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Mickelson added to field in a U.S. Open without qualifying

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The USGA is leaning a little more on the world ranking and a lot more on tournament results over the next two months to fill the 144-man field for a U.S. Open that will be without open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a ...

Iginla headlines 2020 Hall of Fame class

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Jarome Iginla headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s six-person class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James and Willie O’Ree. Iginla and Fuhr are the only ...

Garnet Garage earns season-opening victory

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STANTON — Chris Saari threw a complete game gem to help Garnet Garage in a lopsided 12-3 win against Stanton on Tuesday. Saari struck out seven, walked one and gave up three runs on seven hits across seven innings. Saari got run support as the flood gates opened in the middle innings as ...

Gustafson hits 4th hole-in-one shot

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HOUGHTON — Brad Gustafson hit his fourth hole-in-one on June 5 on No. 14 at Portage Lake Golf Course. Gustafson made the shot with a 52-degree Vokey wedge, hitting a Titleist ProV1x. He carded a 45 nine-hole score. Josh Morley and Mark Gustafson witnessed the hole-in-one shot. Jimmy ...

45th annual Canal Run switching to virtual event

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HOUGHTON — The 45th annual Canal Run is going virtual. The coronavirus pandemic forced Canal Run race director Angela Luskin to make the change for runners’ safety. “Putting on a safe, memorable and high-quality event is always our number one priority,” race director Angela Luskin ...

Baseball scrambles back into action amid lingering concerns

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Ron Gardenhire and Dusty Baker are a little uneasy. Jim Crane hopes his Houston Astros can play in front of fans at some point. As baseball scrambles to start an abbreviated season, the prevailing mood is one of nervous excitement. “Is it a risk? Absolutely,” said Gardenhire, the ...

Peterson: The real danger to pro sports

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There is no question the present conditions we’re operating under in this country are going to have long-term effects. The effects to the professional sports world could be even more long-lasting. The tenuous situation in major league baseball is one of the more visible ones. MLB owners ...

Twilight League baseball season starting Tuesday

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HOUGHTON — The Copper Country Twilight League baseball season begins today with a twinbill. Superior National Bank-Stanton hosts Garnet Garage at Stanton Field, while Dean Kangas-State Farm plays at REL Inc.-Mohawk Technology at Hancock’s Driving Park. Both games start at 6:30 p.m. ...

Lucchesi, Parker, Vaara win scramble

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HOUGHTON — Portage Lake Golf Course members Chuck Lucchesi, John Vaara and James Parker won the 3-person senior scramble on June 17 at PLGC. The winners birdied five of the final six holes to seal the win. Dennis Harbour, Dan Farrell and Dick Gray tied for second place with Scott Peck, ...

Ex-Husky Roy named Kings’ top defenseman

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LOS ANGELES — Former Michigan Tech hockey player Matt Roy received four team awards for his performance with the Los Angeles Kings in 2019-20, the team announced last week. Roy was honored with the Mark Bavis Memorial Award for Best Newcomer and was also named the Outstanding Defenseman, ...

Blaney holds on to win in whirlwind day for NASCAR

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TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Ryan Blaney held onto the lead after a restart with two laps to go Monday, earning his second straight win at Talladega Superspeedway on a day that began with NASCAR drivers throwing their support behind Bubba Wallace. Blaney nipped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the finish ...

Simpson gets one-shot win on Father’s Day

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Webb Simpson celebrated another victory on Father’s Day, this time with a tartan jacket instead of a U.S. Open trophy. In a wild sprint to the finish after a three-hour storm delay, Simpson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine at ...

Balk in baseball coronavirus talks as negotiations drag on

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NEW YORK (AP) — An email from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season. The executive committee of the players' association was set to vote and reject Major League Baseball's latest offer for a ...

Flames rally back to beat Cubs in U19 baseball tourney, 8-7

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ESCANABA — The Copper Country Flames overcame a big inning by the Escanaba Cubs and rallied to an 8-7 win Sunday in the final round of Upper Peninsula Kickoff Under-19 baseball tournament. The Cubs (2-1), taking advantage of four walks in the third, scored six times for a 7-3 lead. Also ...

British superbike rider dies after crash at English track

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DERBY, England (AP) — A British superbike rider has died after being involved in a collision with another bike at an event on the Donington Park track in central England on Sunday. Organizers of the No Limits Trackday event said Ben Godfrey, who was aged 25, died from the injuries he ...

Over 50 Softball: Tapiola tops Baraga, 12-3

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TAPIOLA — Wins have been scarce for the Tapiola Over 50 Softball League team in recent years. But Tapiola (1-1) scored a notable one Thursday with a 12-3 verdict over defending playoff champ Baraga. Winning pitcher Len Juntunen cracked out three hits along with Ron Wanhala, Roy Duquette ...