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Morning Roundup: Bart Starr, QB who led Packers to greatness, dies at 85

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Bart Starr waves to the crowd at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sept. 6, 2003. [AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File]
Bart Starr waves to the crowd at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sept. 6, 2003. [AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File]

Bart Starr was an ordinary quarterback until teaming with Vince Lombardi and serving as the catalyst for the powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s and ushered in the NFL as America's most popular sport.

The quarterback's graceful throws helped turn a run-heavy league into a passing spectacle, yet it's a run for which he's most famous: the sneak that won the famed "Ice Bowl" in 1967.

Starr died Sunday at age 85 in Birmingham, Alabama, the Packers said. He had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.

Starr is the third of Lombardi's dozen Hall of Famers to die in the past eight months. Fullback Jim Taylor died in October and offensive tackle Forrest Gregg died last month.

Federer beats Sonego at French Open

Roger Federer notched a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday in his first French Open match since 2015.

The match at Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris lasted a mere 101 minutes yet Federer found enough time and space to sprinkle in some tremendous shot-making.

His presence at the year's second Grand Slam tournament was the highlight of Day 1, which included losses by multiple major winners Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova, along with victories for Sloane Stephens, Garbiñe Muguruza, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori.

Late Saturday: Peterson's homer leads OKC to 4-2 win over Omaha

Shane Peterson hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, leading the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 4-2 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers in the series opener Saturday in Papillion, Nebraska.

The home run by Peterson scored Will Smith to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

Oklahoma City left-hander Rob Zastryzny (2-2) picked up the win after allowing two runs on eight hits over five innings. Opposing starter Scott Blewett (2-5) took the loss after allowing three runs and six hits over five innings.

Elsewhere ...

• Marko Anttila helped lead Finland to its third world hockey title, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 3-1 victory over Canada on Sunday in Bratislava, Slovakia.

• Brindi Griffin and Grace Griffin each scored three goals and the Maryland women's lacrosse team won its 14th national championship with a 12-10 victory over Boston College on Sunday in Baltimore.

Wire reports

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