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Escanaba softball seniors plant tree at field

Escanaba Eskymos softball team senior girls stand around a tree they planted at Lemerand Field in Escanaba Friday. In addition to the planting, the team also honored its seniors on Wednesday with a visit to each individual along with some gifts.

Bakich, others propose later college baseball start

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the college baseball season to trim expenses in the post-coronavirus era, make the game more fan friendly and reduce injury risk to players. Under the 35-page proposal titled ...

QBs find ways to drill without full team sessions

Some NFL quarterbacks are still finding ways to hold throwing sessions with receivers during the coronavirus pandemic, though things look much different. Players are keeping it simple and sticking to football instead of the annual weeklong bonding trips that have included sleepovers, ...

Packers’ DL faces charges

ELKO, Ga. (AP) — Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams was arrested in Georgia this week and charged with marijuana and driving offenses. He was stopped Tuesday just after 6 p.m. on suspicion of driving with a suspended registration and no insurance, according to a Houston ...

Briscoe wins Xfinity race

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Chase Briscoe was grateful to bring a moment or two of happiness to wife Marissa in the worst week of their lives. It was Tuesday, during a 12-week exam, that they learned that their expected child — they only learned Monday that it was a girl — had no fetal ...

Vikings’ Odenigbo finds key rush role

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, like the rest of the NFL during this virus-restricted offseason, have been forced to rely on virtual instruction over video conference calls between staff and players. Ifeadi Odenigbo’s opportunity to become a full-time starter at defensive end ...

NBA’s return gains traction

Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA: Players believe they’re going to play games again this season. The obvious questions — How? Where? When? — remain unanswered. Testing, part of the new normal of this coronavirus era, will be a major component to any return-to-play plan ...

Cubs, Pirates trim payroll

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season. The Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates ...

Hamlin scores second win

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin won NASCAR’s first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing ...

NCAA to lift workout restrictions on June 1

The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1 as a growing number of college leaders expressed confidence that fall sports will be possible in some form despite concerns about the coronavirus ...

Golfer notches seventh ace

HARRIS — Doug Benson aced the third hole at Sweetgrass Golf Club Tuesday. The 143-yarder marked the seventh hole-in-one of his career. GLADSTONE — Denise Wilson shot a 44 to take the top spot in the Terrace Bluff’s Women’s League Tuesday. She was followed by Mel Beauchamp and Judy ...

Column – Seniors face to face with uncertainty

ESCANABA — An inevitability. I’m sure that’s what many high school seniors felt deep down but didn’t want to admit to themselves. In the wake of trying to slow the spread of COVID-19, many things fell by the wayside. Leaving your house more than once a week, standing within arm’s ...

NFL training facilities reopening piecemeal

A limited number of NFL teams reopened their training facilities Tuesday, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local municipalities allow ...

Harvick looks for a sweep at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The win by Kevin Harvick in NASCAR’s return to racing over the weekend was a bit predictable considering the enormous task teams are facing in a flurry of rescheduled events. The initial rollout of four Cup Series races over 11 days requires a grueling effort by ...

US Open loses part of its identity

The U.S. Open lost a big part of its identity. And it has nothing to do with par. For years, the USGA has boasted — and rightly so — that it was the most democratic of all majors. Half of the 156-man field had to go through some form of qualifying just to get a tee time. Max Homa won ...

Doubts plague NFL hopefuls

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joe Burrow was a competent if unspectacular quarterback as a backup at Ohio State and during his first post-transfer season at LSU. In 2019, he transformed into Super Joe. Imagine if a pandemic had shortened or wiped out that last, golden season for Burrow, who won the ...

NASCAR succeeds in return live event

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening plan, which was a potential standard-setting moment for other professional leagues to follow in this new normal of sports. No plan is ever perfect and all the assistance from outside health officials ...

U.S. Open does away with qualifiers

The U.S. Open might feel more like a closed shop this year. The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open at Winged Foot from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924. Open qualifying is the hallmark of golf’s ...

Darner leaves Green Bay men’s basketball

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Linc Darner is out as the men’s basketball coach at Green Bay after posting winning records in four of his five seasons on the job. Chancellor Michael Alexander confirmed the move Monday, saying in a statement that the university and coach “have decided to part ...

Four locals honored for boys’ basketball

ESCANABA — Four local players were honored in the Detroit Free Press all-state boys basketball awards released Sunday morning. Taking top honors was senior Brett LaFord of Carney-Nadeau, who was selected to the Division 4 second team. LaFord, an All-U.P. first team selection and the Skyline ...