USGA to give Love its high­est honor

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

Ge­or­gia na­tive and Sea Is­land res­i­dent Davis Love III is the re­cip­i­ent of the U.S. Golf As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2013 Bob Jones Award.

Pre­sented an­nu­ally since 1955, the award is the USGA’s high­est honor and rec­og­nizes an in­di­vid­ual who demon­strates the spirit, per­sonal char­ac­ter and re­spect for the game ex­hib­ited by Jones, the leg­endary At­lantan who won nine USGA cham­pi­onships.

Love, 48, will re­ceive the award dur­ing the USGA’s an­nual meet­ing to be held in San Diego on Feb. 2. Love won 20 PGA Tour events, in­clud­ing the 1997 PGA Cham­pi­onship at Winged Foot Golf Club and two Play­ers Cham­pi­onships.

Amer­i­can de­fend­ing cham­pion Lexi Thompson opened with a 3-un­der 69 Wed­nes­day at the Dubai Ladies Masters, three shots off the lead­ers. Shan­shan Feng and Floren­tyna Parker both shot 66s af­ter the first round in the United Arab Emi­rates. breath­ing is wak­ing up and re­spond­ing the way “doc­tors want him to,” his brother said Wed­nes­day, although the player re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

“As of right now, things are look­ing good,” John Berger, the older brother of Utah State for­ward Danny Berger, said in a state­ment he read to re­porters at In­ter­moun­tain Med­i­cal Cen­ter in a Salt Lake City sub­urb.

Doc­tors still don’t know what caused Berger, 22, to col­lapse on the court dur­ing a prac­tice Tues­day in Lo­gan, a hospi­tal spokesman said. He is be­ing mon­i­tored.

Derek Jeter says his sur­gi­cally re­paired left an­kle feels good and he ex­pects to be the New York Yan­kees’ start­ing short­stop on open­ing day.

Jeter was at Yan­kee Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day night to sur­prise more than 500 chil­dren from New York City at his Turn 2 Foun­da­tion’s hol­i­day party. It was his first pub­lic visit to the Bronx since hav­ing surgery in late Oc­to­ber to re­pair the an­kle he broke in Game 1 of the AL cham­pi­onship se­ries against the Detroit Tigers.

Look­ing trim and walking with a re­stric­tive boot on his left foot, Jeter made sev­eral jokes about a pho­to­graph pub­lished last week in a New York tabloid that made him ap­pear over­weight. The Yan­kees’ 38-year-old cap­tain had been both­ered by the an­kle since mid-Septem­ber but said it was his choice to play.

Larkin says drug cheats do not be­long in Hall of Fame: Barry Larkin wants to keep base­ball’s most ex­clu­sive club clean. In­ducted into the Hall of Fame last sum­mer af­ter a 19-year ca­reer with the Cincin­nati Reds, Larkin told The As­so­ci­ated Press Wed­nes­day that play­ers who cheat shouldn’t re­ceive base­ball’s high­est in­di­vid­ual honor.

“I think if you cheated, no, you don’t de­serve it be­cause I know how dif­fi­cult it was for me to get there and how dif­fi­cult it was for me just to com­pete on an ev­ery­day ba­sis,” Larkin said. “I think if you cheated I think you made a de­ci­sion and I don’t think you be­long.”

An­gels: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions says that Los An­ge­les has agreed to a $15 mil­lion, two-year con­tract with right-han­der Joe Blan­ton, pend­ing a phys­i­cal. The An­gels also agreed with 30-year-old left-handed re­liever Sean Bur­nett (1-2, 2.38 ERA in 70 games) on an $8 mil­lion, two-year deal.

Blue Jays: Tom Cheek, who called the first 4,306 reg­u­lar-sea­son and 41 post­sea­son games in the Blue Jays’ his­tory, has won the Ford C. Frick Award for ex­cel­lence in base­ball broad­cast­ing. Cheek died in 2005.

Car­di­nals: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions says that left-handed re­liever Randy Choate (00, 3.03 ERA in 80 games with Mar­lins and Dodgers) and St. Louis have agreed to a three-year, $7.5 mil­lion con­tract.

Di­a­mond­backs: Ari­zona and 34-year-old in­fielder Eric Chavez (.281 and 16 HRs for Yan­kees) agreed to terms on a oneyear, $3 mil­lion con­tract, a per­son with knowl­edge of the ne­go­ti­a­tions said.

Mariners: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal says out­fielder Ja­son Bay (.165, eight HRs, 20 RBI with Mets) has reached a oneyear con­tract with Seat­tle.

Ori­oles: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal says that 31-year-old free agent out­fielder Nate McLouth (.268, seven HRs, 18 RBI) has re­joined Baltimore with a one-year con­tract worth $2 mil­lion.

White Sox: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal says that in­fielder Jeff Kep­pinger (.325, nine HRs with Rays) has reached agree­ment with Chicago on a three-year, $12 mil­lion con­tract.

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