Sports briefs

Ledy gets first hole-in-one

MARQUETTE — Rich Ledy Jr. of Marquette recorded his first-ever hole-in-one after playing golf for 15 years on Thursday night at the Greywalls course of the Marquette Golf Club.

He used a 6-iron to ace the 178-yard, par-3 sixth hole, shooting 39 for his nine-hole round.

Witnesses were playing partners John Aho and Reed Seckel.

Packers won’t beat the heat

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The forecast for Sunday’s Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field is hot, sticky and far from frozen.

Records show the last time temperatures for a regular season game at Lambeau soared into the 80s was October 6, 1963, when the mercury reached 84 degrees. WLUK-TV says the forecast for the afternoon game against the Cincinnati Bengals calls for sunshine and a high of 86.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t expect the weather to be a factor in the game.

And, even though it’s expected to be sweltering, Packers fans are being urged to bring a warm coat. The Salvation Army will be collected new or gently-used winter coats for its annual “Coats for Kids” campaign.

3 share lead at Tour Championship

ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Thomas hit a 5-iron to 6 feet for an eagle on 18th hole at the Tour Championship on Friday and moved one step closer to a $10 million bonus.

Already a five-time winner and a major champion this year, the eagle gave Thomas a 4-under 66 and a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Webb Simpson going into the weekend at East Lake.

The FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize still lacks clarity, mainly because the Tour Championship is so wide open.

Thomas, Casey (67) and Simpson (67) were at 7-under 133. Jon Rahm of Spain was among four players just one shot off the lead. Still in the mix was Dustin Johnson, who again didn’t get much out of his round but still was just four shots back.

Report: Hernandez had severe CTE

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.

“We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.

Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder.

Kyle Busch win NASCAR pole

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Busch turned a lap of 135.049 mph to win the pole Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch took the top spot for the second straight week in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. Busch dominated early in the postseason opener at Chicagoland Speedway until miscues on pit road sent him to a 15th-place finish.

Kyle Larson, who won the pole in July at New Hampshire, joins Busch on the front row. Larson was second in the first Cup race at the track.

Playoff drivers took 13 of the top 14 spots. The 16-driver field is sliced to 12 after next weekend’s race at Dover.