U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and three-time major tournament winner Nick Price pulled out of this week's PGA Championship because of injury and family commitments, respectively, yesterday.
Goosen, a 35-year-old South African, injured his hip in a jet-ski accident that also prompted him to withdraw from the International last week. Goosen's active lifestyle also made him miss the beginning of the 1999 season after he broke his arm skiing in Switzerland.
Price is skipping to spend extra vacation time with his family.
Brett Quigley replaces two-time PGA champion Price. Brian Bateman, whose best finish in 2004 was third at the Honda Classic, comes in for Goosen. The PGA Championship begins Thursday at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.
Other withdrawals from golf's final major tournament of the year include Jeff Maggert, whose wife is expecting twins. Tom Watson and Thomas Bjorn both have neck injuries, Steve Elkington aggravated a groin problem and Larry Nelson has a wrist complaint.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Notre Dame Coach Tyrone Willingham said three players expected back this season aren't enrolled for classes. The players reportedly are defensive end Dwight Stephenson Jr., fullback Ashley McConnell and cornerback LaBrose Hedgemon.
Stephenson, the son of NFL Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson, was one of the nation's top recruits in 2003. Willingham wouldn't identify the players and wouldn't say why they weren't enrolled. "We do have three young men who will not be enrolled with us this fall," Willingham said. "That will be the brunt of what I can say to you."
The three played sparingly last year. . . .
Georgia linebacker Odell Thurman has been suspended for the first three games of the season for violating team rules.
Thurman will be allowed to practice, but will miss games against Georgia Southern, South Carolina and Marshall. Thurman had 121 tackles last season.
* SOCCER: Lee Hughes, a forward with West Brom in England, was jailed for six years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
Hughes's car ran into an oncoming car, killing Douglas Graham, the father of four, last November.
* AUTO RACING: The Brickyard is getting new bricks.
Work began to tear up the 21/2-mile oval track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and replace it with new asphalt and bricks.
The 3.2 million bricks were first laid in 1909, hence the nickname.
* COURTS: A judge ordered the arrest of former star wide receiver Andre Rison for failing to pay $107,000 in child support.
Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker said Rison should be jailed for 20 days and asked that other jurisdictions outside the state assist in arresting Rison.
Rison's attorney, Max Richardson, declined to comment.
* HORSE RACING: Trainer Shug McGaughey, jockey Kent Desormeaux and 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away were inducted into thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Flawlessly entered in the contemporary female horse category. Jimmy Winkfield, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner in the early 1900s, was enshrined in the historic jockey category. And Bowl of Flowers entered in the historic horse category.
-- From News Services