Vancouver Sun

LPGA's last surviving founder dies at 89


Marlene Hagge-Vossler, a hall of fame player and the last surviving founder of the LPGA Tour, died Tuesday, her family said. She was 89.

Hagge-Vossler won 26 times on the LPGA Tour, including the 1952 LPGA Championsh­ip, and she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.

She was 15-year-old Marlene Bauer when she joined 12 other women — including her older sister, Alice Bauer — in signing incorporat­ion papers in 1950 for the fledgling LPGA Tour.

Upon her death, the LPGA is among the premier women's sports associatio­ns in the world, with players this year competing for US$100 million in prize money.

“Marlene will ... never be forgotten,” LPGA commission­er Mollie Marcoux Samaan said.

“She was an impressive athlete, a fiery competitor and at a young age showed women and girls that they could achieve greatness in all areas of life. We're incredibly grateful for her contributi­ons to the LPGA, women's golf and women's sports at large.”

Rafael Nadal will hold a news conference today amid media reports he is going to miss the French Open for the first time since he won the first of his record 14 titles there in his debut in 2005.

Nadal has been sidelined by an injured left hip flexor since January. Nadal has a career record of 112-3 across 18 appearance­s at the French Open.

Twenty-year-old Danish player Holger Rune recorded his second victory over Novak Djokovic, beating the 22-time Grand Slam champion 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 Wednesday to reach the Italian Open semifinals.

Rune also defeated Djokovic in the Paris Masters final in November. The 35-year-old Djokovic recently returned after three weeks off because of a lingering issue with his surgically repaired right elbow.

Las Vegas coach Becky Hammon denied Wednesday that former Aces player Dearica Hamby was bullied on her team for being pregnant. Hammon, one of the league's marquee figures, said at a news conference she did nothing to warrant discipline from the WNBA, which suspended her for two games without pay Tuesday after an investigat­ion into Hamby's allegation­s.

Hammon said she once asked Hamby about her pregnancy, but didn't get into the specifics.

Hammon is considered one of the rising stars in the basketball coaching world. She has been linked to the vacant Toronto Raptors job.

Philadelph­ia 76ers guard James Harden intends to decline his $35.6-million player option and enter free agency this summer, Bleacher Report reported Wednesday. The 10-time all-star is looking for a fouryear contract with a team that has a “competitiv­e roster,” per the report.

Harden, 33, averaged 21.0 points, a league-leading 10.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds in 58 games in 2022-23.

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