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SportShorts for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014


Barry Montague’s hole-in-one at Prophet Hills on Monday came on the 155-yard par-3 fifth hole, during Southern Senior League play. He used a 5-iron for his first career ace.

The yardage was incorrect in Thursday’s editions. SVM regrets the error.


Schuldt still tied for 77th at Q School

Ember Schuldt of Sterling carded a third-round 73 on Thursday, remaining in a tie for 77th place at Stage I of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Schuldt had a 73 in Tuesday’s opening round, and a 76 in Wednesday’s second round. She stands at 6-over par 222, tied with five other women in 77th place, currently two shots out of advancing to Stage II, which will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Venice, Fla.

The top 60 players among 278 in the field after today’s fourth and final round advance to Stage II.


Fifth Irish player

Notre Dame concluded its internal investigation into alleged academic fraud involving members of the football team, coach Brian Kelly said Thursday, while suspending a fifth player as a result.

Reserve safety Eilar Hardy joins the four previously suspended players – cornerback KeiVarae Russell, receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore, and defensive end Ishaq Williams – on the sidelines.

All five will be held out of practices, meetings, and Saturday’s game against Rice. The players will have hearings, likely next week, involving the charges against them as part of the school’s honor code process.


NFL stiffens domestic violence penalty

A month after the NFL suspended Ravens running back Ray Rice a mere two games for knocking out his soon-to-be wife at an Atlantic City, N.J., hotel, the league admitted its error and significantly ramped up its penalties for domestic violence.

In a letter to team owners Thursday that was obtained by the Los Angeles Times, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that a first offense will draw a six-game penalty, and at least a year for a second.

“I take responsibility both for the decision, and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values,” Goodell wrote, referring to the Rice case. “I didn’t get it right.”

“At times … despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals,” Goodell wrote. “We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place.”

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