October 1, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Approved Teenage sensation Lexi Thompson will be going to work full time on the LPGA Tour next year. The 16-year-old Thompson asked the LPGA to waive its requirement that members be at least 18 to join. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan approved the petition on Friday, one day after Thompson filed it. Thompson won the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama this month, becoming the youngest winner in LPGA history. Uncertain Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is listed as questionable to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions after missing a second straight day of practice with a thigh injury. Quarterback Tony Romo was limited in practice Friday because of a cracked rib. He is listed as questionable, but has said he expects to play.

Suspended Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Brendan Smith has been suspended for the first five regular-season games for an illegal hit to the head of Chicago forward Ben Smith. The NHL said that Brendan Smith would also miss the last three games of the preseason and forfeit $23,648 in salary. His shoulder struck Ben Smith in the head in the third period of Wednesday’s exhibition, knocking him out of the game. Brendan Smith received a match penalty.

Hired Earnhardt Ganassi Racing hired John Probst as technical director to oversee all engineering for the NASCAR operation. Probst will work closely with team competition director Steve Hmiel. Probst previously spent five years with Team Red Bull.

Revealed Former light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton says he slipped into depression and considered suicide while trying to come to grips with his loss to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009. The 32-year-old Hatton says his slip into drugs and alcohol worsened following the second-round loss to the Filipino boxer in Las Vegas. Hatton told BBC radio the loss brought on thoughts of retirement and “I didn’t cope with it very well … I was so down, I was crying and breaking out and contemplating suicide.”


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