Jack Nicklaus is a major presence at Presidents Cup
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is an unofficial host for the Presidents Cup, which starts Thursday at Muirfield Village — a course he designed in Dublin, Ohio. Seattle native Fred Couples is captain of the U.S. team.
Nicklaus is the man at Muirfield
Even though he doesn’t have an official title at the Presidents Cup, Jack Nicklaus remains a presence.
Seattle native Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. team, put it all into perspective.
“We know who’s in charge,” Couples said. “Jack Nicklaus.”
Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 major championships, is an unofficial host for the biennial match-play competition between the United States and an International team. The event starts Thursday in Dublin, Ohio.
On Tuesday, he discussed his pride over the course he designed, Muirfield Village, becoming the first to host a Ryder Cup (1987), a Solheim Cup (1998) and a Presidents Cup (in addition to the annual Memorial Tournament).
“Obviously, that’s pretty special,” said Nicklaus, 73, who played college golf at Ohio State. “We are the only ones who can say that.”
Nicklaus was a four-time captain in the Presidents Cup. The Americans have a 7-1-1 record in the event.
Oregon State suspends 2 players
Oregon State forward Eric Moreland will miss 14 games this season and Devon Collier will miss one for violating team rules.
Moreland and Collier were both suspended indefinitely by coach Craig Robinson in July. Robinson announced the dates the suspensions would be lifted Tuesday; he did not disclose the reason for the suspensions.
Collier will be eligible to return Nov. 13 against Portland, and Moreland can return for a Jan. 9 home game against Stanford.
Moreland averaged 9.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season. Collier averaged 12.6 points.
D.C. United wins U.S. Open Cup
D.C. United has by far the worst record in Major League Soccer and Real Salt Lake is tied for the second-best mark, but D.C. United beat RSL 1-0 in the U.S. Open Cup final in Sandy, Utah.
Lewis Neal scored in the 45th minute for D.C. United, which secured a spot in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League tournament.
Sounders FC won the U.S. Open Cup in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Chelsea, Dortmund triumph
Chelsea of England and Borussia Dortmund of Germany rebounded from setbacks in their first matches with emphatic victories in their second UEFA Champions League games.
Chelsea routed Steaua Bucharest of Romania 4-0 in Group E and Dortmund blanked Marseille of France 3-0 in Group F.
Group E leader Schalke of Germany beat Basel of Switzerland 1-0; Group F leader Arsenal of England defeated Napoli of Italy 2-0; Group G leader Atletico Madrid of Spain beat Porto of Portugal 2-1; and Group H leader Barcelona of Spain downed Glasgow Celtic of Scotland 1-0.
In other matches, Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia and Austria Vienna played to a scoreless draw in Group G and Ajax of the Netherlands and AC Milan of Italy tied 1-1 in Group H.
USA Boxing head rips Tyson
It didn’t take Mike Tyson long to get involved in controversy in his new role as a boxing promoter.
Dr. Charles Butler, the head of USA Boxing, came out swinging with an open letter to Tyson that accuses the ex-heavyweight champion of trying to poach fighters who might be candidates for the U.S. Olympic team in 2016.
Butler wrote that recently formed Iron Mike Productions has been offering money to the best amateurs to turn pro. Butler contends the money offered is “pennies on the dollar” of what the prospects could be worth with an Olympic medal.
“Mike, USA Boxing does not have the funds to compete with your offers,” the letter said. “If you have money and would like to assist these young athletes and the sport, you should donate for athlete stipends to support the training of these boxers and help your country regain its prominence on the medal stand.
“Please do not take them from us. If they win a medal for their country, you can always sign them to professional contracts at that time.”
• NASCAR fined Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 and ordered him to attend sensitivity training because he used an anti-gay slur on social media.
Brazilian Piquet, 28, put the slur on Instagram on Sept. 25 in a post that has been deleted.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone for my poor choice of words last week,” he said in a statement. “I did not mean to hurt or offend anyone.”
• Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian, the 2002 Wimbledon runner-up, has retired at 31 because of a shoulder injury.
• Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers are working with a team of American forensic specialists to help prepare the double-amputee Olympian runner’s defense, and likely counter any evidence given by the nearly 50 police officers and criminal experts prosecutors could call at the South African’s trial.
Pistorius, 26, will go on trial in Pretoria on March 3. He is accused of premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his house Feb. 14.
• Spanish Vuelta winner Chris Horner, 41, is out for the rest of the year with broken ribs.
The American cyclist was injured in a pileup in the road race at the world championships Sunday in Italy.
• Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds confirmed reports he will step down Aug, 31, 2014.
Dodds, 76, has led the program since 1981 and will move into a paid consulting role after he leaves the AD office.
“In 62 years, it will be the first time I haven’t had a job,” he said at a news conference.
• Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said “the vultures are already circling” the defeated America’s Cup challenger and that the team will likely fold unless action is taken to secure its future.
Team New Zealand, partially funded by the government, led 8-1 before losing 9-8 to Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup sailing series on San Francisco Bay. Barker said rival teams are poised to take New Zealand’s top sailors.
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