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The PGA Tour acquired a minority stake in the European Tour's media production company as part of an alliance announced Friday, a big first step toward developing a more unified golf schedule around the world.

The tours said in a statement the alliance would allow them to collaborate on commercial opportunities and global media rights.

"The PGA Tour moves from a competitor to a partner," Keith Pelley, chief executive for the European Tour, said on a conference call.

The announcement is likely to put an end to the Premier Golf League, which a year ago was courting the world's best players for a team-based circuit and funded in part by Saudi money. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka rejected the idea.

Pole aims to make history

Adrian Meronk positioned himself to make history, taking a three-shot lead after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. Meronk would be the first Polish player to win on the European Tour.

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Wolves get preseason schedule

The Timberwolves will play three preseason games next month, according to a schedule released by the NBA.

The Wolves will host two games against Memphis on Dec. 12 and 14 before traveling to Dallas on Dec. 17.

The NBA regular season is slated to begin Dec. 22 though the league has yet to announce a schedule.

Chris Hine

Metro West rejects Buffalo

For the second time in two months, Buffalo High School's application to a metropolitan area conference has been denied. Buffalo, in its second season in the Lake Conference, applied to join the Metro West Conference. The application, for the 2021-22 school year, was denied by the conference this week. Last month, an application by Buffalo was turned down by the Northwest Suburban Conference.


Men's skiing: Alexis Pinturault edged Henrik Kristoffersen in a floodlit men's World Cup parallel event in Lech Zuers, Austria, for his 30th career win, putting him 10th in World Cup victories.

Figure skating: Kaori Sakamoto added another jump to her repertoire and came away with the lead after Friday's short program at the NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan, the final event of the Grand Prix series. Sakamoto added a triple lutz and a triple flip-triple toeloop combination, scoring 75.60 points. The NHK Trophy normally draws skaters from around the world but was limited to mostly Japanese skaters because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Olympics: Organizers of the Tokyo Games announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May, even as the city set a record for new coronavirus infections.