SPORTS DIGEST || O'Neal, Weaver post Sharon Speedway wins
O’Neal, Weaver post Sharon Speedway wins
Don O’Neal (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series) and Jeremy Weaver (HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds) were the winners Monday at Sharon Speedway’s Steel Valley 50 races.
O’Neal overtook Mason Zeigler on lap 14 and for the most dominated the remainder of the caution-free race. It was O’Neal’s second straight $12,000 victory in LOLMDS action after winning Sunday at Mansfield.
Zeigler was second, followed by Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport and Darrell Lanigan.
Weaver led all 20 caution-free laps of the HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified feature holding off the region’s top winner, Garrett Krummert who started eighthy. The $600 increased purse win was the second of Weaver’s career after winning last October in a special event at Mercer Raceway Park.
Eckstein wins junior tournament
Alexander Eckstein of Canfield won the boys 8-10 division of the Northern Ohio PGA Junior Golf tournament on Tuesday at Raintree Country Club.
Owens picks Tennessee for his HOF speech
Terrell Owens has decided to celebrate his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Chattanooga, where he played college football.
The former NFL All-Pro receiver, who has said he was not attending the induction ceremony in Canton, released a statement on Tuesday saying he would give his acceptance speech at his alma mater.
“I have decided to give my Hall of Fame speech at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in McKenzie Arena on Saturday, August 4,” Owens posted on Twitter. “The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 3:17 p.m.”
Owens added that he is “proud to be a Moc, and I’m honored to be able to share this experience with my family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete.”
The 44-year-old Owens said he is looking forward to the event, and “Getcha popcorn ready.”
Owens was a three-sport athlete at Chattanooga, where he played football from 1992-95. He also played basketball and ran track for the Mocs. Owens said he “realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably be the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me.”
He was voted into the hall in February after being denied in his first two years of eligibility. His announcement last month that he was skipping the Aug. 4 induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is unprecedented by an enshrinee.
In a statement released last month by his publicist, Owens said: “I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton.
“After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere.”
Edelman to miss first four games
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the first four games of the 2018 season for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
NFL officials confirmed Tuesday that Edelman would be suspended without pay for the Patriots’ first four regular-season games. ESPN had reported last month that Edelman was facing a four-game suspension.
Edelman, 32, missed the 2017 season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. He had 98 receptions in 2016, the third time in a four-year stretch that he caught over 90 passes.
Edelman will miss a home game against Houston, trips to Jacksonville and Detroit, plus a home game against Miami.
He will be eligible to return to the Patriots’ active roster on Oct. 1, enabling him to make his 2018 debut Oct. 4 against Indianapolis.