Tom Kite, a former U.S. Open champion and the PGA Tour’s second all-time money winner, will be named captain of the 1997 U.S. Ryder Cup team according to published reports.

GOLFWEEK magazine said Kite was chosen from a list of candidates that included Larry Nelson, Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange.

Chanda Rubin was selected to replace Monica Seles on the United States team for this weekend’s Fed Cup finals in Valencia, Spain.

In Sheffield, England, Paul Jones came back from a first-round knockdown to take the WBO light middleweight title from Verno Phillips on a majority decision.

The IBF was cleared to strip Kostya Tszyu of his junior welterweight title after a judge in Newark, N.J., vacated a restraining order.

The IBF has said it would take such action because of Tszyu’s refusal to go to Colombia to fight a mandatory defense Saturday against top-ranked contender Hugo Pineda.

In Fukuoka, Japan, champion Wakanohana scored his 10th victory and maintained a one-match lead over his older brother, Takanohana, in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

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