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Scuttle leftovers, July 20, 2013

July 20, 2013 - Burt Angeli
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Fifteen-year-old Garrett Waloway captured the men’s golf championship at Little River Country Club. The Marinette High School sophomore, youngest to win the club crown, posted rounds of 74 and 75 ...

Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is a big fan of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“The guy up in Green Bay, I think is the best in football,” Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But that’s my opinion. I like what he does, and I like his leadership qualities. “If I had to coach one guy in my career, maybe it’d be Aaron Rodgers.” ...

From Brad Dickson, Omaha World Herald: “NBA star Kevin Durant is engaged to WNBA star Monica Wright. Kentucky just offered a full ride to their first child.”

The Detroit Pistons are a “legitimate contender for a playoff spot” next season, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

“Like the economy and the auto industry, the Detroit Pistons are on an upswing, delving into the free agent market to sign Josh Smith and bringing back their talented young core that’s been developing without much notice,” wrote Washburn, who also approves of Rasheed Wallace joining the coaching staff.” ...

Baseball bits from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo: “(Detroit’s) Miguel Cabrera already has seven four-hit games this season and could become the first righthanded hitter since Rogers Hornsby (1920-25) to win three straight batting titles. He’s already the first player to hit 30 homers and drive in 90 runs before the All-Star break ... (Dodgers) outfield phenom Yasiel Puig is the second player since 1950 to start his career with a .batting average of .400 or better in his first 130 at-bats ( Tony Oliva the other) ...

From Reggie Hayes, Fort Wayne News Sentinel: “The Denver Broncos signed left tackle Ryan Clady to a five-year, $52.5 million contract. ‘It was pretty hard to pass up $33 million guaranteed,’ Clady told ESPN in the understatement of the week, month, year, decade and history of the NFL.” ...

Gaming Todays’ top fantasy football quarterbacks: 1. Drew Brees, Saints; 2. Peyton Manning, Broncos; 3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers; 4. Cam Newton, Panthers; 5. Matt Ryan, Falcons ...

1641 Parkview may need to make another trip to Iowa City to cheer on his Spartans. Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network listed his 2013 “trap” football games — it’s a contest that your school probably should win but may not, for various reasons — and Michigan State’s Oct. 5 journey to Iowa was among them.

“Iowa has had the Spartans’ number lately, winning three of the last four and five of seven,” Dienhart noted. “Be careful, MSU.” ...

Kevin Gravel’s St. Cloud State Huskies are scheduled for four 2013-14 National Collegiate Hockey Conference games on the CBS Sports Network.

St. Cloud’s TV lineup: Jan. 17, Western Michigan; Feb. 21, at Miami; Feb. 28, North Dakota, and March 7, at Colorado College.

Gravel is a senior defenseman from Kingsford ...

Fourteen-year-old Sarah Yang, an All-Scholastic tennis player from the Boston area, is the granddaughter of former major league pitcher Wilbur Wood. Her mother, Wendy, was a top-notch tennis talent at the collegiate and pro levels.

“This is Sarah’s thing,” Wendy Wood Yang told the Boston Globe. “Whateverthe sport is, whatever the kid is, they have to love it and have the talent for it and really want to go after it. I think it’s important to have the kids lead, and you support them.” ...

Bushwacker, a 1,700-pound bull, appears, fittingly, in The Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Bushwacker takes home $1,000 a ride, plus bonuses, with a career total of $500,000. Only two riders have gone the limit (eight seconds) on Bushwacker, and that was four years ago. He’s 42-0 since then ...

From comedy writer Jim Barach: “A recent poll discovered that the U.S. Supreme Court's approval rating is at an all-time low. Even the Chicago Cubs are wondering how nine people can so consistently chalk up a losing record."

Will Gordon, writing at deadspin.com, ranks Grain Belt Premium as America's finest cheap beer. That also happens to be my beverage of choice, but not happy about driving to Green Bay or Minnesota to quench my thirst ...

From Negaunee High School tennis coach Kyle Saari, on the community project to build new courts: “We hope the new courts would be one of the best tennis facilities in the U.P.. It's something we've been hoping for the last few years and we're extremely excited." ...

Former Northwestern star John Shurna, highly regarded by Norway’s Ed Weiland in his hoopsanalyst.com forecast from 2012, will join the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.

Shurna played in France last season ...

 
 

 

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