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Sportshorts for Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

LOCAL GOLF

Higley sinks hole-in-one

Ed Higley, of Mount Morris, made a hole-in-one on hole No. 16 at Sunset on Aug. 10. Higley, who had one previous hole-in-one, used a lob wedge at the 100-yard par 3.

It was witnessed by Mike Anderson and Pat Medlar.

MLB

Increased instant replay likely

Major League Baseball is prepared to greatly increase its use of instant replay, with a proposal advancing that would give each manager three challenges per game if approved.

Owners attending quarterly meetings in Cooperstown, N.Y., were briefed on the proposal put together and advanced by a committee including Joe Torre, John Schuerholz and Tony La Russa, which would be placed into effect in 2014.

Almost all calls except the strike zone would be subject to review if MLB can gain approval of the players union and umpires union prior to a vote by owners in November.

Maddon brings snake to clubhouse

Joe Maddon has done it again.

The Tampa Bay Rays manager, known for zany stunts and antics to keep his team loose, arranged Thursday for a 20-foot python to visit the clubhouse, according to tweets and photos on the Rays’ official Twitter account (@RaysBaseball).

RUNNING

Algonquin’s Jager fifth in steeplechase

After hanging with the leaders for all but the final 300 meters, Algonquin’s Evan Jager wound up fifth in Thursday’s steeplechase final at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow.

It was the best finish for a U.S. man in the event since Mark Croghan’s fifth at the 1993 worlds. No U.S. runner ever has won a medal in the event.

SWIMMING

U.S. swimmer banned from meet

Officials have banned a paraplegic American swimmer from the Paralympic world championships in Montreal.

Victoria Arlen slipped into a coma at 11 and awoke 3 years later to find that she was paralyzed from the waist down because of an autoimmune disorder that attacks nerves in the spine.

Arlen has used a wheelchair to get around ever since.

The 18-year-old from New Hampshire had her bags packed for the world championships this week when she learned that the International Paralympic Committee had disqualified her, ruling that her condition was not permanent.

WRESTLING

Young first gay professional wrestler

WWE wrestler Darren Young became the first active major pro wrestling star to announce that he is gay.

Young arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday for this weekend’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event at Staples Center and told a TMZ cameraman that he is gay.

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