Choteau bowler wins Martinich Classic Tournament

Karin Dehn was the top bowler at the Jeanette Martinich Classic Bowling Tournament, which was held at Star Lanes.

The Choteau resident earned $1,000 for the win, along with a necklace. She will also receive an automatic entry into a 2018 National Tournament.

The tournament had participants from throughout Montana and Canada, which serves as a testament to the event’s popularity, success, and level of competition.

The top 16 bowlers from this year’s tournament are:

1. Karin Dehn, Choteau; 2. Michelle Oak, Laurel; 3. Barb Lankford, Great Falls; 4. Mary Porter, Missoula; 5. Patti Carlson, Kalispell; 6. Laurie Sickler, Belgrade; 7. Julie Redfern, Billings; 8. Kalee Tripp, Butte; 9. Brenda Shaffer, Butte; 10. Billie Schaff, Missoula; 11. Doris Kimmerle, Great Falls; 12. Guyla Streit, Great Falls; 13. Ashley Smigaj, Missoula; 14. Caitlyn Murphy, Helena; 15. Shana Fortune, Butte; 16. Ashleigh Preson, Butte.

Game, set, match: Billie Jean King sells World TeamTennis

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Billie Jean King is selling World TeamTennis 42 years after the tennis icon co-founded the league that features men and women competing together.

King said Monday she has sold her majority interest in the league to Mark Ein and Fred Luddy. Ein is the founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, and Luddy owns the San Diego Aviators.

King will retain a minority stake in WTT and continue as majority owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms franchise.

Ein will become chairman of WTT and Ilana Kloss will remain CEO and league commissioner through this year.

King co-founded the league in 1973 with her former husband, Larry King, who supports the changes.

Norwegian hockey teams play record 8 overtime periods

HAMAR, Norway (AP) — Joakim Jensen finally ended what is believed to be the longest game in hockey history, scoring in the eighth overtime in the Norwegian League playoffs.

More than 8 1/2 hours after the game started — and after 217 minutes, 14 seconds of play — Jensen broke through to give the Storhamar Dragons a 2-1 victory over the Sparta Warriors early Monday morning. The game ended at 2:32 a.m.

In the longest game in NHL, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in a 1936 Stanley Cup final game on Mud Bruneteau's goal at 16:30 of the sixth overtime.

Storhamar leads the best-of-seven quarterfinal series 3-2.

Ian Desmond will undergo surgery on broken left hand

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond will undergo surgery Wednesday.

Dr. Donald Sheridan is to operate in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Rockies have not announced a timetable for Desmond's return.

Desmond broke the second metacarpal bone when he was hit by a fastball from Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis in Sunday's spring training game.

The Rockies signed Desmond to a $70 million, five-year contract to add another potent bat. He is making the transition to first base after entering the major leagues as a shortstop and playing in the outfield last year with Texas.

Jordan Patterson, Gerardo Parra, Stephen Cardullo and Mark Reynolds figure to get more work at first base. Reynolds played the position for the Rockies last season before breaking his left hand/wrist for a second time in mid-September.

Blue Jackets' Ryan Murray out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray is out four to six weeks with a broken hand.

Murray broke his right hand when he blocked a shot from the Buffalo Sabres' Tyler Ennis on Saturday. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced the extent of the injury Monday.

Murray had surgery Monday at Grand Medical Center. An absence of four to six weeks is typical for hockey players with this injury.

Murray has two goals and nine assists in 60 games this season. The second overall pick in the 2012 draft has 11 goals and 49 assists for 60 points in 220 NHL games.

Though injuries have plagued Murray, he was one of three Blue Jackets players to appear in all 82 games last season.

Malawi withdraws from African Cup qualifying, has no money

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The Malawi soccer association says it will withdraw from the qualifying competition for the 2019 African Cup of Nations because it can't afford to fund its team's campaign.

The Football Association of Malawi says it still needs to officially inform the Confederation of African Football of its intention to withdraw. It says it's also pulling out of next year's African Nations Championship.

Malawi is likely to face financial penalties and could be suspended from future tournaments.

The FAM says in a statement it is "fully aware of the negative implications" but the situation "cannot be avoided looking at the current level of desperation."

Malawi also put on hold a search for a new head coach. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar was one of the candidates.

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