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April 9, 2013
Staff and wire reports , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Guan, 14, makes Maters field

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Guan Tianlang played a practice round at Augusta National with Ben Crenshaw on Monday. He has a round set up for today with Tom Watson, and he wants to play the Par 3 Tournament with Nick Faldo.

Can't he play with someone his own age? Not at this Masters.

Guan is a 14-year-old from China, the youngest to ever play in the Masters and the youngest player at any major in 148 years. He qualified by winning the Asia Pacific Amateur last fall, and now gets a crack at the best in the game.

The teenager has been in Augusta the last few weeks and has played the course about six times. Guan wants to enjoy himself this week and hit good shots, even though plenty of people will be watching.

Boy scores big at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. - Standing barely chest-high to his Nebraska teammates, 7-year-old Jack Hoffman was the star of the Cornhuskers' spring game this weekend after taking home the title of leading rusher.

And now his 69-yard touchdown, along with his story about fighting brain cancer, is attracting millions of fans.

Video of Jack dressed in a full Nebraska uniform, charging down the field Saturday before more than 60,000 fans, had been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube by Monday. It also aired on ESPN and national news networks.

His father says he hopes Jack's memorable touchdown will highlight the need for more research into pediatric brain cancer.

Jack, who lives in Atkinson, Neb., was diagnosed in 2011. He's had two surgeries and is on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.

Love to have knee surgery

MINNEAPOLIS - A season that never really started for Kevin Love is now officially over.

Love will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a buildup of scar tissue in his left knee, the Timberwolves announced on Monday night. The Wolves called it a minor procedure and said Love was expected to be out four to six weeks while recovering.

The Timberwolves and Love were hoping the star forward could return from surgery on his broken right hand in time to play five or six games.

Browns sign receiver Nelson

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Browns signed free agent wide receiver David Nelson to a one-year contract.

Nelson, who played three seasons for Buffalo, is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last season's opener. The 6-foot-5, 214-pounder started 17 games for the Bills, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

Nelson had 94 catches for 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns with the Bills. In 2011, he was second on the club in catches (61) and receiving yards (658). He also had five TDs.

 
 

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