Around the Nation (June 22): Browns, second-rounder Bitonio agree to deal

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FOOTBALL

Browns agree to deal with 2nd-rounder Bitonio

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a deal with their second-round pick offensive lineman Joel Bitonio.

Bitonio is a projected starter at guard. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Bitonio was selected 35th overall. He appeared in 51 games at Nevada. He started his final 38 games, with 26 starts at right tackle, before opening all 12 games at left tackle as a senior.

The Browns have come to terms with five of their six draft selections. The only unsigned pick is cornerback Justin Gilbert, who was taken No. 8 overall.

Auction of items at Silverdome nets $500,000

PONTIAC, Mich. — An auction featuring more than 3,000 leftover items in the Pontiac Silverdome has fetched about $500,000.

RJM Auctioneers facilities manager Jim Passeno tells The Detroit News that he considers the nine-day event that ended Thursday a success and “had a huge response nationwide.”

Items up for sale included end-zone turf, pretzel warmers, a boxing ring, a soccer field, flat-screen televisions and scoreboards. The stadium’s copper wiring sold for more than $77,000.

The Silverdome is the former home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. The 80,000-seat venue north of Detroit has fallen into disrepair.

Triple Investment Properties bought the Silverdome in 2009 for $583,000 in 2009. The company has not said what its plans are for the stadium. 

GOLF

Kevin Steelman wins Travelers Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. — Kevin Streelman birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke Sunday at TPC River Highlands.

Streelman shot his second straight 6-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265. He broke the tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner of six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open.

The 35-year-old Streelman also won the Tampa Bay Championship last season. He missed the cuts in his previous four starts on tour.

Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi tied for second. They each shot 67.

Aaron Baddeley was fourth at 13 under after a 69.

Michelle Wie holds on to win U.S. Women’s Open

PINEHURST, N.C. — Michelle Wie finally delivered a performance worthy of the attention heaped on her since she was a teenager.

Wie bounced back from a late mistake at Pinehurst No. 2 to bury a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. That sent the 24-year-old from Hawaii to her first major championship Sunday in the U.S. Women’s Open.

She closed with an even-par 70 for a two-shot victory over Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 player in the women’s golf who made Wie work for it by making eight birdies in a round of 66.

Wie has been one of the biggest names in women’s golf since she was 13 and played in the final group of a major. She now has four LPGA victories and leads the tour’s money list.

Kok, McNabb share PGA Professional lead

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Johan Kok shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to match The Dunes Golf & Beach Club competitive record and share the first-round lead in the PGA Professional National Championship.

Kok, the 34-year-old former University of South Carolina player from South Africa, is the PGA general manager at Temple Hills Country Club in Brentwood, Tennessee.

The top 20 will get spots in the PGA Championship at Valhalla in August in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dave McNabb, the 48-year-old PGA head professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania, opened with a 67 at Grande Dunes Resort Club.

Jamie Broce of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, and Ryan Helminen of Menasha, Wisconsin, shot 68. Broce, the men’s golf coach at the University of Toledo, and Helminen, a PGA teaching professional at Ridgeway Country Club in Neenan, Wisconsin, played at The Dunes.

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