Understandably, Padraig Harrington will sit out the next pro-am event

The golfer had a bad experience the last time he was around amateurs.

Here’s one cut he wishes he’d missed.

Padraig Harrington had to pull out of the FedEx St. Jude Classic after an amateur at a golf clinic swung and hit him in the left elbow, opening a six-stitch gash.

Simply out of habit, Padraig had a swing doctor fix his slice.

NBA headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Kevin Durant silences all the critics who said he could never help a 73-9 team win a championship.”

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• At TheKicker.com: “Knicks work out prospects to see how well they feud with Phil Jackson.”

Oil slick

The Mariners will be looking for a new naming-rights sponsor for Safeco Field after the 2018 season, the team announced Tuesday.

Considering the M’s immediately went out and surrendered 28 hits and 20 runs to the Twins, it looks like they’re stumping for BP.

Naming rites

Some other possible naming-rights sponsors for the Mariners’ ballpark, from Times reader Len Elliott:

• Molson Canadian: The Big “Eh”

• ACLU: Rights Field

• AARP: Codger Stadium

Here come da Judge

UFO hunters say they spotted a “weird orb” while they were lost in the hills near Boston.

Apparently one of Aaron Judge’s home-run balls finally came down.

Nothing to sneeze at

Another sure sign the NBA playoffs take too long: An artist in Cleveland sculpted a bust of LeBron James made entirely out of dryer lint.

Daly trouble

The U.S. Open gallery witnessed quite an unusual sideshow during Thurday’s opening round at Erin Hills: an advertising blimp crashing to Earth about a mile from the course.

Evoking memories of John Daly carding an 18 on No. 6 at Bay Hill in 1998.

Cardinal Sins Dept.

Looks like Louisville’s Rick Pitino might be the first basketball coach to have an NCAA title vacated.

Drats! We had John Calipari in the office pool.

Shell games

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