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SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2016

Arnold Palmer, center, watches as Jack Nicklaus, left, and Gary Player touch fists after Palmer hit his ceremonial drive on the first tee before the first round of the 2014 Masters golf tournament, in Augusta, Georgia. (Associated Press)

Golf great Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper’s son who became one of golf’s most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular “everyman” image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to his longtime assistant Doc Griffin. Palmer was hospitalized in preparation for heart surgery, but Griffin said he did not know the exact cause of death. He was 87.

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Miami Marlins player Christian Yelich, right, and teammate Justin Bour react in front of a memorial on the pitcher's mound at Marlins Park for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 in Miami. Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins, who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. The game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves was canceled. (Associated Press)

Jose Fernandez distinguished himself in quest for freedom, baseball stardom

The death of Jose Fernandez was much more than the loss of one of the brightest young stars in baseball. Perhaps no athlete has ever been more representative of the South Florida experience than the Marlins’ star pitcher who made four attempts to defect from Cuba before successfully reaching the United States by boat along with his mother when he was 15.

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Chiefs trade Zwerger, get Elynuik back

The Spokane Chiefs announced they have traded Austrian forward Dominic Zwerger to the Everett Silvertips in exchange for a third round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. The move puts the Chiefs under the Western Hockey League’s limits of two import and three overage players.

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Area Sports Menu for Monday, September 26

GolfCollege men: Gonzaga at Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational in Erie, Colorado; Whitworth, CC Spokane at North Idaho Invitational at Avondale GC in Hayden, 9 a.m. College women: Washington State, Idaho at GolfWeek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colorado; Eastern Washington at ...

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On the air

Monday’s TV highlightsBaseball, MLB 4 p.m.: N.Y. Yankees at Toronto ... MLB 5 p.m.: Seattle at Houston ... Root Football, NFL 5:15 p.m.: Atlanta at New Orleans ... ESPN Miscellany 10:30 p.m.: SWX Tonight ... SWX Soccer 11:55 a.m.: EPL, ...

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Game time and network set for WSU vs. Oregon

Washington State’s home game against Oregon on Saturday will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and be televised on the Pac-12 Network, the conference announced Sunday. The game is sold out and will serve as the Pac-12 opener for WSU (1-2).

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