Top National Sports Stories: Cutler lets loose...PGA Championship getting a bump...Grizzlies lose McLemore to foot injury

Published on August 09, 2017 at 06:40AM

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — New Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler practiced Tuesday for the first time since December, marking the start of his comeback from a brief retirement. The 34-year-old Cutler said he had no second thoughts about deciding to renew his working relationship with coach Adam Gase and return for another season after being released by the Chicago Bears. He’s expected to start in place of Ryan Tannehill, who is out with a knee injury likely to sideline him for the entire season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The PGA of America has confirmed that its major championship is leaving the mid-summer date it has had for some 50 years and will be played a week after Mother’s Day in 2019. That would leave the PGA Championship in between the April Masters and June U.S. Open. PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevaqua sited a sports landscape that is changing in part because of the Olympics and alterations to the FedEx Cup.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies will likely open the upcoming NBA season without guard Ben McLemore after he fractured his right foot during a pickup game. McLemore underwent surgery and would be out an estimated 12 weeks. The 24-year-old McLemore signed with the Grizzlies last month after averaging 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 25.5 minutes in four seasons with the Sacramento Kings.

CHICAGO (AP) — Former NHL forward and head coach Eddie Olczyk (OHL’-chihk) underwent surgery last week as he battles colon cancer. Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry says Olczyk “will be undergoing further treatment in the coming weeks, including chemotherapy.” Olczyk says he expects to return to the Blackhawks and NBC broadcast booths after he completes his treatment.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse head football coach Dick MacPherson has died at 86. MacPherson took over a declining program and led Syracuse to a 66-46-4 record from 1981-90 before returning to the NFL as head coach of the New England Patriots. The second all-time winningest coach in school history went to five bowl games with the Orange and had the nation’s fourth-ranked team in the final 1987 AP poll after going 11-0-1.