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East Liverpool passes on sale

EAST LIVERPOOL — East Liverpool City Schools athletic passes will be on sale at the high school ticket office from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9.

Cost is $35 for students, $60 for a single adult and $150 for a family (up to five with the same address).

Polamalu may not be in Canton

CANTON (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said on social media Friday that he recently tested positive for COVID-19, a week before he’s due to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Polamalu told the hall of his diagnosis. He said they are working with health officials to determine whether he could be cleared to travel to Canton in time for his enshrinement, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7.

“Thank God I feel great,” Polamalu said in his posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. “I’m working with the HOF to ensure we abide by all protocols to make it to Canton in time for all the festivities.”

The 40-year-old Polamalu added that his family is doing well.

“We are disappointed for Troy right now and pray for his quick recovery with no complications,” David Baker, President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said Friday. “We’ll work with him to make sure he’s honored as an enshrinee the way he should be – and that’s mindful of others in the Centennial Class, fans and everyone else in attendance. He had an incredible football career and will have an equally incredible career as a Hall of Famer.”

Polamalu spent 12 seasons in Pittsburgh, winning a pair of Super Bowls while being named to the Pro Bowl eight times. The first-ballot Hall of Fame selection was the 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Watson captures Ohio Amateur

WARREN — Eastern Michigan’s Max Watson from Ashland survived a double bogey on the 18th hole to win the 115th Ohio Amateur Championship at Avalon Lakes Golf & Country Club on Friday.

Watson shot par 72 in the final round and finished a 3-under-par before beating University of Maryland senior Dhaivat Pandya from Centerville in a playoff. Both golfers shot 285.

University of Akron Hall of Famer Bill Williamson from Cincinnati was third at 2-under.

Youngstown State’s Ken Keller and Kent State’s Cade Breitenstine and Jordan Gilkison tied for fourth at 1-under.

Only eight of the 40 golfers who made the final cut shot under par Friday.

Sorenstam up three

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Annika Sorenstam shot a 3-under 69, racing to finish before dark, to take a three-stroke lead Friday in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion making her first appearance in the senior event, birdied Nos. 7-9 to get to 8 under and closed with pars on Nos. 1 and 2 at Brooklawn Country Club.

Playing partner Liselotte Neumann was second, birdieing the final two holes for a 69. She won the 1988 U.S. Women’s Open to become the first Swedish major champion.

Fifteen players were unable to finish the round. The first-round was completed Friday morning after rain prevented half the field from finishing Thursday.

Yuko Saito was 4 under after her second straight 70. Amateur Ellen Port (69) was 3 under with Rosie Jones (70), Kris Tschetter (72) and Dana Ebster (74). Catriona Matthew was the only other player under par. She was 2 under with three holes left.

The 59-year-old Port, a teacher in St. Louis, is a seven-time USGA champion.

Tschetter played a five-hole stretch in 5 under — capped by an eagle on the par-5 eighth — to offset two double bogeys and a bogey.

Ebster, tied with Sorenstam for the first-round lead after a 67, is a part-time golf instructor and assistant coach at Modesto Junior College in California.

Past champions Helen Alfredsson (72) and Laura Davies (75) were 2 over. Davies was in the group with Sorenstam and Neumann.

Juli Inkster was 3 over after a 74.

JoAnne Carner, at 82 the oldest player to compete in a USGA championship, shot a 78 to miss the cut at 18 under. She opened with an 82. She played alongside Port and seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson.

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