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Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 1:10 a.m.

Gators to host HR derby for Miracle Network

  • Florida's baseball program and the Gator Dugout Club will host the 4th Children's Miracle Network Home Run Derby Saturday, Feb. 5, at noon.
    All proceeds from the event held at McKethan Stadium will benefit the Children's Miracle Network at Shands Children's Hospital. A "Meet the Players" autograph session with the 2005 Gators will also be held in conjunction with the competition.
    Fans may pledge a certain amount of money to the Children's Miracle Network for each homer hit by the Gators during the day. Each player will have nine outs to hit as many home runs as possible (an out consists of anything that does not leave the ballpark in fair territory).
    For a pledge card, please call the Children's Miracle Network at (352) 265-7953.

    Whistling Straits to host PGA again in '10 and '15

  • HAVEN, Wis. - Whistling Straits, the links-styled course along the shores of Lake Michigan that hosted the PGA Championship last year will get golf's fourth major in 2010 and 2015, along with the Ryder Cup in 2020.
    ''The golf world spotlight will continue to shine in Wisconsin for years to come,'' PGA of America president Roger Warren said Monday.
    The 2010 PGA Championship was scheduled for Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle, but PGA officials said last week they would reschedule it because the Winter Olympics are being held that year in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area.
    Whistling Straits was designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1998.
    The PGA Championship attracted some 320,000 fans who saw Vijay Singh win a three-way playoff over Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco in August.

    U.S. captain Reyna out for World Cup qualifier

  • NEW YORK - U.S. captain Claudio Reyna will miss next month's World Cup qualifier at Trinidad and Tobago due to a leg injury that has sidelined him since November.
    Reyna has played just once since Sept. 18. After injuring his leg during practice with Manchester City of England's Premier League, he came back Nov. 13 and played the final 25 minutes against Blackburn but injured the leg again.
    The Americans open the final round of World Cup qualifying on Feb. 9 at Trinidad and Tobago, then play March 27 at Mexico and March 30 against Guatemala at Birmingham, Ala.
    Reyna said the injury finally has healed.
    ''The Trinidad game would be too soon,'' he said Monday during a telephone interview. ''I just need to concentrate on getting fit for Man City at the moment. I hope by the end of this week and into the weekend to start training with the team with the eye of being available for upcoming games.''

    Ten charged in brawl appear in court today

  • ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. - All 10 people charged in the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills were scheduled to appear today in the same courtroom.
    The possible reunion of the defendants - five Indiana Pacers players and five Detroit Pistons fans seen fighting on countlessly replayed video loops - was set up when District Judge Lisa Asadoorian ordered them to attend the pretrial conference.
    It was not immediately clear if the judge planned to gather the defendants in the same room at the same time; it was also not known whether each planned to attend the hearing, scheduled for this afternoon in suburban Detroit.
    ''It's going to be a zoo,'' James Burdick, lawyer for Pacers player Stephen Jackson, told The Detroit News.
    A warrant would be issued for any defendant who fails to appear.
    The pretrial conference is to discuss matters such as evidence and witnesses, and to establish a timetable.
    The Pacers were not scheduled to play a game Monday night or Tuesday; their next game is Wednesday night in Boston.
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