Suzy Whaley, a teaching golf professional in Connecticut, has become the first woman to qualify to play in a Professional Golf Association Tour event and now must decide whether she will follow the encouragement of the tour, her family and fellow competitors and play in next summer's Greater Hartford Open.
Whaley won the PGA of America's Connecticut sectional championship tournament to earn the automatic qualification at a time when Augusta National Golf Club is manning the barricades to keep women from even joining the all-male club that is the site of the prestigious Masters tournament. Whaley must weigh the merits of being a pioneer against the possibility of being overmatched on a lengthy PGA Tour course.
A-Rod is tired
Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who has played in 376 straight games, was out of the starting lineup because he said he was too tired.
But he came into the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and flied out to with two men on base, extending his consecutive games streak to 377. Rodriguez leads the majors with 55 homers and 135 RBIs.
San Francisco Giants catcher Benito Santiago was suspended for two games by the commissioner's office, which said he bumped umpire Mark Hirschbeck last weekend.
The players' association has appealed the penalty.
Santiago, also fined by baseball vice president Bob Watson, was ejected during an argument in Sunday's 4-1 loss to San Diego. Manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Dave Righetti also were tossed.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Matt Lawton and catcher Einar Diaz will miss the rest of the season because of injuries, and Lawton might not be ready to return in time for spring training.
Brandy Reed, a former WNBA All-Star whose career was sidetracked by behavioral problems, was jailed on outstanding warrants after her arrest on disorderly conduct charges.
Magic Johnson's latest checkup confirmed he is free of AIDS symptoms, 11 years after he first tested positive for HIV.
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