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Sports Update - July 19th
The Southern Oregon Junior Golf Tournament is underway, with teen sensation Kevin Murphy of Rogue River off to a torrid start. He fired an opening day 64 to lead the 16 and 17-year old boy's division at Rogue Valley Country Club.
Dylan Wu of St. Mary's leads the 14-15 year old boys' division, thanks to an opening round of 67. His brothers are ranked 1-2 in the intermediate division.
The Southern Oregon Riverdawgs pulled out a 6-5 victory in extra innings over Fresno. Nick Rodda capped a 3 for 5 performance by plating the winner. The Dawgs take that 3-game series and enjoy some time off before they conclude their final homestand of the 2011 regular season later in the week.
North Medford and North Jackson both swept double dips in American Legion "A" baseball action. A.J. Miller pitched a complete game to highlight the Mavericks' day, while a grand slam by Johnny Wilkerson propelled North Jackson offensively.
On the national scene....
A vote is expected this week on a new CBA for the NFL and its players. Former Minnesota Viking Carl Eller is representing retired players to address their concerns. Resolutions of these negotations would likely mean pro football fans could enjoy a full season of NFL action.
The U-S Women's World Cup soccer team received a hearty welcome from fans in New York. Abby Wombach says the applause lifted her spirits more than anything else. The American women fell to Japan in the finale.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, enjoying their best season since the days of Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla are now leading St. Louis and Milwaukee in the National League Central. Charlie Morton pitched a shut out victory for the Bucs, who have been on a historic run of losing seasons since 1992.