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SPORTS BRIEFING

No game for Bears, Riders

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — The Weir at Oak Glen boys basketball game scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to a COVID issue on the Weir team. It will be made up on April 15.

Oak Glen to open sectional

Oak Glen’s girls basketball team will travel to top-seed North Marion for its tournament sectional game on April 13. Third-seeded Wheeling Central will play second-seeded Weir in the other sectional opener.

The two winners will meet for the sectional championship on April 16.

No Par 3 at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — For the third time in five years, the Par 3 Contest — a longstanding Wednesday tradition at Augusta National — is off.

It was canceled by rain in 2017, then doomed by concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing both last year and this year.

Matt Jones’ only other trip to the Masters as a player was in 2014. He missed the cut but remembers the Wednesday contest fondly.

“I do remember having a hole-in-one on the par 3, and that was probably one of my fondest memories in golf, having my 2-year-old daughter get the ball out of the hole,” Jones said.

Players understand why the contest isn’t happening, but they’re also disappointed. Collin Morikawa said his girlfriend was upset that she couldn’t take part. Lee Westwood’s son is caddying for him this week; Sam Westwood had been looking forward at taking aim during the contest.

“It almost feels like the start to the Masters,” Westwood said. “It’s a shame not to be playing. And I understand why it can’t be played. I’ll hopefully be back here next year and I get a chance to play in it. I think Sam misses it more. He wanted to have a go at that 9th hole with a wedge.”

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