Michael Martel wins Massachusetts Open golf championship
New Hampshire’s Michael Martel of Ipswich had an eagle and two birdies on the final nine holes to win the Massachusetts Open championship by one stroke over Ryan Gendron of Tampa at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro. Martel finished at 12-under 204 for the tournament and Gendron at 11-under 205. Needham’s Jake Shuman, of Blue Hill Country Club, placed third at 10-under 206. Martel shot a 3-under-par 69 in the final round. Both Gendron and Shuman shot 5-under 67. “It wasn’t easy, I got off to a little bit of a slow start, but I made the eagle on 11 from off the green and that kind of turned things,” Martel said. “I birdied 12 and came right from the bogey with another birdie.” Colin Brennan, the 2017 Massachusetts Mid-Amateur champion from Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, was the low amateur. He carded a 2-under 70 to finish at 6-under 210, tied for ninth overall.
Durant has Achilles’ surgery
Kevin Durant confirmed what most everyone feared: He underwent surgery for a ruptured right Achilles’ tendon. Durant posted on social media Wednesday the severity of his injury two days after getting hurt during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto in his return from a strained right calf that sidelined him a month. The 30-year-old posted a photo on Instagram showing himself in a hospital bed and wrote: ‘‘I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY.’’
Arenado hit by pitch
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left the game in Denver with a left forearm contusion after getting hit by a 90-m.p.h. pitch from Chicago Cubs starter Cole Hamels. Arenado was hit in the bottom of the third inning but stayed in the game until the top of the fifth. X-rays on his arm were negative. Arenado, who has won the Gold Glove in each of his six seasons in the majors, leads the Rockies with a .330 average, 17 home runs, and 57 RBIs.
Record salary in MLS
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is earning a Major League Soccer-record $7.2 million salary this season. Ibrahimovic, who earned a relatively modest $1.5 million last year, broke the previous mark of Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco, who had $7.1 million in total compensation in both 2017 and 2018. Striker Giovani dos Santos, released by the Galaxy in March, is second with a base salary of $4.75 million and total compensation of $6.5 million. The highest paid New England Revolution player is Carles Gil, who will bank $2.3 million in total compensation. The minimum salary for each team’s 18-20 senior players rose to $70,250 this season and the minimum for its maximum eight reserve players increased to $56,250. This is the final season of a five-year labor contract.
More OSU legal trouble
More Ohio State alumni are suing the university over how school officials dealt with a team doctor who an investigation concluded had sexually abused at least 177 young men between 1979 and 1997. The federal case filed by 16 alumni is the fifth pending lawsuit alleging university officials knew of concerns about Richard Strauss but didn't do enough to stop him. Strauss died in 2005 . . . The Kansas City Chiefs signed All-Pro offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a one-year extension that could keep him with the AFC West champions through the 2021 season. Schwartz has not missed a snap in his seven-year career . . . Authorities say a Tampa, Fla., teen died after collapsing during conditioning drills with his school’s football team. The Tampa Bay Times reported that 14-year-old Hezekiah Walters collapsed Tuesday afternoon at Middleton High School after a half hour. The county medical examiner’s office will determine a cause of death.