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Hall of Fame Golfer Rankin Is Being Treated for Cancer

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Judy Rankin , a Hall of Famer and golf analyst with ABC Sports, has breast cancer and is undergoing treatment that will keep her out of work for an indefinite period.

"I've got it, I wish I didn't have it, but I have to deal with it," Rankin said in a telephone interview from Ruidoso, N.M.

Rankin, 61, was told of the cancer about three weeks ago and has had two minor surgeries, with another to follow. But she was given an optimistic outlook because the cancer was detected early.

"I'm not sick," she said. "This cancer I have up to now is not an invasive cancer, but it would be at some point down the road. I think I have the best of a bad thing."

In an era when LPGA Tour players often skipped college, Rankin was a pioneer.

She won the Missouri Amateur at age 14, turned pro at 17 and won 26 times on the LPGA Tour, becoming the first to earn at least $100,000 in one year in 1976. She had to retire at 38 because of back problems.

· COLLEGES: Catholic University will play in the newly named Landmark Conference, which is made up of seven mid-Atlantic schools.

The conference will begin competition in the fall of 2007 in 11 sports including baseball, basketball and track and field. Schools will continue to play in their current conferences until next spring, officials said after their inaugural meeting in Bethlehem, Pa.

The seven members are Catholic, Drew, Goucher, Juniata, Moravian, Susquehanna and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Officials said they expect to add an add eighth member and announce a conference commissioner by the end of the summer. . . .

Northwestern reinstated its women's soccer program after it was suspended for hazing, but several players are on disciplinary probation and the team will be required to perform community service. Photographs appeared on a Web site last month allegedly showing members of the team clad only in T-shirts and underwear, some blindfolded and others with their hands tied behind their backs.

· PRO FOOTBALL: Toronto Argonauts running back Ricky William s ran for 46 yards on 11 carries but had a critical fumble as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated Toronto, 21-11, in Hamilton, Ontario, in the final CFL exhibition game for both teams. Williams, who joined the CFL after he was suspended for a year by the NFL for a fourth positive drug test, was more productive than he was in his exhibition debut last weekend, when he had seven yards on three carries.

· SAILING: Brasil 1 held off a late challenge from Abn Amro I early this morning to win the eighth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race by 3 minutes 10 seconds in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The win was the team's best result in the grueling 36,000-mile, seven-month race scheduled to end in mid-June in Goteborg, Sweden.

Abn Amro I, skippered by New Zealander Mike Sanderson , was second. Ericsson was third. Abn Amro I already has secured the overall race win.

· BASEBALL: Eric Gregg was remembered by loved ones as a charismatic figure who touched everyone he met. And every one, it seemed, had a story about the former umpire.

Son Kevin regaled a couple hundred mourners at his father's funeral in Philadelphia by recalling the day his dad surprised him, showing up at a high school game in a black convertible and blasting "the loudest LL Cool J you could've heard."

" 'You're embarrassing me,' I said," Kevin Gregg recalled. "He said, 'Kevin, you just struck out swinging at ball four in the dirt. You're embarrassing me!' "

Gregg, one of baseball's best known umpires for his portly physique and his propensity to dance on the dugout with mascots like the Phillie Phanatic , died Monday after being hospitalized following a stroke. He was 55.

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