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Holmes added to Lions’ strength, addressed weaknesses

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions opened the NFL draft by bolstering a strength and closed it by addressing some of their many weaknesses on both sides of the ball. General manager Brad Holmes seemed to make sensible selections, starting with Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell at No. 7 ...

Medina Spirit gives Baffert record 7th Kentucky Derby win

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — John Velazquez was in a familiar place, in the lead aboard Medina Spirit in the Kentucky Derby and holding off the stretch bid of three challengers. This time, Bob Baffert couldn't believe what he was seeing. Medina Spirit won by a half-length on Saturday, giving ...

Burns pulls away for 1st PGA win

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Eight times this season, Sam Burns has been atop the leaderboard after every round except the one that mattered. That changed, finally, at the Valspar Championship. Burns got some help from Keegan Bradley hitting into the water on the 13th hole, and then the ...

Ex-NASCAR driver McClure dies at 42

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ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure died Sunday, his family and the series said. He was 42. No details were given about his death. McClure had posted on social media as recently as Saturday. The Washington County sheriff's office said McClure's body was sent to Roanoke ...

Packers CEO acknowledges meeting Rodgers to discuss concerns

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Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy says he is "very much aware" of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' concerns with the organization and acknowledges team officials have flown out to meet the reigning MVP on multiple occasions. Murphy added that the Packers want to keep Rodgers in Green Bay in 2021 ...

NFL draft selections

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2021 NFL Team-by-Team Draft By The Associated Pres April 29-May 1 Arizona 1 (16) Zaven Collins, lb, Tulsa. 2 (49) Rondale Moore, wr, Purdue. 4 (136) Marco Wilson, cb, Florida. 6 (210) Victor Dimukeje, de, Duke. 6 (223) Tay Gowan, cb, UCF. 7 (243) James Wiggins, s, ...

Lions take Oregon OT Sewell at No. 7 in NFL draft

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Penei Sewell can recall sleeping with family members on the floor in a shack in American Samoa, hoping his life would lead him to the NFL. Sewell is now living his dream. “Now look at us,” Sewell said after the Detroit Lions selected him with the No. 7 pick in the NFL draft Thursday ...

Packers take Georgia cornerback Stokes with 29th overall pick

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The Green Bay Packers passed up an opportunity to provide another weapon for disgruntled star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and instead boosted their secondary by using their first-round draft pick on Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes. Stokes, a 6-foot-1 cornerback, went 29th overall Thursday night. ...

Legends: ‘Dolly’ Gray was a true enigma

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HOUGHTON — As Copper Country sports legends go, William Denton “Dolly” Gray certainly ranks near the top. Gray, who was born in Houghton in 1878, went on to become a major league pitcher in Washington and who played with legends like Walter Johnson and Gabby Street. But he was also ...

Packers GM: ‘We are not going to trade Aaron Rodgers’

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Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he can't envision any scenario in which he would deal quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "We are not going to trade Aaron Rodgers," Gutekunst said Thursday night after the first round of the NFL draft. ESPN reported in the hours leading up to the draft ...

Jags open NFL draft, Meyer era by drafting Lawrence

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars made the easiest and maybe most significant selection in franchise history when they chose Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first pick in the NFL draft Thursday night. The Jaguars made the announcement that’s been expected for ...

Packers stay committed to Rodgers despite report QB wants out

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst reiterated Thursday that the team remains committed to quarterback Aaron Rodgers amid a report the reigning MVP doesn't want to return to Green Bay. "As we've stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and ...

Brewers place Burnes on injured list with unspecified issue

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes is going on the injured list after a remarkable April run. The Brewers announced Thursday that they had placed Burnes on the IL without specifying his issue. The move comes as the Brewers begin a four-game home series with the ...

Bradley has no stress, no bogeys, leads at Innisbrook

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Keegan Bradley can't recall having an easier time than he did Thursday at Innisbrook. He missed only one green. His longest par putt was just over 4 feet. It added to a 7-under 64 and another great start in the Valspar Championship. It's the second round that ...

NFL seeks return to normalcy with draft

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Return To Normalcy! That’s not exactly the slogan for the NFL draft being staged Thursday through Saturday in Cleveland. It’s more at the top of the league’s wish list as it allows some prospects and fans to attend the festivities — yes, there are those going on by the shores of ...

Merzlikins, Blue Jackets shut out Red Wings 1-0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patrik Laine and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in a shootout and the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Laine deked Thomas Greiss and beat him between the pads to lead off. Blue Jackets goalie ...

Muskegon’s Barnes named AP Division 2 Player of the Year

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MUSKEGON (AP) — Life has not been easy for Ke'Ontae Barnes, but the 18-year-old senior at Muskegon Orchard View has learned some virtues along such as diligence and patience. These days, he's full of gratitude. The 6-foot shooting guard has been voted The Associated Press Division 2 Player ...

Three Huskies tennis players earn All-GLIAC honors

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MIDLAND — The Michigan Tech women’s tennis team had three players earn Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Honors, announced Wednesday by the conference office. Returning senior Ivona Gorgioski was named All-GLIAC First Team while sophomores Dominika Bobik and Neva Manas were added ...

Gremlins down Copper Kings in home opener

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HOUGHTON — A cold, gloomy Tuesday afternoon did not deter fans from filling the bleachers at Houghton High School’s new baseball complex. The new field had been more than two years in the making and the Gremlins did not disappoint in the home opener as they defeated the Copper Kings in a ...