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GOLF Shindler leads Char­ity

Con­rad Shindler shot a 9-un­der 63 on Thurs­day at the Char­ity Cham­pi­onship at Spring­field, Mo., to lead Ches­son Hadley by two strokes. Bryan Bigley, Jeremy Paul and An­drew Svoboda are tied for third at 5 un­der. The first round was sus­pended due to dark­ness af­ter in­clement weather caused de­lays ear­lier in the day. Matt Atkins (Hen­der­son State) was able to fin­ish with a 4-un­der 68. Tay­lor Moore (Ra­zor­backs) was 1 un­der af­ter 5 holes. Ethan Tracy (Ra­zor­backs) is 1 un­der af­ter two holes. An­drew Landry (Ra­zor­backs) is 1 over af­ter 6 holes. Sebastian Cap­pe­len (Ra­zor­backs), Austin Cook (Jones­boro, Ra­zor­backs) and Zack Fis­cher (Lit­tle Rock) were un­able to be­gin their rounds.

BASE­BALL Rangers get Marinez

The Texas Rangers have re­ceived right-handed re­liever Jhan Marinez on a waiver claim from the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates. Texas will have to make a cor­re­spond­ing ros­ter move be­fore its game to­day against AL West-lead­ing Hous­ton to add Marinez to the ac­tive ros­ter. The Rangers were off Thurs­day. Marinez, who turns 29 on Satur­day, has gone 0-3 with a 3.91 ERA over 39 re­lief ap­pear­ances this sea­son with Mil­wau­kee and Pitts­burgh. Af­ter mak­ing an open­ing day ros­ter for the first time, start­ing the sea­son with the Brew­ers, he made 15 ap­pear­ances be­fore be­ing des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment on May 15. Four days later, the Pi­rates got him on a waiver claim, and he pitched 24 games for them be­fore be­ing des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment again last Satur­day.

Ump Kaiser dies

Former ma­jor league um­pire Ken Kaiser, a col­or­ful fig­ure be­tween the lines who briefly moon­lighted as a pro­fes­sional wrestler to make ends meet while work­ing in the mi­nor leagues, has died. He was 72. The World Um­pires As­so­ci­a­tion said Thurs­day he died in his home­town of Rochester, N.Y., on Tues­day. Kaiser had di­a­betes for years. An Amer­i­can League um­pire from 1977-99, Kaiser um­pired two World Se­ries, one All-Star Game and sev­eral

play­off se­ries. The 6-foot-3 Kaiser, who wrote in his book, Planet of the Umps: A Base­ball Life from be­hind the Plate, that when he grad­u­ated from high school in 1964 his “long-range plan was lunch.” He weighed just un­der 300 pounds and of­ten was crit­i­cized for that portly physique dur­ing the more than 3,000 big-league games he um­pired. Kaiser wrote of his decade in the mi­nor leagues and off-sea­son jobs that in­cluded bar bouncer, bank teller, and that short stint as the wrestler dubbed “Hatchet Man.” Kaiser’s um­pir­ing ca­reer ended when he joined a group of um­pires

who sub­mit­ted their res­ig­na­tions in 1999 dur­ing la­bor ne­go­ti­a­tions, a gam­ble by the Ma­jor League Um­pires As­so­ci­a­tion that failed. He was not re­hired. He is sur­vived by two adult chil­dren. Fu­neral plans are in­com­plete.

TEN­NIS Pliskova ad­vances

Karolina Pliskova ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals at the Rogers Cup on Thurs­day in Toronto when Ja­panese qual­i­fier Naomi Osaka was forced to re­tire be­cause of an in­jury. The world’s top-ranked player moved on with a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 1-0 vic­tory when Osaka had to re­tire be­cause of an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear when Osaka suf­fered the in­jury. Pliskova came out strong to open the third set and Osaka called for a trainer at the changeover. She briefly stretched out on the hard­court be­fore the de­ci­sion was made. Pliskova will move on to play sixth-seeded Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of Denmark, who ousted 10th-seeded Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska of Poland 6-3, 6-1. Caro­line Gar­cia of France de­feated Amer­i­can Catherine Bel­lis 6-4, 6-2 in the other early sin­gles match.

Fed­erer tops Fer­rer

Roger Fed­erer over­came a weak first set to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 vic­tory over Spa­niard David Fer­rer in the third round Thurs­day at the men’s Rogers Cup in Mon­treal. In to­day’s quar­ter­fi­nals, the sec­ond-seeded Fed­erer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who out­lasted French­man Gael Mon­fils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) on cen­ter court at Uniprix Sta­dium. Unseeded Ar­gen­tine Diego Schwartz­man posted a vic­tory over Amer­i­can Jared Don­ald­son 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to ad­vance to a quar­ter­fi­nal meet­ing with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutch­man who up­set sev­enth-seeded Grigor Dim­itrov of Bul­garia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

Shot clock test­ing

The U.S. Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion said shot-clock tech­nol­ogy will be tested be­gin­ning this month at the U.S. Open. The tech­nol­ogy tracks the time taken by the server be­tween points. Stacey Al­laster, head of pro ten­nis at the USTA, told USA TO­DAY that it will be tested dur­ing the tour­na­ment’s ju­nior and col­le­giate events in the sec­ond week of the Open. Grand Slam events and the women’s tour al­low 20 sec­onds for a player to serve, while the men’s tour has a 25-sec­ond limit. How­ever, en­force­ment of the rule is left to the dis­cre­tion of the chair um­pire. At the Open’s ju­nior and col­lege events, the shot clocks will be con­trolled by the chair um­pire, start­ing af­ter the score from the pre­vi­ous point has been reg­is­tered. USTA of­fi­cials hope shot clocks could be used at the U.S. Open level within three years. The fi­nal ma­jor of the year runs from Aug. 28-Sept. 10 at Flush­ing Mead­ows.

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