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SportShorts for Saturday, March 28, 2020

GOLF

Davis Love III loses house in fire

The house of Hall of Fame golfer Davis Love III was destroyed by fire early Friday morning in a blaze that could not be controlled, even with 16 firefighters arriving within minutes, the fire chief said.

No one from Love’s family was injured.

“While everyone in our family is saddened at the loss of our home that was filled with so much laughter and incredible memories, we’re very blessed that everyone is safe and unharmed,” Love said in a statement.

NHL

Bauer making medical equipment

Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

When hockey came to a halt amid the global pandemic, Bauer faced the possibility of closing its manufacturing plant in Blainville, Quebec, but engineers there instead brainstormed the idea of producing medical shields to help protect people on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

They came up with a prototype, and Bauer vice president of global marketing Mary-Kay Messier said there were already 100,000 devices ready for distribution. They’re expected to first go to doctors and nurses in Canada, then the U.S.

NFL

Vikings re-sign pair of veterans

The Minnesota Vikings re-signed two more of their own free agents on Friday, with new contracts for running back Ameer Abdullah and center Brett Jones.

Abdullah has been the team’s primary kickoff returner since being claimed off waivers from Detroit on Nov. 7, 2018. He also carved out a niche on coverage units last season, while tallying 203 yards from scrimmage with one receiving touchdown.

Jones joined the Vikings in a trade with the New York Giants on Aug. 26, 2018. He’s the second backup offensive lineman to re-up with the team this spring, joining tackle Rashod Hill.

MLB

Players keep service time in deal

Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like.

As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players will not challenge the loss of their salaries if no games are played.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Arkansas guard ready for NBA Draft

Arkansas guard Mason Jones has declared for the NBA draft.

Jones made the announcement on social media Friday, and the University of Arkansas confirmed the decision with a congratulatory statement.

Jones, a 6-foot-5 junior, was The Associated Press’ co-SEC Player of the Year. He averaged 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season.

“Mason had a phenomenal season,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said in the statement. “It came through hours of hard work and dedication, as well as a desire to be the best player he could be.”

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