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GOLF NEWS: Tiger will play British Open; Vijay Singh out of top 50

compiled from staff and wire reports

Tiger Woods has added the British Open to his summer schedule.

Woods will have the chance to become the first player in the 150-year history of the British Open to win three times at St. Andrews, where golf’s oldest championship will be held July 15-18.

Tiger Woods (PGA)

Woods has yet to enter the Memorial Tournament, where he is the defending champion.

The world’s number 1 golfer. who withdrew from the final round of The Players Championship on May 9 with a neck injury, also has the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the AT&T National  at Aronimink on his schedule.

IN OTHER TOUR NEWS

The world golf ranking does not list Vijay Singh among the top 50 for the first time in nearly 18 years.

Singh slipped to number 51 in the world rankings made public on Monday after he failed to qualify for the final 36 holes at the Valero Texas Open. It was his fifth consecutive tournament without earning ranking points.

Vijay Singh (PGA)

The last time Singh was ranked out of the top 50 was August 16, 1992. He won the German Open the next week and has been in the top 50 every week since. Singh is the only other player besides Tiger Woods to be number 1 in the world during the last decade, reaching  the top for the first time in 2004.

Singh will have one week to get back into the top 50 or he will have to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Marion Jones makes WNBA debut; Tulsa Loses to Minnesota Lynx

compiled from staff, wire and Tulsa Shock info

Marion Jones arrived at the soldout BOK Center, home of the Tulsa Shock, where video cameras were waiting on her to get pictures of her as she walked in. Minutes later, she walked into an interview room to answer questions from reporters.

Then she went to the team shootaround and afterwards, she was so hyped-up that she couldn’t take a pregame nap.

But Marion Jones’ path to star-status in the WNBA will take awhile to achieve.

Marion Jones (WNBA)

The former Olympic track star had very limited playing time in her debut for the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night as the relocated from Detroit, Michigan team lost their inaugural game in their new hometown of  Tulsa, Oklahoma, to the Minnesota Lynx, 80-74.

There was an overflow crowd of 7,806, which included WNBA commissioner Donna Orender who flew in to welcome Tulsa and their fans to the league and to see Marion Jones.

After the game, Marion Jones told reporters, ” I am learning as I go. I know it will take time for the game to come together for me. I will do whatever it takes to win games for the ballclub.”

Jones, who won a national championship for North Carolina in college, made her  return to basketball after more than a decade away. After college, she was a world-wide track star and then was stripped of her five Olympic track medals, including three golds, and served time in prison for lying to federal investigators.

Jones’ played only 3 minutes and 19 seconds and watched most of the action from the bench. She committed one foul  just 3 seconds into her new career.

At 34-years-old, Jones is the oldest rookie in the WNBA and her debut received more media attention than most first-year players.

Se Ri Pak wins playoff in Mobile tournament

compiled from staff, wire and LPGA reports

Se Ri Pak is starting to play golf  like the good old days when she was consistently winning tournaments with clutch shots. Sunday, she needed a clutch shot to win the playoff and the tournament.

Pak ended a three-year victory drought with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff with Brittany Lincicome on Sunday in the rain shortened Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Alabama. Pak is 6-0 in playoffs.

Pak, the Hall of Famer from South Korea, used a bunker shot to set up the putt that sealed her 25th career win and the first since she won the 2007 Owens Corning Classic.

Se Ri Pak (JPGA)

Playing the par-4  18th in the playoff, Pak hit a fairway bunker shot from about 170 yards to 10 feet to give herself the winning birdie chance while Lincicome saved par with a long downhill putt.

The Bell Micro LPGA Classic was cut to 54 holes after rain washed out the fourth round. The soggy course received about 4 inches of rain overnight and it was still drizzling throughout the playoff on number18.

Suzann Pettersen also made the playoff, but dropped out with a bogey on the second hole.

Pak, Lincicome and Pettersen were all tied at 13-under-par 203 when they teed off together in the morning. Just about an hour into their round,  the leaderboard had been shuffled and the threat of lightning in the area sent players into the clubhouse for a 5 1/2-hour wait.

Adam Scott gets first tour win since 2008 at Texas Open

compiled from staff, wire and PGA Tour info

Rallying from four strokes back for his first PGA Tour victory in two years, Scott was 11 under in a 36-hole finale on Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, beating Frederik Jacobson by a stroke on the new Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

The Oaks Course was designed by Scott’s hero and fellow countrymen Greg Norman, who sent a congratulatory message after Scott’s first win since the Australian Open in December.

Adam Scott (PGA)

The 29-year-old Scott finished at 14-under-274 and earned $1,098,000 for his seventh tour victory and first since the 2008 Byron Nelson Classic. He overcame two bogeys early with an eagle on the par-4 17th in his third round 66, then built his lead with six birdies en route to a closing 67.

Scott also survived a closing bogey, his only one in the final round, when Jacobson missed a 16-foot shot from the fringe on number 18 that would’ve forced a playoff.

Ernie Els, Aaron Baddeley and Jimmy Walker tied for third at 12 under. Els, the FedEx Cup leader, followed a third-round 69 with a 68.

Baddeley also entered the day four back and shot 67 and 68. Walker had rounds of  70 and 69 and ended up with a career-best finish on the tour.

Sunday was a long final day of the tournament. More than 3 inches of rain had washed out Friday’s round, setting up The 36-hole marathon on Sunday.

Reds beat Cardinals 7-2; wins series and takes first place

MEGASPORTSNEWS.com GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO – When the Civil Rights Weekend series between the St. Louis Cardinals and  Cincinnati Reds began, most of us in the media were looking at the pitchers the Cardinals would throw to assess the Reds chances. Jaime Garcia was throwing on Friday; we figured the Reds would beat him, but they didn’t. We figured there goes the chance of at least winning one game in the series. Adam Wainwright was pitching next on Saturday and everybody said “not a chance.” However, the Reds were 2-2 against him and they beat him 4-3. Then comes the rubber game on Sunday and its Brad Penny who was 7-3 against Cincinnati overall and better yet, 5-0 at Great American Ballpark since the place opened and the feeling was “1 of 2 isn’t bad.” We 2-of-3 is good for the Reds because they beat Brad Penny. Penny was throwing pitchers between 93-100 mph, but he wasn’t fooling the Reds on anything. They hit any pitch he could no matter the speed.

Great American Ballpark left field (megasportsnews.com)

Great American Ballpark right field (megasportsnews.com)

Scott Rolen homered and drove in three runs and Bronson Arroyo pitched a complete game and drove home two more runs on Sunday leading Cincinnati to a 7-2 win that ended the Cardinals long domination as the NL Central Division’s top and dominant team.

St. Louis had been in first place since July 31, 2009. The defending champions had opened a five-game lead on the Reds before going into a profound slump in the last two weeks, losing nine of their last 12 and even went 9 games without hitting a home run.

The Reds keep a National League standings pole on top of the right field bleachers of each of the divisions: East, West and Central. It changes each day. After Sunday’s last out, a fly ball to Jay Bruce in right field, the public address announcer at Great American Ballpark told those in atterndance, a rain-soaked crowd of 26,712 to look to the Central Division standings poll to see that the Reds were on top by a half-game over St. Louis by winning 7 of their last 8 games.

Cincinnati hasn’t been in first place this deep into a season since June 8, 2006.

The move into first place is a long-awaited moment for the Reds, who are trying to break a nine-year losing streak. They improved to a 2010 season-high five games over .500 at 21-16 by beating the Cardinals at their own brand of baseball: balanced offense, great defense and solid pitching.

During this eight-game turnaround for the Reds, the pitching staff has a 1.88 earned run average. They haven’t committed an error in their last 11 games, the best streak since 1997. And they’re leading the majors in getting runners from first to third with a single.

Reds Press Box (megasportsnews.com)

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, just click on the link)

44 955 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP The starting pitchers are coming around (megasportsnews.com)

44 957 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP Two-out hitting has been huge for Reds (megasportsnews.com)

44 958 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP It’s only May but Reds in first place (megasportsnews.com)

44 959 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP The buzz that the Reds are real (megasportsnews.com)

44 962 Jay Bruce Reds RF Talk’s about Bronson Arroyo’s performance (megasportsnews.com)

44 965 Jonny Gomes Reds LF 1st place is hard work to stay there (megasportsnews.com)

44 966 Jonny Gomes Reds LF Reds have winners from other teams who know how to win (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES
* Scott Rolen’s home run in the first inning was his 290th of his career.

* Bronson Arroyo threw his first complete game of his career and 10th lifetime.

*Reds lead MLB in runners going from first to third with 30, Texas is 2nd with 24 and Minnesota and Oakland are tied for fourth with 23.

* The Reds lead MLB in last at bat wins with 9 and comeback wins 11.

* The Reds are 13-5 against NL Central Division rivals.

* The Reds are 4th in the NL with a .284 batting average with runners in scoring position.

*The Reds are 12-9 at Great American Ballpark.

* Reds birthdays coming up: Bullpen coach Juan Lopez was 50 on Sunday, RHP Nick Masset is 28 today, Monday and Catcher Ramon Hernandez will be 34 on Thursday.

* Three members of the Reds pitching staff are 24 and under. Mike Leake is 22, Homer Bailey is 24 and so is Johnny Cueto.

* Music Man, Bronson Arroyo has a CD on sale, Covering The Bases for $15.00 at all Great American Ballpark stores. Bronson is donating half the proceeds to the Reds Community Funds. In July 2005 the record debuted at number 1 on the charts in Boston, Providence and Springfield and number 2 in Portland, Maine. The CD features Mike Inez, bassist for Alice in Chains and Ozzy Osbourne, and vocals by Johnny Damon and author Stephen King.

* Albert Pujols was honored as with the Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Award Presented by Pepsi as voted on by fans for the month of April. Pujols batted .345 (30-87) with seven home runs and 19 RBI”s through 22 games.

*Albert Pujols passed Rogers Hornsby by moving into sole possession of 3rd place on the Cardinals all-time runs scored list at 1,090  last Wednesday night. Pujols is currently 7 RBI’s shy of tying Enos “country” Slaughter (1,148) for 2nd on the all-time St. Louis list and 7 walks shy of tying Enos Slaughter (839) for 3rd in all-time as a Cardinals.


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