Curtis Strange, the dominant American golfer in the 1980s whose career was defined by consecutive U.S. Open victories, and two-time major champion Hubert Green joined the World Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Savannah, Ga.
They will be inducted Nov. 12 at the World Golf Village, along with Se Ri Pak, who will be eligible through the LPGA Tour criteria once she plays 10 tournaments this year to complete her 10th year on tour.
Strange won 17 times on the PGA Tour, all but one of those in the 1980s when he won the money title three times. He won the 1988 U.S. Open at The Country Club, then became the first player since Ben Hogan to capture the U.S. Open in consecutive years when he won at Oak Hill.
Strange received 70 percent of the vote. Sixty-five percent is required.
Green won 19 times on the PGA Tour. He won the U.S. Open at Southern Hills in 1977 and the ‘85 PGA Championship. Green was selected through the veterans category.
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $100,000 by the NFL for wearing a cap during Super Bowl media day that promoted a sponsor not authorized by the league.
Urlacher was fined for drinking vitaminwater and wearing a vitaminwater hat in Miami leading to the title game. Gatorade is the NFL’s official drink.
•Punter Todd Sauerbrun won his grievance against the New England Patriots and is now a free agent.
The 13-year vet is expected to join the Denver Broncos. He agreed to a one-year deal with them earlier this month, but the Patriots matched it through a clause in his contract. Sauerbrun contended that the clause was inappropriate because it was not written separately from the contract itself, a requirement.
•A federal judge in Detroit granted a government request and dropped bribery charges against University of Toledo running back Harvey McDougle Jr., accused of participating in a point-shaving scheme.
•The NCAA has approved the same 32 bowl games for the 2007 football season as last year.
Italy returns to No. 1
World Cup champ Italy returned to No. 1 in FIFA’s world rankings, ending Argentina’s one-month stay on top.
The U.S. moved up one place to 29th.
•Diego Maradona, 46, is recovering from a bout of hepatitis attributed to alcohol abuse and will remain hospitalized in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at least a few more days.
Duke hires McCallie
Joanne P. McCallie was hired as Duke’s women’s basketball coach, leaving Michigan State. She guided the Spartans to the 2005 national championship game and succeeds Gail Goestenkors, who left for Texas.
•Serena Williams said the groin injury that forced her to retire from a match last week has healed and she’ll be able to play for the U.S. Fed Cup team this weekend against Belgium.
•The U.S. will host the boxing world championships in the fall after Russia was stripped of the competition, the first qualifying event for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The host city and date have not been determined.