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Miyazato shoots 64, takes lead at Titleholders

Miyazato shoots 64, takes lead at Titleholders

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Ai Miyazato of Japan felt as if she couldn't miss Friday until her final putt dropped for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead in the season-ending Titleholders.

Miyazato, who already has won twice this year, overcame a sloppy bogey on the par-5 second hole by making four birdies in a five-hole stretch to close out the front nine. She added four birdies on the back nine for the low round of the tournament, giving her a one-shot lead over U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi.

Sun Young Yoo, in a three-way tie for the lead to start the second round, was two shots behind until she was assessed a one-shot penalty for not raising her arm high enough on a drop at the 14th hole.

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.

 

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In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Why the change?

The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.

The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.

Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.

Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.

And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.

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