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Pikunas named MAC Golfer of the Week


Akron freshman Jacinta Pikunas was named the Mid-American Conference’s Women’s Golfer of the Week.

The Boardman graduate fired a program-record 210 in 54 holes at the Ball State Cardinal Classic, where she was the tournament’s medalist. She helped the Zips get their lowest 54-hole score in team history.

NFL players ask league for support

A group of current and former NFL players has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league’s support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.

Yahoo Sports is reporting the players sent a 10-page memo to Goodell and NFL executive Troy Vincent in August asking for money, political involvement and other commitments from the league. It also asked the NFL to recognize the month of November as activism awareness month.

The website reports Wednesday night that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and receiver Torrey Smith, and former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin co-authored the letter.

The NFL declined comment when asked about the memo by Yahoo Sports. The players behind the letter didn’t return requests for comment or declined to speak about it, according to the website.

Man. United makes record $783 million


Manchester United generated a record 581.2 million pounds ($783 million) during Jose Mourinho’s first year as manager.

United won the League Cup and the Europa League last season, earning a spot in the Champions League for this season despite finishing sixth in the Premier League.

As well as the 13 percent jump in revenue, United also reported Thursday that pre-tax profits rose 8 percent to 39.2 million pounds in the year to June 30, 2017.

Staff costs climbed 14 percent to 31.3 million pounds, largely due to salaries of players.

United is forecasting revenue of 575-585 million pounds in the current financial year.

Diego Costa to return to Atletico Madrid


Atletico Madrid and Chelsea say they have reached an agreement for the transfer of striker Diego Costa to the Spanish club.

Chelsea says it gave Costa permission to travel to Madrid to undergo a medical and finalize the contract details with his former club.

Atletico says Costa should arrive in the coming days to finalize the deal with the club.

Costa will only be allowed to play for Atletico in January, when the club’s FIFA-imposed ban on registering news players ends.

Racing magnate Leven dies at 79


Bruce Leven, a self-made businessman whose sports car race teams won the Twelve Hours of Sebring three times in the 1980s, has died at 79.

Leven died Sept. 15 at his home in Seattle after a long bout with cancer, according to his son, Michael Leven.

As a driver, Bruce Leven surrounded himself with international stars that led to the success of his privately held Bayside Disposal Racing team, including victories at Sebring in 1981, 1987, and 1988. Those drivers included Peter Gregg, Hurley Haywood, Al Holbert, Scott Pruett, Hans Stuck, and Bob Wollek, who competed in the IMSA GT series in Porsche 935s and 962s, and Dominic Dobson and Jeff Andretti in Lola open-wheel racers in the CART Indy Car series.

Leven’s best season in racing was 1987 when his team earned six wins, with drivers Jochen Mass and Bobby Rahal finishing third and fifth in the IMSA championship despite entering only half the races. Three-time Le Mans winner Klaus Ludwig also contributed with a solo win of his own.

Leven disbanded his racing team in the 1990s and turned his attention back to business, founding the Bayside Automotive Group in Seattle.

Staff/wire report

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