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Sports in brief: Prugh earns PGA Tour card

Golf: Spokane’s Alex Prugh (Ferris, University of Washington) was one of 25 Nationwide Tour players who secured a 2010 PGA Tour card Sunday at the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island in Charleston, S.C., by finishing among the year’s top-25 money winners.

Prugh finished the season tied for 16th on the money list with $233,325. For the season, he recorded one win (Michael Hill New Zealand Open) and nine top-25 finishes.

“There is some serious talent out here and it’s proven to produce great golfers that are now on the PGA Tour,” Prugh said.

Sounders will play Dynamo

Soccer: The expansion Seattle Sounders FC will open the Major League Soccer playoffs against the Houston Dynamo.

The first-round, home-and-home series will likely begin Thursday in Seattle with the return game a week later in Houston. The winner is determined by aggregate goal total.

Seattle is 2-0-1 this season against the Dynamo.

The Sounders finished third in the Western Conference, one point behind Los Angeles and Houston. The Galaxy held the tiebreaker over Houston and claimed the top seed in the playoffs.

Associated Press

Bradford plans on surgery, NFL

Football: Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford will have season-ending shoulder surgery and expects to enter the NFL draft in April.

The Oklahoma quarterback injured his right, throwing shoulder twice this season, most recently against Texas on Oct. 10.

The school announced Sunday that Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala.

According to his statement, Bradford expects his recovery time to be four to six months. As of Sunday, the April 22 draft was about six months away.

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ESPN fires analyst Phillips

Television: Baseball analyst Steve Phillips has been fired by ESPN after admitting to an affair with an assistant at the cable network.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Sunday night the network determined Phillips’ ability to be an effective analyst was “significantly and irreparably damaged.”

Associated Press

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