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2020 French Open women’s final: Four thoughts on tournament

The 2020 French Open delivered a first-time winner who dominated the tournament. The breakout performance highlights my four thoughts from the women’s final.

• There are breakthroughs and then there are raids. At the 2020 French Open, we got an example of the latter. Ranked outside the top 50 and without a pro title in her brief career, Iga Swiatek came to Paris and blazed through the draw, dropping no sets. The 19-year-old Pole completed her unlikely assault on the field Saturday afternoon with a poised dismantling 6-4, 6-1 over American’s Sofia Kenin the final. In the biggest match of her life, she sustained her level, marrying courtcraft with unanswerable power and rolling over an opponent. 

Swiatek becomes the first Polish player—male or female—to win a major. She becomes the first player ranked outside the top 50 to win this event. (She will be inside the

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Tour pro has to delay start of wedding week when he nearly wins tournament | Golf World

Nothing ever goes entirely as scheduled the week of your wedding. But for Kevin Dougherty, set to tie the knot this coming Saturday in California, things got off to a (happily) unexpected start.

The 29-year-old Korn Ferry Tour pro, who hadn’t seen his fiancé in two months while competing on tour, was supposed to be on a 5:30 p.m. flight from Georgia back home on Sunday after wrapping up play at the Savannah Championship. Except that he had to delay his plans when he found himself leading the tournament late into Sunday.

Dougherty started the final round one stroke back of 54-hole leader Evan Harmeling, but was five under through the first 15 holes at The Landings Club’s Deer Creek Course to jump to the top of the leader board. Dougherty, ranked 134th on the KFT points standings coming into the event, had a two-stroke lead with three holes left

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MHSAA moves to pre-regional model for cross country state tournament

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is changing the state tournament format for boys and girls cross cross country this season, adding a pre-regional meet in order to alleviate the large numbers issue facing region championships.

In a letter from MHSAA assistant director Cody Inglis to the state’s athletic directors and cross country coaches, a pre-regional meet will proceed the region championships for the first time. While the new model does not cut down participant numbers for the state championships, the full race format of the state championships is not expected to be released until Friday.

Currently, the MHSAA has a 70-runner limit per race for all schools and meets to follow.

“While this plan has come together quickly, we feel good about it, as a way to get kids on the XC course for a culmination to their season,” Inglis wrote. “Your part in this is key and the

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