GolfBecause of schedule,Nicklaus to miss British for 2nd...

Sports Digest

June 03, 1999

Golf

Because of schedule,

Nicklaus to miss British for 2nd straight year

Jack Nicklaus, who missed the Masters for the first time in 40 years because of hip replacement surgery, will skip the British Open for the second year in a row so as not to jeopardize his recovery.

The golfing great saw his streak of competing in 154 straight majors end last year at the British Open because of hip problems. He underwent hip replacement surgery in January and returns to the PGA Tour this week at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Legends: Three retired superstars -- Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and John Elway -- will join Fred Couples in an 18-hole challenge golf match, Golfweek Magazine reported on its web site.

Juniors: Christy Larimore, of Glen Burnie, needed two holes of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Erica Battle, of Columbia, S.C., and claim the girl's title in the American Junior Golf Association Junior All-Star Classic at Maumee Bay Resort in Oregon, Ohio, last weekend. Larimore shot 80-78158.

Olympics

Congress to investigate Atlanta's winning bid

Two U.S. congressmen said they will send investigators to Atlanta to examine whether the city's winning bid for the 1996 Olympics included improper expenditures for International Olympic Committee members.

The decision by U.S. Reps. Thomas Bliley and Fred Upton to send investigators to Atlanta was based on concerns about a 13-page detailed denial of improprieties they received from businessman Billy Payne and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.

Soccer

Ireland refuses to admit Yugoslavia for Dublin game

Ireland will refuse to admit Yugoslavia's national soccer team for a game this weekend in Dublin, the government announced.

Saturday's scheduled contest with Ireland would have been the first for Yugoslavia since NATO began launching air strikes on the Balkans nation March 24. Ireland had repeatedly urged the European soccer authorities to cancel the game in recognition of Yugoslavia's atrocities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

Pro football

Loyola's Frye signs with CFL's B.C. Lions

Mark Frye, a Loyola College lacrosse player and Severna Park High School graduate, signed as a free agent with the Canadian Football League's B.C. Lions, the club announced on Tuesday. Frye, who stands 6 feet, 185 pounds, will report to training camp on June 12 and will play running back.

A two-time first-team All-America midfielder at Loyola, Frye finished his four-year college lacrosse career two weeks ago, when the top-seeded and undefeated Greyhounds lost to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Loyola is one of the few Division I lacrosse schools that doesn't field a football team.

Frye hasn't played competitive football since Severna Park, where he was an All-Metro kick returner and running back. He was named co-Anne Arundel County Player of the Year as a senior after scoring a school-record 22 touchdowns.

"Mark Frye brings good instincts, agility and toughness to our football team," said Greg Mohns, B.C. Lions head coach and assistant general manager. "If you give him room in the backfield, he'll sprint past you. Try to contain him and he'll run you over."

Redskins: Dan Turk, one half of the NFL's only brother-to-brother, long snapper-punter combo, signed a new deal with Washington. Turk, who had been an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a one-year, $400,000 contract, including a $50,000 signing bonus. Turk has been snapping to his brother Matt for two years with the Redskins.

Lions: Detroit signed kicker Eddie Murray so he could retire in a Lions uniform. Murray was the Lions kicker from 1980 to 1991. He played for six other NFL teams from 1992 to 97. He did not play last season.

Bears: Tackle Andy Heck, the linchpin in the Bears' offensive line for four years, was released. The move saves the Bears Heck's base salary of $2.2 million under this year's salary cap and frees up money for rookie quarterback Cade McNown.

Track and field

Mitchell, Feagin capture 100 meters in Germany

American sprinters broke a string of German victories by sweeping the 100-meter dashes in an international track and field meet in Chemnitz, Germany.

Dennis Mitchell cruised to victory in the men's 100 in 10.17 seconds. The women's 100 went to Zundra Feagin, who won in 11.55.

Et cetera

Harlem Park Middle wins lacrosse championship

Harlem Park Middle School, under the direction of coach Gerard White, completed a perfect season (10-0) and captured the Baltimore City Middle School Lacrosse League championship Tuesday, defeating Greenspring Middle School, 4-2, at Johns Hopkins University. Gregory Hawkins scored two goals, and Samuel Sloan and Thomas Campbell each had a goal and an assist. Harlem Park goalie James Harrison had nine saves and faceoff specialist Jason Saunders won nine of 10 faceoffs. Greenspring finished 9-1.

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