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SPORTSBRIEFING

Oak Glen golf scramble

CALCUTTA — The Oak Glen Wrestling Golf Scramble will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at Turkana Golf Course. Registration starts at noon with golf at 1 p.m.

Cost of the four-person scramble is $65 per person.

To register, contact Patrick McGillian at (304) 479-2058.

Beaver boys hit the links

CALCUTTA — The Beaver Local boys golf team will begin practice at 2 p.m. Monday at Beaver Meadows.

Pirates, Pens games live

PITTSBURGH — AT&T SportsNet, the official TV home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins will offer an additional channel for fans to watch both Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins when game times coincide.

The network will produce and televise both live games, carrying one on the primary channel (PIT1), and the other live game on a secondary AT&T SportsNet channel (PIT2). Each telecast will include live pre- and post-game shows.

At 8 p.m. Monday, the Penguins will host the Montreal Canadiens on PIT1, while the Pirates play at the Minnesota Twins on PIT2.

7-inning doubleheaders

NEW YORK (AP) — Shortened season, shorter games. Big league doubleheaders will now become a pair of seven-inning games, baseball’s latest radical rule change during a season reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.

Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached agreement Thursday on the new twinbills, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

Baseball is filled with examples going back more than 100 years of major league games being shortened on the fly because of weather, darkness or a team’s travel schedule. But this is believed to be the first mandate across the sport to play games shorter than nine innings.

A rule still to be decided, as a result of the abbreviated games: Can a starting pitcher who throws four innings get credit for a win?

The Cleveland Indians swept the Chicago White Sox earlier this week in the first doubleheader of the season. The new rule goes into effect Saturday for the rest of the season.

Toledo sports delayed

TOLEDO — The Toledo Public Schools, the fourth-largest district in Ohio, will begin the school year with online learning on Sept. 8 and canceled sports until Oct. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The school board Thursday unanimously approved the administration’s plans.

Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant said the schools can move football to the spring and just play a City League schedule.

Toledo Public Schools serves more than 23,000 students in eight high schools and 42 elementary schools.

Riley signs through ’25

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley will earn an average of more than $7.5 million a year under a contract extension through the 2025 season.

The university’s board of regents approved the two-year extension Tuesday. The deal was negotiated in February, before the coronavirus pandemic began causing financial stress to college athletic budgets across the country.

The 36-year-old Riley enters his fourth season with a 36-6 record, three Big 12 championships and three appearances in the College Football Playoff. He also has coached Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts.

Riley earns $6.15 million after he and other athletic department employees making more than $1 million took a 10% pay cut as part of coronavirus-related budget cuts.

Riley is scheduled to make $8.05 million starting in February.

Riley’s assistant coaches also had new contracts approved. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch remains the highest paid assistant, going from $1.4 million to $1.8 million. A 2002 graduate of Mount Union, Grinch was a safety on three NCAA Division III national championship teams for the Purple Raiders.

Browns punter on list

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns punter Jamie Gillan has been placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list, which means he’s either tested positive for the virus or been in close contact with an infected person.

Gillan is the third player placed on the list, joining running back Dontrell Hilliard and safety Jovante Moffatt.

The Browns signed Gillan as an undrafted free agent before training camp last season and the 23-year-old became a fan favorite with his long air and thick Scottish accent. He wore a kilt to Cleveland’s final home game last season.

Gillan set a club single-season record by averaging 41.6 net yards per kick in 2019 as a rookie. He also placed 28 punts inside the 20.

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