USGA to give Love its highest honor
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.