Callaway Golf Co. yesterday ended its endorsement contract with troubled golfer John Daly after the 1995 British Open champion violated a clause in his contract not to drink or gamble, the company said.
Daly, who signed a five-year pact with Callaway in May 1997 after completing an alcohol treatment program at California's Betty Ford Center, recently breached his contract and then refused to seek help at Callaway's expense, a company spokesman said.
"We care a great deal for John as a person, a golfer and a friend," said Ely Callaway, the company's founder and chairman. "We wish John the very best and hope that someday he listens to those who love him and gets the help he needs."
Neither Callaway nor Daly's agent, John Mascatello, would say where or when Daly violated the drinking and gambling clause.
Daly wasn't available to comment and released a statement through Mascatello.
"My commitment to live a sober life remains strong," he said. "Alcoholism is a disease which will continue to challenge me the rest of my life. I accept the difficulties presented and hope that I will overcome whatever obstacles I face." . . .
Hawaii will host a second women's golf tournament, the LPGA Takefuji Classic, in March.
Takefuji Corp., a Japanese consumer finance company, announced Tuesday a three-year sponsorship agreement for the 54-hole event, which will be held March 2-4 at the Kona Country Club on the island of Hawaii.
The full-field event will include 130 tour players, plus two sponsor exemptions.
School officials apologized to a boy who was forced to sit in a corner for wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey on his school's Cleveland Browns spirit day.
Ten-year-old Eric Nutter and his mother, Debbie, have long been Steelers fans. So when Western Reserve Middle School, about 50 miles southwest of Cleveland, marked the return of the Browns to the NFL on Friday, the fifth-grader didn't wear the Ohio team's brown and orange.
He came to the school wearing a Kordell Stewart jersey, honoring Pittsburgh's quarterback.
While he expected some flack from his classmates, he was surprised when his teacher, Brent Maillard, had him turn his desk around in the back of the classroom.
"I had to turn around the whole time to see what was going on," Eric told the (Lorain, Ohio) Morning Journal in a story published yesterday. "I didn't like it."
Maillard and Thomas Turner, the school's principal, met with Eric's parents Monday and found they were angry after the boy came home from school in tears.
Eric's stepfather, Robert Counts, has asked Western Reserve superintendent Dennis Bahmer to discipline the teacher, who has been reprimanded.
"We expressed our concerns to the family and apologized, and the teacher did the same," Bahmer said. "It's one of those things that started out in fun, but for some reason was not taken that way."
Track and Field
Greene Wins Again
Maurice Greene keeps right on winning, this time capturing the 100 meters at the Super Track and Field meet.
Greene, the world-record holder and winner of three gold medals at the World Championships, won in 10.35 seconds, edging fellow American Curtis Johnson.
"My main focus is to win the Olympic gold," Greene said. "That comes first, not a record. Right now, I have a goal of 9.76 [seconds] and the coach said I am capable of running faster, but I take small steps at a time. The most important is to win the Olympic gold. That's something I haven't done and I want to do." . . .
Michael Johnson and Marion Jones have been given the chance to win multiple gold medals at next year's Sydney Olympics.
Under the long-delayed competition schedule approved for track and field events in Sydney, Johnson will be able to attempt a repeat of his historic Olympic double in the 200 and 400 meters and Jones can bid for an unprecedented five golds.
The schedule, released yesterday, also allows for tries at doubles by Greene, Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie, who is world and Olympic champion at 10,000 meters and world record-holder at 5,000, and Russia's Svetlana Masterkova, the 1996 Olympic champion in the 800 and 1,500.
Track and field events in Sydney will be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1, with a day off Sept. 26.
The timetable allows at least one rest day between semifinals and finals of races of 800 meters and more, and the 400 meter hurdles. A rest day was also incorporated between the qualification rounds and finals of jumping events.
The Juwan Howard Share the Care for Children Fund announced that it has made grants totaling $23,500 to eight area and Chicago area charities, using funds raised through donations and fundraising. The charities include Young Life of Alexandria and H.D. Woodson High's 3-on-3 Hoop Dreams organization.
Record Colt Price
Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai said a warm and fuzzy feeling inspired him to spend a record $3.9 million on a yearling Tuesday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
He opened his wallet and outdueled the multinational Coolmore partnership for the highest price paid for a colt sold at the September Yearling Sale.
"It's just a feeling. It's not a car," said the sheik about his reason for wanting the colt, a son of Kris S. that is related to top American racehorse Menifee, along with Faslyiev, the leading 2-year-old in Europe.
The family of super middleweight boxer Randie Carver was pursuing an investigation into his death yesterday, three days after he collapsed during a title fight in his home town of Kansas City, Mo., an attorney for the family said.
Attorney Frank Brancato told Reuters that the family of the 24-year-old Carver wanted a review of "all of the circumstances surrounding his death." Brancato would not elaborate.
Carver suffered major head injuries Sunday before going down in the 10th round of the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title bout against Egyptian Kabary Salem.
Surgeons performed brain surgery in an effort to save his life, but Carver lapsed into a coma and never regained consciousness. He died Tuesday morning, said hospital spokeswoman Kim Shopper.
Fight promoter Tony Holden said the fight was marked by "some extreme head butts." . . .
Former World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Lonnie Bradley (27-0-1, 21 knockouts) has been added to the Sept. 24 boxing card at MCI Center. Bradley, from New York, is coming off a two-year, injury-related layoff. He will fight Eric Holland (21-25-3) of Tacoma, Wash.
Top-Ranked Terps Win
Freshman A.J. Herrera had two assists as top-ranked Maryland shut out Monmouth, 3-0, at Ludwig Field. Junior goalkeeper Christian Lewis recorded his third shutout as the Terrapins improved to 4-1. Monmouth fell to 1-2-1. Senior Jason Cropley, sophomore Nouf Tajini and junior Jason Sardis scored for Maryland. . . .
Ryan Gibbs had two goals and an assist to lead No. 17 Virginia to a 3-0 win over visiting Mount St. Mary's. The Cavaliers improved to 3-2, and the Mountaineers fell to 1-4-1.