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Local golfers fall in Ohio Junior standings

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Brookfield’s Conner Stevens shot a 74 on Wednesday in the second round of the Ohio Junior Championship in Columbus.

Stevens is tied for 12th with a two-round score of 146. He was tied for eighth at the end of the first round on Tuesday.

Boardman’s Brian Terlesky fell into a tie for 41st after shooting a 78 for a total of 153. Campbell’s Dean Austalosh shot a 81 in the second round. He’s tied for 57th with a total of 155.

Terps OL McNair dies, collapsed at workout

COLLEGE PARK, Md.

Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, “Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team.”

He added, “Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter.”

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers

College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school.

The NCAA Division I Council approved the change Wednesday. It takes effect Oct. 15.

The long-awaited transfer reform ended up being a narrow change, but should provide more freedom for athletes to transfer when and where they want.

Under the new rule, athletes would be permitted to be contacted when they notify their current coaches, who have two days to enter the names into a database created and managed by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be recruited. The change will come with stricter tampering rules to help prevent illegal recruiting.

Spain fires national team coach before Cup

With only two days to go before Spain’s opening match at the World Cup, Julen Lopetegui was fired as national team coach after accepting a job to lead Real Madrid next season.

Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales, who made the announcement on Wednesday in Krasnodar, later said Fernando Hierro would replace Lopetegui as coach for Spain’s match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

Rubiales said firing Lopetegui wasn’t the best solution but it was needed after the federation was caught by surprise by Madrid’s announcement .

“The federation cannot be left out of a negotiation by one of its workers and be informed five minutes before the press release,” Rubiales said. “We have been compelled to act.”

PGA president Levy arrested on DUI charge

INDIO, Calif.

PGA of America President Paul Levy is facing a misdemeanor DUI charge after veering off a road in California and hitting a sign last week.

The PGA of America says it will support Levy as he seeks counseling and deals with the consequences of his arrest.

Palm Desert police says Levy was on Highway 111 late Thursday when he veered off the road and struck the sign. A report from the sheriff’s office says he was not injured, but police said he showed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution, and then booked into the Riverside County Jail.

He faces an Aug. 2 court date.

Staff/wire report

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