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Byrd starts off new year with win in Hawaii

Jonathan Byrd (file photo)

Golfer Jonathan Byrd started 2011 the same way he ended  2010, with a victory.

Byrd won his last event of the 2010 season in Las Vegas by making a hole-in-one in a three-man playoff.

Byrd opened the new PGA Tour season by winning the Tournament of Champions in a sudden-death playoff against Robert Garrigus, who missed a 3-foot par putt on the second extra hole in Kapalua, Hawaii.

The two golfers both shot 67 in the final round to finish at 24-under-par 268.

Byrd had a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole for the win and missed. On the par-4 first hole in the playoff, Byrd’s 50-foot birdie narrowly missed. Garrigus ran it by 3 feet, and his par putt to extend the playoff hit the right lip.

It was the fifth career win for Byrd, and it earned him a trip to the Masters and the U.S. Open.

compiled from staff & PGA Tour news

Former basketball star, Quintin Dailey dead at age 49

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Quintin Dailey, a former All-American basketball player, who starred in the NBA for 10 years, died recemtly in Las Vegas. He was just 49 years old.

The former University of San Francisco Dons star died of hypertension cardivascular disease, the Clark County Coroner’s office said in a statement.

Dailey was a two-time West Coast Conference player of the year and an all-American in 1982.

In the NBA, he played for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and the Seattle Supersonics.

compiled from staff & NBA reports

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Hyundai joins the PGA Tour as sposor at Kapalua

 

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The PGA Tour has a new partner in line for 2011 and beyond.

The tour announced on Thursday that Hyundai Motor America has taken over as the primary sponsor for the Maui winners-only tournament, which will be called the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The winners-only event moved to Kapalua in 1999. It was recently called the SBS Championship.

With the name change of the tournament, the PGA Tour is going back to its tradition of when it began in 1953 in Las Vegas. It had the name of “Tournament of Champions”until Mercedes became the sponsor in 1994.

Seoul Broadcasting System had signed a contract through the 2019 season to be the sponsor, and says it will continue to be a part of the tournament.

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Info courtesy of the PGA Tour

Cavaliers sign Samardo Samuels

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed free agent forward Samardo Samuels, who left Louisville after his sophomore season.

Samardo Samuels (Louisville photo)

Samuels, who is 6’9, 260 averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds last season for the Cardinals before declaring for the NBA draft. In 70 games at Louisville, Samuels averaged 13.6 points and made 55 percent of his shots.

The 21-year-old Samuels played for the Chicago Bulls’ summer league team in Las Vegas. He averaged 12.6 points and 7.4 boards in five games.

compiled from Cleveland Cavaliers news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 12, 2010: Almanac, Ohio State Fair photos & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Thursday, August 12, the 224th day of 2010. There are 141 days left in the year.

Batcopter at the Fair (megasportsnews.com)

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On august 12, 1960, the first ballon communications satellite, the Echo 1, was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral.

* In 1859, poet and English professor Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the words to America the Beautiful, was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

* In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impreach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

* In 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.

* In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon signed a Postal Reorganization Act, which abolished the U.S. Post Office Department in favor of the independently run U.S. Postal Service.

U. S. Marines booth at the Fair (megasportsnews.com)

* In 1985, the world’s worst single-aircraft disaster occurred as a crippled Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people. Four people survived the crash.

* Ten years ago, August 12, 2000, Boxer Evander Holyfield won a 12-round unanimous decision over John Ruiz in Las Vegas for the vacant World Boxing Association heavyweight title. Holyfield, now 47, will be boxing again in October of 2010. See the story in today’s latest stories section of the website.

Pete Sampras in 2007 photo, is 39 Today (wfe cc photo)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

71 George Hamilton, actor.

61 Mark Knopfler, rock singer-musician for the group, Dire Straits.

56 Pat Metheny, jazz musician.

47 Sir Mix-A-Lot, rapper.

39 Pete Sampras, tennis player.

39 Michael Ian Black, comedian.

35 Casey Affleck, actor.

104.9 WCVO-FM, The River, one of several media outlets at the fair (megasportsnews.com)

Helicopter flying over Fairgrounds (megasportsnews.com)


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