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In brief: New England Patriots draft player with cancer

NFL: Marcus Cannon went to the NFL combine in February to impress scouts. Then medical tests ordered there turned up some grim news.

They showed he had cancer – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

On Saturday, two days after his first chemotherapy treatment, the offensive lineman from TCU got much better news. He was drafted by the New England Patriots.

“Me and my family were pretty ecstatic,” Cannon said. “After all that we figured out in the last couple of weeks, it’s a blessing to have this opportunity to play in the NFL.”

He was originally projected as a second- or third-round pick. He went in the fifth round. Associated Press

Smoltz strikes out on course

Golf: Former Braves pitcher John Smoltz struggled in his Nationwide Tour debut, shooting a 15-over 87 on Saturday in the rain-delayed South Georgia Classic to miss the cut by 27 strokes.

Smoltz, 43, opened with an 84. He was even worse in the second round at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, with his 27-over 171 total nine strokes worse that any of the other 147 players.

Associated Press

Opener chilled by weather

Fishing: Despite a cold start, a smaller-than-usual crowd of anglers warmed up to the idea of catching tons of trout on the opening day of Washington’s lowland lake trout fishing season.

Fishtrap, Williams and Badger lakes were the top producers in Spokane County while Starvation, Rocky, Cedar and Waitts were tops in Stevens County. 

But the recent unseasonably cold weather plagued many of the northeastern lakes. Diamond Lake was an opening day dud and Big Meadow Lake was mostly inaccessible – and still 95 percent covered with ice.

Read more about the opener at Rich Landers’ outdoors blog at spokesman.com/blogs.



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