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The field looks set at 75 with golfers returning to the South Course at Firestone Country Club for the World Golf Championships, but shy a stunning finish this weekend at the Quicken Loans National we won't see Tiger Woods prowling a course he's owned.
Then again, at the start of Round 3 today Woods was only three shots off the leader. He needs a win to qualify for next week's play and the fact he's still in contention in Gainesville, Virginia is a plus.
The fun begins with practice rounds as early as Monday with Wednesday set for charity while match play runs Thursday through Sunday. 1590 WAKR coverage includes live broadcasts Wednesday of The Jasen Sokol Show (10a-2p) and both The Sam Bourquin Show (2p-5p) and The Average Sports Show with Brad Russell (5p-8p) on Thursday and Friday. WAKR will have hourly updates from the course Thursday through Sunday during match play.
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The 2015 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Field
World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational
Two fatals to mark the start of the weekend on the highways.
A 21-year old woman killed when the car she was a passenger in went off-road into a ravine and hit a tree on Canyon Brook Drive in Cuyahoga Falls; police think alcohol was a factor with a 22-year old driver also injured. No names released at this point. The driver was transported to Akron General.
Police say the 2011 Kia Soul went off the right-hand berm and slid sideways.
In Sandy Township, Stark County, a 40-year old Beloit man was killed when his Ford Ranger bounced off a Kenworth semi-truck and hit a tree. Bryan Baker was pronounced dead at the scene last night. The accident happened around 9:30 Friday night on State Route 43 near the intersection of Indian Run.
The driver was not injured; both were wearing seat belts.
That time of year and algae blooms are spreading green across the western basin on Lake Erie -- but Akron says it's developing tests for our drinking water supply to identify threats in Lake Rockwell by reviewing the DNA of the algae's toxins.
Last year Toledo area water systems were under a "do not drink" advisory due to the blooms. Akron is the first system in the country to use the test for water treatment.
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(City of Akron) Furthering international relationships developed during the Akron Global Water Alliance (AGWA) International Algal Toxin Conference, a two day conference that was hosted by Akron in April of 2015, The City of Akron Water Bureau has recently partnered with an Australian company, Diagnostic Technology.
This partnership has been developed to test a product at Lake Rockwell Reservoir, the drinking water supply for the nearly 300,000 residents of the City of Akron and surrounding neighborhoods, which looks at the genetic makeup of potentially harmful algal blooms (HAB).
This product, called Phytoxigene (http://www.phytoxigene.com), uses DNA analysis to determine if the algae present in the lake has the genetic ability to create the harmful toxins that caused a Do Not Drink advisory for drinking water to be issued for two days to nearly 500,000 people in the Toledo area.
The City of Akron will be the first water system in the United States to use Phytoxigene as a prescreening tool to help make decisions for reservoir management and water treatment.
Knowing ahead of time if the algae in the lake poses the threat to create toxins gives the leadership team at Akron Water Supply the time and confidence to make decisions to prevent harmful algal blooms and to prevent toxins from contaminating the drinking water.
Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco said “This is another example of Akron’s continued efforts to capitalize
on global opportunities to take advantage of the latest technology to improve Akron’s water
Some good news for the Akron football program -- targeted by critics for low attendance during current budget cutting that saw the baseball program axed and more than 200 jobs eliminated.
The preseason MAC football poll of reporters covering the conference. Akron is picked for a second place tie with Ohio University behind Bowling Green in the East Division, while Toledo was picked to win the West. The season starts September 5th with the Zips on the road at Oklahoma.
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(MAC/University of Akron) he Akron Zips have been tabbed to finish tied for second in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference by members of the MAC media, the league announced on Wednesday prior to its annual Football Media Day at Ford Field.
Akron earned 118 points, including two first-place votes. Two-time defending East champion Bowling Green was picked first, followed by Akron and Ohio, and Massachusetts.
In the West Division, Toledo was selected first, just one point ahead of Western Michigan. Five-time division champion Northern Illinois was third.
The Rockets were also predicted to win the 2015 MAC Championship Game.
The Zips, under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Terry Bowden, open the 2015 season at Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Zips' home opener with Pittsburgh is slated for Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field.
2015 MAC FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLL
Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. Bowling Green (18) 160
T2. Akron (2) 118
Ohio (1) 118
4. Massachusetts (3) 113
5. Buffalo 70
6. Miami 47
7. Kent State 46
1. Toledo (11) 121
2. Western Michigan (8) 120
3. Northern Illinois (4) 113
4. Ball State 66
5. Central Michigan (1) 56
6. Eastern Michigan 28
2015 Marathon MAC Championship Game Winner: Toledo (9); Western Michigan (8); Northern Illinois (6); Central Michigan (1).
(WGC Bridgestone Invitational) Rory McIlroy and Chris Kirk have informed tournament officials that they will not be playing next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, August 5-9, due to injury. Several of the game's top players, however, will highlight an exciting field, including Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Zach Johnson, who have all recorded thrilling victories over the last three weeks and are heading to Firestone Country Club with plenty of momentum for the final World Golf Championships of the 2014-15 season.
"Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title," said McIlroy, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in early July. "Best of luck to all the competitors, and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016."
McIlroy, the tournament's defending champion, will miss the Bridgestone Invitational for the first time since 2009. In his six previous appearances, he has four top-10 finishes, including his win last year.
Four-time PGA TOUR winner Kirk broke his right hand prior to The Open Championship while playing with his children and has yet to recover fully.
Spieth has moved to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking thanks to four PGA TOUR victories, including two major championship wins this season, and victories at the Hero World Challenge and the Emirates Australian Open to end 2014. Spieth's 2014-15 PGA TOUR campaign continues to be one of the best in TOUR history with 12 top-10 finishes, eight in the top three. With a victory at the Bridgestone Invitational, Spieth could take over the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking at the same event in which McIlroy become No. 1 in the world with a victory last year.
Spieth's incredible season means and equally incredible lead in the FedExCup standings with 3,763 points – nearly doubling his closest competitor in Bubba Watson (2,043 points). Spieth's FedExCup performance is so dominant that if Watson won the next three events, he would remain in second place behind the 22-year-old.
Day, whose wife Ellie is from Northeast Ohio, will come to Akron following his fourth PGA TOUR victory at the RBC Canadian Open. Playing in the second to the last group, Day drained a birdie putt from 21 feet 10 inches on No. 18 to come from two shots behind third-round leader David Hearn for his RBC Canadian Open victory. Day is in search of his second career World Golf Championships victory, having won the 2014 Cadillac Match Play. Day will be teeing it up at the Bridgestone Invitational for the fifth time in his career. His career-best finish at the event came in 2011 with a T4.
With the win, Day moved from No. 16 in the FedExCup standings to No. 4 with only five events before the Playoffs. The win also moved Day to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Day (27), McIlroy (26) and Spieth (22) represent three of the top-four players in the world.
Now that the top 50 in the OWGR have qualified, below is a list of the 78 players who are now officially eligible to play. Players can either win at the Quicken Loans National this week or move into the top 50 in the OWGR as of Monday, August 3, to finalize the field. Players have until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 31, to officially commit to the Bridgestone Invitational.
An, Byeong Hun 2015 BMW PGA Championship
Bae, Sang-Moon 2014 Frys.com Open
Bjorn, Thomas 2014 Ryder Cup
Bowditch, Steven 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson
Bradley, Keegan 2014 Ryder Cup
Casey, Paul 2014 KLM Open
*Cullen, Nick 2014 BetEasy Masters
Day, Jason 2015 RBC Canadian Open, 2015 Farmers Insurance Open
Dodt, Andrew 2015 True Thailand Classic
Donaldson, Jamie 2014 Ryder Cup
Dubuisson, Victor 2014 Ryder Cup
Every, Matt 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Fowler, Rickie 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, 2015 THE PLAYERS Championship, 2014 Ryder Cup
Furyk, Jim 2015 RBC Heritage, 2014 Ryder Cup
Gallacher, Stephen 2014 Ryder Cup
Garcia, Sergio 2014 Ryder Cup
Gomez, Fabian 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic
Grace, Branden 2015 Dimension Data Pro-Am*, 2015 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Haas, Bill 2015 Humana Challenge
Hahn, James 2015 Northern Trust Open
Harrington, Padraig 2015 Honda Classic
Henley, Russell Top 50 OWGR
Hoffman, Charley Top 50 OWGR
Holmes, J.B. 2015 Shell Houston Open
Horschel, Billy 2014 TOUR Championship, 2014 BMW Championship
Ilonen, Mikko 2014 Volvo World Match Play
Jaidee, Thongchai Top 50 OWGR
Johnson, Dustin 2015 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
Johnson, Zach 2015 The Open Championship, 2014 Ryder Cup
Kaymer, Martin 2014 Ryder Cup
Kirk, Chris 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational, 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship, 2014 Ryder Cup
Kisner, Kevin Top 50 OWGR
Kjeldsen, Soren 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Koepka, Brooks 2015 Waste Management Phonix Open, 2014 Turkish Airlines Open
Kuchar, Matt 2014 Ryder Cup
Lahiri, Anirban 2015 Maybank Malaysian Open
Larrazabal, Pablo 2015 BMW International Open
Lee, Danny 2015 Greenbrier Classic
Leishman, Marc Top 50 OWGR
*Liang, Wen-chong 2015 JGT Championship
Lingmerth, David 2015 the Memorial Tournament
Lipsky, David 2014 Omega European Masters
Lowry, Shane Top 50 OWGR
Luiten, Joost 2014 ISPS Handa Wales Open
Mahan, Hunter 2014 The Barclays, 2014 Ryder Cup
Martin, Ben 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Matsuyama, Hideki Top 50 OWGR
McDowell, Graeme 2014 Ryder Cup
McIlroy, Rory 2015 Wells Fargo Championship, 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play, 2015 Omega Dubai Desert, 2014 PGA Championship, 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 2014 Ryder Cup
Mickelson, Phil 2014 Ryder Cup
Molinari, Francesco Top 50 OWGR
Moore, Ryan 2014 CIMB Classic
Na, Kevin Top 50 OWGR
Noren, Alexander 2015 Nordea Masters
*Oda, Koumei 2014 Bridgestone Open
Palmer, Ryan Top 50 OWGR
Oosthuizen, Louis Top 50 OWGR
Poulter, Ian 2014 Ryder Cup
Reed, Patrick 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 2014 Ryder Cup
Rose, Justin 2015 Zurich Classic, 2014 Ryder Cup
Scott, Adam Top 50 OWGR
Schwartzel, Charl Top 50 OWGR
Siem, Marcel 2014 BMW Masters
Simpson, Webb 2014 Ryder Cup
Snedeker, Brandt 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Spieth, Jordan 2015 John Deere Classic, 2015 U.S. Open, 2015 Masters, 2015 Valspar Championship, 2014 Emirates Australian Open, 2014 Ryder Cup
Stal, Gary 2015 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Stenson, Henrik 2014 DP World Tour Championship, 2014 Ryder Cup
Streb, Robert 2014 The McGladrey Classic
Todd, Brendon Top 50 OWGR
Villegas, Camilo 2014 Wyndham Championship
Walker, Jimmy 2015 Valero Texas Open, 2015 Sony Open, 2014 Ryder Cup
Watson, Bubba 2015 Travelers Championship, 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions, 2014 Ryder Cup
Westwood, Lee 2014 Thailand Golf Championship*, 2014 Ryder Cup
Wiesberger, Bernd 2015 Alstom Open de France
Willett, Danny 2015 Omega European Masters, 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge
Wilson, Oliver 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Woodland, Gary Top 50 OWGR
*won event designated by the International Federation of PGA Tours as a qualifying event for the tournament.
Akron police are investigating a mob attack where dozens of teenagers descended on a local gasoline convenience store just before midnight on Friday, leaving passengers in at least one vehicle behind locked doors for safety and kids treating the store like their own personal stash.
In a video taken by an Akron couple who were getting gasoline just before leaving town on vacation, dozens of teenagers are clearly seen exiting in and out of the Circle K convenience store at North Pershing Avenue and West Market Streets while others massed and milled around outside. The video includes a call to 9-1-1 to report the disturbance and alleged at-will theft of goods from the store, including notice to the police dispatcher the couple remained in their vehicle with windows up and doors locked for their safety.
In the video, which lasts more than one minute, the couple are speaking to police calmly even as some of the teens approached their vehicle.
Akron police confirmed an incident at 11:48 p.m. on Friday, July 24 and notes "50-70" kids were reportedly involved. The convenience store is located across the street from Ken Stewart's Grill, a longtime mainstay of the neighborhood, as well as Larry's Place and the China Gourmet restaurants.
Three Akron teens were popped by Bath Police yesterday after a manhunt following a stolen truck and robbery report. All three took off on foot when cops arrived at Arbour Green. A police dog flushed them across the county line but officers from Brecksville finally nailed him -- including one who jumped into a lake to get away from the police dog. Police report the three are suspected of at least one other burglary in the neighborhood.
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(Bath Twp PD/Facebook) Bath Police with the assistance of surrounding law enforcement agencies apprehended three Akron juveniles after a three hour manhunt in the southwest corner of Bath.
The juveniles drove a stolen truck to the Arbour Green neighborhood and burglarized a home. They started both of the resident's cars in the garage and attempted to steal them. One suspect crashed a car backing out of the garage. All three juveniles ran on foot.
Bath Police set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and began a search. We were joined by Copley Police, Richfield Police, Medina County Sheriff's Deputies, Brecksville Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. OSHP Sgt. Timberlake and Trp. J. Baker with canine Paco flushed the suspects from a wooded area in Arbour Green into Medina County. A citizen reported observing the subjects off Waterside Drive.
The suspects fled into the woods in the Granger Twp. neighborhood. Brecksville PD Ofc. M. Bauman and canine Peto eventually apprehended two of the juveniles.
The third suspect fled back into Bath on foot. Police again set up a perimeter of a wooded area. Ofc. Bauman and Peto chased the third juvenile who jumped into a lake. The suspect surrendered under the watchful presence of Peto. The juveniles were charged with the burglary of the home. They are also connected to a similar burglary in the same neighborhood last week.
Thanks to all the residents for their assistance. Many thanks to Copley PD, Medina County S.O., OSHP, Richfield PD, and Brecksville PD. Great teamwork!!!
Major props to Akron pole vaulter Shawn Barber -- pole vaulting nearly 18 and a half feet to win the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor title in Oregon, now a six-time All-American. Akron coach Dennis Mitchell said "...he's a great competitor and he got the job done and I'm very proud of him. Barber was joined by Clayton Murphy with a personal best time in the men's 800 meters to take a qualifying bid for tghe championship run scheduled for Friday.
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(University of Akron) University of Akron junior pole vaulter Shawn Barber (Kingwood, Texas) chased the dream of capturing his first-ever NCAA Outdoor title all season and on Wednesday, June 10, at the NCAA Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore., the dream became a reality as he surpassed 18-4.50 (5.50m) win his school-record third overall NCAA championship and in the process become a six-time All-American.
"Shawn came back after a rough start having a pole break in warm-ups to come out on top in what was a very nerve-wracking competition," Akron head coach Dennis Mitchell commented. "He's a great competitor and he got the job done and I'm very proud of him."
Not to be outdone in his pursuit of a championship, sophomore Clayton Murphy (New Paris, Ohio) used a late-finishing kick in the men's 800 meters to cross the line in 1:47.29 to claim the second automatic qualifying bid in the third and final heat. Murphy's performance set a new personal-best time represented the second-fastest time in program history. He will race for the championship at 8:50 p.m. ET on Friday, June 12.
"Clayton did his kick at the end of the race and came through to move into the final," Mitchell explained. "He continues to show he belongs among the elite group of runners in the country."
Barber passed on the initial two heights of 16-10.75 (5.15m) and 17-4.50 (5.30m) before taking aim at 17-8.50 (5.40m).
Facing adversity for arguably the first time all season, Barber was unable to clear the height on his first two attempts. On his third and final run at the mark he was able to eclipse the bar.
For what was believed to be the first time in his collegiate career Barber had a pole break prior to a competition in warm-ups forcing him to use a secondary pole for the championship.
Barber cleared the next bar of 18-0.50 (5.50m) in his first attempt before passing at 18-2.50 (5.55m).
After missing on his first run at 18-4.50 (5.60m), Barber surpassed the bar on his second attempt to secure his first-ever NCAA Outdoor Championship title when Paul Pujats of Memphis was unable to clear the height in his three opportunities.
"It was a great feeling to earn my first outdoor title today," said Barber. "It fittingly caps off my NCAA season this year and I'm looking forward to bigger and better things to come."
On the strength of his triumph, Barber became a three-time NCAA champion having previously captured titles at the NCAA Indoor Championship in 2014 and 2015. Barber added to the tradition of the Zips' track and field program, which now includes six individual national champions following his triumph on Wednesday.
In a statement delivered by email, interim Mayor Garry Moneypenny announced he would no longer seek to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term left by the Plusquellic resignation in the wake of the blockbuster revelation of "too personal encounter" with a female co-worker at Akron City Hall.
"Upon reflection, I believe that staying on as interim Mayor is not in the best interests of the citizens of Akron. I believe under the circumstances I would not be able to operate effectively and move the City forward during the next seven months. Therefore, I am resigning from the office of Mayor effective Midnight, Wednesday, June 10, 2015."
The decision to step down follows three days of tumult after Moneypenny admitted to the incident and said he would not run for election in the city's primary or general election this fall, but instead would serve out the remaining term of office through the end of the year. There was widespread outcry and negative public opinion ranging from calls for a deeper investigation to determine liability of the city to possible criminal behavior but it was clear Moneypenny had lost the support of a majority of City Council members, including those who sided with him along ideological grounds.
City Council tonight was expected to debate a vote of confidence on Moneypenny's continued service in the mayor's office, but is was undetermined if the vote would have any binding power. Council President Jeff Fusco, who took the gavel from Moneypenny just a week ago following Moneypenny's swearing-in at East High School, told the Beacon Journal that decision was up to Moneypenny alone.
According to the city charter, Fusco would take the reins as mayor when Moneypenny's resignation is effect Wednesday. It would mark Akron's third mayor in the past ten days. Fusco has said he would serve as interim mayor but had no intention of seeking the office and would instead file for his at-large Council seat instead. He also serves as chair of the Summit County Democratic party.
Moneypenny's decision also throws control of the city council into question; Fusco's elevation to council president was along a 7-5 vote and that slim margin is likely to also be reflected when the group of three at-large and 10 ward members would have to vote again on a new Council President.