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U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN begins today in Oakmont, Pennsylvania

compiled from staff, wire and LPGA reports

Oakmont, Pennsylvania, is the home of Arnold Palmer, one of golf’s greatest players of all-time.

It is the home of the 2010 United States Women’s Open, today through Sunday, at the Oakmont Golf Club, which is 6,598 yards and a par 71.

The Winners share is unavailable at this time, but was $585,000 in 2009. The total purse, also unavailable, was 3.1 million in 2009.

Cristie Kerr is an Open favorite (LPGA)

Television coverage will be on two networks. ESPN2 will broadcast Thursday and Friday from 3-7 p.m. and NBC will take over on Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m.

Cristie Kerr is one of the favorites this year. She has been on a hot streak and has won two tournaments and is number 1 in women’s golf. She is the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open champion at Pine Needles.

If an American golfer can win this championship, once almost an automatic certainty, now would be a surprise. Cristie Kerr is the only American to win in the past five years and since 1995, there have been more South Korean champions (4) as U.S. winners (5).

If you go back further, Americans won every tournament but five Open’s from 1946 t0 1994.

The problem with the LPGA Tour over the years with sponsors and fans, is that other than Michelle Wie, there have been very few if any American golfers coming on tour. It seems yearly that golfers are coming over from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand to join the tour.

The LPGA Tour which stands for Ladies Professional Golfers Association has recently been known as the Let’s Play Globally Association of the Ladies Professional Global Association because of the 27 tournaments in 2010, down from as many as 40 in years past, less than 13 are played in the United States. The reason is due in part because of dwindling sponsorship money and a lack of big-name American golfers because there is no Nancy Lopez, Jan Stephenson around to carry the torch.

The 2011 tournament will be played at the Broadmoor in Colorado.

There are golfers from 30 countries entered in the tournament with the LPGA fielding most of the entries.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS

compiled from staff and wire reports

The NFL recently released that more than 45 million viewers watched a portion of the 2010 Draft on three television channels, without a doubt, a record.

A total viewership of 45.4 million tuned in to the 75th draft on the NFL Network, ESPN AND ESPN2. Those numbers show a 16 percent jump from the 2009 Draft record of 39 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Draft viewership has nearly doubled during the past decase, from 23.5 million in 2001.

For the first three sessions of the draft, a record crowd of 12,275 fans were in attendance at Radio City Music Hall.

Roger Goodell NFL commissioner (NFL)

Also, NFL and union officials have discussed adding two more regular season games when they met for the first negotiating session since February.

The new plan is to have teams play two exhibition games and 18 regular-season games instead of the current four exhibitions and 16 regular-season games.

Dayton Flyers knock the ‘monkey off their backs’, winning in Cincinnati

compiled from staff and wire reports

Marcus Johnson led the Dayton Flyers balanced scoring attack with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and made 6-of-7 from the free throw line, fueling an 81-66 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Queen City.

Rob Lowery scored 13 points followed by Chris Wright and Paul Williams with 11 each as Dayton pushed their record to 22-12 while advancing in the National Invitational Tournament.

The Flyers will play in the NIT quarterfinals in Champaign, Illinois against the Fighting Illini. The quarterfinal matchup will take place on Wednesday March 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Rob Lowery Dayton (UD)

Dayton came out of the locker room with a different twist Monday night. Wearing black uniforms for the first time this season, the Flyers played solid on both ends of the court. UD held the Bearcats to 33 percent shooting from the field which included 6-of 31 three-pointers. Meanwhile, the visiting Flyers shot 48 percent from the floor and connected on 10 field goals from 3-point land.

Cincinnati is usually a good rebounding team, but Dayton held a 42-34 advantage on the glass including 12 offensive rebounds. The key stat of the game was for UD was scoring 18 second chance points.

A key stretch for Dayton in the second half came when the Flyers held the Bearcats without a field goal for just over six minutes. During that span, the Flyers put the game away; a Paul Williams three-pointer, a Devin Searcy dunk and Marcus Johnson and Luke Fabrizius each scoring on mid-range jumpers to put the Flyers ahead again by double figures 63-53 with 6:24 to play.

Paul Williams Dayton (UD)

In the first half, Dayton took advantage of some hot shooting and Cincinnati’s foul trouble. Dayton led 41-36 and opened the game hitting eight of their first 12 shots from 3-point range. The Flyers finished with nine 3-pointers, a first half season-high. At one point, Dayton led 38-23, but Cincinnati went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to six.

Seniors London Warren and Kurt Huelsman both set the all-time record for career-games played in a Flyers uniform with 134.

Major League Soccer and its Players agree on a new 5-year pact

MLS Commissioner Don Garber (MLS)

Courtesy of Major League Soccer and the Columbus Crew

Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union (MLSPU) announced Saturday that they have reached agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement covering five seasons, commencing with the 2010 season and continuing through December 14, 2014.

MLS Commisioner Don Garber and MLSPU Executive Director Bob Fosse made the announcement via teleconference call, five days before the start of the League’s 15th season.

Says MLS Commissioner Don Garber, “We are very pleased to have reached agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the MLS Players Union. This new agreement allows us to work with our players to continue mutual efforts to build the sport of soccer in North America. We worked hard during the past few months to develop a new agreement that addressed many of the players’ most important issues and look forward to a meaningful and productive new relationship over the next five years.”

The agreement is subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the MLSPU.

Major League Soccer’s 15th season kicks off March 25 when the expansion Philadelphia Union travel to Seattle to take on the Sounders FC in a nationally televised match on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN 360.com. The other 14 MLS teams are in action on March 26 and 27.

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