mere seconds to tie the game with a 100-yard return of the ensuing kickoff.

Game Notes

Alabama has won its last 13 season openers, and improved to 21-2 in such contests dating back to 1991 ... The Mountaineers saw their string of 10 consecutive season-opening victories snapped ... Shell led WVU with 38 yards on 10 carries ... The Crimson Tide rolled to 288 rushing yards, while their defense limited West Virginia to 28 yards on the ground on 24 attempts.


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Final Score: (2) Alabama 33, West Virginia 23

T.J. Yeldon racked up 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace a potent rushing attack, as second-ranked Alabama took down West Virginia, 33-23, in the first-ever meeting between the programs from Georgia Dome. Derrick Henry added 113 yards and another score on 17 attempts for the Crimson Tide (1-0), while Blake Sims ended up 24-of-33 for 250 yards and one interception. Amari Cooper led all receivers with 12 receptions and racked up 130 yards for Alabama, which is seeking a third national title in the last four seasons. Clint Trickett ended up 29-of-45 for 365 yards and a TD pass to Kevin White for the Mountaineers (0-1). White collected 143 yards on nine grabs, while Mario Alford returned a kick 100 yards while adding 54 yards on five catches.

Final Score: (3) Oregon 62, South Dakota 13

Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the 3rd-ranked Oregon Ducks trounced the South Dakota Coyotes, 62-13, on Saturday. Mariota went 14-of-20 for 267 yards and ran for 43 yards on six carries. He now has the most career total touchdowns in Oregon history with 82 after entering the game tied with Joey Harrington. Mariota also tied Darron Thomas’ school record of 66 career touchdown passes. Byron Marshall ran eight times for a game-high 138 yards and two touchdowns, while leading all receivers with 89 yards on eight catches for Oregon (1-0), which won its 10th straight home opener. Kenny Bassett added a rushing touchdown, Charles Nelson returned a punt for a score and Pharaoh Brown and Dwayne Stanford each had a receiving touchdown in the win. South Dakota quarterback Kevin Earl completed 13 of his 26 passes for 136 yards, while Trevor Bouma scored the Coyotes’(0-1) lone touchdown.

Final Score: (4) Oklahoma 48, Louisiana Tech 16

Keith Ford and Alex Ross each rushed for a pair of touchdowns as fourth-ranked Oklahoma kicked off its 2014 season with a 48-16 rout of Louisiana Tech. Ford added a team-high 65 receiving yards on four catches while amassing 51 yards on the ground on nine carries, with Trevor Knight chipping in 253 yards and a touchdown through the air in the Sooners’ fifth straight season-opening triumph. Knight finished 19-of-34 with one interception for Oklahoma (1-0), with freshman Samaje Perine amassing 77 yards and a touchdown on 13 rush attempts. Cody Sokol threw for a pair of touchdowns in a losing cause for Louisiana Tech (0-1). Sterling Griffin led the Bulldogs with seven catches for 74 yards, while Trent Taylor had 68 yards and a touchdown on four grabs. Sokol ended with 191 yards and was intercepted once on 22-of-36 passing.

Final Score: (5) Ohio State 34, Navy 17

It took some time, but Ohio State’s offense finally began to click under new quarterback J.T. Barrett and the fifth-ranked Buckeyes pulled away late for a 34-17 victory over Navy on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Ohio State (1-0) entered its third season under Urban Meyer with national championship hopes, then lost star quarterback Braxton Miller to a shoulder injury earlier this month and turned to Barrett. The redshirt freshman completed his first pass attempt, a 14-yard toss to Devin Smith to open the game, and his 80-yard TD strike to Smith in the third quarter put Ohio State on top for good. The Buckeyes went on to add a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal their 25th straight regular-season win and 15th consecutive season-opening victory. Barrett completed 12-of-15 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 50 yards as Ohio State piled up 194 yards on the ground. Navy (0-1), which finished second in the nation in rushing last year during a 9-4 season, racked up 370 yards on the ground. Ryan Williams-Jenkins accounted for 118 on just seven carries, while quarterback Keenan Reynolds added 42. Reynolds threw the ball just four times and completed two for 20 yards.

Final Score: (6) Auburn 45, Arkansas 21

Nick Marshall came off the bench to run for a tie-breaking touchdown in the third quarter, beginning a streak of 24 unanswered points that helped sixth-ranked Auburn pull away for a 45-21 victory over Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Marshall, the starting quarterback on the Tigers’ 2013 SEC champion and BCS runner-up team, sat out the entire first half as a suspension for a marijuana possession citation over the summer. In his place, Jeremy Johnson threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive two quarters of action. Jeremy Whitehead came through with a pivotal 33-yard interception return touchdown later in the third quarter, leading an Auburn defense that held the Razorbacks to no points and 61 total yards in a second half that saw an hour and 27-minute delay due to a severe thunderstorm. Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for a career- best 177 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for Auburn (1-0, 1-0 SEC), while D’haquille Williams racked up 154 yards and a score on nine receptions in the win. Johnson completed 12-of-16 passes, with Marshall finishing 4- of-6 for 50 yards. Brandon Allen went 18-of-31 for 175 yards and two touchdowns with the one key interception for Arkansas (0-1, 0-1). A.J. Derby ended with four catches for 40 yards and a score, while Alex Collins ran for 68 yards on 10 attempts in the loss.

Final Score: (7) UCLA 28, Virginia 20

Brett Hundley threw for 242 yards and ran for a critical touchdown as seventh-ranked UCLA overcame a stiff test from Virginia to hold on for a 28-20 win at Scott Stadium. Hundley’s score made it 28-17 late in the third quarter for a Bruins program with national title aspirations. Paul Perkins finished with 80 yards on 16 carries for UCLA (1-0), which scored three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter. Greyson Lambert made his first collegiate start at quarterback for the Cavaliers (0-1), but was benched late in the first half in favor of fellow redshirt sophomore Matt Johns after having two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Johns tossed touchdown passes in relief.

Final Score: (11) Stanford 45, UC Davis 0

Kevin Hogan threw three first half touchdowns and ran in another as No. 11 Stanford rolled to a 45-0 win over UC Davis to kick off its 2014 season. Hogan got to rest for the second half after building a commanding lead over the first 30 minutes. The senior co- captain completed 12-of-16 passes for 204 yards with an interception. Ty Montgomery returned a punt for a touchdown and was one of four players with a receiving score for Stanford (1-0), which is hoping to win its third straight Pac-12 conference championship. Christian McCaffrey, Michael Rector and tight end Austin Hooper also caught touchdowns. UC Davis (0-1), an FCS program, never got its offense going against the Cardinal. Quarterback London Lacy was intercepted twice and finished with just 54 yards passing, while Justin Williams and Colton Silveria gained 36 and 34 yards, respectively, on the ground.

Final Score: (12) Georgia 45, (16) Clemson 21

Todd Gurley scored two of his four touchdowns in a strong second half, posting a career-high 198 yards rushing, and No. 12 Georgia rolled past 16th-ranked Clemson by a 45-21 count in an interconference battle from Sanford Stadium. Hutson Mason threw for 131 yards on 18-of-26 efficiency and Nick Chubb contributed 70 yards and another score on the ground for the Bulldogs (1-0), who also benefited from a 100-yard kickoff return from Gurley in the second quarter. Michael Bennett led the hosts with five catches for 60 yards as Georgia produced 459 yards of total offense. Cole Stoudt ended up 15-of-28 for 130 yards and was sacked three times for the Tigers (0-1), while Mike Williams posted 88 yards on three receptions. C.J. Davidson and D.J. Howard picked up a rushing score each in defeat. Deshaun Watson threw a first-half TD pass to Charone Peake.

Final Score: (13) LSU 28, (14) Wisconsin 24

It might’ve been LSU’s toughest challenge during its nation’s longest regular-season non-conference winning streak. Kenny Hilliard made sure to make it 46 in a row. Hilliard ran for the go-ahead 28-yard score with 9:41 remaining as No. 13 LSU rallied from 17 points down to top No. 14 Wisconsin, 28-24, in the Texas Kickoff on Saturday night. The Tigers scored the final 21 points of the game. Anthony Jennings, taking over under center for the graduated Zach Mettenberger, was 9-of-21 for 239 yards and Travin Dural caught three passes for 151 yards, including an 80-yard TD catch for LSU (1-0), which went 10-3 last season. Melvin Gordon totaled 140 yards on the ground on 16 totes with a touchdown for the Badgers (0-1), who finished 9-4 a year ago. Former safety Tanner McEvoy was just 8- of-24 for 50 yards with two interceptions in his first career start in defeat. Gordon ran the ball just three times in the second half.

Final Score: (15) Southern California 52, Fresno State 13

The 15th-ranked USC Trojans dealt with controversy, deceit and accusations over the past week. Cody Kessler made sure his team put those distractions behind them, leading the Trojans to a 52-13 rout of Fresno State in Saturday’s season opener. Kessler threw for 394 yards on 25-of-37 passing and accounted for a career-high five touchdowns—four passing and one rushing—as the Steve Sarkisian era in Southern Cal started with a blowout victory. Sarkisian returns to the USC sideline after spending the last five years as head coach at Washington, following a seven- year stint as a Trojans assistant. Javorius Allen finished with 133 yards with a touchdown on 22 carries for the Trojans (1-0), who have won 16 straight openers. JuJu Smith led USC with 123 receiving yards on four catches, Nelson Agholor caught a pair of touchdown passes and Adoree Jackson and Bryce Dixon each hauled in a score from Kessler. Marteze Waller was the lone bright spot for Fresno State (0-1), rushing for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the setback.

Final Score: (17) Notre Dame 48, Rice 17

Everett Golson ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as No. 17 Notre Dame handed Rice a 48-17 loss in the season opener at Notre Dame Stadium. The last time Golson donned a Fighting Irish uniform was in the BCS title game against Alabama two seasons ago. He missed his entire sophomore campaign after the university suspended him the next fall for academic reasons and spent his hiatus practicing with a quarterback guru. The early results were promising, as Golson completed 14- of-22 attempts for 295 yards while accounting for 41 of the Irish’s 281 rushing yards. Notre Dame (1-0), which is in the middle of another academic scandal, went 9-4 last season without Golson and was playing a Rice (0-1) program coming off a Conference USA title. The Owls lost most of their offensive threats from last season, however, and the untested Driphus Jackson was shaky in his first road start under center. Hampered by conservative play calling, Jackson passed for 163 yards with a touchdown and an interception and gained a team-high 61 yards on the ground.

Final Score: (20) Kansas State 55, Stephen F. Austin 16

Jake Waters threw for two touchdowns and ran for two scores to lead the No. 20 Kansas State Wildcats to a 55-16 victory over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Saturday. Waters completed 19 of his 28 passes for 223 yards and an interception, while rushing for 55 yards on 17 carries. Charles Jones also totaled 55 yards on the ground with two touchdowns for the Wildcats (1-0), who improved to 21-2 in home openers under head coach Bill Snyder. Kody Cook, Steven West and Tyler Lockett each caught a touchdown pass in the rout. Zach Conque went 17-of-30 for 118 yards, while Joe Minden threw 7-of-9 passes for 107 yards with a rushing touchdown for Stephen F. Austin (0-1). Gus Johnson led the Lumberjacks with 26 rushing yards on eight carries and a score, while Aaron Thomas had a game-high 85 receiving yards on six catches in the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Final Score: (22) Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7

Tommy Armstrong had two touchdown passes and ran in one more as No. 22 Nebraska rolled to a 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday to open the season. Armstrong was 15-of-29 passing for 271 yards and added seven runs for 62 yards for the Cornhuskers (1-0), who went 9-4 last season and beat Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Ameer Abdullah finished the game with 232 yards on 21 carries and a score, while Terrell Newby added 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Jaquez Johnson was 6- for-12 for 61 yards and a score for the Owls (0-1), who won four in a row to end last season with a mark of 6-6.

Final Score: (23) North Carolina 56, Liberty 29

Marquise Williams threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more, as No. 23 North Carolina exploded for four touchdowns over a four-minute span in the third quarter to take a 56-29 win over Liberty. Williams went 19-for-29 for 169 yards with two interceptions, and also had six carries for 52 yards for the Tar Heels (1-0), who went 7-6 last season, defeating Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. Josh Woodrum was 16-for-33 for 189 yards with two interceptions, while Todd Macon had two rushing touchdowns for Liberty (0-1), an FCS team that went 8-4 last season.

Final Score: (24) Missouri 38, South Dakota State 18

Maty Mauk threw two of his three touchdown passes to Darius White as 24th-ranked Missouri opened the season with a 38-18 win over FCS foe South Dakota State. Russell Hansbrough had 126 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for the Tigers (1-0), who posted 12 victories and captured the SEC Eastern Division title last season. Zach Lujan completed 21-of-28 passes for 239 yards with one interception in place of South Dakota State starter Austin Sumner. Sumner suffered a right foot/ankle injury on a first-quarter scramble and is expected to miss significant time. Zach Zenner had two touchdown runs for the Jackrabbits (0-1).

Final Score: (25) Washington 17, Hawaii 16

John Ross ran in for a score on a reverse and hauled in a 91-yard TD catch as No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii, 17-16, in head coach Chris Petersen’s Huskies debut on Saturday night. Washington ran the final 2:40 off the clock to hang on for the victory. Jeff Lindquist was just 10-of-26 for 162 yards and a touchdown in his first start, replacing Cyler Miles due to suspension. Lavon Coleman carried the ball 19 times for 94 yards for the Huskies (1-0), who went 9-4 a year ago. Joey Iosefa accounted for 143 yards rushing and a score on 30 totes for Hawaii (0-1).


The Gilmer Free Press

►   SAM AMONG RAMS’ FINAL CUTS:  If Michael Sam does open the regular season on an NFL roster, it will have to be on another team.

The league’s first openly gay active player was among 21 players waived by the St. Louis Rams as the club whittled down its roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday.

Sam, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft who publicly declared his homosexuality prior to February’s scouting combine, was beaten out by rookie free agent Ethan Westbrooks for the last of nine defensive ends kept by the Rams.

The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year can still be claimed by any other team over the next 24 hours, and appears to stand a good chance of remaining a member of the Rams if he does pass through waivers. ESPN reported Saturday that Sam is likely to be part of St. Louis’ 10-man practice squad if he’s not picked up by another organization.

Sam stated his case to make the Rams’ active roster with a strong preseason in which he compiled 11 tackles and three sacks in four games. The former Missouri standout led St. Louis with six tackles in Thursday’s preseason finale against Miami.

Sam headlined a St. Louis cut list that also included defensive tackle Matt Conrath, quarterback Garrett Gilbert and safety Christian Bryant. In addition, the Rams placed wide receiver Stedman Bailey on the reserve/suspended list.

Bailey will sit out the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Gilbert was a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft, while the Rams took Bryant eight spots ahead of Sam at No. 241 overall. Conrath had seven tackles and a sack in eight games for St. Louis last season.

Also waived on Saturday were wide receivers Emory Blake, Austin Franklin and Justin Veltung, guards Travis Bond and Brandon Washington, defensive end Kourtnei Brown, safety Avery Cunningham, defensive tackle Deantre Harlan, linebackers Aaron Hill, Etienne Sabino, Phillip Steward and Lawrence Wilson, offensive tackles Sean Hooey and Mitchell Van Dyk, defensive back Greg Reid, tight end Brad Smelley and cornerback Darren Woodard.

►   JAMES HARRISON CALLS IT A CAREER:  Former Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker James Harrison has decided to retire.

Harrison, who spent 10 seasons in Pittsburgh and played last year with Cincinnati, made the announcement Saturday on his Facebook page.

“I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today,“ Harrison wrote. “My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career.

“My love for the game isn’t strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school. I am retiring as a man who is truly grateful for all of his blessings. I am sincerely thankful to the people who have supported me over the years, first and foremost my family, the Rooney family and my Steeler family, also Mr. Brown, the Bengals organization and fans, and last but FAR from least, Steeler Nation. Thank you.“

Signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002 and released the following year, Harrison became one of the team’s leaders when he returned in 2004 and helped the franchise to a pair of Super Bowl titles in his 10 seasons.

Harrison started 95 of the 131 games he played with the Steelers and ranks fourth in franchise history with 64 sacks. He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, earned five straight trips to the Pro Bowl from 2007-11 and was named First-Team All-Pro twice.

The 36-year-old Kent State product also played 12 postseason games with the Steelers and registered the longest interception return in Super Bowl history with a 100-yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

Harrison joined division-rival Cincinnati last season and helped the Bengals to the AFC North crown, amassing 30 tackles with two sacks and an interception in 15 games.

The Bengals released him in March.

►   49ERS’ SMITH OFFERS APOLOGY AFTER SUSPENSION:  San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith released a statement Saturday and apologized for his actions that led to a nine-game suspension.

The NFL penalized Smith for violations of both the substance-abuse policy and personal conduct policy. In July, Smith was sentenced to 11 days in jail and three years’ probation on weapons and DUI charges.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks,“ Smith said in a statement released by the NFL Players Association.

“Over the last year, I have learned a lot and I’m working hard to grow from my experiences. I want to thank my family and friends, my teammates, my union and the 49ers for supporting me during this process. I will be at work daily to participate in all permitted work activities, and to support my teammates, just as they have supported me.“

Smith can return for a Week 11 game against the New York Giants, as the 49ers have a Week 8 bye.

Since being selected with the seventh overall pick of the 2011 draft, Smith has been one of the league’s elite pass rushers. He has 42 sacks in just three seasons, but has also had numerous run-ins with the law.

Smith voluntarily took a leave of absence from the 49ers last year to seek help for a substance-abuse problem, missing five games.

►   EAGLES RELEASE VETERAN K HENERY, GET DOWN TO 53:  Veteran kicker Alex Henery was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, along with 18 other roster hopefuls, as the team reduced its roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday.

Henery, Philadelphia’s kicker for the past three seasons, lost out to rookie Cody Parkey, who was acquired in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts last week and subsequently booted two field goals of 50-plus yards in the Eagles’ preseason finale against the New York Jets on Thursday night.

A fourth-round draft pick out of the University of Florida in 2011, Henery was one of college football’s all-time great kickers and generally successful during his time in Philadelphia, finishing his Eagles career by making 74- of-86 field goals. A lack of leg strength and recent inconsistency problems opened the door for Parkey, however.

Philadelphia also cut ties linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Josh Kaddu, offensive lineman Josh Andrews and Kevin Graf, cornerbacks Roc Carmichael and Curtis Marsh, wide receiver Damaris Johnson, safeties Ed Reynolds and Keelan Johnson, running backs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey, defensive tackles Damion Square and Wade Keliikipi, quarterback G.J. Kinne and wide receivers Ifeanyi Momah, Will Murphy and Quron Pratt.

Reynolds was the team’s fifth-round pick out of Stanford in May.

In other moves, RB/returner Kenjon Barner was waived/injured and veteran receiver Arrelious Benn (lower back) as well as LB Travis Long (torn ACL) were placed on injured reserve.

The Eagles will open their regular season on September 07, when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

►   ‘CHAMP’ GETS KO’D IN NEW ORLEANS:  Future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey is unemployed again after the New Orleans Saints released him on Saturday en route to getting to the NFL’s 53-man roster limit.

It could be the end of the line for the 36-year-old, seven-time All-Pro, who performed poorly last year in Denver.

The Saints also terminated the contracts of veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem, linebacker Keyunta Dawson, kicker Shayne Graham and tackle Thomas Welch.

New Orleans also waived center Matt Armstrong, cornerback Derrius Brooks, wide receiver Brandon Coleman, linebacker Todd Davis, kicker Derek Dimke, cornerback Terrence Frederick, wide receiver Charles Hawkins, tight end Nic Jacobs, guard Marcel Jones, wide receiver Seantavious Jones, tackle Tavon Rooks, running back Derrick Strozier, nose tackle Lawrence Virgil, cornerback Trevin Wade, safety Pierre Warren and guard Jason Weaver.

The Saints currently have no placekicker on their 53-man roster so expect the team to be active on the waiver wire in the coming days.

►   FEW SURPRISES AS STEELERS REACH ROSTER LIMIT:  The Pittsburgh Steelers trimmed their roster to the league-mandated 53 on Saturday, releasing 22 players.

Mike Tomlin’s club waived goodbye to tight ends Rob Blanchflower, Bryce Davis and David Paulson, defensive backs Isaiah Green, Dayonne Nunley, Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, and running backs Josh Harris and Stephen Houston.

Also released were defensive linemen Ethan Hemer, Josh Mauro, Roy Philon and Nick Williams, linebackers Chris Carter, Howard Jones and Dan Molls, quarterback Brendon Kay, wide receivers Derek Moye and Lanear Sampson, and offensive linemen Graham Pocic, Will Simmons and Guy Whimper.

Whimper, a nine-year veteran out of East Carolina, may have been the biggest surprise. The Honolulu native appeared in 27 games and started eight for the Steelers over the past two seasons and was expected to be in the mix as a swing tackle behind starters Marcus Gilbert and Kelvin Beachum.

Richardson, a fifth-round selection out of Arizona, and Blanchflower, a seventh-rounder out of UMass, were 2014 draft picks.

The Steelers will open their regular season on September 07, when they host the Cleveland Browns.

►   JETS CUT PATTERSON, HILL:  Dimitri Patterson went from AWOL to cut from the New York Jets.

The embattled cornerback was among 21 players jettisoned as New York reached the NFL’s 53-man roster limit.

The move came just days after Patterson released a statement saying the Jets were dishonest in saying they didn’t know where he was when he failed to show up for the team’s Week 3 preseason affair against the New York Giants, a disappearing act thought be tied to the fact that Patterson was not scheduled to be in the starting lineup for that game.

Patterson denied that but the Jets clearly had enough of the enigmatic defensive back with six previous NFL stops.

New York also reached the end of its rope with former second-round pick Stephen Hill, a talented wide receiver who never translated his athleticism to success on the field.

Hill amassed just 45 receptions with four touchdowns in 23 career games but his agent took aim at Jets general manager John Idzik as well as coach Rex Ryan.

“I’m disappointed in Idzik and Rex with the way the whole thing went down there,“ Alan Herman told USA Today Sports. “Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening.

“He didn’t have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. ... His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno.“

The Jets also released quarterbacks Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, guards Will Campbell and Caleb Schlauderaff, linebackers Troy Davis, Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds, cornerbacks Brandon Dixon, Jeremy Reeves and Johnny Patrick, defensive tackle Tevita Finau, wide receiver Clyde Gates, running backs Alex Green and Daryl Richardson, defensive linemen Kerry Hyder and Zach Thompson, safety Rontez Miles, tight end Chris Pantale and offensive tackle Brent Qvale.

Also, the Jets placed veteran LB Antwan Barnes on the PUP list as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

►   VETERAN SHIPLEY AMONG RAVENS FINAL CUTS:  Veteran offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley was among 13 players released by the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday as the team scrambled to reach the NFL’s mandated 53-man roster limit.

Shipley started nine games for Baltimore a season ago but was deemed expendable largely due to the acquisition of new starting center Jeremy Zuttah.

Baltimore is also parting ways with cornerback Derek Cox, although that is believed to be a procedural move and the veteran is expected to re-sign with the team as soon as Sunday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Players who will be moving on and were waived include offensive tackle Parker Graham, cornerbacks Tramain Jacobs and Sammy Seamster, offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, defensive tackles Jamie Meder and A.J. Pataiali’i, linebacker John Simon, tight end Phillip Supernaw, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and quarterback Keith Wenning.

Meanwhile veteran CB Dominique Franks was released.

The Ravens also placed wide receiver Jimmy Butler on injured reserve with a shoulder problem, and put defensive tackle Terrence Cody on the PUP list as he continues to recover from a hip injury.

►   PATRIOTS KEEP QB MALLETT:  Ryan Mallett is still a member of the New England Patriots.

Mallett wasn’t among the 19 players waived or released as the Patriots reduced their roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday.

One of the most intriguing battles this summer was the one between Mallett and rookie Jimmy Garoppolo to be Tom Brady’s backup. As of right now, New England will go with three quarterbacks on its active roster.

Defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and wide receiver Josh Boyce were notable players to be cut by the club.

The Patriots acquired Worthy, a former second-round draft pick, from Green Bay earlier this month. He played in only two games last season as he recovered from a torn ACL.

Boyce was drafted by New England in the fourth round last year.

The Patriots also waived defensive linemen Jake Bequette, Eathyn Manumaleuna and L.T. Tuipulotu, linebackers Steve Beauharnais, Ja’Gared Davis and Taylor McCuller, safeties Kanorris Davis and Shamiel Gary, running backs Jonas Gray and Roy Finch, offensive linemen Braxston Cave, Jon Halapio and Chris Martin, tight end Steve Maneri, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, defensive back Daxton Swanson and long snapper Danny Aiken.

Rookie linebacker James Morris was placed on injured reserve.

►   BROWNS MOVE ON FROM BURLESON, OGBONNAYA:  The Cleveland Browns reached the NFL’s 53-man roster limit on Saturday by making a series of moves, including terminating the contracts of four veteran players.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson, a 12-year NFL vet who struggled with a nagging hamstring strain throughout camp, linebackers Zac Diles and Jamal Westerman, and running back Chris Ogbonnaya were among the familiar names released by Cleveland.

“Nate is a true professional and it was a difficult decision for us.“ Browns first-year head coach Mike Pettine said. “Ultimately, his availability was a concern with all the time he missed and we liked what we saw in the other players at that position.“

The Browns also waived 15 players: defensive backs Josh Aubrey and Leon McFadden, defensive linemen Calvin Barnett, Jacobbi McDaniel and Justin Staples, offensive linemen Reid Fragel, Garrett Gilkey, Donald Hawkins, Alex Parsons and Abasi Salimu, quarterback Connor Shaw, tight end/fullback MarQueis Gray, running back Dion Lewis, tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, and wide receiver Willie Snead.

Meanwhile cornerback Isaiah Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a knee problem that forced him to miss three of the Browns’ four preseason games.

►   TEXANS CUT FORMER SECOND-ROUND PICK HARRIS:  The Houston Texans reached the NFL’s 53-man roster limit on Saturday by releasing 22 players, including a former second- round pick, cornerback Brandon Harris.

The disappointing Harris, the 60th overall pick in 2011 out of the University of Miami, never even started a game during his three years in south Texas.

Houston also released kicker Chris Boswell, tight ends Zach Potter and Anthony Denham, safety Jawanza Starling, fullback Toben Opurum, wide receiver Travis Labhart, offensive tackles Mike Farrell and Matt Feiler, outside linebackers Quentin Groves and Chris McAllister, wide receivers E.Z. Nwachukwu and Lacoltan Bester, guards Alex Kupper and Bronson Irwin, center James Ferentz, nose tackle Ricardo Mathews, inside linebackers Max Bullough and Chris Young, cornerback Marcus Williams and defensive ends Keith Browner and Julius Warmsley.

Meanwhile, the team reached an injury settlement with linebacker Paul Hazel and released him off injured reserve.

►   ROYSTER AMONG REDSKINS’ FINAL CUTS:  The Washington Redskins waived three running backs on Saturday, including three-year veteran Evan Royster.

Royster had played in 32 games for Washington the last two seasons but was a casualty to this year’s final cut, along with fellow backs Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson.

Kicker Zach Hocker, offensive lineman Maurice Hurt, cornerback Chase Minnifield, safety Phillip Thomas, wide receiver Nick Williams and linebacker Everette Brown were also let go.

Two players—defensive end Stephen Bowen and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson—were placed on the physically unable to perform list, while nose tackle Chris Neild and linebacker Darryl Sharpton were placed on the reserve/injured list.

►   FALCONS FINALIZE 53-MAN ROSTER:  Fifth round draft pick Ricardo Allen was among the final roster cuts made by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.

Allen, a cornerback out of Purdue, was selected 147th overall by the Falcons in May but failed to impress enough to make the final roster. He was one of two 2014 draft picks left off the final roster, with seventh round linebacker Yawin Smallwood getting released on Friday.

Also waived were wide receivers Jeremy Ebert and Bernard Reedy, tight end Mickey Shuler, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, defensive tackle Travian Robinson and linebacker Jacques Smith.

Atlanta also reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.

►   NINERS GUT SPECIAL TEAMS IN ROSTER CUTS:  The San Francisco 49ers pared down their roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 53 players by releasing a host of veteran special-teams players.

Among the casualties for the Niners were wide receiver Kassim Osgood and safeties Bubba Ventrone and C.J. Spillman, core special-teamers from a 2013 unit which was regarded as one of the league’s best.

Also released was veteran guard Adam Snyder as well as running back Glenn Winston, offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, linebacker Shayne Skov, tight end Asante Cleveland, long snapper Kevin McDermott, guard Al Netter, offensive tackle Michael Philipp, guard Ryan Seymour, running back Alfonso Smith, defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye, wide receiver Lance Lewis, wide receiver L’Damian Washington, linebacker Chase Thomas, cornerback Darryl Morris and nose tackle Mike Purcell.

The 49ers also placed fullback Will Tukuafu and rookie cornerback Kenneth Acker on injured reserve while star linebacker Aldon Smith was put on the reserve/suspended list, a result of his nine-game punishment for violating both the NFL’s substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

In July, Smith was sentenced to 11 days in jail and three years’ probation on weapons and DUI charges, leading to this most recent suspension.

Smith voluntarily took a leave of absence from the 49ers last year to seek help for a substance abuse problem, missing five games.

He has been one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers since being drafted No. 7 overall by the 49ers in 2011. He has 42 sacks in just three seasons, but has had numerous run-ins with the law.

►   PANTHERS RELEASE G CHRIS SCOTT:  The Carolina Panthers released offensive guard Chris Scott, who started eight games for them last season.

Scott, who started the last two preseason games, was one of 22 roster moves the Panthers made Saturday to get down to 53 players before the deadline.

They made 17 cuts, including wide receiver Tavarres King and safety Robert Lester.

The Panthers also waived/injured tackle Kevin Hughes and reached injury settlements with tight end Mike McNeill and safety Anderson Russell.

►   JAGS PUT FINISHING TOUCHES ON ROSTER, WAIVE FOUR:  The Jacksonville Jaguars waived four players on Saturday and received a roster exemption for suspended wide receiver Ace Sanders to reach the NFL’s mandated 53-man roster limit.

The Jags released safety Sherrod Martin, cornerback Jamell Fleming, wide receiver Kerry Taylor and linebacker Nate Stupar.

Sanders, meanwhile, will be sidelined for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He was the team’s second-leading receiver last season as a rookie with 51 catches for 484 yards and one touchdown.

Other players previously released on Friday were center Mike Brewster, guard Drew Nowak, defensive end Gerald Rivers, quarterbacks Ricky Stanzi and Stephen Morris, wide receiver Chad Bumphis, fullback Eric Kettani, offensive tackle Cody Booth, defensive lineman DeAndre Coleman, defensive tackle Ricky Havili- Heimuli, safety Craig Loston, kicker/punter Kasey Redfern. tight end D.J. Tialavea and linebacker Marcus Whitfield.

Veteran wide receiver Tandon Doss (ankle) and rookie cornerback Rashaad Reynolds (hand) were placed on injured reserve after suffering injuries in the club’s preseason finale against Atlanta.

Meanwhile, first-year tight Brandon Barden (groin) was waived/injured

Jacksonville also announced that rookie guard Tyler Shatley, who was set to be waived, remains on the current roster.

The Jaguars will open their regular season on September 07, when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

►   COLTS CUT EX-STARTER SHEPPARD:  The Indianapolis Colts reached the NFL’s 53-man roster limit on Saturday by releasing 17 players, including linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who started seven regular-season games and both of the team’s postseason affairs a year ago.

A third-round pick by Buffalo in 2011, Sheppard started 15 games for the Bills in the 2012 season and was eventually traded to Indianapolis for edge rusher Jerry Hughes.

Also waived were defensive ends Gannon Conway and Tyler Hoover, running back David Fluellen, quarterback Chandler Harnish, linebackers Phillip Hunt, Andrew Jackson and Rob Ruggiero, wide receivers Ryan Lankford and Josh Lenz, center FN Lutz, safety Dewey McDonald, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu, cornerback Sheldon Price, tight ends Weslye Saunders and Erik Swoope and guard Josh Walker.

Jackson was the team’s sixth-round pick out of Western Kentucky in May.

The Colts also released nose tackle Brandon McKinney, and waived-injured offensive tackle Matt Hall as well as safety Delano Howell.

Meanwhile, star pass rusher Robert Mathis, who was suspended for the first four games by the NFL for violating the league’s PED policy, was placed on the reserve/suspended list.

The Colts will open their regular season on September 07, when they visit the Denver Broncos.

►   LIONS RELEASE LESHOURE, DURHAM:  The Detroit Lions released running back Mikel Leshoure on Saturday as part of their final roster cuts.

Leshoure, 24, was a second-round pick in 2011 by Detroit, but missed his rookie season after tearing his Achilles during a practice session.

He started 14 games in 2012 after missing the first two games with a suspension and finished the season with 798 yards and nine touchdowns on 215 carries.

However, the team acquired Reggie Bush in free agency in 2013, and he was relegated to a backup role, appearing in just three games with limited touches last season.

The Lions also released wide receiver Kris Durham, a three-year veteran who filled in admirably when Nate Burleson went down with a season-ending injury in 2013. Matt Stafford’s college roommate finished the season with 38 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns over 16 games.

Also included in the final cuts were guard Rodney Austin, linebackers Shamari Benton, Brandon Hepburn and Julian Stanford, wide receivers Patrick Edwards and Andrew Peacock, tight ends Michael Egnew and Jordan Thompson, running backs Emil Igwengu and George Winn, cornerbacks Chris Greenwood and Mohammed Seisay, center Darren Keyton, defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen and tackle Michael Williams

In addition, the team terminated the contracts of defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, safety Nate Ness, guard Garrett Reynolds and defensive end Darryl Tapp.

►   LITTLE HEADLINES RAIDERS’ ROSTER PURGE:  Wide receiver Greg Little was among 22 players waived by the Oakland Raiders as the team reduced its roster to the required 53-man limit on Saturday.

Little caught 61 passes as a rookie with Cleveland in 2011 and had 41 receptions for 465 yards and two scores for the Browns last season. The former second-round pick was waived by Cleveland in May and subsequently claimed by the Raiders, but managed just five grabs for 65 yards during the preseason.

Also cut by Oakland on Saturday was safety Brandian Ross, who started 13 games in place of an injured Tyvon Branch in 2013 and recorded 75 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble last season.

The Raiders also waived running backs George Atkinson and Jeremy Stewart, defensive ends Denico Autry, Jack Crawford and Ryan Robinson, cornerback Chance Casey, offensive tackles Jack Cornell, Dan Kistler and Erie Ladson, linebackers Carlos Fields, Bojay Filimoeatu and Spencer Hadley, wide receiver Seth Roberts, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, guard Lamar Mady, tight ends Jake Murphy and Scott Simonson, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio and fullback Karl Williams.

Crawford, a fifth-round selection in 2012, had 15 tackles in 15 games last season.

►   BENGALS RELEASE S MANNING, MOVE MCCARRON TO NFI LIST:  The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran safety Danieal Manning and moved rookie quarterback A.J. McCarron to the non- football injury list as part of a series of moves to reach the NFL’s mandated 53-man roster limit.

McCarron, the Bengals fifth-round pick out of Alabama, arrived at training camp with a sore shoulder and will now be allowed to rehab with the team and go to meetings. In turn the Bengals will have a window of eligibility for McCarron to return to practice under a roster exemption after Week 6 if he medically cleared.

Cincinnati also released veteran offensive lineman Will Svitek and waived 13 players: h-back Orson Charles, offensive tackle Dan France, wide receivers Cobi Hamilton and Colin Lockett, cornerbacks Victor Hampton and Onterio McCalebb, defensive tackles David King and Devon Still, defensive ends Dontay Moch and Sam Montgomery, center Trevor Robinson, fullback Nikita Whitlock and running back James Wilder Jr.

In addition the Bengals placed guard Trey Hopkins on injured reserve, and cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, who was suspended two games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, was placed on the reserve/suspended list.

On Friday Cincinnati released running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Green-Ellis started all 16 games for the Bengals last season, rushing for 756 yards and seven touchdowns. In two seasons with Cincinnati, he rushed for 1,850 yards and 13 scores, starting all 31 regular-season games in which he appeared.

Over six NFL seasons, Green-Ellis has 3,914 yards and 42 TDs rushing. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the New England Patriots.

The Bengals also waived linebacker Brandon Joiner, defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and quarterback Tyler Wilson on Friday.

►   BEARS WAIVE HAYDEN, FINALIZE ROSTER:  The Chicago Bears waived cornerback Kelvin Hayden when setting their 53-man roster on Saturday.

Hayden was also a training camp casualty last summer, tearing his hamstring and spending the season on injured reserve.

The 31-year-old joined the Bears in 2012 and played in all 16 games with two starts. He recorded 40 tackles with an interception that season.

Hayden has compiled 345 tackles and 12 interceptions in 101 career games with Chicago, Atlanta and Indianapolis.

Veteran offensive lineman Eben Britton, who played 13 games for the Bears last season, as well as Austen Lane. who has played 30 games in the NFL the past four years, were also released.

The club also waived wide receivers Josh Bellamy, Dale Moss and Chris Williams, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackles Brandon Dunn, Lee Pegues and Tracy Robertson, safety Marcus Trice, cornerbacks C. J. Wilson and Al Louis- Jean, linebackers Jerry Franklin and DeDe Lattimore and guard Ryan Groy.

Safety M. D. Jennings was waived with an injury settlement.

►   COWBOYS GET SPENCER BACK:  There hasn’t been a lot of positive news surrounding the Dallas Cowboys defense this summer, but the much-maligned unit got a bit of a boost Saturday when veteran defensive end Anthony Spencer was activated off the PUP list.

The veteran pass rusher, who is attempting to return from microfracture knee surgery, passed his physical in time to be a part of Dallas’ 53-man roster.

The same can’t be said of 19 others who were jettisoned as the Cowboys reached the mandated limit.

Dallas released wide receiver Desmon Briscoe and offensive guard Uche Nwaneri while the team waived running backs Phillip Tanner, Ryan Williams and D.J. Adams, offensive tackle Josh Aladenoye, defensive ends Caesar Rayford and Kenneth Boatright, defensive tackle Dartwan Bush, wide receivers LaRon Byrd and Jamar Newsome, guard Stephen Goodin, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, center Ronald Patrick, linebackers Dontavis Sapp, Will Smith and Keith Smith, safety Ryan Smith and tight end Asa Watson.

The Cowboys also waived-injured linebacker Orie Lemon and defensive tackle Zach Minter and placed cornerback Orlando Scandrick and safety Jakar Hamilton on the suspended list to begin the season.

Finally, Dallas acquired defensive end Lavar Edwards from Tennessee for an undisclosed 2015 draft pick.

►   SUCCOP RELEASED BY KANSAS CITY:  Kicker Ryan Succop and linebacker Nico Johnson were among the final roster cuts by the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

Succop, the final selection of the 2009 draft, had been the kicker in Kansas City the past five seasons, connecting on 81% of his field goal attempts and all 160 of his extra-point tries during that time.

The release of Succop means that undrafted rookie Cairo Santos, a Brazilian native out of Tulane, will handle kicking duties.

Johnson was a fourth-round selection by Kansas City in 2013, but was injured during training camp last season and had limited playing time as a rookie.

Also, the team placed quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Kyle Williams on injured reserve, while wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and offensive lineman Donald Stephenson were placed on the reserve/suspended list.

Bowe will miss Kansas City’s regular-season opener against Tennessee for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Kansas City also cut safeties Jonathon Amaya and Malcolm Bronson, fullback Jordan Campbell, defensive linemen Dominique Hamilton and Kona Schwenke, wide receivers Mark Harrison and Fred Williams, guard Ricky Henry, linebackers Alonzo Highsmith and Devan Walker, defensive tackle Kyle Love, cornerbacks Justin Rogers and DeMarcus Van Dyke, offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb and running back Charcandrick West. Additionally, defensive end Mike Catapano was placed on the non-football injury list.

►   ORTON JOINS BILLS AS TUEL AMONG FINAL CUTS:  Quarterback Jeff Tuel was among the final cuts Saturday by the Buffalo Bills, who signed veteran Kyle Orton to be the backup for E.J. Manuel.

Tuel appeared in two games for the Bills last season, starting one, and completed just 26-of-59 passes for 309 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in those outings—a Week 5 loss to Cleveland and Week 9 setback against Kansas City.

The Bills decided on another option Saturday with the signing of Orton, who was released by Dallas in July after threatening to retire and failing to show up for the Cowboys’ minicamp.

Orton, an eight-year veteran, has compiled a record of 35-35 as a starter and has thrown for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions in 75 games overall with Chicago, Denver, Kansas City and Dallas.

Buffalo also released wide receivers T.J. Graham and Caleb Holley, safeties Deon Broomfield and Kenny Ladler, defensive linemen Ike Igbinosun and Bryan Johnson, offensive linemen Doug Legursky and Antoine McClain, and linebacker Jimmy Gaines.

In addition, the Bills signed punter Colton Schmidt, who spent the 2014 preseason with San Francisco, after releasing Brian Moorman on Friday.

►   GIANTS PUT MANNINGHAM, HOLLIDAY ON IR:  Wide receiver Mario Manningham, one of the heroes of the New York Giants’ most recent Super Bowl win, will begin his second tour duty with the team on injured reserve due to a calf strain he sustained in Thursday’s preseason finale.

Manningham, whose acrobatic 38-yard catch down the sideline ignited a game- winning fourth-quarter drive in the Giants’ 21-17 victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI, rejoined New York in the offseason after a two-year stint with San Francisco. The seventh-year pro was in danger of not making the 53- man roster due to strong preseasons by undrafted rookie Corey Washington and free agent Preston Parker, both of whom survived Saturday’s final cuts.

Return specialist Trindon Holliday, who took both a kickoff and punt back for a touchdown in a playoff game for the Denver Broncos two seasons ago, was also put on IR with a hamstring issue.

The Giants’ 16 cuts on Saturday included four vested veterans in quarterback Curtis Painter, fullback John Conner, tight end Kellen Davis and defensive end Israel Idonije.

Painter lost out to 2013 draft pick Ryan Nassib in the battle to serve as Eli Manning’s backup. Davis has 50 catches and 12 touchdowns over a seven-year career, while Idonije—an 11-year vet—had been signed by the Giants during the preseason.

New York also waived running backs Michael Cox and Kendall Gaskins, wide receiver Julian Talley, offensive tackles Mark Asper and Adam Gress, guard Jamal Johnson-Webb, linebackers Terrell Manning and Dan Fox, defensive backs Chandler Fenner and Thomas Gordon, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and defensive end Jordan Stanton.

Additionally, guard Eric Herman and cornerback Jayron Hosley were placed on the reserve/suspended list. Both were handed four-game bans for policy infractions, with Herman testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance and Hosley violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

►   DOLPHINS PART WAYS WITH THOMAS, POUNCEY ON ROSTER:  The Miami Dolphins have finally given up on running back Daniel Thomas, but kept center Mike Pouncey on the active roster.

Thomas, a 2011 second-round draft pick, was among Saturday’s final cuts. He wasn’t going to figure in the team’s plans with the emergence of Lamar Miller and the offseason signing of free agent Knowshon Moreno.

The Kansas State product finished his Miami career with just a 3.6 yards-per- carry average and eight touchdowns in 40 games.

Pouncey was on the physically unable to perform list throughout training camp after surgery in June to repair a torn hip labrum he suffered during OTAs. It was believed he could be sidelined for up to three months, but a PUP designation to start the season would have kept him out for at least the first six games. He can now return when healthy.

The Dolphins also released kick returner Marcus Thigpen, the first player in franchise history with touchdowns on a kickoff and punt return in the same season.

In addition, Miami also released wide receivers Kevin Cone and Matt Hazel, tight ends Kyle Miller and Evan Wilson, defensive linemen Isaako Aaitui, Tevin Mims, D’Aundre Reed and Garrison Smith, kicker Jake Rogers, offensive linemen David Arkin, Sam Brenner and Evan Finkenburg, defensive backs Kevin Fogg and Jordan Kovacs, quarterback Seth Lobato and linebacker Andrew Wilson.

Defensive tackle Kamal Johnson was placed on injured reserve and veteran guard Tony Hills had his contract terminated.

Defensive end Dion Jordan and safety Reshad Jones will not count against the 53-man roster while they serve four-game league suspensions.

►   WR BROWN FAILS TO MAKE CHARGERS ROSTER:  The San Diego Chargers reached the NFL’s 53-man roster limit on Saturday by releasing 22 players including veteran wide receiver Vincent Brown, who was waived-injured with a calf problem.

The 25-year-old Brown caught 41 passes for 472 yards and a touchdown in 16 games for the Chargers in 2013. San Diego originally selected him in the third round of the 2011 draft.

The Chargers also released the following players: linebackers Victor Aiyewa, Thomas Keiser, Cordarro Law and Colton Underwood, defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, wide receivers Torrence Allen, Javontee Herndon and Tevin Reese, cornerbacks Crezdon Butler, Greg Ducre, safeties Alden Darby and Adrian Phillips, tight end Michael Flacco, offensive tackles Mike Harris, Jeremiah Sirles and Kenny Wiggins, defensive linemen Joe Kruger and Doug Worthington, quarterback Brad Sorensen, guard Craig Watts and center Khalil Wilkes.

►   BUCCANEERS RELEASE S WRIGHT AMONG FINAL CUTS:  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made its final eight roster moves on Saturday to reach the 53-man roster limit by cutting safety Major Wright and wide receiver Solomon Patton among others.

Wright had 100 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles while starting all 15 games he played last season, his fourth with the Chicago Bears.

Patton was a rookie return specialist out of Florida. He averaged 27 yards in eight kickoff returns during the preseason.

Tampa Bay also released defensive tackle Ronald Talley and waived running back Jeff Demps, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, tight end Cameron Brate and quarterback Mike Kafka.

►   VETERAN VICKERSON RELEASED BY BRONCOS:  Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson was among Saturday’s final cuts by the Denver Broncos.

Vickerson started 41 of the 47 games he played over the last four years for the Broncos, though a dislocated hip limited him to 11 games last season.

The other vested veterans who were cut include tight ends Jameson Konz and Cameron Morrah, cornerback Jerome Murphy and defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

Wide receivers Bennie Fowler and Nathan Palmer, quarterback Zac Dysert, safeties John Boyett and Duke Ihenacho, running back Kapri Bibbs, linebackers Shaquil Barrett and L.J. Fort, defensive tackles Sione Fua, tight end Gerell Robinson, guards Ryan Miller and Vinston Painter, cornerbacks Jordan Sullen and Louis Young, and center Matt Paradis were all waived.

Ihenacho started 14 games and had 73 tackles for Denver last season.

The club also placed defensive end Kenny Anunike onto the injured reserve list, while kicker Matt Prater was marked as reserve/suspended. Prater will miss the season’s first four games for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.


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Final Score: Chicago 5, St. Louis 1 (Game 1) Final Score: St. Louis 13, Chicago 2 (Game 2)

Matt Holliday homered twice and drove in five runs as the St. Louis Cardinals split a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs in a 13-2 rout at Busch Stadium. St. Louis saw seven of its nine starters record an RBI, with Matt Carpenter scoring three runs in the win. Marco Gonzales (1-2) recorded his first MLB win after he allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts over six innings of work. Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2) took the loss, yielding four runs—three earned—on five hits and three walks over six innings. Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan each had an RBI for the Cubs, who hit three homers in the Game 1 of the doubleheader en route to a 5-1 victory.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2

Neil Walker hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on for a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Vance Worley (6-4) snapped a three-start losing streak after giving up two runs—one earned—on three hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Pirates, who have won the first two games of this three- game series and four straight overall. Todd Frazier hit a solo home run and Alfredo Simon (13-9) took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits in seven innings for the Reds.

Final Score: Philadelphia 7, New York 2

Ryan Howard drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies grabbed a 7-2 win over the New York Mets in the second game of a three-game series. Jimmy Rollins score twice, while Cody Asche was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Phillies, who have won five of six. Jerome Williams (3-0) gave up just two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores each drove in a run for the Mets, who have lost three of four. Bartolo Colon (12-11) gave up six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Final Score: Miami 4, Atlanta 0

Jarred Cosart pitched into the eighth inning Saturday night and the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves 4-0. Cosart (3-1) struck out five, walked one and gave up seven hits, the last two on consecutive singles to start the eighth before he was taken out. The Braves loaded the bases after that but the Miami bullpen escaped the jam. Donovan Solano had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Jason Heyward had three hits for the Braves, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Aaron Harang (10-9) went just 5 2/3 innings for Atlanta and gave up four runs—three earned—on seven hits and three walks.

Final Score: Colorado 2, Arizona 0

Matt McBride and Charlie Blackmon each hit solo home runs to back seven stellar innings from Tyler Matzek and the Colorado Rockies edged the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, 2-0, to even this three-game series. McBride’s second-inning home run was one of just three hits that Colorado mustered, but it was enough thanks to Matzek’s dominance on the mound. The southpaw allowed just three hits and three walks over seven innings, allowing just one baserunner to reach scoring position. Matzek (4-9) has won his last two starts following five consecutive losses. The Rockies ended a four-game slide. It was another tough-luck loss for Vidal Nuno (0-4), who remains winless since moving to Arizona in a trade from the Yankees. Nuno struck out seven while yielding just a run on two hits over eight innings of work. Nuno hasn’t won in 10 starts with Arizona despite compiling a respectable 3.23 ERA with the club. The D-backs fell to 8-18 in August.

Final Score: San Diego 2, Los Angeles 1 (10 innings)

Alexi Amarista’s RBI single in the 10th inning gave the San Diego Padres a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. It was San Diego’s third straight walk-off victory in extra innings and its fourth straight win overall. Will Venable started the 10th with a single off Jamey Wright (4-4) and stole second base. Amarista’s winning hit to center field followed Yasmani Grandal’s RBI single in the 12th inning to beat the Dodgers on Friday and Rene Rivera’s RBI hit in the 10th against Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Dodgers lost for the third time in their last five games and had their lead in the NL West trimmed to 2 1/2 games over San Francisco.

Final Score: San Francisco 3, Milwaukee 1

Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants held off the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-1, in the second game of three on Saturday. Peavy gave up his only hit of the night to Mark Reynolds, who smacked a line drive to right with one ou in the eighth. Peavy (3-4) tossed 7 2/3 dominant innings, striking out eight and walking just three batters for the win. Michael Morse hit a two-run double and Brandon Crawford drove in a run for the Giants, who have won five straight games and now trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by just 2 1/2 games for first place in the NL West. Ryan Braun’s single in the ninth accounted for Milwaukee’s lone run. Mike Fiers (4-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts.

Final Score: Washington 3, Seattle 1

Stephen Strasburg fired 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and the Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners, 3-1, in the middle test of a three-game set. Strasburg (11-10) struck out eight and scattered six hits for the Nationals, who have won the first two games of the set on the heels of a three-game slide. Seattle put runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth, but Rafael Soriano induced a game- ending groundout off the bat of James Jones to notch his 30th save of the year. Jayson Werth smacked a two-run homer, while Jose Lobaton went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the triumph. Roenis Elias (9-12) allowed three runs—two earned—on six hits and two walks over six frames for Seattle, which has dropped three straight. Dustin Ackley homered in defeat.


Final Score: Toronto 2, New York 0

Jose Bautista’s first-inning homer stood up, as Drew Hutchison and Aaron Sanchez combined on a one-hit shutout to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday at Rogers Centre. Hutchison (9-11) surrendered only a fourth-inning double to Mark Teixeira, walked two and hit a pair of batters. He also struck out nine before Sanchez retired all six men he faced to notch his first big league save. The Jays bounced back from Friday’s 6-3 loss in the series opener and won for only the second time in their last six games. Michael Pineda (3-3) pitched six-plus solid innings for New York in the hard- luck loss. He allowed seven hits and both runs, and struck out three without issuing a walk.

Final Score: Chicago 6, Detroit 3 (Game 1) Final Score: Detroit 8, Chicago 4 (Game 2)

Kyle Ryan fired six scoreless innings in his major league debut and the Detroit Tigers held off the Chicago White Sox to post an 8-4 victory and a split of a day-night doubleheader. The White Sox took Saturday’s first game by a 6-3 score behind a two-run homer by Adam Dunn and seven solid innings from Chris Sale. Ryan (1-0), promoted from Triple-A Toledo to start the nightcap, scattered five hits and a pair of walks before having to sweat out his first big league win after Chicago scored four times in the eighth to nearly erase a 5-0 deficit. Dayan Viciedo’s three-run homer off Joba Chamberlain brought the White Sox within one, but the Tigers struck three times in the ninth to nail down their sixth win in eight games. Ian Kinsler paced Detroit offensively by going 3-for-5 with three RBI. Don Kelly and Ezequiel Carrera also recorded three hits, with Kelly adding an RBI on a double. Chicago’s Chris Bassitt (0-1) didn’t fare as well in his big league introduction, surrendering five runs and walking four over 6 1/3 innings.


Final Score: Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2

Jimmy Paredes homered and drove in two runs in his first start with the Orioles, as Baltimore took down the Minnesota Twins, 3-2, on Saturday. Paredes made his Orioles debut on Friday, when he replaced an injured Steve Pearce at third base and finished with a hit and run scored in the 9-1 rout. Pearce was unable to go on Saturday with a right abdominal strain, so Paredes got the nod. Acquired from the Royals earlier this season and stashed in the minor leagues until this week, Paredes finished 2-for-3 and helped the O’s to their fifth win in six games. Chris Davis scored and drove in the other run for the home team. Both starters put up nearly identical lines, though neither factored in the final decision. Kyle Gibson of the Twins and Baltimore’s Chris Tillman each gave up a run with six strikeouts and three walks, while Tillman allowed six hits in five innings and Gibson yielded four hits over five. Twins reliever Jared Burton (2-3) took the loss.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Boston 0

Jake Odorizzi tossed seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, while Ben Zobrist drove in two runs, and Tampa Bay shut down Boston, 7-0, in the second edition of a four-game series. Odorizzi (10-11) fanned seven and walked three over his 103-pitch outing, helping his club win for just the second time in their last six. Jeff Beliveau and Kirby Yates finished off the shutout with consecutive scoreless frames. Brandon Guyer finished with two hits and scored twice for the Rays, with James Loney, Logan Forsythe and Ryan Hanigan each driving in a run. Allen Webster (3-3) was tagged in the loss for six runs and five hits with three walks over four-plus frames for the Red Sox, who couldn’t maintain momentum from an 8-4 win in Friday’s series opener.

Final Score: Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2 (11 innings)

The AL Central just got a lot more crowded at the top of the standings. Michael Brantley hit an RBI single and scored the deciding run in the 11th inning Saturday as the Cleveland Indians stole a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the middle test of a three-game series. The Indians have won six of their last seven and climbed within 3 1/2 games of the division leaders. The Tigers pulled even with the Royals for first place after splitting Saturday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. The Royals had plenty of opportunities at pulling out the win, as they went 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 16 on base. They had the bases loaded with one out in the 10th and came up empty, as Josh Tomlin (6-8) got Alcides Escobar to bounce into a force out at home and struck out Jayson Nix, who was picked up off waivers earlier this week.

Final Score: Houston 2, Texas 0

Scott Feldman tossed his second career shutout in the Houston Astros’ 2-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Feldman (8-10), who spent his first eight seasons in the MLB with Texas, scattered three hits and a walk with five strikeouts in an efficient 115-pitch outing. Jake Marisnick knocked in a run during a two-run seventh that gave Feldman all the runs he needed. Phil Klein (0-2) took the loss after surrendering two runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief of Robbie Ross Jr., who struck out five and walked three in five hitless innings.

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 2, Oakland 0

Jeff Samardzija threw his second complete game for the Athletics and they still lost more ground to the Angels in the AL West. Erick Aybar had two hits, including an RBI single in a two-run fourth inning that was good enough for the Angels to steal a 2-0 win over the A’s Saturday and increase their lead to four games atop the division. The Angels won their fifth game in a row and will go for a four-game sweep of this key series on Sunday. Reliever Cory Rasmus threw three one-hit innings in his first MLB start as the starting pitching-starved Angels took a committee-style approach to the game. Eight guys threw pitches, with Yoslan Herrera (1-1) picking up the win and Huston Street working around a single in the ninth inning to earn his 11th save.

Final Score: Washington 3, Seattle 1

Stephen Strasburg fired 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and the Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners, 3-1, in the middle test of a three-game set. Strasburg (11-10) struck out eight and scattered six hits for the Nationals, who have won the first two games of the set on the heels of a three-game slide. Seattle put runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth, but Rafael Soriano induced a game- ending groundout off the bat of James Jones to notch his 30th save of the year. Jayson Werth smacked a two-run homer, while Jose Lobaton went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the triumph. Roenis Elias (9-12) allowed three runs—two earned—on six hits and two walks over six frames for Seattle, which has dropped three straight. Dustin Ackley homered in defeat.

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►   AUTO RACING AUGUST 30 - 31: 

In 23 Nationwide races this season, Elliott has scored three wins (tied for series-most), 10 top-five finishes and 17 top-10s. Two of his victories have occurred on 1.5-mile tracks (Texas and Chicago).

Forty teams are on the entry list for the Great Clips 300. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and David Ragan are those Sprint Cup Series regulars scheduled to compete in this race. Harvick won this event one year ago.

Camping World Truck Series

Chevrolet Silverado 250 - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park - Bowmanville, Canada

After a slow start to the season, Darrell Wallace Jr. is moving up in the Camping World Truck Series point standings.

With two wins and a pair of second-place finishes, Wallace has scored 318 points in the last eight races, which is more than any other driver in the series. Wallace, the driver of the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, has climbed from 11th to fifth in points since the May 30 race at Dover.

The series will run its 14th race of the season on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. This will be the second time the series competes in Canada. One year ago, Chase Elliott won the inaugural truck race at this 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. Wallace finished fourth.

“We definitely have momentum on our side following some strong runs the last few weeks in our No. 54 Toyota Tundra,“ Wallace said. “I’m pumped to get back to Canada, turn left and right, and hopefully leave with some hardware to add to this year’s finishes.“

Erik Jones, who holds the record as the youngest driver to win a truck race and is Wallace’s teammate, is scheduled to drive the No. 51 Toyota, which is mostly occupied by Kyle Busch. Jones was 17 years, five months and nine days old when he won his first race in the series last November at Phoenix.

This will be Jones’ first NASCAR national touring series start on a road course.

“I’ve been looking forward to making my first start on a road course for a long time, and now that I’m finally getting the chance, I think it is going to be pretty fun,“ Jones said. “It’s always tough going into a new situation in a race car, but I attended the Ron Fellows school, and that helped out a lot.“

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is co-owned by Fellows, who is no stranger to NASCAR racing. He has won six times in NASCAR national series competition, including twice in trucks (both at Watkins Glen).

Jones has six starts in trucks this season. He won the July 11 race at Iowa.

Johnny Sauter currently holds an eight-point lead over second-place and ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton, who is the defending series champion.

Ryan Blaney trails Sauter by 24 points. Ron Hornaday Jr. is 27 points behind, and Wallace is 33 in back of the leader.

Twenty-nine teams are on the entry list for the Chevrolet Silverado 250.


MAVTV 500 - Auto Club Speedway - Fontana, California

The 2014 IndyCar Series season concludes on Saturday night at the two-mile Auto Club Speedway, as Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves are set to battle for the championship.

Simon Pagenaud from Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports is the only other driver who remains eligible for the title heading into the season-finale, but Pagenaud is a very long shot.

Power currently holds a 50-point lead over Castroneves, while Pagenaud trails by 81 points. Castroneves earned a bonus point for winning Friday’ qualifying at Fontana. Power qualified 21st, and Pagenaud placed 13th.

This 500-mile race is the third an final leg in IndyCar’s “Triple Crown” this season, and it awards double points. A driver could earn a total of 104 points, if he were to qualify on pole, lead the most laps and win the race.

If Power finishes sixth or better in this event, he will claim his first IndyCar championship, regardless of where Castroneves or Pagenaud finishes. Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, and Pagenaud are seeking their first titles in the series as well.

Power won last year’s season-finale at Fontana. It was just the second time in his IndyCar career that he had won on an oval. His third and most recent victory on an oval took place earlier this month at The Milwaukee Mile.

“It was definitely a great finish to last year,“ Power said of his 2013 win at Fontana. “Now, it’s a different field, and actually things just get tougher and tougher all the time in this series. Winning last year definitely doesn’t make me feel comfortable going in. I know that it’s going to take a lot of hard work and a very good race to win the championship, so I’m just focusing on the things I can control.“

Power finished second in the IndyCar championship in three consecutive seasons (2010-12). He placed fourth in points last year.

In 2010 and ‘12, Power entered the season-finale as the points leader. Four years ago, he came to Homestead-Miami Speedway with an 11-point advantage over Dario Franchitti, but Power ended up finishing 25th there after he made contact with the wall and sustained heavy damage to his right-rear suspension late in the race. Franchitti’s eighth-place finish allowed him to clinch the title by just five points.

When the series held its season-ending race in Southern California for the first time two years ago, Power entered it with a 17-point lead over Ryan Hunter-Reay. Power crashed early in the event and wound up finishing 24th. Hunter-Reay claimed the championship by only a three-point margin following his fourth-place run.

Power is hoping he won’t encounter any mishaps in this race.

“To me, it’s just aim for a top-five finish, absolutely,“ he said. “The mindset is just to really work hard on getting the car right. Obviously, the rest you can’t control. So just really focusing on the job that I have to do.“

Castroneves finished second to champion Scott Dixon in IndyCar points last year. Dixon came to Fontana with a 25-point lead over Castroneves.

A fifth-place finish for Dixon coupled with Castroneves’ sixth-place run allowed Dixon to clinch the title by 27 points.

So what will it take for Castroneves to beat Power for the championship?

“Good question. What is it going to take?,“ Castroneves wondered. “It’s going to take to win a race and hopefully things go in that direction. We’re working hard together, and come up with a little bit of luck too. It’s not only in my control.

“But the good news is we have this thing pretty close to Team Penske, and I believe our goals will be accomplished, and that’s what we’re looking for. But yes, I’m going to do everything I can to bring that side, and we’ve just got to keep ourselves in the hunt and doing all we did last year, push as much as we can so that if it happens, it happens.“

Pagenaud will obviously need a lot of luck to win the title.

“It’s pretty simple, I just have to go into weekend very focused on trying to be competitive and go into the race thinking to win the race,“ Pagenaud said. “That’s the only way I could have a chance to win the championship. I don’t have any pressure. We’ve done really well this season with this Schmidt Peterson Motorsport team and now we’re in a really good position. It’s nice to come to the last race with a chance to fight for the championship.“

Twenty-two teams are on the entry list for the MAVTV 500.


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Jason Day stumbled to a bogey on No. 18 on Saturday and fell back into a share of the lead after two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Day, the 2010 runner-up, carded a 3-under 68 to end 36 holes at 8-under-par 134. He joined first-round leader Ryan Palmer atop the leaderboard. Palmer managed an even-par 71 in round two at TPC Boston.

Matt Kuchar and Billy Horschel both carded 5-under 66s. They share third place at 7-under 135.

Russell Henley also posted a 66 in round two. He stands alongside Patrick Reed (68), Bill Haas (69), 2011 champion Webb Simpson (70) and Keegan Bradley (71) at minus-6.

U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer had another 66. He headlines a group of five players tied for 10th at 5-under 137.


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►   USA BEATS FINLAND BY 59 IN FIBA OPENER:  Klay Thompson scored a game-high 18 points and the United States dominated Finland from start to finish in a 114-55 rout in its FIBA World Cup opener.

A 29-2 differential in the second quarter summed up the lopsided affair. Finland missed all 17 shots it attempted in the frame while the Americans made all but four of their 17.

Anthony Davis chimed in with 17 points, while Derrick Rose and Rudy Gay netted 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the U.S., which is back in action Sunday against Turkey.

Shawn Huff and Petteri Koponen each scored 12 points for the overmatched Fins, who were invited to the tournament as a wild card. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Erik Murphy, Finland’s lone NBA player, scored 10 points with a team-high seven rebounds.


GROUP B: Final - Croatia 81, Phillippines 78 (OT)

GROUP C: Final - Ukraine 72, Dominican Republic 62

GROUP D: Final - Angola 80, Korea 69

GROUP A: Final - Serbia 85, Egypt 64

GROUP C: Final - Turkey 76, New Zealand 73

GROUP B: Final - Argentina 98, Puerto Rico 75

GROUP D: Final - Slovenia 90, Australia 80

GROUP A: Final - Brazil 65, France 63

GROUP B: Final - Greece 87, Senegal 64

GROUP D: Final - Lithuania 87, Mexico 74

GROUP C: Final - United States 114, Finland 55

GROUP A: Final - Spain 90, Iran 60


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►   ITSMYLUCKYDAY EDGES MORENO IN WOODWARD STAKES:  Four weeks after meeting in the Whitney Handicap, Itsmyluckyday turned the tables on Moreno and captured Saturday’s 60th running of the $600,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

In the Whitney, Moreno set the pace and held off Itsmyluckyday to win by 1 1/4 lengths. For the 1 1/8-mile Woodward, same distance as the Whitney, Itsmyluckyday and jockey Paco Lopez stalked pacesetter Moreno and his rider Junior Alvarado. The two 4-year-olds went off as 5-2 co-favorites.

Moreno took the lead as the field went under the wire for the first time with Itsmyluckyday running second in the nine-horse field with eight betting interests.

Itsmyluckyday, who broke from the inside post, drew along side of Moreno on the final turn. Moreno had a short lead at the top of the stretch, but Itsmyluckyday, trained by Eddie Plesa for Trilogy Stable and wife Laurie, doggedly stuck with his rival and was able to post a half-length victory.

The two bumped approaching the finish with Alvarado appearing to stand up before the wire. The stewards posted the “Inquiry” sign and Alvarado lodged an objection, but the stewards found no reason to change the order of finish.

“He deserved it,“ Plesa said waiting for the stewards’ decision. “He won this race. They’re going to leave him up, there’s nothing he did wrong other than win and I couldn’t be anymore proud of him.“

Itsmyluckyday stopped the timer at 1:48.84 on a fast track, just short of the Whitney’s 1:48.05.

“I think he took the game to Moreno today,“ Plesa said on national television. “He didn’t back up. Needless to say Moreno ran a fantastic race. And they ran down there like two champions would run down with each other. We were on the winning end and that’s what it’s all about.“

Finishing third was 24-1 longshot Prayer for Relief with 3-1 third pick Zivo getting fourth. Completing the order of finish were Stephanoatsee, Last Gunfighter, Long River, Romansh and Norumbega. Micromanage was scratched to race Monday.

Itsmyluckyday recorded his largest payday with the Woodward victory. The colt, who was second in last year’s Preakness, pocketed $360,000 and won for the fourth time in six starts this season. The 4-year-old has career earnings of $1,662,600 with nine wins from 19 starts.

Itsmyluckyday began the year with a fourth-place finish behind Palace Malice in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. He put together a three-race win streak of Gulfstream’s Best of the Rest Stakes along with Monmouth Park’s Majestic Light Stakes and Salvator Mile.

As a 3-year-old, Itsmyluckyday won the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull Stakes with seconds in the Florida Derby and Preakness Stakes. He finished a disappointing 15th in last year’s Kentucky Derby.

Itsmyluckyday paid $7.70, $3.70 and $3.00. Moreno returned $4.20 and $3.00, and Prayer for Relief paid $6.00 to show.

►   WISE DAN HANGS ON TO WIN BERNARD BARUCH:  Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, held off a surging Optimizer to capture Saturday’s $250,000 Bernard Baruch Stakes at Saratoga in his first race since surgery.

Owned by Morton Fink, Wise Dan was making his first start since winning the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 3. He underwent colic surgery nearly two weeks later and has been training at Saratoga for this comeback effort.

The 7-year-old gelding, trained by Charlie LoPresti. broke from post 5 in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes versus eight rivals, including a coupled entry. Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, the 4-5 favorite settled into fourth behind pacesetter Five Iron. Just before the start the champion threw Velazquez delaying the race.

Wise Dan moved wide around the final turn and gained the lead nearing the final furlong. Longshot Optimizer, ridden by Alan Garcia, came charging down the middle of the grass course to engage the favorite. Wise Dan was able to hold off the 29-1 longshot and post a nose victory in his first race in nearly five months.

“He showed he has the heart of a champion,“ Velazquez said. “(He carried) 127 pounds coming from a long layoff. When I got to the eighth pole, I didn’t think I got it. When I got past the sixteenth pole he was giving me everything he had and the other horse was coming from the outside. There was a little bit of doubt; he was getting tired. (I’m) incredibly proud. It’s incredible to have this horse coming back.“

Five Iron held on for third with Sayaad getting fourth. Rounding out the finish were Bio Pro, North Star Boy, Sky Blazer, Boisterous and Paris Vegas Lea and Red Rifle, both entered for the main track, were scratched.

The time for the Bernard Baruch was 1:39.08 on a firm turf course.

“He knows how to win races. Johnny said he was tired. I can tell you, he’s just an amazing horse. That’s the way he wins,“ LoPresti said. “We wanted to run here. I came here to run. I came here to train, and I came here to run. I really wanted to do it, and I’m really glad that we did.“

The six-time Eclipse Award winner remained perfect in three starts this year and picked up $150,000. The gelding inched closer to $7 million in career earnings as he notched his 22nd victory in 30 lifetime starts.

Wise Dan began 2014 with a second straight win in the Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland on April 11 and also claimed a second straight Turf Classic at Churchill on Kentucky Derby Day.

Wise Dan returned $3.60, $3.10 and $2.20. Optimizer paid $14.60 and $8.20, and Five Iron paid $4.70 to show.

►   SMARTY JONES DRAWS 10 LEADING TO PA DERBY:  Haskell Invitational runner-up Albano is the 2-1 morning line favorite for Monday’s $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx Racing.

Ten 3-year-olds have been entered for the mile, 70 yard prep race for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday, September 20. This year Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ California Chrome is expected to headline the PA Derby.

Trained by Larry Jones for Brereton Jones, Albano will be ridden by his regular jockey Kerwin Clark from post 3. The colt finished 7 1/4 lengths behind Bayern in the Haskell as an 11-1 longshot.

Albano posted a win this year in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park with seconds in the Lecomte and Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. He was fifth to Vicar’s in Trouble in the Louisiana Derby. Albano has earned $508,100 with three wins and three seconds in eight career starts.

The 7-2 second pick is Protonico, trained by Todd Pletcher for International Equities Holding, Inc. The colt will be ridden by Joe Bravo from post 8.

The Smarty Jones will be Protonico’s fifth career start with two wins and $79,715. Protonico is coming off a third-place finish in the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga, losing by just a neck to eventual Travers winner V.E. Day.

Almost Famous, the defeated Ohio Derby favorite, is the 9-2 third choice and will break from post 6 with Junior Alvarado coming in to ride.

Trained by Patrick Byrne, Almost Famous was fourth in this year’s Holy Bull and 11th in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park. The colt, owned by Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, was a badly beaten 11th in the Spiral Stakes but went to Churchill Downs where he won an allowance and finished third in the Matt Winn. He’s earned $155,100 with three wins in nine starts.

Here is the field for the Smarty Jones in post position order: Ain’t Got Time, Julian Pimentel, 12/1; Classic Giacnroll, Kendrick Carmouche, 12/1; Albano, Kerwin Clark, 2/1; Joint Custody, Trevor McCarthy, 8/1; Grasshoppin, Roberto Alvarado Jr., 20/1; Almost Famous, Junior Alvarado, 9/2; Just Call Kenny, Paco Lopez, 8/1; Protonico, Joe Bravo, 7/2; Saa Mi, Miguel Mena, 20/1 and Lynx, Frankie Pennington, 10-1.


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Major League Baseball - National League
Philadelphia at NY Mets, 1:10 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, SNY, DSS
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1:35 PM - FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh, DSS
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 2:15 PM - WGN (America), FS-Midwest, DSS
Milwaukee at San Francisco, 4:05 PM - FS-Wisconsin, CSN-Bay, DSS
Colorado at Arizona, 4:10 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain, FS-Arizona, DSS
Los Angeles at San Diego, 4:10 PM - SportsNet LA, FS-San Diego, DSS
Miami at Atlanta, 5:10 PM - FS-Florida, South, DSS

American League
NY Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 PM - YES, SNET, DSS
Minnesota at Baltimore, 1:35 PM - FS-North, MASN, DSS
Boston at Tampa Bay, 1:40 PM - NESN, SunSports, DSS
Detroit at Chicago WSox, 2:10 PM - FS-Detroit, CSN-Chicago, TBS, DSS
Texas at Houston, 2:10 PM - FS-Southwest, CSN-Houston, DSS
Oakland at LA Angels, 3:35 PM - CSN-California, FS-West, DSS
Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:07 PM - ESPN 2

Washington at Seattle, 4:10 PM - MASN2, ROOT-Northwest, DSS

WNBA - Playoffs
Phoenix at Minnesota, 3:30 PM - ABC

World Cup Basketball
United States vs. Turkey, 3:30 PM - ESPN

Canadian Football League
Winnipeg at Saskatchewan, 4:00 PM - TSN,

College Football
Alabama A&M vs. North Carolina A&T, 11:45 ASM - ESPN
Utah State at Tennessee, 7:00 PM - SEC Network
SMU at Baylor, 7:30 PM - FS1

Major League Soccer
Red Bull New York at D.C., 2:30 PM - NBCSN
Los Angeles at Chivas USA, 8:00 PM - Time Warner-LA, KDOC, DSS

International Soccer
Tottenham vs. Liverpool, 8:25 AM - NBCSN
Leicester vs. Arsenal, 10:55 AM - NBCSN
Villarreal CF vs. FC Barcelona, 12:55 PM - beIN Sport
Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid CF, 2:55 PM - beIN Sport
Seattle vs. Kansas City (NWSL), 3:00 PM - ESPN 2

EUROPEAN - Italian Open, 7:00 AM - Golf Channel
PGA - Deutsche Bank Championship, 1:00 PM - Golf Channel
PGA - Deutsche Bank Championship, 3:00 PM - NBC
WEB.COM - Hotel Fitness Championship, 5:00 PM - Golf Channel
LPGA - Portland Classic, 7:00 PM - Golf Channel
CHAMPIONS - Shaw Charity Classic, 9:00 PM - Golf Channel

U.S. Open, 11:00 AM - CBS

Auto Racing
CAMPING WORLD - Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1:30 PM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - Oral-B USA 500, 7:30 PM - ESPN

Weekly Horoscope: 08.31.14 - 09.06.14

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - A shopping spree on the 31st and 1st will lead to an exceptional impulse purchase. Follow a hunch or update your image. Participating in work activities or day trips on the 2nd and 3rd will be an eye-opener. You’ll get an inside look at the way one of your peers operates. Make suggestions on the 4th and 5th that pertain to a project or job you want to pursue. It’s up to you to go after what you want but don’t before you make promises be sure you can live up to what is expected of you. Offer your help or services on the 6th. The only way to win over someone who is skeptical is to show what you can do.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Listen and learn on the 31st and 1st. Not everyone will have something important to say but it will help you avoid a feud if you show interest and refrain from taking an opposing position. Scope out what’s going on in your community on the 2nd and 3rd and sign up for a seminar or attend a tradeshow or conference. You will receive some unusual help from an older experienced individual. Don’t let emotions flare up on the 4th and 5th or let jealousy stifle a chance to do something romantic with someone special. A realistic attitude will help on the 6th. Overlook little annoyances and offer a compromise and you’ll avoid an argument.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - You’ll face an emotional issue that’s difficult to decipher on the 31st and 1st. Ask direct question and don’t put off something that is time sensitive. Once you’ve put things behind you new doors will open. Reorganize your thoughts on the 2nd and 3rd. When the time is right you’ll instinctively know how to execute your plan flawlessly. As for now, see what you can do to improve. Interacting with people who share your interests and concerns on the 4th and 5th will lead to reconnecting with someone from your past. Attending a reunion will bring back fond memories. Don’t be disillusioned on the 6th. Problems at home and at work will be based on insincere gestures of friendliness.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Your creativity is on the rise on the 31st and 1st and should be put to good use by fixing up your surroundings, self-improvement projects or planning a romantic encounter. Dealing with younger and older individuals on the 2nd and 3rd will be insightful. Love, travel and intrigue will be within reach. Enjoy the moment. Opposition at an emotional level will confuse you on the 4th and 5th. You may be willing to compromise but not at the expense of being bullied. Look for positive innovative solutions that are beneficial to everyone. Make alterations at home on the 6th that will ease your stress and help you avoid complaints. Offer a smile over a growl and you’ll get what you want.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Dealing with seniors or children will be difficult on the 31st and 1st and unless you have a buffer to help you avoid a dispute you are best to evade emotional issues for now. Get out and mingle, shop or take up a new hobby on the 2nd and 3rd and you will expand your social circle. Love is in the stars and romance will improve your personal life. Check out job prospects on the 4th and 5th or how you can use your skills in unique and diverse ways. Reconnect with someone from your past and interesting opportunities will develop. Love is on the rise on the 6th and discussions will lead to an unexpected but pleasing lifestyle change.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Communication, getting together with friends, relatives or taking a short trip on the 31st and 1st will be eye-opening. Don’t share personal secrets however or someone will gossip about you. Dealing with institutions will be challenging on the 2nd and 3rd. Focus more on your legal rights, a pending settlement or raising the value of your assets. A little charm will help you get your way. Be careful not to offer more than necessary on the 4th and 5th. Keep your plans a secret and stick to a simple practical means to get things done. Offer your services to an organization you believe in on the 6th and it will lead to a chance to use your skills in a meaningful way.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Check in with people you have worked with in the past on the 31st and 1st and an interesting partnership is likely to develop. By offering to help someone you will get something in return on the 2nd and 3rd. Make changes that you know will eventually lead to a better lifestyle. Don’t let anyone bully you into taking a path you don’t want to pursue. Put up your guard on the 4th and 5th and prepare to stand your ground until you get what you want. Don’t let anyone interfere in your business. Take care of your needs first. Stop waffling and start implementing the change necessary to achieve persona happiness on the 6th. Only you can make it happen.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Think before you act on the 31st and 1st. You will have a tendency to overreact, overspend and overindulge. Focus more on what you can accomplish and don’t worry so much about what others do. Take physical action and you will stay in control on the 2nd and 3rd. The more productive and innovative you are the better you will do professionally. When it comes to domestic matters you are best to reserve judgment. Stick close to home on the 4th and 5th. Avoid unpredictable people trying to coerce you into making a change that doesn’t feel right to you. An emotional misunderstanding will be difficult to rectify on the 6th. Keep your opinions to yourself.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Keep a low profile on the 31st and 1st. The less said the better. You will gain more ground spending time on self-improvement projects, day trips or expanding your skills or knowledge. Your emotions will be heightened on the 2nd and 3rd and best channeled into love romance and creative endeavors. Listen to complaints from friends, relatives or neighbors but don’t make promises. Problems at home will mount on the 4th and 5th if you make changes without getting permission. Go through the proper channels and you will get what you want. You’ll come up with some interesting ideas on the 6th that will help you subsidize your earning power. Sharing your plans will help you gain support.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Communication will get you what you want on the 31st and 1st. Money is in the picture and plans can be finalized. Don’t let a last minute change of plans on the 2nd and 3rd frazzle you. Follow through with your intentions regardless of what others do. Your ability to compensate and keep moving will prove you are a leader. Put the past behind you on the 4th and 5th and focus on success. It’s time to cut ties that are holding you back so you are free to follow your dreams. Look over your personal financial situation on the 6th and you will find a way to secure your assets and avoid a loss.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Check out the job market on the 31st and 1st and apply for anything that interests you. Don’t hesitate because you don’t think you have enough qualifications. Trust in your ability to learn as you go along. A change will do you good on the 2nd and 3rd. An opportunity to work with someone you have worked with in the past is apparent. An important relationship will need attention on the 4th and 5th, but don’t make unrealistic promises. Mean what you say and follow through by taking action. A simple moderate approach to how you handle your money on the 6th the better. Overdoing it in any way will come back to haunt you.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) -  Air your creative ideas on the 31st and 1st. and you will get feedback. Not everyone will see things your way but those who oppose you will contribute valuable information that will help you hone and execute your plans more successfully. Don’t let impulse get the better of you on the 2nd and 3rd. Bide your time and work diligently toward your goal without saying too much to anyone. Favors will be granted on the 4th and 5th but be prepared to give something back in return. Don’t offer something you may have trouble delivering. Discussions you get into on the 6th will be full of promise. Before you commit to anything follow find out if the information given is realistic.

In Ferguson and Beyond, Militarism Is a Public Safety Crisis

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Peace and justice organizations in St. Louis, Mo. and across the country are calling for collective action this Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1 PM. They are proposing “nationwide solidarity actions in support of justice for Mike Brown and the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere.” We have been asked to gather at locations where our community members lost their lives at the hands of police and demand justice. And we should all join in.

But “nationwide” and “everywhere” are odd terms to equate when discussing U.S. police militarization. Are we against extrajudicial killings (otherwise known as murder) by U.S. government employees in Pakistan? Yemen? Iraq? The militarization of local police in the U.S. is linked to the militarization of U.S. foreign policy: Bomb (or do nothing.) Just like the U.S. military, and using many of the same weapons, gear and equipment, local police have a similar policy: Shoot. Never mind questions. This is a public safety crisis.

Local police are being militarized as a result of many factors, including:
– A federal government that directs roughly $1 trillion every year into the U.S. military, depriving virtually everything else of needed resources.
– A federal government that still manages to find resources to offer free military-grade weapons to local police in the U.S. and elsewhere.
– Weapons manufacturers that eat up local subsidies and federal contracts while pushing for the U.S. military to unload its weapons on local police as one means of creating the demand for more.
– The use of national security fears to justify the removal of citizens’ rights, gradually informing local police to view the people in their communities as potential terrorists, threats and enemies of law and order.
– The further conflation of military and police through the militarization of borders, military “exercises” in the U.S. and the growth of the drone industry into U.S. skies.

But policing is not the only thing militarized by what President Eisenhower called the “total influence — economic, political, even spiritual” of the military industrial complex. For example, our news is militarized with constant analyses by military and pro-war talking heads. Our entertainment is militarized with shows like The Unit and Band of Brothers. Our education is increasingly militarized as even our grade-school children are sent by underfunded schools to Army bases to learn science, math engineering and technology through the STARBASE Program.
“Unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex” is not easily opposed while simultaneously maintaining the military industrial complex. When Congress Members lend their support to a new war in Iraq while proposing that the U.S. Post Office and a dozen other decent things not be defunded, they are speaking out of both sides of their mouths. The United States cannot live like other wealthy nations while dumping $1 trillion a year into a killing machine.

The way out of this cycle of militarized madness is to confront, unified and coherent, what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the three “evils”: Racism, extreme materialism and militarism. The issue is not racism, extreme materialism, and what the military does to the local police. Not racism, extreme materialism, and what the military does to weapons testing sites. Not racism, extreme materialism, and what the military does to the people of Honduras, Iraq or Syria. Not any of these partial steps alone, but the whole package of interlocking evils of attitude and mindset must be confronted. Militarism is a tremendous public safety issue.

There is a no-fly-zone over Ferguson, Mo., because people in the U.S. government, from which local police forces take their cues, view the people of the United States increasingly as they view the people of other countries: as best controlled from the air. The War Resisters League noted this view is perpetuated by police militarization programs, such as DoD 1033 and 1122 and the Urban Areas Security Initiative, in which the St. Louis Police participate, that train, equip and arm police departments from Pentagon supplies and directives. In an August 13, 2014 statement of condemnation of the militarized lockdown of Ferguson, Mo., the WRL stated, “…the violence of policing and militarism are inextricably bound. To realize justice and freedom as a condition for peace, we must work together to end police militarization and violence.”

Peace and justice organizations in St. Louis, Mo. are asking communities nationwide to memorialize lives lost to extrajudicial police killings this Saturday at 1 PM. The WRL is organizing against Urban Shield, an expo of military weapons for police and training event planned for Oakland, Calif., this September 4-8. Find your local organizations or events and join us in demanding, and building, comprehensive public safety policies to end militarism and nurture justice.

~~  David Swanson ~~



RECEIPTS:    Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week     143,200     32,400        30,500        206,100 
Last Week     138,400     70,100       146,200        354,700 
Last Year     165,200     31,800       203,800        400,800

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves again this week traded unevenly steady.

A number of auctions from the Northern Plains through the Mid-West had yearlings and calves steady to 5.00 higher, while just as many steady to 5.00 lower.

In the Southeastern markets calves traded mostly steady to 5.00 lower.

Record prices have leveled off the past few weeks but it’s hard to call demand any lighter as cattle buyers remain very active and optimistic for all classes of feeders.

At the Huss Platte Valley Auction in Kearney, NE sold 286 head of 900-925 lb. steers with a weighted average price of 216.75 and at the Hub City Livestock auction in South Dakota sold a pot load of value added (drug free) yearling steers weighing 815 lbs. at 229.50.

In Mitchell, S.D. on Thursday at the Mitchell Livestock Auction sold two pot loads of all-natural steers averaging 952 lbs. tipping the scales at 216.00.

Last week’s Cattle on Feed report wasn’t quite as bullish as expected, but we still have less cattle than a year ago and it’s worth mentioning that we will still have a tight feeder cattle supply as expectations are that supplies will continue to be tight through the end of the year and into 2015.

Going on the last three weeks we have seen a very volatile Live and Feeder Cattle futures trading, only to see good gains run out of steam the next day with triple-digit losses.

The futures markets can be very emotionally charged and extremely volatile and take no prisoners.

Slaughter cattle weights are on the rise and will likely continue to remain at record levels.

Often we lose sight of the fact that even though we have a tight supply of feeders we have the genetics and the efficiency to put on a lot more pounds of beef on the animal than ever before getting us to record weights.

Low corn prices will only add to the cause with a record corn crop right around the corner should keep the pressure on corn prices.

This week’s corn crop report showed 73% rated good to excellent which is up 1% from last week, compared to a year ago the corn crop was rated at 59% good to excellent.

Looking at some Regional weighted averages in North Central Regions 600-700 lb. steers 1.50 higher at 244.95, 700-800 lb. steers mostly steady and 800-900 lb. steers mostly 5.00 lower.

In the South Central Regions 500-600 lb. steers near 3.00 higher with 700-900 lb. steers selling 2.00-3.00 higher.

Wish everyone a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend with good grilling weather in store for everyone.

This week’s reported auction volume included 51% over 600 lbs. and 38% heifers.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  143,200   Last Week:  138,400   Last Year:  165,200

Buckhannon Stockyards, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday August 27, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  74

Slaughter cows made up 22% of the offering, slaughter bulls 7%,
replacement cows 1%, and feeders 70%.

The feeder supply included 40% steers, 37% heifers, and 23% bulls.

Near 13% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    435-435    435       250.00         250.00
    6    488-488    488    240.00-247.50     245.00
    7    518-541    531    241.00-243.00     242.16
    2    505-505    505       242.00         242.00   EXOTIC
    1    630-630    630       170.00         170.00   Fleshy
    1    650-650    650       200.00         200.00   RWF
    1   1155-1155  1155       115.00         115.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    195-195    195       190.00         190.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large 3
    1    905-905    905       125.00         125.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    370-370    370       240.00         240.00
    1    470-470    470       235.00         235.00
    2    475-485    480    182.50-210.00     196.39   RWF
    1    583-583    583       190.00         190.00   RWF
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    220-220    220       235.00         235.00
    1    270-270    270       225.00         225.00
    2    443-443    443       150.00         150.00   EXOTIC
    2    520-530    525    201.00-206.00     203.48
    5    587-592    589    187.50-191.00     189.59
    3    693-693    693       165.00         165.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    435-435    435       235.00         235.00
    1    465-465    465       225.00         225.00
    2    510-510    510       205.00         205.00
    4    558-558    558       196.00         196.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    260-260    260       275.00         275.00
    2    345-345    345       275.00         275.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1075-1075  1075   999.00-1275.00    1275.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1675-1860  1768    108.50-109.00     108.76
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    870-870    870       120.00         120.00
    6   1055-1225  1162     90.50-107.00      97.12
    3   1270-1360  1312    106.00-112.50     109.54   High Dressing
    1   1420-1420  1420        84.50          84.50
    2   1405-1600  1503    107.50-114.50     111.23   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    980-980    980        83.00          83.00

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    985-985    985       107.50         107.50   Low Dressing
    3   1630-1890  1773    120.50-130.00     125.25
    1   2140-2140  2140       136.00         136.00   High Dressing

Buckhannon Livestock, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Tuesday August 26, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  2498

Feeders made up 100% of the offering.

The feeder supply included 71% steers, and 29% heifers.

Near 95% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   16    614-639    628    217.00-234.00     225.64
   25    652-698    666    207.50-236.00     227.55
    4    681-681    681       188.00         188.00   RWF
   15    705-745    722    213.00-225.00     219.21
   16    758-784    772    200.00-214.00     203.30
    2    770-770    770       202.00         202.00   Red
    5    799-799    799       185.00         185.00   RWF
   27    805-841    833    189.00-197.00     192.17
    7    851-862    856    180.00-183.00     181.70
    3    942-942    942       187.00         187.00
    4    954-954    954       178.00         178.00
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
   85    550-550    550       262.50         262.50   Load
   28    675-675    675       226.00         226.00   Part Loads
   73    735-735    735       223.00         223.00   Load
   27    725-725    725       222.00         222.00   Part Loads
  429    750-775    757    216.00-219.75     218.62   Load
  253    800-825    812    211.25-212.75     212.26   Load
  237    850-875    869    206.00-207.25     206.51   Load
  279    900-925    910    198.75-205.75     204.02   Load
  107    975-975    975       196.25         196.25   Load
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    468-468    468       230.00         230.00
    7    544-544    544       240.00         240.00
    1    560-560    560       223.00         223.00
    3    567-567    567       208.00         208.00   Red
    4    615-615    615       230.00         230.00
    2    658-658    658       183.00         183.00   RWF
    2    705-705    705       165.00         165.00
   10    755-787    774    195.00-217.00     197.39
    5    803-842    819    184.00-187.50     186.06
    2    875-875    875       173.00         173.00
    2    990-990    990       164.00         164.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large  2 - 3
    1    540-540    540       160.00         160.00
    3    623-623    623       149.00         149.00
    6    660-660    660       152.50         152.50

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    530-530    530       199.00         199.00
    7    560-588    583    197.00-201.00     199.71
    8    626-648    634    187.00-198.00     193.79
    2    642-642    642       195.00         195.00   Red
   10    766-795    772    190.00-195.00     193.97
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
   69    680-680    680       212.50         212.50   Load
   74    725-725    725       209.25         209.25   Load
  222    750-775    760    206.00-207.50     206.42   Load
   57    800-800    800       201.00         201.00   Load
  246    850-875    864    198.00-198.50     198.25   Load
                             Medium and Large 2
    3    475-475    475       186.00         186.00
    5    753-775    762    172.00-188.00     178.51

Weighted Average Report for Saturday August 23, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  767

Slaughter cows made up 8% of the offering, slaughter bulls 2%,
replacement cows 4%, other cows 1%, and feeders 85%.

The feeder supply included 32% steers, 43% heifers, and 25% bulls.

Near 16% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    235-235    235       260.00         260.00
    3    250-295    277    257.50-290.00     273.51
    4    330-341    338    237.50-277.00     267.37
   15    350-390    376    263.00-300.00     275.07
    2    380-380    380       185.00         185.00   RWF
   27    405-446    433    235.00-281.00     274.38
    3    420-445    437    254.00-525.00     340.89   RED
    2    420-440    430    228.00-252.00     239.72   SMOKE
   21    455-499    474    245.00-280.00     268.23
    9    450-460    456    227.00-262.00     253.22   RED
   21    502-545    517    231.00-252.00     243.38
    3    500-500    500    182.50-210.00     191.67   RWF
    1    530-530    530       247.00         247.00   SMOKE
   31    550-590    572    231.00-255.00     240.94
    5    575-575    575       240.00         240.00   RED
    9    600-647    619    209.00-237.00     229.43
    7    660-695    670    215.00-238.00     228.40
    2    655-685    670    207.00-232.00     219.22   RED
    5    650-650    650       236.00         236.00   SMOKE
    4    700-720    709    209.00-215.00     210.51
    6    825-825    825    193.00-205.00     203.00
    1   1025-1025  1025       157.00         157.00
                             Small 1 - 2
    1    240-240    240       242.50         242.50
    2    260-295    278    220.00-250.00     235.95
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    255-255    255       240.00         240.00
    5    325-325    325       245.00         245.00
    1    305-305    305       180.00         180.00   RED
    1    375-375    375       220.00         220.00   RED
    1    430-430    430       195.00         195.00   SMOKE
    2    485-485    485    230.00-240.00     235.00
    1    550-550    550       235.00         235.00
    2    655-685    670    194.00-200.00     196.93
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    310-310    310       205.00         205.00
    3    360-380    370    170.00-201.00     183.39
    1    425-425    425       185.00         185.00
    1    685-685    685       173.00         173.00
                             Holstein Large 2
    2    645-645    645       162.00         162.00
                             Holstein Large 3
    2    480-480    480       154.00         154.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    6    220-245    241    235.00-240.00     235.76
   16    250-295    274    222.50-265.00     241.97
    1    295-295    295       175.00         175.00   RWF
   18    305-342    330    235.00-258.00     245.63
    1    345-345    345       220.00         220.00   RED
   40    351-395    376    220.00-268.00     246.19
    6    360-360    360       232.00         232.00   RED
   55    405-441    426    225.00-270.00     255.79
    8    405-440    429    210.00-225.00     221.96   RED
    2    425-445    435    200.00-239.00     219.95   SMOKE
   27    455-490    472    202.00-263.00     251.62
    5    460-485    475    200.00-225.00     215.15   RED
    1    495-495    495       202.00         202.00   SMOKE
   27    500-540    525    226.00-251.00     237.45
    2    510-510    510       217.00         217.00   RED
    1    515-515    515       205.00         205.00   SMOKE
   12    565-592    583    211.00-230.00     223.76
    2    570-590    580    190.00-219.00     204.25   RED
    9    600-645    633    174.00-222.00     191.11
    1    630-630    630       201.00         201.00   SMOKE
    4    662-682    672    191.00-200.00     195.57
    1    725-725    725       180.00         180.00
    1    705-705    705       167.00         167.00   SMOKE
    9    761-770    762    145.00-204.50     197.82
    2    777-777    777       185.00         185.00   RWF
    5    810-830    821    150.00-169.00     159.20
    2    900-910    905    160.00-178.00     169.05
                             Medium and Large 2
    6    350-390    383    210.00-220.00     218.48
    3    400-430    410    215.00-227.00     222.80
    3    470-495    487    210.00-229.00     222.88
    1    540-540    540       203.00         203.00
    1    510-510    510       162.50         162.50   RED
    1    505-505    505       160.00         160.00   RWF
    2    560-585    573    207.00-213.00     210.07
    1    615-615    615       168.00         168.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    275-275    275       275.00         275.00
    3    322-330    325    237.50-250.00     245.76
    8    300-345    319    220.00-235.00     226.21   RED
    1    335-335    335       305.00         305.00   SMOKE
   14    365-390    381    220.00-273.00     253.52
    2    372-372    372       220.00         220.00   RED
    2    397-397    397       225.00         225.00   SMOKE
   31    400-447    425    227.50-265.00     251.60
    6    440-445    443    225.00-239.00     234.37   RED
    1    440-440    440       205.00         205.00   SMOKE
    4    460-490    483    251.00-253.00     251.48
    5    495-496    496    222.00-224.00     223.60   RED
   18    505-545    518    217.50-245.00     228.29
    6    505-545    525    215.00-238.00     228.98   RED
    5    505-505    505       242.50         242.50   SMOKE
   17    557-595    583    222.50-240.00     236.12
    7    553-580    568    222.00-234.00     229.00   SMOKE
    9    605-630    623    200.00-222.00     207.66
    1    635-635    635       171.00         171.00   RED
    6    670-690    680    169.00-202.00     184.53
    2    727-727    727       189.00         189.00
    2    707-707    707       170.00         170.00   Fleshy
    1    755-755    755       168.00         168.00
    3    810-845    827    135.00-158.00     148.20
    5    955-975    971    138.00-153.00     150.05
    1   1040-1040  1040       138.00         138.00

Bred Cows                  Large 1 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    740-740    740   999.00-1075.00    1075.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1380-1380  1380   999.00-1900.00    1900.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Large 1 Middle Aged
    1   1135-1135  1135   999.00-1225.00    1225.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    2   1345-1360  1353   999.00-1900.00    1676.25   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1345-1345  1345   999.00-1475.00    1475.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1    725-725    725       900.00         900.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1245-1245  1245   999.00-1800.00    1800.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1040-1040  1040   999.00-1000.00    1000.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    2    850-880    865   825.00-1065.00     947.08   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    4    930-1125  1049   999.00-1175.00    1064.99   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1295-1295  1295   999.00-1350.00    1350.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 2 Middle Aged
    1    915-915    915   999.00-1000.00    1000.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium 1 Young
    1    900-900    900   999.00-1500.00    1500.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1    950-950    950   999.00-1350.00    1350.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium 1 Middle Aged
    1    895-895    895   999.00-1300.00    1300.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1030-1115  1073   999.00-1500.00    1403.96   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1220-1220  1220   999.00-1350.00    1350.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    3   1040-1135  1092   999.00-2100.00    1929.62   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium 2 Middle Aged
    3    940-1185  1028   999.00-1250.00    1150.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1180-1180  1180       107.00         107.00
   10    945-1370  1230    112.00-121.50     117.05   High Dressing
    1   1405-1405  1405       110.00         110.00
    2   1435-1630  1533    117.50-120.00     118.67   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    845-845    845        94.00          94.00
    3    745-880    798    106.00-114.00     109.41   High Dressing
    1    780-780    780        88.00          88.00   Low Dressing
   13    990-1375  1144     94.50-104.00      97.85
   13   1020-1395  1167    105.00-118.00     109.55   High Dressing
   10    905-1305  1090     80.00-95.00       88.72   Low Dressing
    2   1405-1435  1420    105.00-110.00     107.47   High Dressing
    2   1430-1580  1505        90.00          90.00   Low Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    680-680    680        75.00          75.00   Low Dressing
    1    980-980    980        84.50          84.50

Slaughter Cattle
   40    1160-1510     139.00-154.00

Heiferettes                 Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    690-895    802    119.00-150.00     133.30   Per Head
    4    925-1160  1024    115.00-140.00     125.66   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    7   1115-1480  1319    118.00-125.00     121.59
    1   1305-1305  1305       132.00         132.00   High Dressing
    2   1305-1350  1328    114.00-120.00     117.05   Low Dressing
    1   1585-1585  1585       126.00         126.00
    4   1590-2050  1769    126.00-134.00     129.26   High Dressing
    3   1610-1760  1702    114.00-115.00     114.32   Low Dressing

Cow Calf Pairs
          2-8yrs old w/calf under 250lbs        1800.00-2025.00

          2-8yrs old w/calf over 250lbs         1500.00-1800.00

          Over 8 w/calf under 250lbs            1600.00-2000.00

          Over 8 w/calf over 250lbs             2200.00

Baby Calves
    6     Newborn Beef      250.00-365.00
          Newborn Dairy      50.00-110.00

Goats                        Sel 1          Sel2
 Head     Sm Billies       80.00-110.00    70.00
          Bg Billies       150.00-200.00
          Sm Nannies       80.00-115.00
          Big Nannies      75.00-95.00
    4    42.00-55.00

    20   over 100lbs     155.00-160.00
         under 100lbs    155.00-161.00

Slaughter Hogs
  10    200-300lbs      71.00-130.00

    2    72.00

    1    26.00

Weston Livestock Marketing, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Thursday August 21, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  802

Feeders made up 100% of the offering.

The feeder supply included 83% steers, and 17% heifers.

Near 100% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
  147    675-695    685    222.00-235.50     228.79   Load
  138    730-740    735    218.00-221.00     219.49   Load
   70    725-725    725       215.00         215.00   Hereford
  133    750-775    762    216.00-222.00     219.02   Load
   61    825-825    825       207.50         207.50   Load
  115    875-875    875       198.50         198.50   Load

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   73    700-700    700       206.00         206.00   Load
   65    780-780    780       196.50         196.50   Load

Bon Appétit: French Bistro Tomato and Egg

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For the mayonnaise
1 large fresh egg yolk, room temperature
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I recommend grape seed oil)
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
a pinch of cayenne
a drop of red wine vinegar

For the salad
4 large, fresh eggs
2 pounds small ripe tomatoes
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
4 - 5 tarragon leaves, torn


1. To make the mayonnaise, make sure to start with all of your ingredients at room temperature.  Put the egg yolk and the mustard in a small bowl and whisk together. I prefer to whisk by hand, as I feel like I have more control over the proceedings that way. But if you prefer, you can use a handheld mixer or a blender to make the mayonnaise.

2. Once the egg yolk and mustard are blended together, slowly whisk in the vegetable oil, one teaspoon at a time at first, to form an emulsion. After you’ve added about half of the vegetable oil that way, you can add the rest in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly. Continue whisking until the mixture has thickened.

3. Whisk in the lemon juice, which will thin the sauce, then slowly whisk in the olive oil. Once the olive oil is all whisked in, the mayonnaise should have the consistency of soft whipped cream. If it’s still very thick, whisk in a bit more lemon juice or a few drops of water. Season with salt and pepper, cayenne powder, and a few drops of red wine vinegar. Taste the mayonnaise and adjust seasonings as necessary. Refrigerate, covered, until you’re ready to use it.

4. To make the salad, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Carefully lower the eggs into the water, reduce the heat, and simmer for 8 to 9 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water and submerge them in an ice bath to cool. Peel the eggs and slice them into quarters.

5. Slice the tomatoes in approximately ½ to ¾-inch slices, and lay out in a single layer on a large platter.  I like to pat the slices dry with a paper towel so that the surface is more receptive to the mayonnaise.  Season the tomato slices with salt and pepper, and spoon about a teaspoon of mayonnaise on each slice. Top with the egg quarters, and sprinkle with the chives and tarragon.  Serve as an appetizer.

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Flashback: What Happened on August 31, ....


•  1886 An earthquake centered in Charleston, SC, was felt in West Virginia.

•  1956 The Pendleton County Board of Education closed the school at Dahmer, Pendleton County, due to a lack of students. It had been opened in 1922.

•  1965 WSLP - AM radio went on the air, the first radio station in Keyser, Mineral County.

•  1992 Kanawha County Circuit Judge Andrew MacQueen ordered the stoppage of construction of the new Weston State Hospital at Weston, Lewis County. A court- appointed monitor had recommended the hospital be closed in 1996, in favor of mental-health centers in various communities. The state, which would have lost $7.5 million if the new hospital was not built, appealed the ruling to the State Supreme Court.

•  1992 Federal authorities charged John Richard Durbin and and wife Lucy Durbin, the daughter of former Governor Arch Moore, with selling cocaine.



A Model Congregation.
The church in Jerusalem was a model congregation in so many ways.  Beginning with Jesus and the twelve apostles, three thousand were added to that number on the Day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts chapter two.  It wasn’t long till that number had increased to five thousand (Acts 4:4), and it seems by then they stopped counting, but “believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women (Acts 5:14) .

A Murmuring.
The devil isn’t going to let that kind of growth take place without creating some opposition.  By the time we get to Acts chapter six, we read:  “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration” (Acts 6:1) .
Inasmuch as the apostles referred to this problem as “serving tables” (verse 2) ,  we understand “daily ministration” to be the daily distribution of food to those in need.

The Solution.   How long this murmuring took place we are not told, but when the apostles got word of it, they did something about it.  They appointed seven men “of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” to take care of this benevolent program, so they could spend their time praying, preaching and teaching.

Another Model.
Any congregation that is growing and doing good work is going to meet with opposition.  The devil will see to that.  But, how do we deal with church problems?  Far too often we deal with them pretty much the same way the Jerusalem congregation dealt with theirs in the beginning.  Either on the phone, over the backyard fence, across the kitchen table, or over a cup of coffee, we murmur and complain, gripe and gossip among ourselves rather than go to those who are in position to do something about the problem.

A Single Individual.
If the problem happens to involve a single individual, Jesus says that we are to go to that individual alone, not with anger nor malice, but with the object of gaining that brother.  If he won’t listen, then take one or two more, again with the purpose of saving the brother.  If he still refuses to listen, then take the problem before the church, and if he still refuses to heed, “let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”  (Matthew 18:15-17) .

A Congregation.
If the problem involves the entire congregation, the matter needs to be brought before the leadership, those in position to do something about the problem.  The apostles appointed seven able men to deal with the problem in Jerusalem.  With what result?  “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great number of the priests were obedient to the faith.”  (Acts 6:7) .  We can learn much from this dynamic congregation.

Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
Phone:  304.462.0384     E-Mail:  “”  Web Site:

Mary Jean Heater

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Mary Jean Heater

Age 79 of Burnsville, West Virginia, departed this life Friday evening, August 29, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness, surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 08, 1935 in Long Shoal, West Virginia, daughter of the late Alton and Jessie Mae Cosner Carson.

Mary was a loving mother, housewife, and homemaker. She loved quilting, gardening, and spending time with her loving family.

Mary was a Methodist by faith and attended the Stouts Chapel on Hyers Run. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalms.

She was also a member of the quilting club known as the “Country Quilters” and a member of the “Gem Homemakers Club”.

On January 01, 1955 she was united in marriage to Roy Heater who preceded her in death on May 21, 2004.

Surviving are 6 children, Roy Junior Heater of Falls Mills, West Virginia, Johnie Heater and wife Kimberly of Baldwin, West Virginia, Charlene Messenger and husband Michael of Linn, West Virginia, Donald Heater and wife Bessie of Burnsville, WV, Connie White of Burnsville, WV, and James Heater of Philo, Ohio.

There are 9 siblings, Ray Carson and wife Ruby of Long Shoal, WV, Glen Carson and wife Linda of Tioga, West Virginia, Carl Carson of Little Birch, West Virginia, John Sherman Carson and wife Betty of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Ralph Carson and wife Ruth of Long Shoal, WV, Viola Mae Nicholson of Burnsville, WV, Freeda Perrine of Burnsville, WV, Joyce Moore and husband David of Cheshire, Ohio, and Carol Robinson and husband Larry of Morehead, Kentucky.

There are also several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren surviving.

Along with her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by 1 great grandson, Walter Robert Given, 1 daughter in law, Sandra Cayton Heater, and 1 brother, Russell Carson.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc, 2 Vanhorn Drive Glenville WV 26351 at 11:00 AM Tuesday September 02, 2014 with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Canfield Cemetery on Sliding Run Road.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM Monday September 01 at the mortuary.

Francis Darrell Pyles

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Francis Darrell Pyles

Age 71, of Sand Fork, WV passed away August 29, 2014 at Genesis Healthcare Glenville Center.

He was born January 15, 1943 in Gilmer County, WV a son of the late Raymond and Pearl Greenleaf Pyles.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by brothers, Gary Pyles, Ronnie Pyles, Robert Pyles and Ernest Pyles; sister, Alice Mackey; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brother, Harley Pyles; sisters, Betty Linger and Elaine Pyles.

At Mr. Pyles his body will be cremated.

There will be no services.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Margaret Vivian Ellebrecht

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Margaret Vivian Ellebrecht

Age 77 , of Sutton, WV passed away Saturday May 30, 2014, at her residence and was a long time resident of Sutton.

She was born March 01, 1937, in Saint Louis, MO the daughter of the late Albert and Beulah Hall Ellebrecht.

She was also preceded in death by her step-father Tracil Knight and her sister Mary Alice Ellebrecht Williams.

Margaret volunteered her time to the residence of Braxton Nursing and Rehab Center. 

She is survived by her son; Rodney E. Steorts, II and wife Judy of Sutton, daughter; Marilyn “Jaye” Michael and husband James E. of Morgantown, grandchildren; Brandy and Mike Lockhard, Jessica and Greg Ice, Emma Steorts, Billie and Sam Murray, Jamie Michael, Jo Clair and Tim Morgan, Paul and Jacoba Michael and her sister; Ruth Ann and Duffy Shamblin, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Monday September 01 , 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call after 12:00 Monday, at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Ellebrecht family.


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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  August 31

Today is Sunday, August 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

Thought for today:

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“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” — William Saroyan, American author and playwright (born this date in 1908, died 1981).

Today’s Highlight:

On August 31, 1954, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlantic states; Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in some 70 deaths.

On this date:

In 1886, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.3 devastated Charleston, South Carolina, killing at least 60 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1888, Mary Ann Nichols, apparently the first victim of “Jack the Ripper,” was found slain in London’s East End.

In 1934, the first Chicago Charities College All-Star Game took place at Soldier Field as a team of graduated All-American players from the previous season played the NFL champion Chicago Bears to a scoreless tie.

In 1941, the radio program “The Great Gildersleeve,” a spinoff from “Fibber McGee and Molly” starring Harold Peary, debuted on NBC.

In 1962, the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago became independent of British colonial rule.

In 1972, at the Munich Summer Olympics, American swimmer Mark Spitz won his fourth and fifth gold medals in the 100-meter butterfly and 800-meter freestyle relay; Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut won gold medals in floor exercise and the balance beam.

In 1980, Poland’s Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day-old strike.

In 1986, 82 people were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, California. The Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both to sink; up to 448 people reportedly died.

In 1988, 14 people were killed when a Delta Boeing 727 crashed during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

In 1989, Britain’s Princess Anne and her husband, Capt. Mark Phillips, announced they were separating after 15 years of marriage.

In 1994, the Irish Republican Army declared a cease-fire. Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after half a century.

In 1997, Prince Charles brought Princess Diana home for the last time, escorting the body of his former wife to a Britain that was shocked, grief-stricken and angered by her death in a Paris traffic accident hours earlier.

Ten years ago:

At the Republican National Convention in New York, First Lady Laura Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised President George W. Bush as a man of strength and compassion.

Palestinian suicide bombers blew up two buses in Beersheba, Israel, killing 16 passengers.

A woman strapped with explosives blew herself up outside a busy Moscow subway station, killing 10 people.

Five years ago:

Extremely dangerous and strengthening Hurricane Jimena roared toward Mexico’s resort-studded Baja California Peninsula.

Walt Disney Co. announced it was acquiring comic book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.

One year ago:

Short of support at home and allies abroad, President Barack Obama stepped back from a missile strike against Syria and instead asked Congress to support a strike against President Bashar Assad’s regime for suspected use of chemical weapons.

British television interviewer David Frost, 74, died aboard a cruise ship bound for the Mediterranean.

Today’s birthdays:

Japanese monster movie actor Katsumi Tezuka is 102

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson is 79

Actor Warren Berlinger is 77

Rock musician Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is 75

Actor Jack Thompson is 74

Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 69

Singer Van Morrison is 69

Rock musician Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) is 66

Actor Richard Gere is 65

Olympic gold medal track and field athlete Edwin Moses is 59

Rock singer Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) is 57

Rock musician Gina Schock (The Go-Go’s) is 57

Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) is 55

Rhythm-and-blues musician Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) is 51

Actor Jaime P. Gomez is 49

Baseball pitcher Hideo Nomo is 46

Rock musician Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 45

Singer-composer Deborah Gibson is 44

Rock musician Greg Richling (Wallflowers) is 44

Actor Zack Ward is 44

Golfer Padraig Harrington is 43

Actor Chris Tucker is 42. Actress Sara Ramirez is 39

Rhythm-and-blues singer Tamara (Trina & Tamara) is 37

Mystery Shopping Scam Poses as BBB Accredited Business

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The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a mystery shopper scam posing as Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), which is using a fake address in West Virginia.

An Auburn, Maine resident recently contacted the BBB serving Canton Region and Greater West Virginia after responding to a mystery shopper email. After responding, the Maine resident received a package via UPS with an instruction letter and check for $1,645.00. The instruction letter appears to be from Franco Luggi, Head of Recruitment. The letter instructs the survey agent to cash/deposit the check at their bank, telling them the funds will be available within 24 hours.

The agent is to docuemnt how the transaction goes, noting quality of customer service and how long the transaction took. Once the agent has the money, they are to deduct $200 for their commission and take the remaining amount to Western Union using the “Money in Minutes” service.

The letter then states once the agent emails them to say the assignment has been completed, another assignment will be sent out immediately. The comsumer did respond to an email from the agent asking if she had received the package. Two days after responding she had received the first package, another package was received from Fed Ex including the same instruction letter and a second check for $1,645.00.

The instruction letter includes the logos for both Mystery Shopping Providers Association and the Better Business Bureau; despite that the return label on the first package appeared to come from a company called Presentation Products & Services located at 1341 Bitonti St, Ste A2, Morgantown, WV 26505. The second package had a return address from Gregory Nicholson, PO Box 219, Yuma AZ 85365.

Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) is a company that provides information on the industry in general. They show how to register to be a mystery shopper with a MSPA member company, offer a database of available jobs and also offer training courses for serous mystery shoppers.

Frank Cilona, BBB President and CEO, states “Similar mystery shopping scams have been around for years. But stealing the name of a real, legitimate company is taking this scam to another level. Not only are they victimizing consumers, they also are victimizing reputable businesses”.

The BBB’s investigation found there are several locations for Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), one of which is accredited with the BBB in Kentucky. The BBB also found that MSPA has issued a warning on their website regarding this current scam using their logo.

When doing an Internet search for Presentation Products & Solutions, the BBB found the web address domain name is actually for sale and the physical address listed is an apartment building in Morgantown. The checks that were received by the consumer were drawn on LBS FINANCIAL Credit Union, Long Beach, CA and Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, Anchorage, AK. The BBB contacted both credit unions and were told they were already aware of the fraudulent checks.

BBB offers the following tips for persons cotnacted about mystery shopping jobs:

— Ignore claims that promise big rewards and guaranteed assignments.

— Be cautious of unsolicited mailing, emails or advertisements offering “work-from-home” jobs.

— Avoid claims that “guarantee” a position without training.

— Be on the lookout for businesses that send checks and ask you to use money from the checks to pay for your shopping assignments. Fraudulent checks often look real.

— Never pay money in advance. A legitimate mystery shopping service will not charge money for materials, training or recruiting. Never give them your credit card or bank account numbers.

— Never wire money to businesses you know little or nothing about. Wiring money is the same as sending cash. Once the money is gone, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to recover.

Obama’s Ratings Stay Low in Harris Poll; Americans Also Turn Thumbs Down on Congress

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As President Obama continues to deal with a number of crises, criticism over his vacation and his job ratings also continue to drift downward. This month, almost one-third of Americans (32%) give the President positive ratings for the overall job he is doing, while almost seven in ten (68%) give him negative ratings. This is down from last month, when 34% gave him positive ratings and 66% gave him negative marks; this is the second time this year (January being the other) that his ratings have been this low.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,537 adults surveyed online between August 13 and 18, 2014.

After hitting a “high” mark for the past two years in June with a positive rating of 10%, Congress also drifts downward. Last month 9% of Americans gave them positive ratings and this month 8% do so, while 92% of Americans give them negative marks on the overall job they are doing. Looking at the country as a whole, one-third of Americans (32%) say things are going in the right direction in the country, while almost seven in ten (68%) say things have gotten off on the wrong track. Last month, three in ten (31%) said things were going in the right direction, while seven in ten (69%) said things were going off on the wrong track.

If Washington was like a high school yearbook

As kids around the country go back to school, it is interesting to look at some visible politicians in Washington and around the country and harken back to those high school yearbook lists. There was that one person who was class clown and another who was voted most likely to be President. Well, when given a list of 12 politicians, here is how Americans would vote (top two for each category shown):

Class Clown: Joe Biden (21%) and Chris Christie (14%)

Most Likely to Succeed: Hillary Clinton (15%) and Chris Christie/Rand Paul/Elizabeth Warren (7%)

Teacher’s Pet: Joe Biden/Nancy Pelosi/Hillary Clinton (9%) and Harry Reid (7%)

Best Hair: Marco Rubio/Elizabeth Warren (8%) and Nancy Pelosi (7%)

Most Likely to be President: Hillary Clinton (34%) and Chris Christie/Marco Rubio (6%)

Most Annoying: Nancy Pelosi (19%) and John Boehner (11%)

Most Popular: Hillary Clinton (13%) and Chris Christie (9%)

Presidents as High School Teachers

While many U.S. Presidents taught law and at the college level, John Adams, Millard Fillmore, James Garfield and Chester Arthur taught at the primary and secondary levels as well. So, what if recent U.S. Presidents were high school teachers? Are there ones people wish they could have had as a teacher and ones they never would have wanted to have? Over one-third of Americans (37%) say they wish they could have had Ronald Reagan as a teacher, while one-quarter (26%) wish they could have had Bill Clinton. Just over one in ten wish they could have had Barack Obama (13%) and Jimmy Carter (12%), while under one in ten wish they could have had George H.W. Bush (6%) and George W. Bush (5%).

On the other side, two in five Americans (40%) say they would never want to have had Barack Obama as a teacher, while three in ten (30%) say they same about George W. Bush. One in ten (10%) say they would not have wanted to have George H.W. Bush as a teacher, while less than one in ten say that about Ronald Reagan (7%), Jimmy Carter (7%) and Bill Clinton (6%).

Americans give Obama low ratings for economy, but see positives at regional level

The economy’s a funny thing, as it exists – and can be perceived differently – at so many levels. From world to nation to region, all the way down to your own household, reading economic tea leaves can have a great deal to do with where you’re standing. And while ratings of President Obama’s handling of the economy are holding steady, regional economic indicators are showing signs of improvement.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,537 adults surveyed online between August 13 and 18, 2014.

This month, three in ten Americans (30%) give President Obama positive ratings for his handling of the economy, while seven in ten (70%) give him negative ratings. This is even with last month, but down slightly from this point in the President’s first term (August 2010), when 32% of Americans gave the President positive marks on the economy and just over two-thirds (68%) gave him negative ratings.

Looking ahead, one-fourth (25%) of U.S. adults expect the economy to improve in the coming year, while 46% expect that it will remain the same and roughly three in ten (29%) expect it to get worse. Expectations that it will both improve and that it will worsen have grown since June (when these levels were at 22% and 26%, respectively), while fewer Americans expect things to stay the same (down from 51% in June)

Closer to home

Looking at the home front, half of Americans (51%) say they expect their household’s financial condition to remain the same in the next six months, while just under one-fourth (24%) expect it to be better and one-quarter (25%) say that it will be worse. Compared to July, this represents a slight improvement as 23% of Americans felt things would be better last month and (26%) said things would be worse; the expectation that things would remain the same was identical, at 51%.

Regional job market

Turning to the job market in one’s own region, the perception that it’s good (26%) is on the rise – not just in comparison to the 20% who rated it “good” in March (the last time the question was asked), but in comparison to every data point since January 2009. That’s not to say the news is all good: while the 41% of Americans rating the job market in their region as “bad” is down from March, as well as from any other time since 2008, they still outpace the “good” ratings by a wide margin. Additionally, one-third of U.S. adults (34%) rate the current job market in their region neither good nor bad.

Looking to the next six months, over a fourth of Americans (27%) believe the job market in their region will get better within that time, up from under a fourth in March (23%). Two in ten U.S. adults (20%) believe it will be worse, down slightly from 22% in March. Meanwhile, just over half (53%) believe it will remain the same, a slight decrease from 55% in March.

As one might expect, regional outlooks vary by – you guessed it – region. Westerners (29%) are the most likely to say the current job market in their region is good, while their Eastern counterparts (21%) are least likely to do so. Looking at the next six months, those in the Midwest and in the South (22% each) are more likely than those in the West (15%) to anticipate the job market in their region will get worse.

Annual MDA Telethon to Air Sunday

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ABC television stars will join forces this Labor Day weekend on the 49th MDA Show of Strength Telethon airing Sunday, Aug. 31, 9/8c on ABC television stations across the country to help raise funds and awareness to help save and improve the lives of children and adults affected by muscle disease.

Viewers tuning into the 2014 telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will enjoy heart-felt appeals and introductions from some of the network’s leading stars, including Alyssa Milano of the hit drama series “Mistresses,“ legendary “All My Children” star Susan Lucci, “Nashville” leading man Charles Esten, “Rising Star” co-mentors Brad Paisley, Kesha, Ludacris and show host Josh Groban, as well as Chris Powell of “Extreme Makeover,“ “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron and “ABC News’” Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser.

“As a soon-to-be mother of two, supporting charities that help children in any way is something that is very important to me,“ said Milano. “I came away with such a meaningful experience after meeting MDA families and learning about their courageous ‘stories of strength’ battling muscle disease. If my involvement with this year’s telethon can help raise funds and awareness for those affected, I’m happy to lend my support to help continue the progress in the fight for muscle health.“

Milano, who is due with her second child this fall, took her support for MDA behind-the-scenes at the Hollywood Palladium to meet with children affected by muscle disease, which included an exclusive interview with “blue” carpet correspondent 15-year-old MDA Ambassador Abbey Umali. Umali, of Redlands, Calif., is affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) which causes muscle weakness, lack of coordination and loss of sensation in the upper and lower extremities. Click here to see their interview and learn why Milano supports MDA.

Additionally, MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff, 9, was also invited to a taping of the ABC’s new singing competition show “Rising Star” where she was able to work her charm on co-mentors Brad Paisley, Kesha, Ludacris and host Josh Groban. The musical artists met with Reagan backstage to learn about her role as an MDA spokesperson and how she’s helping MDA families, like her own, to fight back against muscle disease.

See more exclusive behind-the-scenes telethon footage from the MDA “blue” carpet with Dr. Richard Besser and Charles Esten.

The 2014 MDA telethon will feature a star-studded celebrity lineup with performances from Grammy® winners Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes, plus Aloe Blacc, American Authors, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, R5 and Sara Evans. Additional celebrity presenters on the telethon include Jann Carl, Jordin Sparks, Kevin Frazier, Laila Ali, Nancy O’Dell, Pete Wentz, Terry Fator and Victor Ortiz.

About MDA Show of Strength Telethon

MDA’s first Labor Day weekend telethon was broadcast in 1966 on a single New York station and has become the most successful fundraising event in the history of television. The show, with its iconic host Jerry Lewis and with help from a legion of top celebrities and entertainers, has raised millions each year to provide life-enhancing support and services for the families MDA serves. The real stars on the broadcast have always been the MDA families who have graciously agreed to open their homes and hearts to America and tell their stories of strength. This year marks the 49th annual MDA telethon.

In addition to funds contributed by the public, substantial support also comes from MDA’s family of national sponsors, whose work throughout the year on behalf of MDA will be recognized on the telethon. Among the sponsors: International Association of Fire Fighters, CITGO Petroleum Corp., Lowe’s, Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Jiffy Lube International, National Association of Letter Carriers, The Safeway Foundation, 7-Eleven, Dr Pepper Snapple Group/7UP, Acosta and Burger King.

At the community level, MDA is planning telethon viewing parties with hundreds of local groups to rally support for the more than 1 million Americans it helps with lifesaving support and services.

Funds raised by MDA telethons also have contributed to the organization’s worldwide research program. Today, through current clinical trials, there is growing excitement that new lifesaving treatments and discoveries are on the horizon for many of the disorders MDA is dedicated to defeating, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

West Virginia’s Latest News - 08.30.14

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A Raleigh County man has admitted his role in the death of a Charleston man whose body was found in a shallow grave.

Twenty-six-year-old Deveron Patterson of Mabscott pleaded guilty Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court to first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Kareem Hunter.

Media outlets report the Patterson told a judge he helped assault Hunter, carried him and put him in the trunk of a car.

Hunter’s body was discovered near an abandoned house near Beckley in October, more than a month after he was last seen in Marmet.

Patterson will be sentenced November 13. Co-defendant Miguel Quinones of Charleston is set for trial October 27.

Kelsey Marie Legg of Marmet previously was sentenced to up to eight years in prison for her role in the case.


Yeager Airport officials are exploring a project that could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.

Members approved a motion to find the lowest bid on the project at a board meeting Thursday.

The project would place solar panels atop the parking garage closest to the airport’s terminal and in the airfield near the runway.

It stems from the airport’s sustainability efforts trying to lower the airport’s energy costs and carbon footprint.

“It’s an exciting project,“ airport director Rick Atkinson said, adding that the project could be scaled back if needed.

The money for the $15.3 million project would come from funds leftover from other the Federal Aviation Administration projects. The FAA is expediting its airspace review of the project to ensure the panels won’t negatively impact on current air operations.

“We would be a net producer of electricity instead of a consumer. We’d eliminate basically our electricity bill, which is about $450,000 a year,“ Atkinson said. “I thought (American Electric Power) might not like because we’re in a coal producing state, but at the same time they have to have so many renewable sources in the system, so it’s a benefit to them.“

While the money and the project are not guaranteed, Atkinson said if the entire project is completed, Yeager would be the first airport in the country to be 100% off the grid. Airports in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Tucson, Arizona have solar panels contributing to the airports’ power.


A center that helps educate West Virginia parents of children with disabilities is getting a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Rep. David McKinley announced the grant to West Virginia Parent Training and Information Inc. this week.

McKinley says the center has been dedicated to helping parents of children with disabilities through the concept of parents helping parents.

The Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities Program works to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children.

All services to parents and families from the center are free and are available across the state.


The Charleston Daily Mail reports today that results of the latest version of “The West Virginia Poll” show that West Virginians are choosing to support more conservative candidates from the state legislature to Congress.

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican seeking to replace Jay Rockefeller in the U.S. Senate, has expanded her lead over Secretary of State Natalie Tennant by 17 points.  Current Congressman David McKinley, a Republican, appears to be on track to easily win re-election over his Democrat opponent and current State Auditor Glen Gainer.

According to the Poll, 41% of those polled indicated that they would prefer to see the Republican Party take control of the WV Legislature.  Only 39% indicated that the Democrats should continue to control both the House of Delegates and the State Senate, control the Democrats have had for the last 80 years.

President Obama’s approval rating continues to decline with now only 25% of West Virginian’s polled indicating support for the President and his policies.  In 2012’s election, President Obama lost every county in West Virginia.

Despite his unpopularity, my opponent MIKE ROMANO continues to support and promote President Obama and his policies.  Romano, a trial lawyer who has won tens of millions of dollars in jury awards in the last two years, is a liberal pro-choice Democrat and a member of the Harrison County Commission.

ROMANO donated more than $4,000 to the President Obama’s re-election campaign AFTER the President spent his first term declaring war on coal and coal fired electric plants.  More than 1,800 West Virginia coal miners have lost their jobs specifically because of President Obama’s environmental regulations imposed by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection.  Romano also donated $2,000 to the President’s first campaign in 2008.


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is placing a special emphasis on keeping babies safe while sleeping.

Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin have proclaimed September as “Infant Safe Sleep Month” as part of a statewide educational campaign.

The campaign will work with hospitals and community partners to help parents identify unsafe sleep practices.

The first lady plans to visit several hospitals this month for awareness events as part of the campaign starting Friday at Princeton Community Hospital and Bluefield Regional Hospital.


Candidates in West Virginia’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts are set to participate in a candidate forum.

Democratic state auditor Glen Gainer and incumbent Republican Congressman David McKinley from the 1st District and Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney in the 2nd District are scheduled to participate in the forum Friday at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.

The forum is part of the state Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.

Third-party candidates won’t be involved.

The forum will be streamed online at

McKinley is seeking his third term in Congress in November’s election. Casey and Mooney are vying for the 2nd District seat being vacated by Republican Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for U.S. Senate.


Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells.

The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday posted online links to the documents after the agency conducted a “thorough review” of paper files stored among its regional offices. The Associated Press and other news outlets have filed lawsuits and numerous open-records requests over the last several years seeking records of the DEP’s investigations into gas-drilling complaints.

Pennsylvania’s auditor general said in a report last month that DEP’s system for handling complaints “was woefully inadequate” and that investigators could not even determine whether all complaints were actually entered into a reporting system.

DEP didn’t immediately issue a statement with the online release, but posted the links on the same day that seven environmental groups sent a letter urging the agency to heed the auditor general’s 29 recommendations for improvement.

“I guess this is a step in the right direction,“ Thomas Au of the Pennsylvania Sierra Club chapter said of the public release of documents on drinking well problems. “But this is something that should have been made public a long time ago.“

The 243 cases, from 2008 to 2014, include some where a single drilling operation impacted multiple water wells. The problems listed in the documents include methane gas contamination, spills of wastewater and other pollutants, and wells that went dry or were otherwise undrinkable. Some of the problems were temporary, but the names of landowners were redacted, so it wasn’t clear if the problems were resolved to their satisfaction. Other complaints are still being investigated.

The gas-rich Marcellus Shale lies under large parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio. A drilling boom that took off in 2008 has made the Marcellus the most productive natural gas field in the nation, and more than 6,000 shale gas wells have been drilled. That has led to billions of dollars in revenue for companies and landowners, but also to complaints from homeowners about ruined water supplies.

Extracting fuel from shale formations requires pumping millions of gallons of water, along with sand and chemicals, into the ground to break apart rock and free the gas. Some of that water, along with other heavy metals and contaminants, returns to the surface.

The documents released Thursday listed drilling-related water well problems in 22 counties, with most of the cases in Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford counties in the northeast portion of the state.

Some energy companies have dismissed or downplayed the issue of water well contamination, suggesting that it rarely or never happens.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the main industry group, suggested that geology and Pennsylvania’s lack of standards for water well construction were partly to blame.

Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer said in statement Thursday that Pennsylvania “has longstanding water well-related challenges, a function of our region’s unique geology — where stray methane gas is frequently present in and around shallow aquifers.“ He said many of the problems were related to surface spills, not drilling.

“Our industry works closely and tirelessly with regulators and others to ensure that we protect our environment, striving for zero incidents,“ Spigelmyer said.


Emergency officials in Braxton County said five people were injured in a boating accident at Burnsville Lake Friday afternoon.

Three of the five were taken to Braxton Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.


The veterans and their families affected by the wait times at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center were given the opportunity to voice their frustrations, or their support, directly to the source.

New VA Secretary Robert McDonald sent out a release on August 05, ordering healthcare and benefits facilities to hold town-hall events by the end of September in an effort to regain the trust of their patients.

On Thursday, the facility in Clarksburg held its meeting in the chapel with administrators and staff there to hear what the veterans had to say.

“It gives them an opportunity to ask questions and find out some information about what we’re doing in the future,“ Beth Brown, Louis A. Johnson Director said.

Most of the veterans in attendance said they were pleased with the quality of care they receive but have issues with what sometimes separates them from care. These things include difficulty in scheduling appointments, struggles in communicating with facility staff, issues with parking at the facility and rescheduled appointments.

In regard to the problems with appointments, Dr. Glenn Snider, Chief of Staff, told those in attendance they have difficulties with securing providers.

They have been authorized to hire more staff but run into challenges when hiring personnel.

For one, several medical specialties are simply not producing physicians in the country, particularly mental health professionals.

“We’re also handicapped by the fact that West Virginia doesn’t attract as many medical professionals as large areas, large cities would,“ Snider said. “So, the supply is a problem and the number that come to West Virginia and stay in West Virginia is low in number.“

The staff also addressed individual’s issues when they could by pulling them aside and connecting them with an expert who could walk them through the process.

Patient Laura Ellington, of Fairmont said she was thrilled veterans had the opportunity to speak directly to the staff and the meeting probably covered more topics than they were expecting.

“I think the patient advocated and the other people that were actually taking names and numbers, I think they’re going to be a little busy,“ she said with a laugh. “Because there’s actual people that needed actual results.“

She hopes the hospital takes the information provided to them and moves toward overall improvement.

The meetings is partially a response to a national audit released in June, indicating the average delay in Clarksburg was 54 days for new patients seeking a primary care doctor, 86 days for a specialist and 96 days for mental health services.

Brown said they have been since working to evaluate the problem and implement the best solution possible.

“What we’ve done since the audit was released in June is to try to identify where our specific issues were and then to put the resources where those issues were,“ she said. “So, we have an individual that’s training our staff and re-training our staff. We’ve brought in additional schedulers to help.“

She added that the hospital is reaching out to its community partners to see if there are any other ways of bringing care closer to home.


The Marshall University Police Department alerted students Friday a sexual assault had been reported.

The department learned about the alleged assault Thursday. It reportedly happened August 20, move-in day on campus, at Twin Towers East residence hall.

Students were notified by email Friday.

An investigation is underway.

Movie Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ - A Viscious Return to Frank Miller’s Stylized World

Last month, director James Gunn turned a comic book story into the movie hit of the summer. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars, making fans out of people who had never heard of the Marvel series.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is not that kind of comic book adaptation. Director Robert Rodriguez first brought “Sin City” to the screen nine years ago, and here, he has turned more of Frank Miller’s brutally violent stories into a stylishly constructed neo-noir nightmare. Both “Sin City” films are for a niche audience that can handle copious amounts of eye-gouging, dismemberment, finger-breaking, decapitation and self-inflicted slicing.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is as visually imaginative as its predecessor. It’s almost entirely in black and white, with the exception of periodic pops of color — a halo of orange curls, a blue coat, a river of blood — and most of the action was shot against a green screen, so the finished product is a slick hybrid of live action and animation.

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Part sequel, part prequel, the movie doesn’t exactly pick up where the last one left off. The chronology is as hazy as the smoke-filled Kadie’s, a seedy strip club where the characters hang out. A man who died in the last movie reappears, very much alive, while others remain dead. One even shows up as a ghost.

Among the returning characters: Dwight (Josh Brolin, taking over for Clive Owen), a private investigator with a moral code; Marv (Mickey Rourke), a pill-popping bouncer with Hulk-like tendencies; the good-natured stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba); and the grotesquely villainous Sen. Roark (Powers Boothe, oozing evil).

Like the first movie, “Dame” is a series of vignettes, and the name of the game in these stories is revenge. Slick operator Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has it out for Roark, as does Nancy, but for very different reasons. Dwight, meanwhile, has a score to settle with the one who got away, Ava (Eva Green). Marv doesn’t really have any revenge plots to speak of, though he’s always happy to lend a hand when violence is involved.

And there’s plenty of violence. It’s all very stylized, with a gunshot producing a waterfall of white spouting from a character’s back, or a samurai sword sending heads flying. But the audience still groaned during a recent screening when one character relieved another of an eyeball. The sound effects are sickeningly visceral and far more realistic.

Where “Sin City” was equally vicious, it also was quite funny at times. “A Dame to Kill For” feels less incisive and sillier. Maybe the novelty of hearing characters use 1940s-style verbiage has worn thin, or maybe the inner monologues, filled with some really lame lines, is to blame. (“An atom bomb goes off between my legs,” Dwight says after being kicked in the groin.) And the sequel isn’t nearly as exciting or visionary. The aesthetic quality is still there, even if there haven’t been too many great leaps since Rodriguez unveiled “Sin City” in 2005. But the stories aren’t nearly as engrossing.

Fans of Frank Miller’s work will, of course, see the movie, and they won’t care about curious leaps in time or dialogue that might look better on the page than it sounds out loud. This isn’t going to reach a “Guardians”-size audience. Then again, Rodriguez, who’s a huge fan of Miller’s work, probably didn’t intend for it to.

★ ★

R. Contains brutal, stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use. 102 minutes.

Sports Brief - 08.30.14

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►   ‘BAMA OPENS VS WEST VIRGINIA WITH QB QUESTIONS:  Time to get some answers about Alabama’s quarterback competition.

Florida State transfer Jake Coker and fifth-year senior Blake Sims have been vying for the top job throughout preseason practice and coach Nick Saban says they have been running neck-and-neck. The second-ranked Crimson Tide’s opener against West Virginia at the Georgia Dome on Saturday is probably another audition for both.

“I think it’s our responsibility to give both guys an opportunity,“ Saban said. “That’s how we recruit players to come here, that they’re all going to get a fair opportunity to play. We’re going to choose the best players that give our team the best opportunity to be successful based on how they perform. Both guys have performed well, and Blake has performed very, very well.“

Where exactly this leaves Alabama at the most important position on the field is anybody’s guess.

Coker came to Alabama after serving one season as Florida State’s backup to Jameis Winston. Seminoles coaches insist that Coker gave the eventual Heisman Trophy winner a legitimate run for the starting job before last season.

Coker arrived in Tuscaloosa with much hype as the presumptive replacement for AJ McCarron. Saban did his best to knock down those assumptions.

Sims’ career numbers: 23 of 39 for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Coker’s line: 21 for 41, 295, one TD, one interception. Sims is more mobile at 6-foot-0 and 208 pounds. Coker is bigger at 6-5, 230.

Alabama either has two good quarterbacks or two not-good-enough quarterbacks.

Should Tide fans be worried?

Given all Alabama’s playmakers, whomever is taking snaps for should be supported about as well as any quarterback in the country. T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake are all among the best backs in the Southeastern Conference. Wide receiver Amari Cooper is a potential All-American, as is tight end O.J. Howard.

Also, the last time the Tide went into a season with an unsettled quarterback situation, it won the national championship in McCarron’s first year as a starter.

So the Tide faithful probably shouldn’t stress too much. But this is Bama, where seasons without championships are not taken lightly.

And unsteady quarterback can send even the most finely tuned machine careering off the road to the College Football Playoff and into a Capital One Bowl ditch.

Some other things to know about the first meeting between Alabama and West Virginia.

OH, YEAH, WEST VIRGINIA. The Mountaineers are here, too. Coming off a dreary 4-8 season, West Virginia has a chance to change the trajectory of a program that’s been heading in the wrong direction under fourth-year coach Dana Holgorsen.

It’s not a good chance — the Mountaineers are 26½-point underdogs — but the opportunity is there.

“You know it’s the first game, you’ve been hitting each other all camp, you want to hit someone else,“ quarterback Clint Trickett said. “Add to the fact that it’s, you know, a team that’s almost been a dynasty, a team that’s you know, a very well built program you know and we know how good they are and we’re going to show them how good we are.“

West Virginia does have one thing Alabama does not: a clear No. 1 quarterback. Trickett, another Florida State transfer, never was able to grab hold of the job last year because of injuries.

With good health and a year in Holgorsen’s Air Raid system, the Mountaineers are hoping to regain some of the explosiveness they had when Geno Smith was slinging it around Morgantown.

‘EERS ‘EFENSE. There’s been almost no D at West Virginia for the last two years. The Mountaineers ranked 112th in the nation in yards per play in 2012 and 92nd last year. This season Tony Gibson takes over as coordinator and former Penn State coordinator Tom Bradley was also added to the staff. The new scheme is a 3-3-5 which is supposed to take advantage of West Virginia’s skill and speed at linebacker and defensive back. It’s a defense built to stop Big 12 spread offenses — which are nothing like Alabama’s attack.

ABOUT THAT ALABAMA OFFENSE. Former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin is now the man in charge. Surely, Tide fans will have patience with him if the offense sputters a bit out of the gate.

SITTING. Alabama middle linebacker Trey DePriest will sit out the opener for an undisclosed NCAA infraction.


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Final Score: (8) Michigan State 45, Jacksonville State 7

Connor Cook sprinted down the left sideline, pointing his left finger triumphantly toward the stands following his 71-yard TD strike to Tony Lippett on Michigan State’s second drive. It was nice sign after taking a hard hit to his left knee the possession prior. Cook tossed two of his three first-quarter touchdowns to Lippett and the eighth-ranked Spartans routed Jacksonville State, 45-7, on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. On the final play of Michigan State’s first touch, Cook manuevered in the pocket to avoid pressure and rolled right before lofting a 64-yard TD pass to Lippett for the game’s first score. Upon release of the football, however, Cook was cut down at the knees by Polo Johnson rushing off the left edge. Cook had to be helped off the field, but returned and proceeded to finish the opening quarter 6-of-6 for 189 yards with three scores. Lippett totaled all four of his receptions for 167 yards in the stanza. The defending Big Ten-champion Spartans, who led 21-0 and outgained the Gamecocks 257-78 in the first quarter, cruised the rest of the way. Cook completed his first nine passes, finishing 12-of-13 for 285 yards in two quarters of work. Jeremy Langford carried the ball 13 times for 57 yards, while Nick Hill ran for a pair of touchdowns for Michigan State (1-0), which went 13-1 a year ago, winning its first Rose Bowl since 1988. Max Shortell was 10-of-18 for 117 yards and a touchdown for Jacksonville State (0-1) of the FCS. Josh Barge caught seven passes for 98 yards in defeat.

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Final Score: Atlanta 24, Jacksonville 14

Backup quarterback T.J. Yates completed 15 of his 20 passes for 243 yards and a pair of long touchdown passes to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Seeing most of the snaps with Matt Ryan sitting out the preseason finale, Yates had touchdown throws of 66 yards to Antone Smith and 67 yards to Freddie Martino in the second quarter. Fourth-round draft pick Devonta Freeman had a 1-yard touchdown run for Atlanta in the first quarter and rushed for a game- high 42 yards on 12 carries. He had five catches for 45 yards. Ryan sat along with star receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White as the Falcons wrapped up a 2-2 preseason slate by snapping a two-game losing streak. Atlanta running back Steven Jackson missed all four preseason games with a hamstring injury but returned to practice this week and is expected to be ready for Atlanta’s regular-season opener against NFC South rival New Orleans. Backup Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall draft pick, passed for 86 yards in his three possessions, most of it on a 57-yard touchdown pass to second-round pick Marqise Lee in the second quarter.

Final Score: Detroit 23, Buffalo 0

Kellen Moore had two touchdown passes as the Detroit Lions thumped the Buffalo Bills, 23-0, in the final preseason tune-up for both clubs. The Lions rested many of their starters for the game and Moore went 17-for-28 for 172 yards and two touchdowns as the team went 3-1 in the preseason. Dan Orlovsky started under center and in just over one quarter he led the team to a field goal, going 7-for-11 for 39 yards. The Lions open up their season at home against the Giants on September 8. Buffalo played many of its starters to begin the game, and saw the plan backfire on them as first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins left the game on the team’s second drive. The rookie wide receiver, who had just three catches for 21 yards in the preseason, suffered an injury to his ribs after taking a hit and went to the bench. He missed the team’s last game against the Buccaneers after suffering a rib injury in the second preseason game against Pittsburgh. E.J. Manuel started under center and was just 3-for-7 for 56 yards for the Bills, who went 1-4 on the preseason. Buffalo begins the regular season on the road at Chicago on September 07.

Final Score: Cincinnati 35, Indianapolis 7

Jason Campbell went 13-of-16 passing for 123 yards and a touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 35-7, in the preseason finale for each team on Thursday. Cobi Hamilton hauled in three passes for 73 yards with a touchdown and Jeremy Hill finished with 90 yards on 20 carries for the Bengals, who open the season at Baltimore. Chandler Harnish played the entire game at quarterback for Indianapolis and passed for 102 yards on 13-of-24 attempts with a touchdown and an interception. The Colts, who finished the preseason winless, will travel to Denver for a primetime matchup with the Broncos next Sunday.

Final Score: Green Bay 34, Kansas City 14

Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien both threw two touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers routed the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-14, in the preseason finale. With Aaron Rodgers and the rest of Green Bay’s starters resting, Flynn started the game under center and had 102 yards passing, while Tolzien spelled him and completed 12-of-18 passes for 139 yards. Four different receivers had touchdown catches. Tyler Bray had 116 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Chiefs, who also went with mostly reserves in the final tune-up before the regular season kicks off. Joe McKnight had 50 yards and a score on the ground in defeat.

Final Score: Miami 14, St. Louis 13

The Miami Dolphins scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat the St. Louis Rams 14-13 on Thursday night. Miami was down 13-0 entering the fourth but got a 5-yard touchdown run from Daniel Thomas on fourth down and took the lead on Seth Lobato’s 22-yard TD pass to Matt Hazel with 6:15 remaining. The Dolphins concluded the preseason with a 3-1 record and will host AFC East rival New England to begin the regular season. Austin Davis and Garrett Gilbert split the snaps at quarterback for St. Louis with Shaun Hill sitting out. Hill became the Rams’ starter following the season-ending injury to Sam Bradford. The former No. 1 overall draft pick retore the ACL in his left knee last Saturday. Davis played the first two quarters and threw for 162 yards, including a touchdown pass to Austin Pettis. The second half belonged to Gilbert, who passed for only 50 yards.

Final Score: Philadelphia 37, NY Jets 7

Former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez sat against his old team, his new role as a high-profile backup settled. The same was true for former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, except for what amounted to a ceremonial snap and handoff at the beginning of the game to give the Philly crowd a chance to cheer him if they wished. So forgive this preseason finale for producing a storyline no more interesting than a kicking competition between teammates. Rookie Cody Parkey showed a strong foot with three field goals, including two over 50 yards as Philadelphia beat New York 37-7 on Thursday night. Acquired by the Eagles from the Colts last week to compete with Alex Henery, Parkey took every field goal attempt for his new team and two of the four extra-point attempts. He was good from 54, 53 and 25 yards and added some booming kickoffs to give the competition some heat. Henery, who has made just two of his five attempts over 50 yards in three NFL seasons, was called on for one extra point and a few kickoffs. Matt Barkley, taking most of the snaps with starter Nick Foles and Sanchez both sitting out, passed for 253 yards with a 43-yard touchdown to Arrelious Benn. He threw one interception, in the end zone, and also rushed for a score.

Final Score: NY Giants 16, New England 13

Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field with 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the New York Giants to a 16-13 win over the New England Patriots and spare the clubs from the indignity of preseason overtime football. Most starters sit out the preseason finale, but quarterback Eli Manning played two series for New York. He didn’t accomplish much, completing 1-of-4 passes for no yards. Ryan Nassib threw for 107 yards and Peyton Hillis had a 1-yard touchdown run for the Giants, who went 5-0 in the preseason and will open the regular season at Detroit on September 8. New England rookie Jimmy Garoppolo played the entire game and finished 22-of-42 for 284 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots concluded the preseason at 2-2 and will visit Miami on September 7.

Final Score: Carolina 10, Pittsburgh 0

Fozzy Whittaker ran for 91 yards and a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers blanked the Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-0, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday. First-round rookie Kelvin Benjamin caught four passes for 56 yards for Carolina, which will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in its season opener next Sunday. Derek Anderson was 8-of-14 for 98 yards before leaving with an injury to his throwing hand. Joe Webb completed 8-of-11 passes for 116 yards in the triumph. Darrius Heyward-Bey had six receptions for 44 yards for the Steelers, who will host the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Landry Jones was 14- of-18 for 97 yards in defeat.

Final Score: Washington 24, Tampa Bay 10

Colt McCoy threw two touchdowns to lead the Washington Redskins to a 24-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. McCoy played the entire game, completing 22-of-29 of his passes for 321 yards with two interceptions for the Redskins. Ryan Grant and Lache Seastrunk each had a receiving touchdown for Washington in the preseason finale for both teams. Silas Redd rushed for a game-high 79 yards and a touchdown, while Seastrunk caught two passes for 88 yards and rushed for 23 more yards for the Redskins, who finished 3-1 in the preseason. Washington will open the regular season in Houston on September 7. Quarterback Mike Kafka went 7-of-14 for 86 yards and a score and rushed for 22 yards and Mike Glennon completed two of his three passes for just 10 yards, Jeff Demps led Tampa Bay rushers with 59 yards on 20 carries and rookie receiver Solomon Patton caught two catches for 34 yards and a score. The Buccaneers, who went 1-3 in preseason play, will host Carolina on September 7 to start the season.

Final Score: Cleveland 33, Chicago 13

Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer played just one series against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and took Cleveland on a 13-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a Ben Tate touchdown run. Hoyer completed 6-of-8 passes for 69 yards on the drive as the Browns rolled to a 33-13 victory in the preseason finale for both teams. Rookie Johnny Manziel connected on 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Texas A&M product also carried the ball four times for 55 yards. Isaiah Crowell carried the ball 13 times for 102 yards and a score for the Browns, who start the regular season at Pittsburgh on September 7. Willie Snead caught three passes for 75 yards. David Fales completed 13- of-24 passes for 146 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Bears, who open the season at home against the Bills on September 07. Santonio Holmes caught a 32-yard TD pass from Fales.

Final Score: Denver 27, Dallas 3

Kapri Bibbs had two rushing touchdowns and the Denver Broncos took a 27-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys to finish up the preseason. C.J. Anderson also had a rushing touchdown while Borck Osweiler went 9-for-13 for 190 yards under center for the Broncos, who went 3-1 in the preseason. Denver begins its season at home against Indianapolis on September 7. Brandon Weeden was just 6-for-12 for 75 yards and an interception in the start for the Cowboys, who finished the preseason 0-4. Dallas hosts San Francisco on September 7 to start the regular season.

Final Score: San Francisco 40, Houston 13

Josh Johnson threw three touchdown passes to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 40-13 victory over the Houston Texans in the preseason finale for both teams. The Niners and Texans split their four tune- up games heading into the regular season, which starts on Sunday, September 7 for both teams. Blaine Gabbert got the start under center for the Niners and threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Asante Cleveland in the second quarter, beginning a string of 24 straight points for San Francisco. Case Keenum nor Tom Savage led Houston’s reserves to any touchdowns. Savage had an interception returned for a touchdown by Chris Borland. San Francisco opens the regular season at Dallas, while Houston hosts Washington.

Final Score: Baltimore 22, New Orleans 13

Tyrod Taylor was 10-of-17 for 105 yards with a touchdown and interception as the Baltimore Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints, 22-13, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday night. Fitzgerald Toussaint carried the ball 17 times for 103 yards, while Lorenzo Taliaferro totaled 88 yards on 25 totes for the Ravens, who will host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 next Sunday. Justin Tucker hit on all five of his field-goal attempts in the win. Ryan Griffin completed 11-of-21 passes for 126 yards for New Orleans, which travels to Atlanta to face the Falcons in its season opener.

Final Score: Minnesota 19, Tennessee 3

Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards on 11 carries as the Minnesota Vikings concluded a perfect preseason with a 19-3 win over the Tennessee Titans. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater started and threw a touchdown pass on the game’s first drive. He was 4-of-9 for 17 yards before being replaced by Christian Ponder, who finished with 121 yards on 12-of-15 passing. Earlier this week, veteran Matt Cassel was named the Vikings’ starting quarterback. Minnesota, which went 4-0 in the preseason, opens the regular season at St. Louis on September 7. Rookie Zach Mettenberger got the start at quarterback for Tennessee and completed 12-of-17 passes for 154 yards. The Titans were 2-2 in the preseason and will play at Kansas City on September 07.

Final Score: San Diego 12, Arizona 9

Nick Novak nailed a 55-yard field goal among his four successful kicks as the San Diego Chargers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 12-9, in the preseason finale for both teams. These two will also meet in Week 1 of the regular season on September 8, but that game will be in Glendale. Kellen Clemens was 14-of-25 for 158 yards and an interception, Marion Grice ran for 79 yards on 17 carries and Branden Oliver totaled 71 yards on 16 totes for the Chargers, who outgained the Cardinals 347-98. Logan Thomas completed 9-of-21 passes for 73 yards and an interception for Arizona.

Final Score: Oakland 41, Seattle 31

Derek Carr threw three touchdowns and the Oakland Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 41-31, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday. Carr completed 11 of his 13 passes for 143 yards and Matt McGloin went 10-of-19 for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Raiders. Denarius Moore caught two touchdowns on three receptions for 58 yards, while Mychal Rivera and Brice Butler both also hauled in TD passes. Latavius Murray added a rushing score and rookie George Atkinson rushed for 63 yards on eight carries. Terrelle Pryor threw for 134 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-17 efficiency and B.J. Daniels also completed a TD pass for Seattle. Starter Russell Wilson completed all three of his passes on the opening drive for 77 yards and a score. Bryan Walters, Phil Bates and Luke Wilson each caught touchdown passes in defeat.

►   VIKINGS’ SIMPSON SUSPENDED AGAIN:  Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended for the first three games of the 2014 season for again violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Simpson will be eligible to return following the team’s Week 3 contest against New Orleans.
It will be Simpson’s second suspension in the past three years. He was also banned for three games in 2012, his first year with the Vikings, following a guilty plea to a felony drug charge.
In September 2011, when Simpson played for Cincinnati, police confiscated a package containing 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana that was being shipped from California to Simpson’s Kentucky home.
The latest suspension stems from a DWI arrest last November.
Simpson had 48 catches for a career-high 726 yards and one touchdown in 16 games, including eight starts, last season. He has 145 receptions for 2,004 yards and eight scores in six seasons with Cincinnati and Minnesota.

►   BUCS RELEASE K BARTH:  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released veteran kicker Connor Barth on Friday.

Barth, 28, missed the entire 2013 season due to an Achilles injury. He holds Tampa Bay records for single-season field goal percentage (92.9 in 2011) and most consecutive field-goal attempts made with 25.

The move leaves Patrick Murray to handle the field goal and kickoff duties. He signed with the Bucs back in January after going undrafted out of Fordham.

Tampa Bay also released defensive end Larry English and guard Jamon Meredith. The team waived cornerbacks Marc Anthony, Kip Edwards, Anthony Gaitor and Keith Lewis, linebackers Nate Askew and Ka’Lial Glaud, offensive linemen Edawn Coughman, Andrew Miller and Jeremiah Warren, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun and fullback Lonnie Pryor.

►   MOORMAN GIVEN THE BOOT BY BILLS:  The Buffalo Bills released long-time punter Brian Moorman on Friday and it looks as if he is calling it a career.

In a letter released through his P.U.N.T. Foundation, Moorman said, “It may be the end of a career, but it’s certainly not the end of a friendship.“

Moorman averaged 43.8 yards per punt during his 13-year career, which was all spent with Buffalo except for 12 games in 2012 with Dallas. Last season, he punted 61 times for an average of 41.2 yards.

Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation was created in 2004 to make a difference in the lives of children in Western New York who are fighting cancer.

According to his letter, he plans to continue his work through his foundation for patients in Western New York.

On Friday, the Bills also released linebacker Xavius Boyd, defensive tackle Landon Cohen, tight end Dominique Jones, cornerbacks Kamaal McIlwain and Sam Miller, quarterback Jordan Palmer, fullback Evan Rodriguez, wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt and offensive lineman Jared Wheeler. The team placed cornerbacks Mario Butler and Bobby Felder and tight end Tony Moeaki on the reserve/injured list.

►   49ERS LB SMITH SUSPENDED 9 GAMES:  San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended nine games without pay on Friday for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substance of Abuse and the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Smith can return in Week 11 against the New York Giants, as the 49ers have a Week 8 bye.

In July, Smith was sentenced to 11 days in jail and three years’ probation on weapons and DUI charges, leading to this most recent suspension.

Smith voluntarily took a leave of absence from the 49ers last year to seek help for a substance abuse problem, missing five games.

He has been one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers since being drafted No. 7 overall by the 49ers in 2011. He has 42 sacks in just three seasons, but has had numerous run-ins with the law.

►   BENGALS RELEASE GREEN-ELLIS:  The Cincinnati Bengals have released running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Green-Ellis started all 16 games for the Bengals last season, rushing for 756 yards and seven touchdowns. In two seasons with Cincinnati, he rushed for 1,850 yards and 13 scores, starting all 31 regular-season games he appeared in.

Over six NFL seasons, Green-Ellis has 3,914 yards and 42 touchdowns rushing. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the New England Patriots.

The Bengals also waived linebacker Brandon Joiner, defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and quarterback Tyler Wilson on Friday.


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►   CLIPPERS WAIVE DELFINO, RADULJICA:  The Los Angeles Clippers waived guard/forward Carlos Delfino and center Miroslav Raduljica.

Delfino and Raduljica were acquired on Tuesday by the Clippers from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forward Jared Dudley and a protected 2017 first-round draft pick.

Delfino missed all of last season with a foot injury that he suffered during the 2013 NBA playoffs with the Rockets. The native of Argentina has averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds over eight seasons with Detroit, Toronto, Milwaukee and Houston.

Raduljica scored 3.8 points per game with 2.3 rebounds over 48 games for the Bucks last season.


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Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Cincinnati 1

Josh Harrison provided a spark both offensively and defensively to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. The game was scoreless until the eighth when the Reds broke the stalemate on Devin Mesoraco’s RBI single. Pinch-hitter Andrew Lambo, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, singled with one out in the home eighth off Jonathan Broxton (4-2). Lambo scampered home on Harrison’s triple off the right-field wall, then Jose Tabata followed with a chopper through the hole on the left side that plated Harrison for a 2-1 lead. Tony Watson (10-1) recorded one out in the eighth for the win before Mark Melancon came on in the ninth and worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 25th save of the season. Pittsburgh has won three straight and six of its last eight. Edinson Volquez, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, was on the hook for the loss until his offense finally got going. Volquez allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings.

Final Score: New York 4, Philadelphia 1

Juan Lagares was able to bring in two runs as part of a three-run seventh inning, and the New York Mets grabbed a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies to open a three-game series. Wilmer Flores drove in a run and Eric Campbell stole home as part of a double steal for the Mets, who snapped a two-game slide. Jacob deGrom (7-6) allowed a run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings to pick up the win. Cody Asche drove in the only run of the game for the Phillies, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. David Buchanan pitched six innings and allowed one run on four hits. Jake Diekman (3-4) was charged with three unearned runs in the loss.

Final Score: Atlanta 5, Miami 2

Justin Upton drove in three runs to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Upton hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Jason Heyward finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored for Atlanta, which won its third straight game. David Carpenter (5-3) earned the win despite giving up a home run in the seventh. Starter Ervin Santana surrendered just one run on five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over six innings of work. Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Jordany Valdespin homered for the Marlins, who have lost three straight and five of their last six. The Braves went ahead in the seventh. Andrelton Simmons got aboard with a bunt single off Chris Hatcher (0-2) and Ramiro Pena’s liner deflected off the glove of first baseman Garrett Jones to place runners at the corners with no outs. Heyward’s grounder into left brought home Simmons to give Atlanta the lead.

Final Score: Chicago 7, St. Louis 2

Jorge Soler hit two home runs as part of a 3-for-3 game and the Chicago Cubs took a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series. Soler hit a solo home run and a two-run shot, while Luis Valbuena and Arismendy Alcantara each gave a solo homer for the Cubs, who snapped a two-game slide. Kyle Hendricks pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. Neil Ramirez (2-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to get the win. Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each drove in a run for the Cardinals, who have lost five of their last seven. Shelby Miller allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings in the no-decision.

Final Score: Arizona 5, Colorado 2

Jake Lamb’s first career grand slam, coming with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifted Arizona to a 5-2 victory over Colorado in the opener of a three-game series. Rex Brothers (4-6) walked Ender Inciarte and Cliff Pennington to start the inning, then uncorked a wild pitch which put both in scoring position. David Peralta walked and Adam Ottavino was summoned. He induced a comebacker from Mark Trumbo which turned into a force at the plate, before Miguel Montero fanned. Lamb then put the hosts ahead for good with a shot to dead- center which cleared the yellow line with plenty of room to spare. Brad Ziegler (5-2) allowed a run on three hits in the top of the eighth before Lamb came to the rescue. Addison Reed tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 31st save. Pennington drew three walks, while Peralta scored twice for the Diamondbacks, who needed just three hits to snap a three-game slide. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon drove in a run each for the Rockies, losers in four consecutive contests.

Final Score: San Francisco 13, Milwaukee 2

Buster Posey matched a career-high with five hits and drove in three runs to lead the San Francisco to a 13-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Angel Pagan tripled among his three hits, scored twice and drove in a run, Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer and Joe Panik supplied four hits for the Giants, who have won four straight games for the first time since winning five in a row from June 4-8. Ryan Vogelsong (8-9) tossed seven sold innings, surrendering just two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts for his first home win since May 24 against Minnesota. Carlos Gomez and Lyle Overbay each drove in a run for Milwaukee, which has dropped three straight and six of its last eight. Starter Wily Peralta (15-9) was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks across three frames for the NL Central leaders.

Final Score: Washington 8, Seattle 3

Wilson Ramos smacked a pair of solo homers and the Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game set. Jayson Werth cracked a two-run shot, while Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper clubbed solo blasts for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Rendon finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored and Harper posted three hits. Jordan Zimmermann (10-5) struck out eight and surrendered two runs on seven hits and a walk over six frames to notch the win. Felix Hernandez (13-5) served up a career-high four homers, allowing five runs on 10 hits and a walk over seven innings for Seattle, which has dropped three of its last four contests.

Final Score: San Diego 3, Los Angeles 2 (12 innings)

Yasmani Grandal hit a run-scoring single in the 12th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series. With the bases loaded against Kevin Correia (2-2) and two outs, Grandal punched a single into right field that allowed Yangervis Solarte to score and end the game. Alexi Amarista and Rene Rivera each drove in a run for the Padres, who have won three straight. Tim Stauffer (5-2) pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the win. Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI for the Dodgers, who had won five of six coming in. Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision as Dan Haren tossed six innings for Los Angeles and allowed two runs—one earned—on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Andrew Cashner allowed a run on six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings for San Diego.


Final Score: Baltimore 9, Minnesota 1

Chris Davis hit a grand slam, Delmon Young added a two-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles coasted to a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night to open a four-game series. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (7-7) got the win after holding the Twins to four hits and a run in seven innings. The AL East-leading Orioles entered play after winning three of four against division foe Tampa Bay to open an 11-game homestand, but had one piece of bad news. Red-hot first baseman Steve Pearce left the game after three innings with what the team said was a right abdominal strain. Pearce entered the game on a tear with five home runs and a .333 average since August 17. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Pearce would have an MRI on Saturday. Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer for the Twins, who have lost five of six. Twins righty Trevor May (0-4) remained winless in his first four major-league starts after giving up eight runs in just 4 2/3 innings.

Final Score: New York 6, Toronto 3

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning that powered the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Chris Capuano (2-3) started Friday’s series opener for New York and earned his first win with the club. The veteran lefty allowed three runs—two earned—on eight hits and walked one in 6 1/3 innings. Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (11-9) held the Yankees scoreless through the first six innings, but left without recording an out in the seventh. Brian McCann opened the decisive frame with a double and Carlos Beltran followed with a walk. McCann came around on Brett Gardner’s double to right field, tying the game at 1-1, and an errant throw by Steve Tolleson on the relay to third base allowed Beltran to score the go-ahead run. An infield single by Ichiro Suzuki ended the outing for Buehrle, who fell to 1-13 in his career against the Yankees. He has lost 11 consecutive decisions dating back to 2004.

Final Score: Boston 8, Tampa Bay 4

Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam to fuel an early burst of offense which sent Boston past Tampa Bay, 8-4, in the opener of a four-game series. Yoenis Cespedes added two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, while Daniel Nava contributed three hits and drove in a run for the Red Sox, who have taken three of four since dropping eight straight. Recalled from Triple-A prior to the contest, Anthony Ranaudo (3-0) allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks over his six-inning start. Brandon Guyer hit a two-run homer and knocked in three for the Rays, who have lost four of their last five. Kevin Kiermaier added a pair of hits, scored once and added an RBI in defeat. Chris Archer (8-7) was torched for eight runs and 10 hits over four full frames.

Final Score: Texas 13, Houston 6

Rougned Odor and Michael Choice each homered to back a strong outing by Scott Baker, and the Texas Rangers routed the Houston Astros, 13-6, in the second of four at Minute Maid Park. Baker (3-3) was charged with two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander has now won two straight starts after not recording a victory as a starter since July 23, 2011. Elvis Andrus and Adam Rosales each knocked in two runs for the Rangers. Houston, which led the season series 9-4 entering the game, was bidding for its first Silver Boot in eight years. The Silver Boot is given to the team who wins the Lone Star Series between the two clubs and the Astros haven’t taken that title since 2006 when they won four of six against them as interleague opponents. Brett Oberholtzer (4-10), who gave up three runs over 14 innings in his previous two starts against the Rangers this season, was roughed up for seven runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings. Marwin Gonzalez had two RBI, Jason Castro homered for the second straight game, Dexter Fowler knocked in a run and Jesus Guzman added an RBI for the Astros.

Final Score: Detroit 7, Chicago 1

Justin Verlander gave up nine hits in seven innings, but just one run, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1 on Friday night to open a four-game series. Verlander (12-11) has won both of his starts since an 11-day rest to take care of his shoulder discomfort. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts, walked two and threw 116 pitches, including 77 for strikes. J.D. Martinez had three hits and Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter each drove in two runs for the Tigers, who have won five of their last six to put pressure on Kansas City in the AL Central. Chicago has dropped nine of its last 10. Scott Carroll (5-9) took the loss in this one after giving up seven runs—three earned—in five-plus innings.

Final Score: Cleveland 6, Kansas City 1

Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and knocked in three as Cleveland took down Kansas City, 6-1, in the first portion of a three-game series. Zach Walters, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez added an RBI apiece for the Indians, winners in five of their last six contests. Danny Salazar (5-6) tossed five scoreless frames during which he gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out three. Six relievers combined to hold the hosts to a run on five hits the rest of the way. Alcides Escobar finished with four hits and knocked in the lone run for the Royals, whose lead in the AL Central was reduced to a half-game as Detroit won in Chicago earlier Friday. Jason Vargas (10-7) surrendered 10 hits and four runs over his unsuccessful six-inning start.

Final Score: Washington 8, Seattle 3

Wilson Ramos smacked a pair of solo homers and the Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game set. Jayson Werth cracked a two-run shot, while Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper clubbed solo blasts for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Rendon finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored and Harper posted three hits. Jordan Zimmermann (10-5) struck out eight and surrendered two runs on seven hits and a walk over six frames to notch the win. Felix Hernandez (13-5) served up a career-high four homers, allowing five runs on 10 hits and a walk over seven innings for Seattle, which has dropped three of its last four contests.

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Oakland 0

Jered Weaver threw seven shutout innings for his 15th win of the season and the Angels beat the Athletics again, 4-0 Friday night to increase their lead to three games atop the AL West. Weaver (15-7) joined Detroit’s Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer in a three-way tie for the AL lead in wins after giving up just three hits and three walks. The Angels captured the opener of the four-game series 4-3 in 10 innings on Thursday night and have won four in a row. Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer and drew a bases-loaded walk to knock in another run, and Albert Pujols added a solo blast. A’s center fielder Coco Crisp was injured crashing into the wall in an attempt to catch Iannetta’s homer in the fifth inning, which broke a scoreless tie. Jon Lester (13-9) lost for the second time in an Oakland jersey after giving up three runs—two earned—over six innings. He allowed six hits, one walk and struck out five. Weaver also beat the A’s in his last start on Sunday but didn’t make it out of the seventh inning in a 9-4 Angels win.


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►   OILERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH SCHULTZ:  The Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Justin Schultz have agreed to a one-year contract.

Financial terms for the restricted free agent were not disclosed, but is reporting it to be worth $3.675 million.

Schultz notched 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points in 74 games last season. He led all Edmonton defensemen in goals, assists and points, and led all Oilers in average ice time at 23:20 per game.

The 24-year-old British Columbia native appeared in 48 games for the Oilers during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign and has compiled 19 goals with 41 assists for 60 points in his first 122 NHL games.

“Excited for another year with the oilers!!“ Schultz wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for all the support.“

Schultz signed with Edmonton as a free agent following the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after playing three seasons at the University of Wisconsin.


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►   GORDON SET TO MAKE HIS 750TH CAREER CUP START AT ATLANTA:  Jeff Gordon will celebrate a career milestone this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway—his 750th consecutive and overall start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Gordon made his series debut in the Hooters 500 at Atlanta on November 15, 1992. He started 21st and finished 31st after crashing late in the race. That same event marked the 1,185th and final start for Richard Petty. Gordon has not missed a race in the series since then.

“In my first Cup start, I was completely unaware of what I was getting into,“ Gordon said. “I had a great race car, but I did everything I possibly could do to ruin that opportunity.“

In 749 career starts, Gordon has scored 91 victories, which is third on the Cup Series’ all-time race winners list, and 76 poles, also third on the all- time list. He is a four-time champion in the series, winning his titles in 1995, ‘97 and ‘98 and 2001.

This is Gordon’s 23rd year in the series, and all of them have been as driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. The 43-year-old Gordon is the current points leader. He has three wins this season, including victories in two of the last five races (Indianapolis and Michigan).

With two races to go before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins, Gordon is one of 12 drivers who has clinched a spot in the 16-driver playoff field. His points lead and three victories during the regular season have him presently atop the Chase grid. Pending his attempt to qualify for Atlanta and Richmond, which is next weekend, Gordon will be in the Chase for the 10th time. He failed to qualify for the playoffs only once—2005.

At Atlanta, Gordon has recorded five wins, 16 top-five finishes, 26 top-10s and two poles in 40 Cup Series starts. His most recent victory here occurred in September 2011. Gordon has led a total of 1,297 laps at this track, which is the most among active drivers, and he has an average starting position of 12.1 and an average finishing position of 11.8.

“There have been a lot of significant moments that have occurred during my career at Atlanta,“ he said. “My first Nationwide win, my first Cup start, the 85th win, winning some championships there and this upcoming start.“

With this being the first year of NASCAR’s knockout-style qualifying format, Gordon has qualified very well in the last several races. He started on the pole at Watkins Glen and Michigan and on the outside pole at Bristol. Gordon has qualified fifth in each of the previous three races at Atlanta.

“What stands out the most to me about Atlanta is that it’s going to be really fast for qualifying, but then you’re going to slip and slide during the race,“ Gordon said. “You have to manage wheel spin, and you have to manage tire wear.

“The team has to have a setup that is quick but doesn’t abuse the tires, and the driver has to drive it hard but not overdrive it. And you’re going to be searching all over the track for the groove that works best for you and your car. It’s just a fun, challenging track.“

Forty-four teams are on the entry list for Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta. Ty Dillon, a rookie in the Nationwide Series this season, is scheduled to make his Sprint Cup debut here, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing/Circle Sport.

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup. Date: Sunday, August 31. Race: Oral-B USA 500. Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway. Track: 1.54-mile oval. Start time: 7:30 PM ET. Laps: 325. Miles: 500.5. 2013 Winner: Kyle Busch. Television: ESPN. Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.

►   NASCAR ALLOWING STEWART TO REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR CHASE:  Despite his absence from the last three races, NASCAR will allow Tony Stewart to remain eligible for a spot in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship due to “a very unique set of circumstances.“

Stewart is currently 26th in the Sprint Cup Series standings and has yet to win a race this season. But if Stewart wins either Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway or next week’s Chase-cutoff event at Richmond International Raceway then he would clinch a position in the 16-driver Chase field.

When announcing the new playoff format for its premier series in January, NASCAR noted that a driver eligible for the Chase must be in the top-30 in points following the first 26 races (regular season) and have attempted to qualify for all of those events. However, in rare instances, NASCAR can waive the requirement of attempting to qualify for all regular-season races.

NASCAR has decided to waive the requirement for Stewart based on the circumstances for him missing Watkins Glen (August 10), Michigan (August 17) and Bristol (last Saturday).

“This has been a very unique set of circumstances to Tony and to our sport,“ NASCAR president Mike Helton said during a press conference on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “As a league and our responsibility to try to make decisions that are correct and right, sometimes we evaluate circumstances that are given to us and then make those decisions as correctly as we can.

“After evaluating the circumstances around this occurrence, we’ve come to the conclusion that Tony would be eligible to participate in the Chase if he were to earn a spot in it.“

Stewart, a three-time Cup Series champion, had been in seclusion following his involvement in a fatal accident on August 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. He struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race. As of now, there are no criminal charges pending against Stewart, but the investigation into Ward’s death is still ongoing.

On Thursday, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Stewart would return to his driving duties of the No. 14 Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta. On that same day, NASCAR issued a statement in regards to Stewart’s return, saying he “has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete.“

Helton gave some details on the process that NASCAR used to clear Stewart for his return to racing.

“As typical, our process calls for us to rely on third-party experts to assure us that a NASCAR driver or a NASCAR member is ready to return, and all those forms of processes were met, and we cleared him, based on those inputs from third-party experts,“ Helton said.

Helton did not reveal any names or their fields of expertise.

Roughly an hour before Helton met with the media, Stewart spoke publicly for the first time since Ward’s death. Stewart expressed his sorrow while reading from his prepared statement.

Stewart will not qualify for the Chase if he does not win at either Atlanta or Richmond. Points-wise, he is too far behind 16th-place Greg Biffle on the provisional Chase grid. Twelve drivers have already clinched a spot in the playoffs based on their race wins this season. At least two positions will go to drivers who are without a victory.

Last year, Stewart missed the Chase after he broke his right tibia and fibula during an accident in a sprint car race in Iowa. He underwent three surgeries to repair his injured leg and was sidelined for the final 15 Sprint Cup races of the season.

►   STEWART: WARD’S DEATH ‘WILL DEFINITELY AFFECT MY LIFE FOREVER’:  Nearly three weeks after he struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race at a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart spoke publicly for the first time, expressing his sorrow.

During a press conference on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the site of this weekend’s 500-mile Sprint Cup Series race, a somewhat subdued Stewart read from a prepared statement, which lasted a little more than two minutes, but he did not take any questions from the media. He left the conference immediately after his statement.

“This has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally, and this is something that will definitely affect my life forever,“ Stewart said during his opening remarks. “This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in their life.

“With that being said, I know that the pain and the mourning that Kevin Ward’s family and friends are experiencing is something that I can’t possibly imagine. I want Kevin’s father, Kevin Sr., and his mother, Pam, and his sisters, Christi, Kayla and Katelyn, to know that everyday I am thinking about them and praying for them.“

On Thursday, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Stewart would return to his driving duties in the No. 14 Chevrolet at Atlanta.

Stewart, a three-time champion in NASCAR’s premier series, missed the last three races—Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol—while he was in seclusion following his involvement in the fatal accident on August 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

The incident occurred during a caution when Ward climbed out of his car and then walked down the dirt track, pointing his finger in the direction of Stewart and apparently yelling at him to express his displeasure. The right rear of Stewart’s car hit Ward and dragged him briefly across the track.

The caution came when Stewart and Ward made contact while battling for position, with Ward spinning out and hitting the wall.

Currently, there are no criminal charges pending against Stewart. The investigation regarding Ward’s death is still ongoing. Ward died from massive blunt trauma.

“The racing community is a large family, and everyone is saddened with this tragedy,“ Stewart added. “I want to thank all of my friends and family for their support through this tough and emotional time. And the support from the NASCAR community, my partners and all of our [Stewart-Haas Racing] employees has been overwhelming.

“I’ve taken the last couple of weeks off out of respect for Kevin and his family and also to cope with the accident my own way. It’s given me the time to think about life and how easy it is to take it for granted. I miss my team, my teammates, and I miss being back in the race car. I think being back in the car this week with my racing family will help me get through this difficult time.“

“I also understand that all of you [in the media] have many questions and want a lot of answers, but however, I need to respect the ongoing investigation process and cannot answer and address the questions at this time. Emotionally, I’m not sure if I could answer them anyway. I’m here to race this weekend, and I appreciate your respect. And there will be a day when I can sit here and answer the questions.“

Shortly after Stewart spoke, the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department released a statement on the progress of its investigation. It will continue for at least two more weeks.

“The investigation into the death of Kevin A. Ward Jr., which occurred August 9, 2014, at the Canandaigua, New York Motorsports Park, will continue for at least another two weeks,“ Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said in the statement. “The Ontario County Office of Sheriff has reviewed this investigation, as it has been developed to date, with members of the District Attorney’s Office.

“The Office of Sheriff will continue to apprise the District Attorney of information as it is developed. When the investigation is completed, the news media will be advised as to what action will be taken. The Ontario County Office of Sheriff thanks all media outlets for their patience and understanding as we continue to thoroughly investigate this tragic crash.“

Sprint Cup practice at Atlanta took place on Friday afternoon, and qualifying for Sunday’s 500-mile event was scheduled for the evening. This will be the first time Stewart has competed in a Sprint Cup race since August 03 at Pocono.

Stewart is presently 26th in the point standings and has yet to win a race this season. Atlanta and Richmond (September 6) are the two remaining races during the regular season. The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins on September 14 at Chicagoland.

Regan Smith substituted for Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet at Watkins Glen, while Jeff Burton filled in for him at Michigan and Bristol.

Brett Frood, executive vice president of Stewart-Haas Racing, participated in Stewart’s press conference and took questions from the media after Stewart had departed. Frood explained why Stewart decided to return to racing at Atlanta.

“I think for Tony, it’s all about this healing process,“ Frood said. “That’s part of why he’s in the car. Besides, his mom, his dad, his sister, and his niece and nephew are here at this racetrack.

“It’s part of the healing process of being with his family that he’s been with since 1999, knowing that these people are going to help him get through this. I think that’s one side of it. The other side of it is he’s a racer. We have 270 employees [at SHR]. I think him putting a helmet on will help him cope with this situation.“

Frood also noted that Stewart has personally reached out to Ward’s family members.

“Tony has sent the family flowers and a card around the services,“ he said. “Besides that, he’s been very respectful of them and their time to grieve. I do know that it will be very important, it’s important for Tony, to spend time with the family. I do believe that will happen in the appropriate time.“


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►   PUBLIC WORKOUT SCHEDULED FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME:  A public workout has been scheduled for Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome at his home track of Los Alamitos.

Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome will work between the third and fourth races on Saturday, September 06 as he prepares for his return to the races in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on September 20 at Parx Racing.

The 3-year-old colt, owned by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, has been away from competition since finishing in a dead heat for fourth in the Belmont Stakes on June 07.


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►   WHEN TO KEEP, WHEN NOT TO KEEP:  The concept sounds simple enough. If every team keeps one player, then keep the best player from last year’s squad. If everybody keeps a pair of players, then retain the top two players. So on and so forth.

It’s actually not that simple and following only that mantra could prevent an owner from achieving the most important thing on draft day.

The single most vital objective in every draft is finding value. The same should go with an owner’s keeper pick.

An owner will often jump at a chance to keep their best or most dynamic player. Someone in my league last year kept Robert Griffin III. As exciting as his rookie season was, he was not worth a first-round pick, and that owner went on to have his worst record in the four years of our league.

First, owners need to realize they do not have to keep a player. If RGIII is the best on the roster (boy, you need more than just advice on keepers) then do not select a keeper.

Second, owners need to find out what the keeper rules are. Most commissioners make it easy for themselves and make the keeper players each team’s first- round pick (like my RGIII example). In other more involved leagues, the kept player is assigned the same or equal round value that player was selected in the previous year’s draft.

Let’s focus on the first situation.

So if one’s kept player is automatically one’s first-round pick, that player must be worth a first-round selection. More importantly, that player must also be worth whatever position one is picking in the first round.

Let’s run through an example. It just so happens I have access to a championship roster from last year in my 10-team keeper league. This said owner is selecting No. 10 in the first round. Surely, he has someone worth keeping in the first round. After all, the team is the defending champion.

Below is said team’s starting lineup in last season’s championship game. You tell me who this owner should keep.

QB: Tony Romo

RB: Giovani Bernard

RB: Le’Veon Bell

Flex: Keenan Allen

WR: A.J. Green

WR: Antonio Brown

TE: Dennis Pitta


RB: Shane Vereen

RB: Ray Rice

I didn’t list defenses or kickers because NEWS FLASH don’t keep a defense or kicker.

What probably is news to you is I wouldn’t keep a single player on this list. Sure, Green and Brown are an unbelievable duel threat at wide receiver and allows an owner to place a receiver such as Keenan Allen in the Flex position.

The same goes for Bell and Bernard, who are both ranked back in the top 10 running backs this year.

But remember, an owner’s number one goal in a successful draft is ... value. None of these players are top 10 overall players.

Bernard has an argument to be top 10. I have him just outside my top 10 at No. 12 on my big board. At pick No. 10 though, he is still a slight reach.

Staying in the same league, let’s move to example number two. Below is the roster of the team that has the No. 1 pick this year. Should this owner keep a player?

QB: Drew Brees

RB: Frank Gore

RB: DeMarco Murray

Flex: Golden Tate

WR: Julio Jones

WR: Kendall Wright

TE: Tony Gonzalez

Bench TE: Julius Thomas

Another NEWS FLASH: don’t keep Tony Gonzalez. The answer again is no keeper. No player on this list is worth a No. 1 overall pick. Just like the previous roster, there are some nice players, but they do not give you great value at No. 1.

Let’s run through one more example from the same league with the team picking third. Here’s the roster:

QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: LeSean McCoy

RB: Pierre Thomas

Flex: Lamar Miller

WR: Victor Cruz

WR: James Jones

TE: Jimmy Graham

In this case, I would keep McCoy. He is definitely worth the No. 3 pick and actually has an argument to go No. 1.

This is a situation where an owner can feel great about being in a keeper league because said owner gets tremendous value and the best player from last year’s roster.

Before your keeper league draft make sure the keeper pick is giving you what every selection should: value.


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Major League Baseball - National League
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 2:15 PM - CSN-Chicago, FS-Midwest, DSS
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:05 PM - FS1, FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh, DSS
Philadelphia at NY Mets, 7:10 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, WPIX, DSS
Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 PM - FS-Florida, South, DSS
Colorado at Arizona, 8:10 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain, FS-Arizona, DSS
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8:15 PM - CSN-Chicago, FS-Midwest, DSS
Los Angeles at San Diego, 8:40 PM - SportsNet LA, FS-San Diego, DSS
Milwaukee at San Francisco, 9:05 PM - FS-Wisconsin, NBC Bay, DSS

American League
NY Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 PM - YES, SNET, MLB Network, DSS
Detroit at Chicago WSox, 1:10 PM - FS-Detroit, WGN (America), MLB Net, DSS
Minnesota at Baltimore, 7:05 PM - FS-North, MASN, DSS
Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM - NESN, SunSports, DSS
Detroit at Chicago WSox, 7:10 PM - FS-Detroit, WGN (America), DSS
Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, FS-Kansas City, DSS
Texas at Houston, 7:10 PM - TXA-21, CSN-Houston, DSS
Oakland at LA Angels, 9:05 PM - CSN-California, FS-West, DSS

Washington at Seattle, 9:10 PM - MASN2, ROOT-Northwest, MLB Network, DSS

WNBA - Playoffs
Chicago at Indiana, 7:00 PM - NBA TV

College Football
Penn State vs. UCF, 8:30 AM - ESPN 2
Troy at UAB, 12:00 PM - FCS
Delaware at Pittsburgh, 12:00 PM -
Western Mich at Purdue, 12:00 PM - ESPN U
Appalachian St at Michigan, 12:00 PM - ESPN 2
Ohio State vs. Navy, 12:00 PM - CBSSN
Youngstown St at Illinois, 12:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Indiana State at Indiana, 12:00 PM - ESPNews
Northern Iowa at Iowa, 12:00 PM - Big Ten Network
North Dakota St at Iowa State, 12:00 PM - FS1
UT Martin at Kentucky, 12:00 PM - SEC Network
UCLA at Virginia, 12:00 PM - ESPN
Wofford at Georgia Tech, 12:30 PM - RSN, ROOT_Northwest, RM,
Ga Southern at NC State, 12:30 PM - ACC Network,
Colgate at Ball State, 2:00 PM -
Nicholls at Air Force, 2:00 PM -
Boston College at Massachusetts, 3:00 PM -
James Madison at Maryland, 3:30 PM - Big Ten Network
Marshall at Miami-Ohio, 3:30 PM -
Fla Atlantic at Nebraska, 3:30 PM - Big Ten Network
South Dakota St at Missouri, 3:30 PM - ESPN U
California at Northwestern, 3:30 PM - ABC (ESPN 2 mirror)
Rice at Notre Dame, 3:30 PM - NBC
Duquesne at Buffalo, 3:30 PM -
West Virginia vs. Alabama, 3:30 PM - ESPN 2
Hampton at Old Dominion, 3:30 PM - American Sports Network
William & Mary at Virginia Tech, 4:00 PM - ESPNews
UC Davis at Stanford, 4:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Arkansas at Auburn, 4:00 PM - SEC Network
Portland State at Oregon State, 4:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Montana at Wyoming, 4:00 PM - ROOT-Northwest, Rocky Mountain
Clemson at Georgia, 5:30 PM - ESPN
Ohio U at Kent State, 6:00 PM -
Elon at Duke, 6:00 PM -
Holy Cross at Albany, 6:00 PM -
Morgan State at Eastern Mich, 6:00 PM -
Liberty at North Carolina, 6:00 PM -
Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma, 7:00 PM - FS-Oklahoma (PPV)
Austin Peay at Memphis, 7:00 PM -
Bethune-Cookman at FIU, 7:00 PM - American Sports Network
Western Carolina at So Florida, 7:00 PM -
Idaho at Florida, 7:00 PM - ESPN U
Northern Ariz at San Diego St, 7:00 PM - CBSSN
Montana State at Arkansas State, 7:00 PM -
Southern U at Louisiana, 7:00 PM -
Ark-Pine Bluff at Texas State, 7:00 PM -
Samford at TCU, 7:00 PM - FSN
Central Arkansas at Texas Tech, 7:00 PM - FSN
New Hampshire at Toledo, 7:00 PM -
Stephen F Austin at Kansas State, 7:10 PM -
Fresno State at USC, 7:30 PM - FOX
Southern Miss at Miss State, 7:30 PM - SEC Network
Texas-El Paso at New Mexico, 8:00 PM - Mountain West Network
Florida State vs. Oklahoma State, 8:00 PM - ABC
NC Central at East Carolina, 8:00 PM - ESPNews
North Texas at Texas, 8:00 PM - Longhorn Network
Wisconsin vs. LSU, 9:00 PM - ESPN
South Dakota at Oregon, 10:30 PM - Pac-12 Network
Washington at Hawaii, 10:30 PM - CBSSN

Major League Soccer
Colorado at Seattle, 4:00 PM - Altitude, Q13 FOX
New England at Toronto FC, 5:00 PM - CSN-New England, SportsNet One, DSS
Columbus at Montreal, 7:30 PM - TVA Sports, Time Warner-Ohio, DSS
FC Dallas at Chicago, 8:30 PM - My50, Time Warner- Texas, DSS
Real Salt Lake at San Jose, 10:30 PM - CW30, CSN-Bay, DSS
Portland at Vancouver FC, 10:30 PM - KPDX, TSN 2, DSS

International Soccer
Sheffield Wednesday FC vs. Nottingham Forest FC, 7:10 AM - beIN Sport
Burnley vs. Manchester United, 7:40 AM - NBCSN
Fulham vs. Cardiff City, 9:55 AM - beIN Sport
Manchester City vs. Stoke, 9:55 AM - NBCSN
AC ChievoVerona vs. Juventus, 11:55 AM - beIN Sport
Everton vs. Chelsea, 12:30 PM - NBC
AS Romas vs. ACF Fiorentina, 2:40 PM - beIN Sport
RCD Espanyol vs. Sevilla FC, 4:55 AM - beIN Sport

World Cup Basketball
Finland vs. United States, 3:30 PM - ESPN

EUROPEAN - Italian Open, 7:00 AM - Golf Channel
WEB.COM - Hotel Fitness Championship, 12:30 PM - Golf Channel
PGA - Deutsche Bank Championship, 3:00 PM - Golf Channel
LPGA - Portland Classic, 7:00 PM - Golf Channel
CHAMPIONS - Shaw Charity Classic, 9:30 PM - Golf Channel

U.S. Open, 11:00 AM - CBS

Auto Racing
NATIONWIDE - Great Clips/Grit Chips 300, 7:30 PM - ESPN 2

Horse Racing
Woodward Stakes/Forego Stakes, 6:00 PM - NBCSN, TVG
Del Mar Debutante, 8:30 PM - TVG

UFC 177 Prelims from Sacramento, 8:00 PM - FS1

Glenville Family Ice Cream Shoppe Holiday Hours

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Jackson’s Mill Jubilee - August 29 – 31, 2014

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August 29, 30, & 31, 2014 Schedule of Events
Spend the day, Relax to the theme “Then and Now”

Friday, August 29, 2014

11:00 AM – Gates Open ($5.00 per person, Children 3 and under free)

Noon – Jubilee officially opens

All day near the Historic Gate there will be Antique Engines with Doc Gum and others. (A12)

2:00 – 8:00 PM – Gilbert Adams, the amazing balloon man.  Find his location on the map near the Pool Area. (A28)  Friday and Saturday Only

Noon – 8 PM Heritage Arts and Crafts, Concessions, Hillbilly Mobile Zip Line, Kid’s Land, and Barn Open

1:00 – 5:00 PM Judging for Crafters Award

8:00 – 10:00 PM – Square Dancing (Kanawha County Cottage) A14


Noon – 4:00 PM Various Musicians

4:00 PM – Emerald Hills – Irish Fiddlers

5:00 PM – LC Blue – Lewis County High School Students - Bluegrass

5:30 PM - Introduction of the Royal Court – King & Queen of the Jubilee

6:00 PM – Dog and Gun – Americana Music

7:00 PM – Glenville State Bluegrass    

8:00 PM – Weedrags – Contemporary / Old Time Music  


Noon – 8:00 PM – Crafters, Antique Tractors, and New Tractors

While enjoying the Antique Tractors, vote for the tractor of your choice.  There will be ballots and a box provided for the People’s Choice.

2:00 PM – Open Jamming in the Arena

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Jamming with Greg St. Clair in the Arena

8:00 PM – Gates, Crafters, Barn Closes

Saturday, August 30, 2014

9:00 AM – Gates Open ($5.00 per person, Children 3 and under free)

All day near the Historic Gate there will be Antique Engines with Doc Gum and others. A12

9:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Civil War Encampments (A22 & A32)

10:00 AM and 2:00 PM – Civil War Activities on Parade Grounds (A33)

10:00 AM– 8:00 PM – Heritage Arts and Crafts, Concessions, Hillbilly Mobile Zip Line, Kid’s Land, and Barn Opens

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM – Gilbert Adams, the amazing balloon man.  You can find him in the Pool Area. (A28) (Saturday and Sunday Only)

11:00 AM – Kid’s Land will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Royal Court.

Noon – 1:00 PM – Native American Style Dancing (A18)

3:00 – 4:00 PM – Native American Style Dancing (A18)

3:00 PM – Parade of Antique Tractors and more

2:00 – 3:00 PM – Accepting pies for the pie baking contest at the SLC Bldg. (A24)

3:00 – 4:30 PM – Judging of the pies at the SLC Building

4:30 – 5:00 PM – Pie Tasting (Yes, you can sample the pies)

7:00 – 8:00 PM – Native American Style Dancing (A18)


1:00 PM – Logantown – Bluegrass

2:00 PM – The Powell Family – Bluegrass

3:00 PM – Gaining Ground – Bluegrass

4:00 PM – Putnam Family – Bluegrass

5:00 PM – Stalnakers – Country / Bluegrass / Variety

6:00 PM – Buck and Company - Bluegrass

7:00 PM – Rachel Burge and Blue Dawning – Bluegrass

8:00 PM – Johnny Statts and The Delivery Boys – Bluegrass


10:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Crafters, Antique Tractors, and New Tractors

While enjoying the Antique Tractors, vote for the tractor of your choice.  There will be ballots and a box provided for the People’s Choice.

1:00 PM – Irish Jamming with Sarah Sink

3:00 PM – Old Time Jamming with Rock Garton

5:00 PM – Bluegrass Jamming The Chapmans

7:00 PM – Open Jamming

8:00 PM – Gates, Crafters, and Barn Closes

Sunday, August 31, 2014

9:00 AM – Gates Open ($5.00 per person, Children 3 and under free)

10:00 AM – Jubilee official opens

All day near the Historic Gate there will be antique engines with Doc Gum and others.

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Civil War Encampments (A22 & A32)

10:00 AM and 2 PM – Civil War Activities (A33)

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Heritage Arts and Crafts, Concessions, Hillbilly Mobile Zip Line, Kid’s Land, and Barn Open

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Antique Car Show (A34)

1:00 PM – Native American Style Dancing (A18)

2:00 PM – Corn Hole Competition (A36)

4:00 PM – The Jubilee Queen and King will draw for the two Corn Hole Games found in the Kid’s Land area


1:00 PM – Gospel Music Jam

2:00 PM – Prayz’n Jesus! – Bluegrass Gospel

3:00 PM – Michael and Carrie Kline

4:00 PM – Closing Music Jam


10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Crafters, Antique Tractors, and New Tractors

While enjoying the Antique Tractors, vote for the tractor of your choice.  There will be a ballot and a box provided for the People’s Choice.  You can vote until 3:30 PM.  Awards will be presented at 4:15 PM.

2:00 – 4:00 PM – Jamming with Mark Lynch

6:00 PM – 2014 Jackson’s Mill Jubilee Ends – Thanks for attending

All weekend, check out the Model Train Exhibit (Front of LC Cottage)

The times and events listed above are subject to change if warranted

See you next year September 4-6, 2015.  Mark your Calendars.

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