Jason Thresher wins third straight Mass Open title

Hampden, MA: 06-13-2018: Jason Thresher after winning the Mass. Open at Greathorse in Hampden, Mass. June 13, 2018. Photo/David Colt, New England Golf Images (permission for use received from photographer)
Jason Thresher lifts the winner’s trophy at Greathorse in Hampden, Mass.

Jason Thresher from West Suffield, Conn., won his third straight Massachusetts Open golf championship Wednesday, shooting a 2-under-par 70 in the final round at GreatHorse in Hampden and finishing at 11-under 205 to take the tournament by one stroke over 2013 champion Evan Harmeling of Burlington, Vt. Thresher is only the fifth player in the tournament’s 109-year history to win three straight titles. “The first one was huge for my career,” Thresher said. “This one is great. I haven’t been back in New England for a long time. I am going to be back for the entire summer, which will be great. This is a great way to kick off the summer and enjoy New England life again.” . . . PGA of America President Paul Levy is facing a misdemeanor DUI charge after veering off a road in Palm Desert, Calif. and hitting a sign last week. The PGA of America says it will support Levy as he seeks counseling and deals with the consequences of his arrest. Levy was not injured and has an Aug. 2 court date.


Hall of Famer Donovan dies

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan’s family issued the following statement: ‘‘While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being.” . . . In the WNBA, Elena Delle Donne scored 36 points, Kristi Toliver added 25 and the Washington Mystics blew a 30-point lead before beating the host Connecticut Sun, 95-91.


Maryland’s McNair dead at 19

Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, died. He was 19. McNair was a 6-foot-4-inch, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. He played one game last season. The school would not disclose the cause of death . . . Athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. The NCAA Division 1 Council approved the change effective Oct. 15. The council also decided that D-I football players will be allowed to play in up to four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility if they can no longer play because of injuries ‘‘or other factors.’’


Trotz, Capitals talk contract


Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals began discussing a contract extension that would keep the pending free agent coach around for next season and beyond after winning the Stanley Cup. Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan met the day after the Capitals' championship parade to talk about a new deal . . . A little less than a week after winning the Stanley Cup, The Washington Capitals are still pondering the idea of taking part in the traditional White House visit, though the majority of players asked about a possible visit said they would attend. But forward Devante Smith-Pelly reiterated he would not go. President Donald Trump has yet to officially invite the Capitals to the White House, but in the past most professional championship teams have received an invitation.


Martin, Cowboys make deal

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The Dallas Cowboys and guard Zack Martin agreed to terms on an $84 million, six-year contract extension that should keep Martin in Dallas through at least 2024, said a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The deal makes Martin the highest paid guard in the NFL. The contract includes $40 million guaranteed money and will be tacked on to the final year of his rookie contract . . . San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin won the 2018 George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers of America. The award is given to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. Goodwin had a career year on the field while dealing with the loss of a premature baby boy and the death of his biological father.


Golovkin-Alvarez rematch is on

After months of bickering, middleweight prize fighters Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez agreed to terms and will finally square off in a Sept. 15 rematch in Las Vegas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed . . . Roger Federer rallied to beat home favorite Mischa Zverev, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, at Germany’s Stuttgart Open in his first tennis match in nearly three months . . . French Open champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from next week’s Queen’s Club tournament in London in an attempt rest up for Wimbledon After playing 27 matches on clay the past two months, the 32-year-old Spaniard feels he needs time to recover . . . The Chicago White Sox placed righthander Nate Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a muscle strain in his forearm . . . The ESPYs are breaking tradition for this year’s Best Coach Award, awarding it posthumously to three Florida high school coaches who died shielding their students from gunfire. Family members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, and Chris Hixon will receive the honor during the award show on July 18 . . . Unions representing professional athletes are starting to lobby states that are considering legal sports gambling, seeking protection for athletes from threats and harassment and from those who might seek to manipulate their performance on the field for monetary gain.