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SPORTS BRIEFING

Beaver boys hit the links

CALCUTTA — The Beaver Local boys golf team will begin practice at 2 p.m. Monday at Beaver Meadows.

Oak Glen golf scramble

CALCUTTA — The Oak Glen Wrestling Golf Scramble will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at Turkana Golf Course. Registration starts at noon with golf at 1 p.m.

Cost of the four-person scramble is $65 per person.

To register, contact Patrick McGillian at (304) 479-2058.

Pirates, Pens games live

PITTSBURGH — AT&T SportsNet, the official TV home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins will offer an additional channel for fans to watch both Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins when game times coincide.

The network will produce and televise both live games, carrying one on the primary channel (PIT1), and the other live game on a secondary AT&T SportsNet channel (PIT2). Each telecast will include live pre- and post-game shows.

At 8 p.m. Monday, the Penguins will host the Montreal Canadiens on PIT1, while the Pirates play at the Minnesota Twins on PIT2.

Toledo sports delayed

TOLEDO — The Toledo Public Schools, the fourth-largest district in Ohio, will begin the school year with online learning on Sept. 8 and canceled sports until Oct. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The school board Thursday unanimously approved the administration’s plans.

Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant said the schools can move football to the spring and just play a City League schedule.

Toledo Public Schools serves more than 23,000 students in eight high schools and 42 elementary schools.

Riley signs through ’25

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley will earn an average of more than $7.5 million a year under a contract extension through the 2025 season.

The university’s board of regents approved the two-year extension Tuesday. The deal was negotiated in February, before the coronavirus pandemic began causing financial stress to college athletic budgets across the country.

The 36-year-old Riley enters his fourth season with a 36-6 record, three Big 12 championships and three appearances in the College Football Playoff. He also has coached Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts.

Riley earns $6.15 million after he and other athletic department employees making more than $1 million took a 10% pay cut as part of coronavirus-related budget cuts.

Riley is scheduled to make $8.05 million starting in February.

Riley’s assistant coaches also had new contracts approved. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch remains the highest paid assistant, going from $1.4 million to $1.8 million. A 2002 graduate of Mount Union, Grinch was a safety on three NCAA Division III national championship teams for the Purple Raiders.

Rockets lose another

TOLEDO — The University of Toledo lost another non-conference football game when the Northeast Conference announced it will postpone all fall sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Toledo was scheduled to host Central Connecticut, the 2019 NEC champions, on Sept. 26.

The Rockets’ Sept. 19 game at Michigan State was canceled when the Big Ten decided to play only league games.

Toledo is scheduled to open the football season at Tulsa on Sept. 5.

Sidelines extended

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The sideline area college football teams use to congregate will be extended by 20 yards this season and only one captain from each team will be permitted to participate in the pregame or overtime coin toss.

NCAA playing rules oversight committee announced alterations in football and other sports to accommodate for COVID-19 concerns this coming season.

The team sideline area currently extends from one 25-yard line to another. Those areas will now span from 15 to 15. Currently, as many as four team captains can participate in the coin toss. That has been reduced to one and only two officials will be allowed to participate.

In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension. In volleyball, teams will not switch benches during a match.

Browns punter on list

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns punter Jamie Gillan has been placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list, which means he’s either tested positive for the virus or been in close contact with an infected person.

Gillan is the third player placed on the list, joining running back Dontrell Hilliard and safety Jovante Moffatt.

The Browns signed Gillan as an undrafted free agent before training camp last season and the 23-year-old became a fan favorite with his long air and thick Scottish accent. He wore a kilt to Cleveland’s final home game last season.

Gillan set a club single-season record by averaging 41.6 net yards per kick in 2019 as a rookie. He also placed 28 punts inside the 20.

Bills send players home

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills became the NFL’s first team to send their rookies home and hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19.

Defensive backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson both tested positive Thursday, upping the team’s total to five since rookies reported on July 21. Neal is a second-year player and Jackson is a rookie seventh-round draft pick.

The Bills said the decision to send players home was made as “a disciplined, proactive and preventative approach” in a bid to eliminate additional cases.

The Bills did not provide a timeline as to how long rookies would continue working remotely.

Undrafted rookie defensive back Ike Brown was placed on the team’s reserve/Covid-19 list Monday, followed by defensive tackle Vincent Taylor and receiver Duke Williams on Wednesday.

7-inning doubleheaders

NEW YORK (AP) — Shortened season, shorter games. Big league doubleheaders will now become a pair of seven-inning games, baseball’s latest radical rule change during a season reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.

Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached agreement Thursday on the new twinbills, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

Baseball is filled with examples going back more than 100 years of major league games being shortened on the fly because of weather, darkness or a team’s travel schedule. But this is believed to be the first mandate across the sport to play games shorter than nine innings.

A rule still to be decided, as a result of the abbreviated games: Can a starting pitcher who throws four innings get credit for a win?

The Cleveland Indians swept the Chicago White Sox earlier this week in the first doubleheader of the season. The new rule goes into effect Saturday for the rest of the season.

Koepka opens with 62

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Brooks Koepka has been working hard to fix his game even with an injured left knee.

He put everything together Thursday.

The defending champ matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler and Brendon Todd after the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

A week after missing the cut in Minnesota in the 3M Open, Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. He credits all his work with coaches Claude Harmon and Pete Cowen rather than how comfortable he is on this course.

“It’s the first time I feel like I know where my misses are, I know when the club’s in the correct spot, I know when the putting stroke’s nice,” Koepka said. “It’s all just the work we’ve put in over the last three weeks of countless hours of beating balls and on the putting green.”

LPGA: Two more cases

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — The LPGA Tour’s return to golf has yielded two positive tests for the coronavirus out of the 466 given to players and caddies before they traveled and when they arrived in Ohio for the LPGA Drive On Championship.

The LPGA says Marina Alex had no symptoms when she tested positive before leaving for Inverness. Following 10 days of quarantine, she is expected to return next week at the Marathon Classic. The tour says one caddie also tested positive and did not travel. The caddie was only to scheduled to work the first event.

Gaby Lopez has the positive test result out of the 233 given to players and caddies at the tournament.

The LPGA says one player from the Symetra Tour, Fatima Fernandez Cano, tested positive and withdrew from last week’s tournament in Michigan.

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