Ernie Els withdrew from The Players Championship yesterday after injuring his right wrist two weeks ago while working out with a punching bag at his home in London.
Els, the No. 2 player in the world, already has won four times this year. His announcement came a day after third-ranked Phil Mickelson withdrew because his wife recently gave birth to their third child.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed I couldn't play this week at The Players," Els said. "But given the soreness I felt earlier today, I knew there was no way I could play this week." . . .
Martha Burk plans to expand her campaign against Augusta National and CBS by contending that televising the event from an all-male golf club "is an insult to the nearly quarter million women in the U.S. armed forces."
Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, plans to protest the club's membership policy during the third round of the Masters on April 12 in Augusta, Ga.
Burk's remarks came as United States troops moved closer to Baghdad in the war against Iraq.
Saints Employee Dies
The New Orleans Saints' grounds superintendent was electrocuted when a goal post he was moving hit a power line at the team's training facility in suburban New Orleans.
Tim Fletcher, 42, was married and had a son, team owner Tom Benson said.
Neither the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office nor the Saints would comment on the accident. . . .
The infant son of Tampa Bay wide receiver Joe Jurevicius died nearly 10 weeks after being born prematurely during the Buccaneers' run to the Super Bowl.
Michael William Jurevicius, born on Jan. 14, died Monday night at a hospital in St. Louis.
Wesley Breaks Ankle
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without defenseman Glen Wesley for an unspecified time after he broke his left ankle.
Wesley was injured Monday night against Boston when he blocked a shot.
Sampson Is Out on Bond
Former University of Virginia and NBA star Ralph Sampson was released on $40,000 bond in Atlanta after appearing in federal court on charges that he failed to pay more than $51,000 in child support.
Sampson, 42, was indicted last week in Richmond for failing to pay $21,628 in support for a daughter who lives in Falmouth, Va., according to court documents. He is charged separately for failing to pay $29,542 for a daughter in Charlottesville.
Mancuso Wins GS
A costly fall prevented Julia Mancuso from winning one title this season. The skier was not about to let it happen again.
Mancuso overcame a half-second deficit and a slip-up at the start of her second run and won the giant slalom in Lake Placid, N.Y., matching Bode Miller with three titles on the final day of the U.S. Alpine Championships.
Fifth after the first run, the 19-year-old Mancuso finished in 2 minutes 34.52 seconds to add to her victories in the Super-G and downhill.
Two Named to Fed Cup
Meghann Shaughnessy and Alexandra Stevenson will join Serena and Venus Williams on the U.S. team in the first round of the Fed Cup against the Czech Republic next month.
Shaughnessy is ranked 22nd and Stevenson is 27th. Serena Williams and Venus Williams are ranked first and second and were previously named to the squad that will compete in Lowell, Mass., on April 26-27.
Shaughnessy played in the 2002 Fed Cup against Austria and Israel. Stevenson will make her Fed Cup debut.
Sue Guevara resigned as women's basketball coach at Michigan after finishing last in the Big Ten.
Guevara went 123-82 in seven years, including trips to the NCAA tournament in 1998, 2000 and 2001. But this season's team went 13-16, 3-13. . . .
Traci Waites was fired after her Pittsburgh women's basketball team failed to keep pace with the nationally ranked men's team.
Waites had a 53-85 record with three consecutive losing seasons and four in five seasons. The Panthers rarely were competitive against ranked opponents and struggled in the Big East, going 20-62. Pitt went 12-16, 4-12 in the Big East this season.
Shirley Povich Lecture
The DC Jewish Community Center will host the fourth annual Shirley Povich Sports Journalism Lecture on Monday at 8 p.m. in the Tauber Foundation Gymnasium at the center, located at 16th and Q streets NW.
Keynote speakers will be Washington Post columnists Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. The cost of the lecture is $18 for JCC members and $25 for the general public and a reception will follow the lecture. For more information call 202-518-9400, ext. 393 or send e-mail to email@example.com.