Originally created 11/19/02



Newspaper to Tiger: Boycott '03 Masters

The New York Times suggested in an editorial Monday that Tiger Woods skip the Masters next year because of the all-male membership at Augusta National Golf Club.

"A tournament without Mr. Woods would send a powerful message that discrimination isn't good for the golfing business," the editorial said.

Augusta National declined comment.

In interviews this month, Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson was adamant that a woman would not be among the 300 members at Augusta by the start of the Masters in April.

Johnson's comments were the first on the subject since he criticized Martha Burk and the National Council of Women's Organizations for trying to coerce change at the golf course.

The Times said that if Augusta National "can brazenly discriminate against women, that means others can choose not to support Mr. Johnson's golfing fraternity. That includes more enlightened members of the club, CBS Sports, which televises the Masters, and the players, especially Tiger Woods."

  • The U.S. Golf Association bought the fabled Russian Tea Room, a Manhattan landmark soon to become a golf museum and history center.
  • The USGA bid $16 million for the building, which is next door to Carnegie Hall, and signed documents Monday for the official transfer of property. The USGA will keep its primary museum in Far Hills, N.J., where its headquarters have been since 1972. It wants to open the New York museum in time for the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

    Auto Racing

    NASCAR's finale gets good ratings

    Tony Stewart's Winston Cup championship ride on NBC produced an 18 percent jump in overnight ratings from last year's Homestead-Miami race.

    The network said the Ford 400 earned a 4.5 rating and 9 share in the overnights, the highest-rated overnight in the four years of the Homestead-Miami event, according to Nielsen Media Research. Last year's race drew an overnight rating of 3.8 and an 8 share.

    For the first time since 1997, the Winston Cup championship came down to the final race of the season.


    Bol's pro career iced by sore feet

    Manute Bol, the 7-foot-7 former NBA player who signed with the Indianapolis Ice of the Central Hockey League last week, left town Sunday for Hartford, Conn., where he lives with his family.

    Ice public relations director Jason Burkman said that Bol probably will not return to Indianapolis to play hockey.

    Bol spent part of Saturday's game against Amarillo on the bench before his arthritic feet began swelling inside his custom-made ice skates. He was out of uniform and signing autographs after the first period, trying to raise money for the people of his war-torn homeland of Sudan.


    Hamm makes list for FIFA Player

    U.S. forward Mia Hamm is among three female finalists for the FIFA World Player of the Year, and Oliver Kahn, Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane were selected as finalists for the men's honor.

    Hamm, winner of the first award for women last year, returned this summer following knee surgery. She has 136 goals in 228 international appearances, including seven goals in nine games this year. The other finalists are Sun Wen of China and Birgit Prinz of Germany.

    Nominations were made by 140 men's and women's national team coaches, and they will vote for the winners, to be announced Dec. 17.

  • Nineteen soccer fans were injured in a pair of fights during the weekend in Colombia.
  • In the first fight Sunday, about 140 Atletico National heading to Cali used sticks and stones to attack a vehicle filled with Deportes Tolima supporters en route to a different game in Tulua, police said.

    Fifteen people were wounded in the clash before police and soldiers broke it up. The six busloads of Atletico Nacional fans from Medellin were taken to the nearest police station and kept from the game in Cali.


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