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Sports in brief: Prugh second at Hope Classic

Golf: Alex Prugh had 10 birdies on the day, including five on the first eight holes, and shot an 8-under-par 64 Wednesday to share second place with Jeff Quinney, two strokes behind Shane Bertsch at the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, Calif.

Prugh, a Spokane native making his second start as a PGA Tour pro, bogeyed No. 11 and 13, but birdied No. 14 through 17.

Quinney, Bertsch and Prugh all played the idiosyncratic Nicklaus Private course, which is considered among the easiest on tour

Bertsch was the last player to register for the five-day, four-course tournament after a difficult travel path from Hawaii to the Palm Springs area, yet he still posted the best round of his PGA Tour career on a course he hadn’t seen in 10 years.

J.P. Hayes, George McNeill, Joe Ogilvie and Garrett Willis were three strokes back.

The rain pelting Southern California this week didn’t cause trouble until later in the day, with many players beginning the day wearing nothing thicker than golf shirts before the wind and moisture whipped up.

“Those first couple holes on that backside when you’re charging into the wind is a little difficult,” Prugh said. “Fortunately, the last four or five holes on the backside were all downwind.”

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Shock add receiver Redd

Arena football: Wide receiver Robert Redd has been added to the Spokane Shock roster.

Redd, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, spent three years in the Arena Football League playing for the Colorado Crush (2004, 2007) and the Cleveland Gladiators (2008).

Redd also played in NFL Europe.

In 2008, Redd led the Gladiators in receptions (129), receiving yards (1,523) and added 16 touchdown receptions. Redd helped the Gladiators advance to the conference championship game where they fell to the Philadelphia Soul.

M’s, reliever avoid arbitration

Baseball: Brandon League and the Seattle Mariners settled on a one-year contract for $1,087,500 to avoid an arbitration hearing.

The right-handed reliever was acquired from Toronto last month with minor league outfielder Johermyn Chavez for right-hander Brandon Morrow. League appeared in 67 games for the Blue Jays last season, going 3-6 with a 4.58 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 742/3 innings. He made $640,000.

League is 7-10 with a 4.09 ERA in 168 major league games over six seasons with Toronto.

He asked the Mariners for $1,325,000 when players and teams exchanged figures.

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