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SPORTS BRIEFING

Mike Rice outing planned

SALEM — The Third Annual Mike Rice Memorial Golf Outing will be held July 24 at Flying B Golf Course with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Playing early is encouraged but not required. Cost is $65 per person or $260 per team and includes 18 holes and a cart, food at the turn and prizes. For information call 330-261-8904, email skibler10@gmail.com or aubuanasargent@aol.com, or visit Mike Rice Memorial Fund on Facebook and Instagram.

Memorial Golf Outing in Palestine

EAST PALESTINE — East Palestine Eagles No. 1506 will host a Memorial Golf Outing at 8 a.m. on July 10 at the East Palestine Country Club. Anyone interested in golfing in this outing is required to sign up at the Eagles No. 1506 or at the EP Country Club by Thursday, July 8. Teams are six person teams. Cost is $10 to enter the outing which will include a lunch at the Eagles after the outing. Individuals or businesses wishing to sponsor a golf hole in memory of a loved one or just to show support can do so by paying $10 to the EP Eagles by July 8. A sign with the sponsor’s information will be placed on the golf course during the outing. All proceeds will go toward the renovations at the Eagles lodge.

Pirates rip into Braves

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Gamel homered twice and drove in six runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Atlanta Braves 11-1 on Monday night.

Gamel took Max Fried (5-5) over the fence in center field for a two-run home run in the fourth, doubled home Bryan Reynolds in the sixth and added a three-run shot in the seventh as the Pirates won their second straight following a six-game losing streak.

A day after driving in the winning run as a pinch-hitter in a 10-inning victory over Miami, Fried came back down to earth with his worst start since April. The Pirates touched the left-hander for six runs in five-plus innings as Atlanta missed a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since June 8.

Chase De Jong (1-3) survived a 36-pitch first inning to pick up the second victory of his five-year major-league career. De Jong struck out four and walked three to notch his first win since beating the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 28, 2018, while playing for Minnesota.

Having an offense that has struggled mightily in recent weeks helped. Pittsburgh’s 11-run outburst was one more than they scored all of last week while going 1-6.

Gamel has been one of the few bright spots in the lineup since being claimed off waivers from Cleveland in May. The well-traveled 29-year-old is hitting .312 (29 for 93) in his last 27 starts.

Ke’Bryan Hayes hit his first home run in nearly a month for Pittsburgh as the Pirates tied their season-high in runs.

Canadiens avoid Stanley Cup sweep

MONTREAL (AP) — Josh Anderson jumped back into the play, and the Montreal Canadiens killed Tampa Bay’s chance for a Stanley Cup sweep.

Anderson scored his second goal 3:57 into overtime, and the Canadiens avoided elimination by defeating the defending champion Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 on Monday night.

Carey Price stopped 32 shots for Montreal, and rookie defenseman Alexander Romanov also scored.

The series shifts to Tampa Bay for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Interim coach Dominique Ducharme’s lineup changes paid off as Romanov stepped up in just his third career playoff game. Anderson was shifted to a new line, playing alongside Nick Suzuki and rookie Cole Caufield in Ducharme’s bid to add more speed.

Pat Maroon and Barclay Goodrow scored for the Lightning, who are attempting to become the NHL’s second team to win consecutive championships in the salary-cap era, which began in 2005. The Pittsburgh Penguins accomplished the feat with titles in 2016 and 2017.

Ohtani to pitch and hit in All-Star Game

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani plans to be a pitcher and a hitter in his first All-Star Game next week, his Los Angeles Angels manager says.

Joe Maddon said Monday that he has spoken with AL manager Kevin Cash and given his encouragement to showcase all of the Japanese sensation’s two-way skills on July 13 at Coors Field. Maddon says Ohtani wants to play both ways in Denver, and Cash is on board with the plan.

The current Tampa Bay manager just hasn’t figured out when Ohtani will pitch.

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