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Updated, Ohio State band marches on after director’s firing PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 21:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director: A day after he was fired, the band is performing with the Columbus Symphony in what is often considered its unofficial season kickoff.
The university dismissed band director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after an investigation determined that he knew about and failed to stop a “sexualized” culture of rituals, including students being pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often explicit nicknames.
Waters had led the 225-member band since 2012, succeeding 25-year veteran director Jon Woods. Waters’ halftime shows for what’s known to fans as “The Best Damn Band in the Land” were considered revolutionary.
Waters changed the shows by drawing them out on iPads instead of paper, directing marchers who morphed into the shapes of horses, superheroes and dinosaurs appearing to gallop, fly and tromp across the Buckeye football field.
Its technological advances landed the band in an Apple commercial in January. One performance in which the band takes the shape of a moonwalking Michael Jackson has more than 10 million views on YouTube.
Ohio State President Michael Drake, on the job just three weeks, said he acted after being “profoundly disappointed and shocked” by the findings of a two-month investigation that began before his arrival.
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:25
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Browns’ Manziel: “I’ve made some rookie mistakes” PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 19:53
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel acknowledged he has “made some rookie mistakes” during the offseason, but doesn’t think his partying has hurt his chances of winning a starting job.
Speaking on the eve of Cleveland’s first training camp practice, Manziel briefly addressed his fraternity-guy-gone-wild behavior during the past two months when photos of him partying around the country were a weekly occurrence. Manziel, who opened his news conference by discussing his off-field exploits, said he has spoken to Browns coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer.
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Browns WR Gordon reports to camp, hearing looms PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 19:31
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Josh Gordon’s off-field issues didn’t put him out of shape.
The embattled Pro Bowl wide receiver reported to Browns training camp on Friday and passed his conditioning test as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.
Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league on Aug. 1. He’s facing a one-year ban for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season, but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.
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Soria a strong addition to Detroit bullpen PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 19:42
DETROIT (AP) — Dave Dombrowski’s latest trade also felt like one of his most predictable.
There was simply no way the Detroit general manager was going to sit idly by without addressing his team’s bullpen.
“We’ve been working on trying to find someone in the bullpen for an extended period,” Dombrowski said. “It’s something we’ve been focused on for a while. For the month of July, at least.”
The Tigers added one of the game’s better relievers in a trade earlier this week, acquiring Joakim Soria from Texas, but that may only be the beginning of a significant overhaul in the way Detroit approaches the late innings. Manager Brad Ausmus stuck with his usual routine in Thursday night’s win over the Los Angeles Angels, using Joba Chamberlain in the eighth and Joe Nathan in the ninth. But with Soria in the fold, Ausmus now has more options.
Detroit’s bullpen woes are nothing new. The Tigers finally gave up on Jose Valverde as their closer last year, letting Joaquin Benoit handle that role instead. Benoit pitched well, but the grand slam he allowed to Boston’s David Ortiz was perhaps the defining moment of baseball’s entire postseason in 2013.
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Red Wings sign Ferraro to 1-year deal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 19:30
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed center Landon Ferraro to a one-year contract.
The team did not announce terms of the deal Friday.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 19:30
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