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ST. JOHNSBURY COUNTRY CLUB

July 31 Ladies Night Results

1st Place: Kathy Fenoff (34), Brenda Stenson, Brenda Lane; 2nd Place: Mary Jane Miller (36), Mary Lou Bell, Sharon Noel, Micheline Gilman; Closest to the Pin #3: Mary Jane Miller

NBA

Spurs Sign Tony Parker To Extension

The Spurs signed six-time All-Star point guard Tony Parker to a multi-year contract extension on Friday. The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! Sports first reported that it was a three-year extension worth $43.3 million that will kick in in 2015 and will take him through 2017-18.

Parker was set to enter next season on the final year of his contract at the bargain price of $12.5 million.




He has spent all of his 13 NBA seasons with the Spurs and has helped them win four of their five NBA titles, the last one coming in June with a dominating victory over the defending champion Miami Heat.

Parker turned 32 in May, but has shown little sign of slowing down. He averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 29 minutes per game last season.

NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is eligible for an extension on his rookie deal, and Popovich has already dubbed him the player who will take over the franchise when Duncan finally decides to retire.

The Spurs have until Oct. 31 to sign Leonard to a new deal.

MLB

Baseball: Reds-Marlins Call Right, Took Too Long

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball says it got the replay call right in ruling that the Miami Marlins catcher blocked the plate, but it took too long.

The disputed play happened Thursday night in the Cincinnati Reds' 3-1 victory over Miami. The score was 1-1 in the top of the eighth.

Initially, the plate umpire called Cincinnati's Zack Cozart out. The 6-minute, 10-second review using the instant replay system over-ruled the call and extended the inning. Ryan Ludwick delivered a two-run single to help the Reds win.

MLB said the catcher "did not provide a lane to the runner and hindered his path to the plate without possession of the ball."

The statement added that the "exorbitant length" of the review was more than three times the season average and "must be avoided in the future."

HEALTH

Athlete Tested for Ebola at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Commonwealth Games officials say an athlete competing at the games has been tested for the Ebola virus but the tests were negative.

Games officials said in a statement on Friday that "there is no Ebola in the athletes' village ... we can confirm an athlete was tested for a number of things when he fell ill last week, including Ebola. The tests were negative and the athlete competed in his event on Thursday."

The statement said "we are dismayed by some of the sensational and misleading headlines to date and request that these are not repeated."

Local media said the unnamed athlete was from Sierra Leone.

Over 700 people have died in West Africa from Ebola, with the worst recorded outbreak in history centered in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

GOLF

Tour Refutes Report Johnson Suspended

AKRON, Ohio -- The PGA Tour is refuting a report that Dustin Johnson has been suspended.

Johnson said in a statement Thursday he was taking a leave of absence to seek professional help for "personal challenges" that brought an end to his season. Johnson will miss the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.

Golf.com reported Friday that the tour had suspended Johnson for six months for failing a drug test. The website cited a source it did not identify.

The PGA Tour has a policy of not commenting on disciplinary actions. But it issued a statement Friday afternoon to clarify that Johnson has taken a leave of absence "and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour."

COLLEGE HOOP

UCLA Will Replace Flooded Pauley Pavilion Floor

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA says it will replace the floor of Pauley Pavilion that was flooded by a 20 million-gallon water main leak.

Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said Friday that the entire wood floor of the famed court will be replaced by the end of October and no regular season basketball games will be affected.

The floor, two parking structures and other campus facilities were swamped Tuesday when a 30-inch water main on nearby Sunset Boulevard fractured.

Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136 million upgrade just two years ago.

UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg said Friday that crews are removing some 400 vehicles that were submerged in Tuesday's deluge. He says the process could take several days because workers are still pumping out water and digging through muck and debris.

About 270 cars not damaged by water were removed earlier and their owners began retrieving them Friday.

HALL OF FAME

Strahan Expects Emotions To Flow At HOF Induction

CANTON, Ohio -- Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

That means the former New York Giants star pass-rusher won't be the first to break down in tears once the 2014 seven-member class is inducted Saturday.

If that's the case, Andre Reed might not make it through Friday. The former Buffalo Bills receiver was having trouble keeping his emotions in check after meeting former teammate, quarterback Jim Kelly, who is battling cancer.

There will be plenty of emotions given the varied backgrounds of the inductees.

The group includes linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones, defensive back Aeneas Williams and punter Ray Guy. And also defensive end Claude Humphrey, who retired after the 1981 season.







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