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Factory Worker Makes British Open

HOYLAKE, England -- John Singleton had just finished up a practice round along the Irish Sea when four young girls approached him from the other side of the fence.

"Are you famous?" one of them asked.

"I'm playing in the Open," Singleton replied, trying to keep a straight face. "That's pretty famous, ain't it?"

Actually, there's no more improbable player at Royal Liverpool than this 30-year-old factory worker, who lives 10 minutes down the road and qualified for the British Open on his very first try. The Grand Slam tournament gets under way today.

Singleton strolled around the course Wednesday with two-time major champion John Daly and PGA Tour regular Dustin Johnson, a pair of Americans who didn't know the stunning back-story of the real-life Rocky in their group.




Johnson introduced himself on the first tee but didn't inquire further until they got to the third hole. "Do you play on the European Tour?" he finally asked. "No," Singleton replied, "I work in a factory."

YOUTH BASEBALL

Pain, Pain, Go Away: Japan Wants To Save High School Pitchers

TOKYO -- The marathon pitching exploits of Japan's high school baseball players may soon be a thing of the past.

Japan's High School Baseball Federation is considering introducing measures such as a tiebreaker and pitch counts limits in order to protect the health of the country's future stars.

Tomohiro Anraku, 17, who many consider the future of Japanese baseball, is no stranger to the type of marathon pitching performances that are legendary in Japanese high school ball. In 2013, Anraku threw 183 pitches in one game at the Koshien high school baseball tournament after a 137-pitch outing the previous day.

"High school coaches in Japan argue if the core mechanics are good then a pitcher won't hurt his arm throwing every day," said author Robert Whiting, who has written several books on Japanese baseball.

Many in Japan consider 250-pitch outings to be character building. Even in pro ball in Japan, pitchers throw on the sidelines in between innings to stay warm.

COURTS

No Charges Against 2 Providence Hoop Players

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Rhode Island attorney general's office says an investigation into an alleged sexual assault by two Providence College basketball players has concluded with no charges.

The office said Wednesday a grand jury determined there was insufficient evidence to charge Rodney Bullock. The office determined there was insufficient evidence to ask the grand jury to consider charges against Brandon Austin.

The freshmen were accused of sexually assaulting another student in November, and suspended from playing games for the season. Austin left Providence College and enrolled at Oregon, where he was also accused of rape. Authorities there declined to prosecute, saying there wasn't enough evidence. He was suspended from the school for at least four years.

AARON HERNANDEZ: Prosecutors have spelled out what they say is evidence that the fiancee of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez lied to the grand jury that indicted him on a murder charge, including comments she made about a box she discarded at Hernandez's direction.

In a filing Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court, the prosecution listed more than a dozen instances in which it says it has evidence contradicting Shayanna Jenkins' testimony to the grand jury investigating the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to perjury. Defense attorney Janice Bassil has moved to dismiss the charge.

A judge had ordered the additional information turned over following defense complaints.

Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating Jenkins' sister.

Prosecutors have said that most of Jenkins' testimony wasn't credible, including about getting rid of a box from the basement of her and Hernandez's North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home. Jenkins told grand jurors she couldn't remember where she threw out the box, which she put in a trash bag, covered with baby clothes, they have said.

Prosecutors haven't disclosed what they think the box contained. Jenkins was granted immunity before she testified.

Jenkins is free on personal recognizance.

OFF THE FIELD

Sandusky Son Talks of Father's Bedtime 'Ritual'

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home -- except when it came time to go to bed.

The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday released a clip of Winfrey's interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father.

Matt Sandusky tells Winfrey that his father had a bedtime "ritual." The full interview airs Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

The network says Sandusky also describes grooming, methodical control and manipulation by his father.

Jerry Sandusky is a former Penn State assistant football coach now imprisoned for molesting 10 other boys.

Matt Sandusky is one of six children adopted by Jerry Sandusky and his wife. He also discussed the alleged abuse in the documentary "Happy Valley."







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