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Rahm wins Memorial…Nicklaus, wife fine after COVID battle

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm has won the PGA’s Memorial to become the world’s No. 1 golfer, moving ahead of Rory McIlroy. Rahm closed with a 3-over 75 for a 9-under total, three strokes ahead of second-round co-leader Ryan Palmer at Muirfield Village. Rahm survived a double-bogey and a two-stroke penalty after leading by as many as eight strokes yesterday.

UNDATED (AP) — Jack Nicklaus told Sunday’s CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his wife, Barbara, have recovered from the coronavirus. Nicklaus said the couple tested positive at the onset of the pandemic and shook off the virus around April 20. He said his wife had no COVID-19 symptoms, while Nicklaus had a sore throat and a cough.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Richard Childress Racing pulled off a 1-2 finish at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday, with Austin Dillon nosing out rookie Tyler Reddick. Dillon raced to his third career win and first since Daytona at the start of the 2018 season. Joey Logano finished third, with Kyle Busch coming in fourth a day after he finished ahead of the field in two races.

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are investigating the possibility of playing their home games at a major league ballpark this year. Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging. Pitcher Anthony Bass says the front office is working to find a major league ballpark for the team. Bass said he spoke with general manager Ross Atkins and emphasized that players prefer a big league stadium.

UNDATED (AP) — NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose wife is pregnant, wrote: “We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones.” Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted, “If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020.”

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