Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 19, 2013

Sports in Brief: 08/19/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Hebert aims to defend PGA pro title

ROCHESTER — Defending champion Scott Hebert, the head PGA golf professional at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, heads the field of 140 member club and teaching professionals playing today through Wednesday on Oakland University’s golf courses.

The $42,000 championship will be decided over 54-holes of competition on the R&S Sharf and Katke-Cousins golf courses for the second consecutive year. The field will split and play a round on each of the two courses today and Tuesday with Wednesday’s closing round on the Katke-Cousins course.

Hebert, a six-time champion, shot a closing 3-under-par 69 to come from behind and win last year’s championship by four shots over Ian Ziska, the head professional at Katke Golf Course at Ferris State University. Hebert also won the 2008 Michigan Pro-Pro Championship at Oakland University with Mick DeKorver of Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids, and thinks the golf courses fit his game.

Bears add QB Edwards as backup

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears signed QB Trent Edwards to a one-year contract and waived WR Jerrell Jackson.

Edwards has started 33 games in a five-season career with Buffalo, Jacksonville, Oakland and Philadelphia. The former Stanford quarterback has more than 6,000 yards passing, with 26 TDs and 30 interceptions in his career.

Originally a third-round selection by the Bills, he is 14-19 as a starter.

Dolphins’ Keller out for the season

MIAMI — Dustin Keller will miss the entire season with a knee injury that leaves the Miami Dolphins without much experience at tight end, a position in which they were counting on an upgrade to enliven their offense in 2013.

Keller seriously injured his right knee during Saturday’s preseason game at Houston, two people familiar with the diagnosis said Sunday.

Keller signed a $4.25 million, one-year contract with the Dolphins in March after five seasons with the New York Jets. His injury represents a significant setback for the Dolphins, who acquired Keller to replace tight end Tony Fasano and help second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Keller was carted off the field after being tackled by rookie safety D.J. Swearinger on an incompletion. Swearinger hit Keller in the knee with his helmet, a legal play, and said he went low because he risked a fine by tackling high.

Ex-Tiger Gibson unloads on Braun

PITTSBURGH — Kirk Gibson says he would like to have a private conversation with disgraced slugger Ryan Braun.

The Arizona Diamondbacks manager said Sunday that “cheaters” like Braun rob other players of opportunities for moments such as his pinch-hit home run during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers.

Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month. The Milwaukee Brewers star apologized for “mistakes” but has yet to publicly admit to using performance-enhancing drugs.

Before Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gibson said that if he saw Braun, “I’ve got a question for him right to his face.” Gibson says he would ask: “Is he about rehearsed (enough) by now, you think? About ready to come out? He’s probably practicing at the theater school somewhere.”

Gretzky, Johnson say they’re getting married

JUPITER, Fla. — PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky have taken to Twitter to say they’re getting married.

Johnson tweeted Sunday that “she said yes!!!” and included a picture of a large diamond ring on the daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky. She retweeted it, along with several congratulatory messages from friends and family.

Johnson and Wayne Gretzky were partners in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The 29-year-old Johnson already has seven wins in his first six years on the PGA Tour.

Cohoctah Twp. rider wins world titles

COHOCTAH TOWNSHIP (AP) — A Cohoctah Township woman recently rode her horse to two world titles.

Holly Armstrong and her Pinto American Saddlebred horse Paddyngton’s Mark of Distinction won the Open Parade Horse and the Western Saddle Type Equipment titles at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. They are undefeated in the Saddlebred circuit in the division this year, Armstrong told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.

Armstrong, 42, is a 1988 Durand High School graduate. She has shown horses since she was 4 years old.