Muirfield members will vote again on admitting female members

Muirfield members voted six weeks ago on changing their club’s constitution and admitting female members for the first time. They came up just short of the two-thirds majority required to make that change.

The fallout has been substantial, including the R&A removing Muirfield from the British Open rotation until the club changes its membership policies. That and further fallout from that failed vote, largely driven by just 33 members of the club, has spurred interest in trying this vote for a second time.

The club’s male-only membership will pursue a follow-up vote on the question, announcing the decision on Monday.

“A substantial majority of our members voted for change and many have voiced their disappointment with the ballot result and with subsequent events,” said Henry Fairweather, captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

“The Club Committee believes that a clear and decisive vote in favor of admitting women as members is required to enable us to begin the task of restoring the reputation of the Club that has been damaged by the earlier ballot outcome.”

In the May vote, 64 percent of voters wanted to admit female members for the first time in the club’s history.

Club members seemingly would like for Muirfield to remain in the Open rotation and continue on hosting beyond the 16 times it has already been site of the world’s oldest major golf championship.

This year’s Open host, Royal Troon, will vote on Friday to combine its separate male and female memberships. In a test ballot, 75 percent of the membership suggested support for the measure.


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Billy Hurley III to skip British Open to attend sister’s wedding

Billy Hurley III has made his choice, and he’s going to choose family over the British Open.

The newly minted PGA Tour winner announced Tuesday that he’ll attend his sister’s wedding the week of the year’s third major instead of making the trip to compete at Royal Troon.

The Naval Academy grad earned a spot in the Open after winning the Quicken Loans National on Sunday, but he knew he had a pretty big conflict.

“I wouldn’t miss my sister’s wedding for the world, and I think that at this point in time for me and my family and the trajectory of our family, it’s very important for me to be there to support her and her new husband,” Hurley said, according to USA Today.

“It was a pretty easy decision at the end of the day. She tried to not really influence me a ton on Sunday night, but I called her while I was playing, and she started crying. I mean, so she was pretty thrilled that I’ll be there.”

Hurley’s emotional win, which came a year after making a public plea at the same tournament to find his father who had left home without warning, not only got him into the year’s third major, but it also landed him a spot in this week’s no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“I don’t think they were expecting me here,” Hurley said. “My locker is kind of in the corner and there’s a parking spot back in the back of the lot and everything. But happy to have just both of those this week, to be honest.”


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Flames acquire Alex Chiasson from Senators; signs $800K deal

The Ottawa Senators were expecting big things from Alex Chiasson. He was one of the key pieces going from the Dallas Stars to the Ottawa Senators in the trade for Jason Spezza nearly two years ago. However, Chiasson just never seemed to catch on with the Sens. 

Per the collective bargaining agreement, the Senators would have had to qualify Chiasson at the bare minimum of $1.2-million; what he made last season. Teams have until 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, June 27 to make qualifying offers to their RFAs in order to retain their rights.

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Chiasson had yet to receive his qualifying offer from the Senators and hinted that a trade could be in the works. 

A few hours later, the trade came down with Chiasson going to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Patrick Sieloff. Shortly thereafter, the Flames signed Chiasson to a one-year, $800,000 contract.


Essentially, he took a $400,000 discount for a change in scenery. His offensive production was stagnant in Ottawa with 40 points in 153 games.

The fresh start is welcomed by Chiasson.


Getting Chiasson at a discount is incredibly helpful to the Flames financial situation. The team is currently negotiating extensions for RFAs Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

In Calgary he’s reunited with new Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan who was his coach while they were with the Dallas Stars. Under Gulutzan, Chiasson had the best offensive season of his NHL career of 35 points in 79 NHL games.


As for the return in the trade, Ottawa picks up Patrick Sieloff with one year remaining on his RFA contract at $894,166, per General Fanager.

The 22-year-old defenseman played in one game for the Calgary Flames, netting one point. He spent the rest of last season with the Stockton Heat (AHL). He had 11 points in 52 games with 54 penalty minutes. He’s been at the wrong end of the injury bug throughout his career.

From Flames Nation post ‘Realistic expectations for Patrick Sieloff’ back in July 2015:

Patrick Sieloff hasn’t had hurdles in his short hockey career, he’s had walls – gigantic walls that have impeded his progression and have left many questioning his future.

The truly disappointing part isn’t what he’s endured the last three years, it’s the fact that he has all the parts to the car, but hasn’t had the time to put it together yet. I know he’s not the shiny new toy anymore, and heading into the upcoming draft he’ll surely fade even farther out of the collective eye, but let’s not give up on a kid who hasn’t given up on himself yet.

Making the leap from perennial minor league to Senators Top 6 seems unlikely unless he shows something we haven’t seen yet. 

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Sergei Makarov joins ‘KLM’ linemate Larionov in Hockey Hall of Fame

Nearly 20 years after retiring, Sergei Makarov has been named as part of the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Class, joining Pat Quinn, Rogie Vachon and Eric Lindros.

“Oh my gosh, the wait is over,” is what Hall Chairman Lanny MacDonald said Makarov responded with when told the great news from his home in Russia.

Markarov’s case is a unique one in that his resumes on the NHL and international level are impressive, and in a year where there weren’t any slam-dunk candidates, the former Soviet star will finally get enshrined in Toronto this coming November. 

As one-third of the famed Soviet ‘KLM’ line along with Vladimir Krutov and Igor Larionov, who is one of the 18 members of the selection committee, Makarov saw an incredible amount of success on the international stage. Golds from two Olympic Games, eight World Championships and two World Junior Championships can be found in his trophy case during his time playing for the Soviet Union. He would record 83 goals and 172 points in 145 appearances representing his country at the senior level. In 2001 he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

On the club level with CSKA Moscow, he won 11 consecutive league titles and led the Soviet league in scoring for nine seasons, winning three MVPs.

The Calgary Flames drafted Makarov in the 12th round of the 1983 draft, six spots after fellow countryman Alexei Kasatonov. Once he arrived in the NHL, he made an immediate impact, finishing fourth on the team in scoring with 24 goals and 86 points while leading all rookies. That first-year success in North America helped earn him the 1990 Calder Trophy. 

That NHL rookie of the year honor, of course, was a controversial one given he was 31 at the time. Soon after, wording on the award was changed to make it so players could not be over the age of 26 and have played more than 25 regular season games in any single season or more than six regular season games in any major professional league in the two preceding seasons.

“When you Google Sergei Makarov’s name, you better have lots of paper ready to write down what you find as far as his accomplishments,” Larionov told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun last summer. “You look at his longevity, his consistency, his skill level, he played more than 20 years and was one of the best players in the game.”

Makarov would reunite with Larionov in 1993 with the San Jose Sharks and form the ‘OV’ line with Johan Garpenlov. He would lead the team in scoring with 30 goals and 68 points and help upset the No. 1 seeded Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

After playing for parts of two more seasons in the NHL and the Swiss league, Makarov decided to hang up his skates following a decorated career.

“For everyone who plays the game, this is the top place,“ said Markarov in a statement. “It will be so nice to join all of those great players.”

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Minor-league team completes wild comeback with unique walkoff

Thanks to one of the craziest endings you could ever imagine, the St. Paul Saints defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes 12-11 on Saturday night.

Truth be told, it may have been the craziest finish in the now 11-year history of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

When you think of walkoffs, you think of dramatic home runs, bloop singles that split three defenders, walk-off walks even. Never though do you envision the winning run scoring on a strikeout.

That’s exactly what happened here. With the game tied and the winning run on third, Saints pinch-hitter Aaron Gretz swung and missed a 3-2 pitch in the dirt. The ball then went between the legs of catcher Carlton Tanabe, allowing the winning run to race home and Gretz to reach first base, where he was mobbed as if he’d gotten a hit.

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The official scoring was a strikeout, wild pitch. The official terminology is a walkoff strikeout, which hasn’t happened in MLB since the Rangers beat the Mariners in 2010. Prior to that, it had only happened five times on record in MLB history.

It truly was a unique ending, and it had to be especially thrilling for St. Paul. They constantly battled back all night, overcoming deficits of 5-0, 7-3, and 10-6 as late as the eighth inning. They were resilient on Saturday, and they’ve best resilient all season, as they’re league-best 26-10 would indicate. 

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