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Reynolds hits hole-in-one

CALCUTTA — Kade Reynolds of East Liverpool hit his first hole-in-one Monday at Turkana Golf Course.

He used a 9-iron to ace the 167-yard 17th hole.

Playing in his group were Anthony Vantilburg and Jeff Allmon of East Liverpool.

Lisbon golf team on road

LISBON — The Lisbon golf team will be playing all of its matches on the road this season, which opens Wednesday.

The Blue Devils planned on playing at the new Twin Springs Golf Course at Guilford Lake, but school officials recently decided against it because the course has only seven holes.

The course plans on expanding to nine holes in the future and Lisbon hopes to be playing matches there next season.

Els will play in Akron

AKRON – World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els is the latest to commit to the 2020 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship at Firestone Country Club on Aug. 12-16.

The 50-year-old Els headlines a group of 81 of the top PGA Tour Champions players in the field.

Els won 19 PGA Tour events, including the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and the British Open in 2002 and 2012.

This will be Els’ 20th visit to Firestone, having made 19 starts at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the NEC World Series of Golf.

Indiana State suspends football workouts

TERRA HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State has suspended football workouts for 14 days after six players tested positive for COVID-19.

Coach Curt Mallory told players, coaches and support staff everyone must quarantine for 14 days. The athletic department issued a news release, saying none of the six players participated in Sunday’s March for Justice because they — and those in close contact with them — had already been isolated.

The Sycamores also say the players do not live on campus.

Indiana State is at least the third team from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, a traditionally strong Football Championship Subdivision league, to pause workouts.

Browns backup QB tests positive

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have placed third-string quarterback Garrett Gilbert on the reserve/COVID list and activated punter Jamie Gillan. He had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Browns also placed safety Karl Joseph on the active/physically unable to perform list with a foot injury. He was signed during the offseason and is expected to start.

Votto’s homer beats Indians

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit a two-run, go-ahead homer, Nick Castellanos also connected and the Cincinnati Reds beat Cleveland 3-2 Monday night as the Indians played again without ill manager Terry Francona.

Sonny Gray shook off a tough start to the game to complete six strong innings, and Cincinnati ended a six-game home losing streak against their in-state rival.

Votto snapped an 0-for-11 skid when he followed Shogo Akiyama’s leadoff single in the sixth with a no-doubt shot off Zach Plesac (0-1). The 2010 NL MVP sat out a doubleheader Sunday after self-reporting coronavirus symptoms, but he was cleared to return to the lineup Monday and hit his third homer following a negative test.

Cruz lifts Twins past Pirates 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates for their fourth straight win.

Cruz, who knocked in two runs to raise his season total to 14 RBIs, drove a pitch from Pirates reliever and former Twins draft pick Nick Burdi (0-1) over the head of center fielder Cole Tucker with runners at second and third and one out. Jorge Polanco started the ninth with a single, moved up on a passed ball and advanced again on a flyout by Luis Arraez.

Men’s hockey league adds St. Thomas

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The newly-formed Central Collegiate Hockey Association added the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) on Wednesday, giving the upstart conference eight teams for its inaugural 2021-22 season.

St. Thomas received NCAA approval earlier this month to move its athletic programs from Division III directly to Division I. The Tommies will take most of their teams to the Summit League, but that conference doesn’t offer football or hockey.

The CCHA was a natural fit on the ice for the Tommies, who will be the 62nd team in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. They’ll be the third team in Minnesota in the new league, joining Bemidji State and Minnesota State. The others are in Michigan (Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan) and Ohio (Bowling Green). The initial seven CCHA teams will play one more season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association before departing.

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