Originally created 03/18/03



Masters on War:

An Augusta National Golf Club official says the club is monitoring the situation in Iraq as the conflict escalates.

"Planning continues for this year's Masters Tournament, and just like other major sporting events, we will be evaluating the situation as it unfolds," Communications Director Glenn Greenspan said in a statement Monday.

The club canceled the tournament from 1943-45 during the height of World War II.

College Baseball

USC Aiken player gets weekly honor

USC Aiken's Ashley Farr was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week after hitting four home runs and batting .556 for the week.

Farr, a junior who plays outfield and first base, scored nine runs and drove in 12 runs to earn the honor. Against Southern Indiana, Farr hit a walk-off, two-run homer to lift the Pacers to a 10-9 win.

He leads the team in batting average at .509 and is slugging .809 for the season.

Figure Skating

Slutskaya drops out of world event

Russia's Irina Slutskaya will not defend her title at next week's World Figure Skating Championships, withdrawing because of her mother's kidney illness, a source close to the skater said.

The Russian skating federation would make the official announcement later Monday or today, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press. The federation also will make a substitution for Slutskaya at that time.

Slutskaya's mother, Natalia, is on dialysis, and the skater has spent much of her time recently with her mother.

Slutskaya's withdrawal strengthens the possibility of a U.S. women's sweep of the medals at worlds in Washington. The event begins next Monday, with the women's qualifying scheduled for March 26.

Pro Basketball

Hill to undergo ankle surgery again

Grant Hill will have surgery on his left ankle for a fourth time today in hopes this operation will finally relieve his chronic leg problems.

The six-time All-Star forward will have his ankle realigned and his heel reshaped, team officials said Monday. James Nunley, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke University Medical Center, will operate.

Hill was placed on the injured list in January after playing just 29 games. He averaged 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

  • Tim Duncan's sprained ankle might keep him out of the Spurs' home game against the Knicks tonight, but tests showed the injury was not serious.
  • The All-Star center, listed as questionable, was hurt in a victory over the Bulls on Sunday night. X-rays and an MRI test were negative, team spokesman Cliff Puchalski said.

    Duncan was driving for a layup toward the end of the game when Donyell Marshall fouled him and stepped on his right foot.

  • The WNBA wants fans to fight for Title IX.
  • The league on Monday endorsed a minority report submitted by the presidential commission on Title IX. The WNBA invited fans to sign a petition on its Web site, urging them to ask the government to strongly enforce the legislation.

    The commission submitted its report to Education Secretary Roderick Paige last month. It called for tougher enforcement of Title IX compliance guidelines.

    Title IX is the sexual equality law that was passed in 1972 and greatly enhanced women's participation in sports.

    Horse Racing

    Trainer withdraws Medaglia d'Oro

    Medaglia d'Oro was withdrawn from the Dubai World Cup on Monday because trainer Bobby Frankel thinks the horse is not ready.

    The winner of last summer's Travers Stakes at Saratoga had been planning to run in the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 29.

    Frankel said Medaglia d'Oro did not perform as well as expected before the horse was to fly to Dubai, said Kevin Greely, racing secretary of the Emirates Racing Association.

    Greely said about 40 overseas horses will compete in the seven-race card on Dubai World Cup night, which features a total purse of $15.25 million.


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