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Golfing legend “Buffalo Bill” Billy Casper passes away at age 83

Billy Casper (2010 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Often overshadowed by the rising careers of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, who were considered to be the “Big Three” during that era,  Billy Casper was a star in his own right. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA TOUR from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

The winner of 51 tournaments and one of the sport’s finest putters, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday at his home in Springville, Utah. He was 83.

Casper is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, 11 children, six of whom are adopted, and 71 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Known by his colleagues as “Buffalo Bill” due to his diet of exotic meats such as caribou, elk, hippopotamus and buffalo.

Casper got started in golf at the age of seven with the urging of his father. He spent one semester at the University of Notre Dame before returning to his native San Diego. He married his wife, Shirley in 1952. Before turning professional in 1954, he played in several amateur tournament around the San Diego area against fellow native Gene Littler.

Speaking of Littler, Casper won the  1970 Masters Tournament in the event’s last 18-hole playoff over his childhood friend. He defeated Littler by five shots.

Between 1956 until 1975, Casper won 51 PGA TOUR titles — including three major championships — and led the money list in 1966 and 1968. His 51 career victories place him seventh on the TOUR’s all-time victories list.

Casper won at least one PGA TOUR title for 16 consecutive years and earned titles in three different decades. He also enjoyed 14 seasons where he won at least two tournaments, the high mark coming in 1968 when he earned six tournament titles. That streak is the third longest streak on tour, trailing only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who each won on TOUR in 17 straight seasons.

In 1979, Casper captained the U.S. squad to victory over Europe.

On the Senior Tour, which is now the Champions Tour, earned nine wins including two senior majors.

In 1978, Casper became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe, Bing Crosby, Harold Hilton and Clifford Roberts.







Japan wins World Cup of Softball, 6-3 over United States

Japanese Flag (wikipedia commons)

Lauren Gibson homered for the United States but it was not enough as Yuki Hayashi went 2 for 4 with three RBI’s as Japan beat the U.S. 6-3 to win the gold medal.

The win by the Japanese ended the United States long reign in the international tournament.

Japan beat the U.S. for the second time in as many days and now has a streak of three in a row having also won in the 2012 gold-medal game.

U.S. Men’s team defeats Germany 4-3 at RFK Stadium


Historic RFK Stadium in Washington (photo by MSGT Ken Hammond via wikipedia commons)

In a game commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States Soccer Federation, the U.S. Men’s team defeated a second-string Germany team 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium.

Clint Dempsey (photo by Jarrett Campbell via wikipedia commons)

Clint Dempsey scored two goals in the second half to lead the Americans. With those two goals, the 30-year-old has scored 36 goals moving him into second place on the U.S. career scoring list.

USA teammate Jozy Altidore scored his first his first international goal in 1 1/2 years.



United States soccer team heads to World Cup qualifiers without captain Carlos Bocanegra

Carlos Bocanegra (photo by Ronnie McDonald via wikipedia commons)

The United States Men’s Soccer team heads to World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica on Friday and Mexico on March 26 with an inexperienced defense after dropping captain Carlos Bocanegra and also with eight other players being injured or ill.

The 33-year-old Bocanegra, who has been the American captain since 2007, recently lost his starting  job with Racing Santander, a Spanish second-division team.

Bocanegra is on loan from the Glasgow Rangers, has not appeared in a game since February 2.

The injured U.S. players include Tim Howard, Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams.

U.S. beats the Netherlands in World Cup of Softball, 2-1


(photo by Tage Olsin via wikipedia commons)

Valerie Arioto hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the United States a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in Oklahoma City in the World Cup of Softball.

The U.S. trailed the game after Nathalie Timmermans homered in the fifth inning for the Dutch (3-1) in a meeting of the only two teams that had yet to lose in the tournament.



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