August 06, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services


Charlotte man breaks state blue marlin record

Robert Farris of Charlotte, N.C., broke a 20-year-old state record Wednesday at the White Marlin Open in Ocean City by bringing in a blue marlin that weighed 1,062 pounds. The previous mark was 942 pounds. It took Farris, aboard the No Problem out of Fenwick Island, Del., more than three hours to reel the fish in. The blue marlin is worth about $555,000, with two days to go in the event, dubbed the largest billfish tournament in the world. A total of 298 boats are registered for the contest. Cash prizes exceed $2.1 million. The white marlin category is led by Sean Healey of Prides Crossing, Mass., who caught a 93.5 pound fish currently worth $860,000.

- Candus Thomson


Judge refuses to halt Delaware sports wagering

A federal judge on Wednesday in Wilmington denied a request by professional sports leagues and the NCAA to halt Delaware's planned sports betting lottery until a legal challenge is resolved. Chief District Judge Gregory Sleet set a Dec. 7 trial date on the plaintiffs' claims that the sports betting plan violates a federal ban on sports gambling, as well as Delaware's state constitution. "The court concludes that a preliminary injunction ... is not warranted in this case," said Sleet, adding that the leagues had not met their burden of proving that such an "extraordinary remedy" was justified. Sleet's ruling came after he and attorneys for both sides met behind closed doors for more than an hour before emerging in open court to continue discussions on case scheduling and the request for an injunction.


Greenbrier back on PGA Tour, gets event for next six years

The PGA Tour is returning to the once-elite Greenbrier for the first time in 15 years, officials said Wednesday, just months after the new owner of the White Sulphur Springs resort promised to bring back a major tournament. Owner Jim Justice made that pledge in May, and his wish came full-circle with the announcement from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem that The Greenbrier will hold a tournament over the next six years. It marks the first large-scale event at The Greenbrier since the U.S. women beat Europe in the 1994 Solheim Cup. The move was part of Justice's strategy to restore the shine to a resort and 721-room hotel that once hosted presidents and royalty.

MAPGA Professional Championship: : Rick Schuller of Swaders Sports Park in Chesterfield, Va., shot a 2-under par 70 to capture his second straight and fourth overall Maryland PGA Professional Championship at Woodmont Country Club (North Course) in Rockville. He finished 54 holes at 7-under-par to best 167 fellow PGA pros and take home $10,500. John Stone of Pines Golf Club had birdies at 15, 16 and 17 to finish second at 3-under. Dirk Schultz of Beaver Creek Country Club was third at 2-under. This event also serves as a qualifier for the PGA Professional National Championship. The top 12 finishers, plus past national champions Chip Sullivan and Wayne DeFrancesco advance from the Middle Atlantic PGA to the national championship.

Et cetera

AHL scoring star Giroux returning to Hershey in '09-10

Left wing Alexandre Giroux, who set a Hershey Bears franchise record in 2008-09 by scoring 60 goals in a season, signed a contract to return to the American Hockey League team in 2009-10. Giroux, 28, added 15 goals in 22 postseason games on the way to the club's 10th Calder Cup championship. The 75 goals are the most scored by a single AHL player in one regular season and postseason combined. Giroux also played in 12 games for the Washington Capitals in 2008-09, scoring one goal and assisting on another.

College football: : Mike Coyne, an offensive assistant with the Ravens in 2008, was named wide receivers coach at Colby College. Coyne, who was a wide receiver at Hereford and attended Kentucky, assisted head coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in advance scouting and breaking down film of opponents.

Bowling: : Martha Perez, a rising junior at UMES, won the All Events gold medal at the Colombian Nationals. She posted a high game of 298 and took a bronze medal in trio bowling, a silver in doubles and a gold in team play.

- From Sun staff and news services

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