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Old name, new technology: Relic Golf uses latest innovations to help golfers improve, have more fun
Makia Nakamura always knew he wanted to make a living in the sport of golf. Growing up in Hawaii, he picked up the sport as a youngster and his mother was heavily involved in buying and selling golf courses as a commercial real estate expert. “There were a few summers … I would just go and play...
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Triple play punctuates Giants’ loss
SAN FRANCISCO — The Washington Nationals turned the first triple play in their 12-season history, holding on in the eighth inning to help preserve a strong outing by Max Scherzer and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Friday night. The Giants loaded the bases in the eighth with two walks sandwi...
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Streb quietly fires second-round 63 to share PGA lead
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — In a major championship season of endless theater, the PGA Championship lived up to its end of the bargain Friday. Robert Streb led the way, even if hardly anyone noticed. As thousands of fans crammed into the closing holes at Baltusrol to see if Jason Day could finish off hi...
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Indians rally in seventh to beat A’s
CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona admitted his team didn’t have much going through six innings Friday night. A four-run seventh quickly reversed that and resulted in a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. “We were quiet up until then,” Francona said after the comeback win that help...
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No criminal charges in probe of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios
SCITUATE, R.I. — An investigation into former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s failed video game company, 38 Studios, has resulted in no criminal charges, authorities announced Friday. The yearslong investigation found “no provable criminal violations” of state law, according to a re...
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Raiders embrace heightened expectations
NAPA — Coach Jack Del Rio walked off the field after the first training camp practice and was quickly asked about the “buzz” surrounding his Oakland Raiders team that might finally have the ingredients to end a 13-year playoff drought. “We play a little buzz coverage,” Del Rio joked Frida...
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Ex-Texas A&M linebacker, wife killed at their home
HOUSTON — A former Texas A&M and Miami Dolphins linebacker and his wife were fatally shot at their home in Houston, and a 16-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile with murder in the slayings. Texas A&M University identified the victims in a statement as Antonio and Dawn Armstrong. Police sa...
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49ers sign defensive lineman B.J. McBryde to two-year deal
SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive lineman B.J. McBryde to a two-year deal Friday. The 6-foot-4, 292-pound McBryde originally signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent in May 2015 and was waived in October. The former University of Connecticut player was signed to Gr...
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Paintball injury sidelines Cowboys’ Wilson to start camp
OXNARD — Damien Wilson can be added to the list of freak accidents in the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys after the second-year linebacker injured an eye in a paintball accident. Executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said Friday the incident happened about a week before the Cowboys...
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Watkins, others won’t be ready at start of Bills camp
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Bills receiver Sammy Watkins won’t be ready for the start of training camp because of a surgically repaired left foot, though general manager Doug Whaley said all signs indicate the starter is on track to play in Buffalo’s season opener. Watkins had screws inserted into his ...
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Ex-NY Giant Petitgout gets probation for assaulting his wife
HACKENSACK, N.J. — A former New York Giants player who assaulted his estranged wife at their New Jersey home has been sentenced to one year of probation. Luke Petitgout (PEHT’-ih-goo) originally was charged with sexual assault but pleaded guilty Thursday to simple assault. Investigators alleged...
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Welterweight title on the line at UFC 201
The UFC can hang an “under new management” sign on the octagon. The new era under the Hollywood entertainment conglomerate WME-IMG banner kicks off Saturday with UFC 201 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. UFC President Dana White and the new owners have suggested little will change immediately for th...
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Padres send Cashner to the Marlins in seven-player deal
MIAMI — Buyers at the trade deadline for a change, the Miami Marlins believe they now have enough starting pitching to make a playoff push. The Marlins acquired the rotation reinforcements they sought in a trade Friday that cost them four players. Right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea were s...
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Refugees run long, inspiring road to Rio
NAIROBI, Kenya — They were used to running barefoot on baking ground. They were raw, untrained. All eager. Each day, the five runners who grew up in the Kakuma refugee camp pounded the dusty tracks past thousands of makeshift tents to pass the time. Until there was a lifeline. Workers from th...
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Russian weightlifters banned from Rio
BUDAPEST, Hungary — All of Russia’s weightlifters were banned from the Rio Olympics on Friday for doping for what the international federation called “extremely shocking” results that brought the sport into “disrepute.” The eight competition spots have been offered to other countries. ...
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Australia evacuates Olympic lodging after small fire
RIO DE JANEIRO — Australian Olympic team members were forced to evacuate their lodgings on Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after a small fire in a basement parking area caused smoke to fill the stairwells. Australian team spokesman Mike Tancred said about 100 athletes and officials were eva...
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Three sisters go from homeless shelter to junior track stardom
NEW YORK — Every morning, three young sisters wake up together with their mom in one bed in a Brooklyn homeless shelter. Every afternoon, they train in a sport that they hope will put them on a path to a better life. Tai Sheppard, 11, and sisters Rainn, 10, and Brooke, 8, have all blossomed since...
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Jaeger follows record 58 with 65 at TPC Stonebrae
HAYWARD — Stephan Jaeger backed up his record 12-under 58 with a 65 on Friday, giving him a five-stroke lead halfway through the second round of the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic. The 27-year-old German player matched the lowest score ever on a substantial tour Thursday with the 58. Japan’...
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Mirim Lee leads Women’s Open, following 62 with 71
WOBURN, England — Mirim Lee followed her opening 10-under 62 with a 71 on Friday in the Women’s British Open, leaving her a stroke ahead entering the weekend at tree-lined Woburn Golf Club. A day after matching the tournament record and falling a stroke short of the major championship mark, the...
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Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR pole at Pocono Raceway
LONG POND, Pa. — Martin Truex Jr. has one of his four career Sprint Cup wins at Pocono Raceway. He added his 10th career pole, too. Truex extended Toyota’s recent romp, and turned a lap of 179.244 mph to win the pole Friday. Truex and Carl Edwards made it a 1-2 Toyota front row. Edwards just ...
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Will Power looks to add to win tally at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio — Will Power knows exactly where he stands heading into the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The winner of three of the last four races, Power is second in the season standings — 47 points behind Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, and 27 ahead of fel...
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Steve Spurrier returns ’home’ as ambassador, consultant
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just call him the Head Ball Consultant. Steve Spurrier, who already has a statue outside Florida’s football stadium and recently had the field named after him, will now serve as ambassador and consultant for the school’s athletic department. Spurrier resigned from a simi...
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