May 26, 2016

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NFL: Elyria graduate Chase Farris didn’t get drafted, but signing with Lions means he still gets to live his dream

Chase Farris watched the fourth round of the NFL Draft and a bit of the fifth hoping to see his name pop up on NFL Network. “After that I just realized if it was going to happen it was going to happen,” he said Sunday by phone. “Staring at the TV screen was not going Read More…

Ohio State: Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle, Lorain’s Rashod Berry make good impression on defensive line during spring game

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State football team was hit hard by graduation and defection to the NFL, and coach Urban Meyer said Saturday’s spring game was going to be an opportunity for many players to audition for starting roles and increased playing time. One of the areas of need is defensive line, and a pair Read More…

QB J.T. Barrett ready to be the man for Ohio State

COLUMBUS — J.T. Barrett has packed a lot into his two seasons as a quarterback at Ohio State. There has been high drama, personal accolades and exhilarating glory, but also heartbreaking injury, disappointment and humiliation. With all that behind him, the 21-year-old Texan entered spring drills this year for the first time as the healthy, Read More…

Investigation continues into fatal shooting of former Ohio State football player Smith

NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was shot in the back and side, according to a warrant read in court Sunday night before a magistrate set a $1 million bond for the man accused of killing him. Police said Smith, 34, was killed in a case of road rage by a man Read More…

Ex-Ohio State star Will Smith killed in road rage incident

NEW ORLEANS — Will Smith, who helped Ohio State win a national football championship and the New Orleans Saints a Super Bowl, was shot and killed in a case of road rage by a man who had rear-ended his car, police said Sunday. Smith was beloved by Saints fans for his role in bringing a Read More…

Ohio State rebuilding its lines on both sides of the ball

COLUMBUS — Of the many holes he’s got to fill on Ohio State’s depleted depth chart, coach Urban Meyer has talked this spring about the offensive and defensive lines as the most critical areas of concern. That’s easy to understand. Gone from the offensive line are All-American left tackle Taylor Decker, right tackle and Elyria Read More…

Fans don’t mind waiting to see Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott

ELYRIA — Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t bat an eyelash when exploding between a pair of 300-pound tackles during a Division I football game. He doesn’t break a sweat when facing off against the rival Michigan Wolverines in front of 110,000 at the Big House in Ann Arbor. He even remained cool under Read More…

Ohio State football: Returning J.T. Barrett at QB and Pat Elflein at center puts Urban Meyer’s mind at ease … a little

COLUMBUS — With just three returning starters on offense, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is thankful two of them happen to be quarterback J.T. Barrett and veteran offensive lineman Pat Elflein, who will start at center. After losing most of his offensive weapons — most notably running back Ezekiel Elliott, wide receivers Michael Thomas, Braxton Read More…

National Signing Day: Ohio State lands another top class

COLUMBUS — Sticking to a plan that has worked since he took over at Ohio State, coach Urban Meyer reloaded the Buckeyes roster with top recruits Wednesday. By midmorning on National Signing Day, the Buckeyes had already wrapped up their 2016 class of 25 new players — seven of whom have already enrolled in school. Read More…

Tide rolls dice, wins again: No. 2 Alabama uses onside kick to help beat No. 1 Clemson, claim 4th national title in 7 years

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alabama needed it all to win the toughest national title game it had ever played during the Nick Saban dynasty. All of its power. All of its speed. Even one gutsy trick. Derrick Henry, O.J. Howard and Kenyan Drake hit No. 1 Clemson with long touchdowns, and Alabama outlasted the dynamic play Read More…