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Sportshorts for Monday, July 7, 2014

LOCAL GOLF

Stoker hits ace
on birthday

Kim Stoker, of Dixon, made hole-in-one on his birthday on Saturday at Lost Nation Golf Club. Stocker used a 7-iron on the 147-yard, par-3, No. 12 hole.

The shot was witnessed by Jill Stoker.

GOLF

Cabrera earns first non-major win

Angel Cabrera won the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday for his first non-major victory on the PGA Tour, closing with his second straight 6-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over George McNeill in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Cabrera, the 44-year-old Argentine whose only other PGA Tour victories came in the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters, built a three-shot lead before making things interesting with a pair of late bogeys. He finished at 16-under 264 at Old White TPC.
McNeill shot a season-best 61 for his fourth top-10 of the season and first since mid-March.

Webb Simpson had a 63 to finish third at 10 under.


MLB

Arizona sends
pitcher to Yankees

The New York Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy and cash considerations from the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-hander Vidal Nuno.

The Diamondbacks will pay half of the $4.1 million owed to McCarthy for the rest of the season and the Yankees will pay the $1 million in his assignment bonus.

McCarthy, 30, is 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts this year.

CYCLING

Nibali wins second stage of Tour

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali displayed his riding smarts at the Tour de France, winning Stage 2 on Sunday and taking the yellow jersey after a well-choreographed attack on rivals in the postindustrial English city known for “The Full Monty.”

The Astana team leader nicknamed “The Shark” for his road savvy took the final lead in a cycling dance of sorts with other title hopefuls, who took turns in front in the last stretch through a sea of fans from York to Sheffield.

Marcel Kittel, a powerful German sprinter who often struggles on climbs, trailed nearly 20 minutes back and lost the yellow jersey that he had captured by winning Stage 1.

NHRA

Force picks up
140th victory

John Force raced to his 140th career victory Sunday, beating Ron Capps in the Funny Car final in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

The 65-year-old Force powered his Ford Mustang to a winning pass of 4.113 seconds at 317.27 mph for his first victory in Norwalk.

“It was special to me,” Force said. “I’ve come to this track for decades. I’ve won here at the Night of Fire races. Robert [Hight] and my daughter Ashley [Force Hood] have won here. I keep coming back here.

SOCCER

Funeral set for slain referee

A funeral for a soccer referee who authorities say died of a punch to the neck from a player has been scheduled for Thursday.

A family friend of John Bieniewicz announced the funeral plans Sunday. Bieniewicz, 44, died Tuesday from injuries he sustained June 29 when authorities say a player who objected to being ejected from an adult men’s league game hit him. His heart, kidneys, liver, lungs and other organs were donated for transplantation into others.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office charged Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, 36, of Dearborn with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Prosecutors have said that they were reviewing the charges in light of Bieniewicz’s death.
 

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