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Rangers’ Choo nears his home-run record

Texas Rangers right fielder Choo Shin-soo launched his 21st home run of the season on Wednesday (Korean time) to help his team’s 7-6 victory against the Detroit Tigers in their Major League Baseball game.

At the Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, Choo went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs and scored two runs. His batting average went slightly up, from .275 to .276.

Choo was hot from the beginning, as he hit a two-run shot in the first inning against Tigers starter Daniel Norris. The 33-year-old Korean is now only one homer shy from breaking his personal record of career home runs in a single season, which he set in 2010.

In the fourth, Choo hit a double from the Tigers’ Buck Framer and scored a run after Adrian Beltre also hit a double.



GOLF

Major players absent from the Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minnesota - The PGA of America has altered its approach to the Ryder Cup with the tournament returning to the U.S. in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. Perhaps the biggest change could be a team without Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Captain Davis Love III said it’s hard to envision a U.S. team without Woods or Mickelson, but the two are no longer certainties as the Americans try to solve the European stranglehold on the Ryder Cup.

Woods is ranked 299th in the world and recently underwent another back surgery. Mickelson is ranked 23rd, but hasn’t won since the British Open in 2013.

The 2016 Ryder Cup is Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Hazeltine in suburban Chaska, the site of the PGA Championship in 2002 and 2009. AP
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