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SportShorts for Friday, July 12, 2019


Locals fire first aces this week

A pair of area golfers, Mark Tremble of Oregon and Dale Baker of Dixon, recorded their first-ever holes in one this week.

Tremble used a gap wedge to ace the 115-yard fourth hole at PrairieView Golf Course in Byron on Monday during the Village of Progress Larry Young & Friends Play Day. The shot was witnessed by Kathi Tremble, Larry Young, Chris Martin and Craig Carpenter.

Baker used a 5 wood to ace the 150-yard 15th hole at Sunset Golf Club in Mount Morris on Thursday. The shot was witnessed by Tom McPhillips, Jim Fager and Adam Marshall.


Dolphins’ Norton cited in car accident

Miami Dolphins player Kendrick Norton was at fault for a two-car accident last week that resulted in the amputation of his left arm, according to a Thursday crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Norton was issued a citation for an improper lane change of his 2017 Ford F250, which crashed into the right side of a 2015 Maserati before it slammed into a concrete barrier and overturned onto its roof.

While no tests for alcohol or other drugs were administered, investigators determined Norton and his passenger, a 34-year-old woman named Shakir Williams, were not suspected of alcohol or drug use. Neither were wearing seatbelts during the incident, which occurred around 1:18 a.m. on July 4, and both were transported to an area hospital.

Investigators said the other driver, Jessie Pena, a 30-year-old woman from Miami, was also not suspected of alcohol or drug use. Pena and her passenger in the Maserati, Osdany Jimenez, a 38-year-old man from Miami, were not injured after the incident.

Gordon will hold out without new deal

Discouraged by his contract situation, Melvin Gordon has told the Chargers he will not report to training camp, and will instead demand a trade unless he receives a new deal.

Gordon’s agent, Fletcher Smith, has confirmed that his client is prepared to remain away from the team if necessary when the Chargers report in 2 weeks.

The sides have been discussing an extension, but the lack of progress led to the running back toughening his stance this week.

Gordon, who is scheduled to make $5.6 million this season, is in the final year of the deal he signed with the Chargers after they drafted him 15th overall in 2015.

Haynesworth needs kidney transplant

Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth says on social media that he needs a kidney transplant.

The 38-year-old Haynesworth posted on Instagram that he’s been battling kidney disease for a few years. He shared a photo of himself in a hospital bed and wrote that his kidneys failed him Sunday and he’s looking for a donor, saying that he’s “in dire need of a kidney.”

Haynesworth played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Titans, Redskins, Patriots and Buccaneers. He was selected as an All-Pro after the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and had 30½ sacks in 123 games.

Bucs’ Smith
suspended by NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers.

Smith is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the team Sept. 30, after Tampa Bay’s Week 4 game at the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams.

Smith is entering his fourth NFL season with the Buccaneers. He was a fourth-round pick in 2016 by Tampa Bay.

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