Members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team will receive $200,000 from the PGA of America to donate to charities of their choice and golf development programs at their colleges, several sources said yesterday.
The plan to channel a portion of the PGA's estimated $17 million in Ryder Cup profit to charities at the players' discretion comes four months after the revenue issue threatened to divide the U.S. team. Jim Awtrey, chief executive officer of the PGA, had pledged to work with players and come up with a plan by year's end.
"We're pleased we have reached an agreement in concept with the players, and we will release details after the holidays," a PGA spokesman said.
According to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, the players and captain Ben Crenshaw will receive $100,000 each to designate to their charities. They will direct the other $100,000 to their college--or several colleges--for a golf development program designed by the PGA.
The PGA is waiting for players to identify their charities before announcing the plan, another source said. . . .
Tiger Woods has signed a five-year deal with Buick in which he reportedly will earn between $20 million and $25 million to carry the company's logo on his bag and play in a certain number of tournaments sponsored by the company. Neither Woods nor Buick officials would reveal the exact amount Woods will earn from the deal.
South African Killed
One of the most prominent figures in South African soccer was shot to death during an attempted carjacking, the latest victim in the nation's crime wave. Clarence Mlokoti, 69, died Tuesday at a hospital after being shot four times through a car window, his family said. Mlokoti was the director and co-founder of Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa's most popular soccer club. He was responsible for introducing sponsorship to black South African teams in the early 1970s.
The killing comes as South Africa bids with England, Germany, Brazil and Morocco to hold the 2006 World Cup. Rival bidders point to South Africa's high crime, which has hit diplomats, Parliament members and prominent businessmen. . . .
Four D.C. United players were named to the U.S. Olympic men's team roster for next month's training camp in Chula Vista, Calif. They are midfielders Ben Olsen, Jason Moore and Antonio Otero and forward Chris Albright. The Americans will play Armenia's national team on Jan. 16 at the Rose Bowl following the U.S. national team's game against Iran. . . .
United is hoping to finalize plans for exhibition tours to the Cayman Islands and Bolivia during preseason in February and March. The club also is close to setting up an exhibition against English Premier League club Newcastle at RFK Stadium in late July. Newcastle also is expected to play at Columbus during its U.S. trip. . . .
Organizers for the U.S. Cup, an annual four-nation men's tournament that will be played June 3-10, are considering Baltimore's PSINet Stadium as the venue for a game involving the U.S. national team, a U.S. soccer source said. The likely opponent is South Africa. RFK Stadium has hosted U.S. Cup games in the past, but may have a scheduling conflict next year.
Jaycie Phelps, a member of the first U.S. women's gymnastics team to win a gold medal, is coming out of retirement for the Sydney Olympics. Phelps gave up Olympic-level competition after winning her gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics, but the 20-year-old gymnast decided to return for the Sydney Games in September. Phelps joins two other of her "Magnificent Seven" teammates as hopefuls for Sydney. Dominique Moceanu and Amy Chow are competing in hopes of making the next Olympic team.
International Boxing Federation President Robert W. Lee, Sr., and his son, Robert Jr., were indicted by a federal grand jury in New Jersey on new charges of filing false tax returns in connection with a bribery scheme.
The indictment alleges that Lee Sr. and his son filed tax returns in which they failed to disclose additional income in the form of bribes that they were paid by boxing promoters, managers and others in order to manipulate the rankings for fighters.
Yesterday's superseding indictment adds new charges against the officials and replaces a Nov. 3 indictment against the Lees and two other top officials, Don William Brennan of Warsaw, Va., a former Virginia boxing commissioner, and Francisco Hernandez, an international IBF commissioner. The four are charged with accepting bribes to alter the ratings of fighters in 32 instances. . . .
The Swedish government is to review a 30-year-old law that bans professional boxing, a senior government official told Reuters. The government has decided to reconsider the ban because it believes it has become illogical given the increasing popularity of other fighting sports that are not prohibited.
News and Notes
Alabama could be without Outland Trophy winner Chris Samuels in the Orange Bowl because of recurring soreness in his knee. Coach Mike DuBose said he won't know if the all-American tackle will be available for the Jan. 1 game against Michigan until the end of the month. . . .
Eastern Michigan hired Arizona running backs coach Jeff Woodruff to replace the fired Rick Rasnick as head football coach. . . . George Belu, offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Wake Forest, has been hired as offensive line coach at Ohio State. . . . Maryland has received a verbal commitment from defensive end Scott Williams of Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa., Lackawanna Coach Mark Duda said. Williams, who is from Fort Worth, is 6 feet 5 and weighs 253 pounds. He had 67 tackles and 12 sacks this season.
Lobo Re-Injures Knee
Rebecca Lobo, the New York Liberty star who injured her left knee last season, had surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament after re-injuring the knee Sunday and will miss at least five months.
"We are devastated," Liberty GM Carol Blazejowski said. "While this certainly is a setback, I'm confident that Rebecca will work even harder and come back from this stronger and even more competitive than ever."
HBO Show for Costas
For five years, Bob Costas has talked with HBO about creating a sports version of "Nightline," an interview show that goes beyond scores and highlights to explore serious topics in the sports world.
Now the path has been cleared. NBC gave Costas permission to do the show after announcing that Marv Albert would return as the lead announcer on NBA games next season, a job Costas has been doing for two years. HBO announced the weekly series, which doesn't have a name yet, will begin in February 2001.