They rarely play well in the same tournaments, which is why Tiger Woods and David Duval are never seen on the same television screen. That's about to change, even if the only thing at stake are bragging rights and a difference of $700,000.
In the first golf event televised live in prime time by a national network, Woods and Duval will play an 18-hole match tonight at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The winner of the "Showdown at Sherwood" will earn $1.1 million from a $1.5 million purse--with each donating $200,000 to charity.
"It gives us an opportunity to kind of expose the game in a little different light, in a different time frame, on a different day and probably to a different crowd than would usually see the game," Duval said.
ABC Sports, which will broadcast the event at 8 p.m., is hoping viewers will want to watch the world's two best players finally go head to head. Woods and Duval are the only players to be No. 1 in the world rankings this year, a position currently held by Woods.
"I think that they're arguably the two best players in the game today," Jack Nicklaus said. "I don't think there's any question about that."
Volker Breaks Own Mark
Germany's Sandra Volker broke her world record in the 50-meter backstroke at the European Swimming Championships yesterday, and Pieter Van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands emerged as the new star of the meet.
In Istanbul, Volker was first off the blocks to finish in 28.71 seconds and defeat Spain's Nina Jivanevskaia (29.02). Metka Sparavec of Slovenia got the bronze in 29.25. Volker broke her mark of 28.78 set last month in Monte Carlo.
Holland's Van den Hoogenband defeated world and European champion Alexander Popov of Russia, swimming the 50-meter freestyle in 22.06. Popov finished third behind Italy's Lorenzo Vismara.
Arsenal Tops United
Nwankwo Kanu rolled in a penalty kick and then set up the winner for Ray Parlour as Arsenal beat Manchester United, 2-1, in the Charity Shield, the first game of England's soccer season. Manchester United, which won the European Champions Cup, Premier League and Football Association Cup last season, also lost to Arsenal in last year's Charity Shield. . . .
French striker Nicolas Anelka is set to join Spanish club Real Madrid from Arsenal for about $33 million, making him the third most expensive player in soccer history.
Purdue Player Killed
Purdue women's basketball player Tiffany Young was killed in a car accident Saturday night. The 21-year-old guard, a member of Purdue's 1999 NCAA national championship team, would have been a senior this season.
Young was with her boyfriend, also a Purdue student, visiting his family in Gary, Ind., according to a statement from the university. Young was apparently returning to West Lafayette, Ind., with her boyfriend and an unidentified third passenger when the accident occurred.
The Post-Tribune of Gary reported that the students' car was hit by a drunk driver. The driver of the offending vehicle had a blood-alcohol content of .30 and was taken into custody by the Gary Police Department, the university statement said.
The 5-foot-11 Young averaged 3.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in her three-year career and started all 33 games during the 1997-98 season.
Fed Cup Site
The USTA has selected Stanford University's Taube Family Tennis Stadium for the Fed Cup final, which will feature the United States against Russia Sept. 18-19. The Fed Cup final will be two singles matches on Sept. 18, and two singles and a doubles match the following day. The U.S. team will be announced later by captain Billie Jean King.
N.Y. Race Is Moved
The Jockey Club Gold Cup, one of the premier races on the fall thoroughbred slate, has been moved to Oct. 10 to accommodate NBC's television schedule, the New York Racing Association said. The race had been scheduled for Oct. 9, along with the Frizette and the Beldame. All three races were pushed back one day.
Catholic Starts on Top
Football coaches in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference welcomed back Catholic University with the top ranking in the preseason coaches poll. Catholic, which has returned to the ODAC after a 16-year absence, received three of seven first-place votes and edged out defending champion Emory & Henry for first place. Catholic's return ensures that the ODAC will get an automatic bid to the Division III playoffs.