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SPORTSBRIEFING

OVAC track and field opens today

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference track and field qualifying meet gets under way today at St. Clairsville High School.

Class 1A/2A and Class 3A will be held today beginning at 2:30 p.m. with the boys discus, long jump and pole vault, girls shot put and high jump, the shuttle hurdle relay and the 3200-meter relay.

Class 4A and Class 5A will follow the same time schedule on Tuesday.

The top four in each event advance to Saturday’s finals.

First PGA Tour win for Burns

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Sam Burns figured all those close calls would eventually teach him how to win on the PGA Tour.

Twice this season, he had the 54-hole lead and failed to convert. Six other times, he was atop the leaderboard at the end of a round, just never the round that mattered — Sunday.

That changed, finally, at the Valspar Championship. And the lesson was not what he expected.

“I always felt that you had to play perfect golf to win,” Burns said after a 3-under 68 for a three-shot victory. “I always felt that you had to play your absolute best on a Sunday to win. And after those experiences I realized that it’s not the case. I was trying to do too much.”

He did just enough, and got some help from Keegan Bradley.

Tied for the lead with six holes to play, Bradley hit 8-iron short and into the water for a double bogey on the par-3 13th hole, and Burns put him away with two big birdies and a celebration he had reason to feel was a long time coming.

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