August 27, 2008|By From Staff and News Services

LPGA to require players to speak English by 2009


The LPGA Tour will require players to speak English starting in 2009, with players who have been members for two years facing suspension if they can't pass an oral evaluation of English skills. The rule is effective immediately for new players. "Why now? Athletes now have more responsibilities, and we want to help their professional development," deputy commissioner Libba Galloway said. "There are more fans, more media and more sponsors. We want to help our athletes as best we can succeed off the golf course as well as on it." There is no such rule on the PGA Tour. The LPGA held a mandatory meeting with South Koreans last Wednesday to inform them of the new policy, which was first reported by Golfweek magazine. There are 121 international players from 26 countries on the LPGA Tour, including 45 players from South Korea. The South Koreans were informed of the rule; however, LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens has not given them - or anyone - a written explanation, Galloway said.

Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship: : Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Mark O'Meara will play in the event at Baltimore Country Club at Five Farms on Oct. 9-12, the tournament announced yesterday. The Constellation Energy event is the final major championship of the 2008 Champions Tour season. Kite has 19 championships on the PGA Tour and 10 on the Champions Tour. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002 and served as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1997. Langer is the leading money winner on the 2008 Champions Tour and has twice won the Masters, in 1985 and 1993. O'Meara has won 16 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1998 Masters and British Open.

More golf: : Wayne DeFrancesco defended his 2007 Mid-Atlantic PGA Senior Championship, shooting a two-day total of 7-under-par 137 to win by seven shots at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville. Bob Bilbo and Larry Ringer (144) tied for second.

Strahan staying retired, says no to Giants


Seven-time New York Giants Pro Bowl selection Michael Strahan is staying retired. "This has been one of the toughest nights of my life," Strahan told FoxSports. com in a story released yesterday. "But after long deliberation and throwing around a million scenarios in my head for the past day, I think it's just best if I stay retired." Giants general manager Jerry Reese asked Strahan, 36, to reconsider his retirement Monday, just 48 hours after the Super Bowl champions lost Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora for the season to a knee injury in a preseason game. Strahan needed about a day to turn down an offer to return for a 16th season with what could have been an $8 million contract.

More Giants: : Wide receiver David Tyree was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform reserve list, meaning the player who made a game-saving catch in the Super Bowl won't be making any for at least the first six weeks of the season. Tyree has not practiced since training camp opened in July because he is rehabilitating a surgically repaired right knee.

CHARGERS: : Shawne Merriman (Maryland) had his left knee examined by a doctor in Miami as the star outside linebacker decides whether to have surgery on two torn ligaments or continue playing. "I will find out more info when the doc calls me tomorrow," Merriman said in an e-mail to the Associated Press yesterday.

COLTS: : More than a month after having knee surgery, quarterback Peyton Manning finally showed his doubters that he's back and on schedule to start the regular season. The two-time league Most Valuable Player threw and ran with teammates. Coach Tony Dungy said he will give Manning a full complement of snaps next week.

JETS: : Coach Eric Mangini said he's leaning toward not playing quarterback Brett Favre in the team's preseason finale tomorrow night at Philadelphia. Favre repeatedly said he would like to play, but also wouldn't be disappointed if Mangini decided otherwise.

STEELERS: : NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met in New York with Pittsburgh chairman Dan Rooney and his four brothers about the franchise's ownership situation. They discussed NFL rules that restrict owners' involvement in gambling enterprises and require that one person own at least 30 percent of the team. Several brothers own shares of racetracks that now offer casino gaming. Each brother owns just 16 percent of the team.

BROWNS: : Starting quarterback Derek Anderson made an appearance on the practice field, his first since suffering a concussion Aug. 18 in a preseason game against the Giants. Brady Quinn is expected to start tomorrow night in the preseason finale against the Bears. ... Wide receiver Joe Jurevicius was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list as he recovers from knee surgery.

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