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Richard Sherman makes good on scholarship promise to high school student

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman told a Varina High School (Virginia) student last year that he’d give her a personally funded scholarship if she brought up her grades. And now, he’s making good on his promise. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sherman’s initial conversation with Hershai James occurred last year at a charity event hosted by his ex-teammate, Michael Robinson. Sherman challenged James to make the honor roll as a senior, and she did. “It goes back to knowledge is power, and if you have knowledge you’re going to be as powerful as you ever want to be,” Sherman told the newspaper. “Nobody stops anybody from reading and educating themselves. Mike is only trying to empower these kids to be everything that they can be, and if we can help with that with our presence, with our (autographed) jerseys (for an auction), with our words, we’ll do everything we can.” The exact amount of the scholarship is being kept…

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Lester and Kershaw rocked in Dodgers’ 9-4 sweep of Cubs

LOS ANGELES — Two aces with three World Series titles, three Cy Young Awards and 10 All-Star nods between them struggling on the same day? If it hadn’t happened to Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw, Joe Maddon wouldn’t have believed it. “It sounds like fiction to me,” the Cubs manager said. Reality bites, particularly for Maddon’s team. Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez led an offensive outburst with three-run homers that upstaged the anticipated duel between the two aces, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 9-4 on Sunday to sweep the Cubs in three games at home for the first time since August 2012. “I’ve not seen Clayton like that. We were on him,” Maddon said. “It was just one of those days. It’s inexplicable.” Lester and Kershaw were rocked for 10 runs and 18 hits in a combined 7 2/3 innings of their first career matchup. The left-handers failed to retire the side in order in any inning. Lester (3-3) gave up a season-high six runs and seven hits in 3…

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Bernhard Langer wins Senior PGA for record 9th senior major victory

STERLING, Va. — Bernhard Langer knew it wouldn’t be easy to come from one stroke back to beat Vijay Singh, who’s five years younger, drives the ball 30 yards farther and routinely competes with players young enough to be his sons. Ultimately, the 59-year-old German star’s confidence with the putter, a club that has frequently bedeviled him, was the difference as he edged past Singh in a tense back-nine duel to win the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National on Sunday. Langer won his record ninth senior major and the only one that had eluded him during his dominant decade-long run on the 50-and-over circuit. He tied Jack Nicklaus’ record of eight majors last week with a comeback victory in the Regions Tradition. He’s also the first player to win the career “super slam” of all five senior majors. Despite a few dozen protesters, the drama remained on the course at President Donald Trump’s club on the shores of the Potomac River, about 25 miles…

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