Suspension over, Daly eyes return
John Daly’s suspension on the PGA Tour is over, and the two-time major champion plans to return in three weeks for the St. Jude Championship and U.S. Open qualifying.
Daly was suspended for six months in November after a series of off-course incidents that brought negative publicity, the most recent a photo of him in an orange jail suit with his eyes half-closed after being locked up overnight in North Carolina to get sober.
He has played eight times overseas during his suspension, including a month in Europe, where he tied for second in the Italian Open.
“I know I’ll be ready to play,” Daly said in a telephone interview from Wentworth, where he tied for 72nd at the BMW PGA Championship. “I’m not going to be (half-trying) like I’ve done in the past. I know I may not play the tour if something good doesn’t happen. It’s making me work harder.”
French team to honor Braille
France players will have their names written in Braille on their jerseys next month to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, the French inventor of a system used by the blind for reading and writing.
Coach Raymond Domenech said the jerseys will be worn for the exhibition game against Nigeria on June 2 in Saint-Etienne.
Braille was born in 1809 and blinded at age 3. His system has been adapted to almost every known language.
U.S.-Iran soccer could happen
A soccer game between the United States and Iran this fall could be in the works.
The possibility exists after the head of Iran’s soccer federation said he received a proposal from his U.S. counterpart about an exhibtion game in October or November.
The U.S. Soccer Federation would say only that “it’s normal for multiple federations to contact each other about the possibility of playing a match on available international dates.”
Iran Football Federation chief Ali Kafashian told the Fars news agency the Iranians are considering the offer. But USSF spokesman Neil Buethe would neither confirm nor deny the offer. He said depending how World Cup qualifying goes, there could be open dates in November.