Can a lefty win the U.S. Open?

Published: Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 11:52 PM

Right-handed golfers like to say we lefties play from the “wrong” side of the ball, but don’t look now it’s one of our own on top of the leaderboard heading into the final round of the U.S. Open.

Not many of you have heard of Brian Harman, even though the Georgia native won the Wells Fargo Classic earlier this year and has earned more than $2 million in 2017.

Left-handers have won nine major titles all-time, but none of them have come at the U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson has 5 majors on his resume, three Masters titles, the 2013 British Open, and a PGA championship…oh yeah, and six second-place finishes in the U.S. Open.

Bubba Watson has a pair of Masters titles, Mike Weir won a green jacket in 2003 and Bob Charles was the British Open winner in 1963.

Harman might be the least-likely of the leaders to take home the title in Wisconsin today. The Georgia-native is 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, but so far he’s slugged it out with some heavy hitters.

For all of us lefty Dad’s out there, who knows Sunday might just be “our day” in more ways that one.

High School Football: Middies snap 18-game losing streak

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:14 PM

            Middletown’s Blake Marshall scored four touchdowns in Friday night’s 28-21 win over Oak Hills at Barnitz Stadium. FILE PHOTO
Middletown’s Blake Marshall scored four touchdowns in Friday night’s 28-21 win over Oak Hills at Barnitz Stadium. FILE PHOTO

The streak is over.

The Middletown High School football team snapped an 18-game losing streak Friday night with a 28-21 Greater Miami Conference win over Oak Hills on Senior Night at Barnitz Stadium.

Middletown senior quarterback Blake Marshall rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries. All four of Marshall’s scores came in the first half as the Middies (1-8, 1-6).

Diondre Cooper added 98 yards rushing and Shadon Williams had a fumble recovery and an interception.

The Middies’ last victory came on Oct. 30, 2015, a Week 10 victory over Princeton.

The loss was the 11th straight for Oak Hills (0-9, 0-7).

George Karlaftis commits to Purdue: Boilermakers get No. 2-ranked player from Indiana

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:14 PM

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Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Notre Dame may have wanted George Karlaftis, but they couldn’t land him when push came to shove.

The winner of the Karlaftis sweepstakes was Purdue.

Purdue isn’t just getting a guy that top-tier programs wanted. The Boilermakers got its hands on the Class of 2019’s second-best player from its own state and never let go. That’s a recruiting win.

According to 247Sports, Karlaftis is a 4-star recruit and is ranked as the No. 176 player overall, regardless of position. Outside of David Bell — a 4-star wide receiver from Indianapolis, Ind. — Karlaftis ranks as the next-highest player.

With the 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end’s commitment, the Boilermakers now have its first 2019 verbal commitment. His pledge on Oct. 20 comes 13 days after taking an unofficial visit to Purdue.

Karlaftis also ranks as the No. 16 strong-side defensive end in his class.

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LaDainian Tomlinson says TCU can ‘absolutely’ make playoff

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:09 PM

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Baylor’s homecoming winning streak at risk against West Virginia

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:04 PM

For Baylor, the 2017 season has been different in many ways from the years the program has grown accustomed to. Saturday could represent another change.

Saturday’s matchup with West Virginia is the Bears’ homecoming game. Baylor has won seven straight homecoming games, dating to 2010. That season also marked the first of the Bears’ now seven straight seasons reaching seven victories, a program record.

Both streaks, of course, are at risk Saturday. The Mountaineers are one of the Big 12’s better teams, easily putting the Bears in position to suffer their seventh straight loss and miss a bowl game instead.

Baylor’s homecoming streak began narrowly, a 47-42 victory against Kansas State. The next year, the Bears won 42-39 over Missouri. Not until 2012 did the Bears have a comfortable homecoming victory, beating Kansas 41-14.

En route to the Big 12 title, Baylor defeated Iowa State, 71-7, in 2013. The Bears again dominated Kansas in 2014, winning 60-14. After beating Iowa State 45-27 in 2015, the 2016 homecoming game against came against Kansas, who the Bears defeated 49-7 to improve to 6-0.

The Bears are 46-43-4 in homecoming games all-time. The West Virginia team Baylor will face Saturday is far different than the lowly Cyclone and Jayhawk teams of homecomings past. Beating the No. 23 Mountaineers won’t come easily for the winless Bears, but maybe homecoming is just what they need to return to winning.