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BREAKING NEWS

‘Freddy’ back to ‘Steady’

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Iron River’s Fred Jacobs, who has regained the nickname “Steady Freddy,” nearly passed on this year’s Paavo Nurmi Marathon in Hurley, Wis.

“I’ll say that it was a spur of the moment decision because I didn’t decide to do it until the day before,” Fred said. “All I could think of were my ol’ buddies up there eating that ‘mojakka’ without me so I had to show.”

You’re not going to find mojakka (Finnish stew)?at Italian Fest. But something inspired Fred to run his 27th Paavo (26 miles) in 3 hours, 43 seconds and finish 20th overall.

“I guess it’s back to ‘Steady Freddy’ for at least the rest of this season,” said the man also known as “Fast Freddy” and “Joggin’ Jake” over his running career.

By the way, Fred noted that West Iron cross country coach Joe Rankin had the Wykons out running at 6:30 in the morning.

“If they can show that sort of dedication they should do fine this season,” Fred said …

Forest Park High School basketball star Lexi Gussert has completed her summer duties at Michigan State.

“Even better than I expected,” tweeted Lexi, who will be an MSU freshman this season …

Escanaba’s Jace Daniels, who starts at guard today for the Tampa Bay Bucs, appreciates every second of National Football League life.

“I wake up saying how blessed I am to be in this position,” Daniels told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “I thought about this every single day as a kid, so to actually be there, having the opportunity to do it, is a blessing.”

The former NMU offensive lineman grew up without a father. His mother died from diabetes and cancer in his senior year of high school.

Sault Ste. Marie’s Chad Anderson, another NMU offensive lineman, played the third and fourth quarters of Indianapolis’ preseason opener. However, he was recently placed on waivers but hopes to re-sign with the Colts.

“I knew it was a tough business,” Anderson told The Evening News …

For a great analysis of Tony Stewart’s race track tragedy, check out Dave Kallmann in the Milwaukee JournalSentinel.

Kallmann, a Florence High School grad, worked at The Daily News before moving on to JournalSentinel motorsports writer …

For some reason, the latest UPGA Men’s Golf Championships at Gladstone Golf Club drew only 128 golfers – not much more than last year at Manistique.

We followed Iron Mountain’s Jim Markell, 2012 U.P. champ, for the final nine holes. Gladstone Golf Club has got to be the hilliest course around. Thanks to Don Maule and Marc Mogan for the cart ride when I labored climbing those hills, which was often …

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