NEW YORK (AP) —
Augusta National admits women as members
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters, is welcoming two women to its membership. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore will be the first women to wear the fabled green jacket when the new season opens in October.
The 80-year old club, which is private, has been under pressure for years to admit a woman as a member.
Augusta National chairman Billy Payne calls the admission of Rice and Moore a "joyous occasion."
The move likely ends the debate that intensified in 2002 when Martha Burke of the National Council of Women's Organizations urged the club to admit women. Former club chairman Hootie Johnson stood his ground, even at the cost of losing Masters television sponsors for two years.
Garcia ends up on top
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Sergio Garcia completed a round of 4-under-66 today to win the PGA's Wyndham Championship. The round was shut down yesterday by rain and completed today. Garcia finished play 18-under-par, two shots in front of Tim Clark, who shot a final round 67. Bud Cauley was third at minus-15.
This is Garcia's first PGA Tour victory since the 2008 Players Championship.
Some good matchups in baseball
UNDATED (AP) — First place is on the line tonight when the Dodgers open up a three game series at home with San Francisco. The Dodgers start the day with a half-game lead over the Giants in the National League West. The pitching matchup is a good one with 13-game winner Madison Bumgarner going for the visitors against Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who has 11 wins on the season. Bumgarner is coming off a complete game performance against Washington and has a league-best home earned run average of 1.87. That said, away from San Francisco, Bumgarner has a 4.06 road ERA. Kershaw shut out the Giants the last time he faced them and is 7-3 with a lifetime 1.32 ERA against them.
A big series opens up tonight in Washington as the East leading Nationals play host to second-place Atlanta. The Nationals, who top the Braves by five games, are sending Jordan Zimmerman to the mound against Tim Hudson. Zimmerman currently leads the Major Leagues with a 2.38 ERA while Hudson is 12-4 on the season. Tonight's game kicks off a three-game set.
Rounding out the National League, the Reds are facing the Phillies in Philadelphia, the Mets are home to the Rockies, Chicago's Cubs are playing the Brewers in Milwaukee and Pittsburgh is at San Diego.
In the American League tonight there is a matchup of two divisional leaders as the White Sox take on the Yankees in Chicago. New York enters the game with a five game lead over the Rays in the East, while the Sox top the Tigers by 1 ½ games in the Central. This could be a high scoring game as a pair of high ERA pitchers are starting. For the Sox it's Gavin Floyd and his 4.43 ERA, while the Yankees are using Freddy Garcia and his 4.68 ERA.
The remaining AL games feature Kansas City at Tampa Bay, Texas at home to Baltimore, Minnesota at Oakland and Cleveland in Seattle.
The Rocket signs to play minor league ball
HOUSTON (AP) — Former Major League ace Rogers Clemens has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and is expected to start for them on Saturday at home against Bridgeport. The 50-year-old right-hander was acquitted in June of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens hasn't played for a team since pitching for the Yankees in 2007. His agent, Randy Hendricks, says the pitcher's "fastball was clocked at 87 mph."
Rookie named starting quarterback
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has won the Miami Dolphins' starting job. Coach Joe Philbin made the announcement following today's practice. The Dolphins open the season on Sept. 9 at Houston. Tannehill beat out Matt Moore, who finished last year as Miami's starter. Training camp began with a three-way competition for the job, but veteran David Garrard (guh-RARD') fell out of contention when he underwent minor knee surgery Aug. 11.
Tannehill, who played at Texas A&M, was drafted with the eighth overall pick, which made him the first quarterback taken in the opening round by the Dolphins since Dan Marino in 1983.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Kansas City All-Pro linebacker Tamba Hali (TAHM'-buh HAH'-lee) for the season-opener against Atlanta for violating its policy on substance abuse. The league announced the suspension without disclosing details. Hali will miss the Sept. 9 game against the Falcons and be fined an additional game check.
Hali went to his first Pro Bowl last season after recording 12 sacks.
Merriman cut by Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have cut Shawne Merriman. The one-time star pass-rusher was trying to continue his career with the Bills after season-ending surgery in November to repair a partially torn right Achilles tendon. It's an injury that had nagged him for much of the previous two seasons.
The seventh-year player was entering his third season in Buffalo after the Bills claimed him off waivers after Merriman was cut by San Diego in November 2010.
Good news for the Skins on two players
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo and strong safety Brandon Meriweather will only miss the final two preseason games with injuries. Coach Mike Shanahan says that MRIs on both players revealed good news. Orakpo has damaged some scar tissue in his left shoulder, and Meriweather has a swollen and sore left knee. Neither player will require surgery.
Both were hurt in Washington's 33-31 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to play multiple home games in London beginning in 2013.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL and the team are waiting to announce the deal Tuesday in Jacksonville.
New owner Shad Khan has made it clear he wants to play games overseas in hopes of increasing the team's brand globally. He even mentioned it during his introductory news conference last year.
The St. Louis Rams had been scheduled to play a home game in London in 2013 and 2014, but they pulled out last week, citing a need to focus on lease negotiations and ease fan discontent.
Foxborough, Mass. (AP) — In the lone NFL pre-season game this evening the New England Patriots are home to Philadelphia. Each team is 1-0 in exhibition play.
Former NBA exec dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Simon Gourdine (gohr-DEEN'), who became deputy commissioner of the NBA in 1974 and went on to work for and lead the players' association in the 1990s, has died. He was 72. Gourdine became the NBA's attorney in 1970 and was hired as deputy commissioner by Commissioner Walter Kennedy. At the time, he was the highest-ranking black executive in professional sports.
He helped negotiate a labor deal that created free agency in the NBA in 1976.
He left the NBA in 1981, but returned to pro basketball in 1990 as general counsel for the National Basketball Players Association. In 1995, he became executive director, negotiating an end to the NBA lockout.
Judge throws out lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Austin, Texas, has thrown out Lance Armstrong's lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, an attempt to stop the drug case against the seven-time Tour de France winner. Armstrong has repeatedly denied doping. His lawsuit claimed USADA (yoo-SAH'-dah) lacked jurisdiction and that its arbitration process violates his constitutional rights.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed. Armstrong can appeal in federal court, go ahead with USADA's arbitration or accept its sanctions.
Penalties could include a lifetime ban from the sport and loss of his titles.
USADA says Armstrong took steroids and blood boosters to win the Tour de France every year from 1999 to 2005.
Can't get enough of her?
NEW YORK (AP) — You can now take home some sugar from Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah), as the tennis star is going into the candy business.
The four-time Grand Slam title winner launched her Sugarpova brand of 12 types of sweets today in New York.
Sharapova is ranked third heading into the U.S. Open, which starts next week in New York.