Poulter, Colsaerts named to European Ryder Cup team
European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal said Monday that picking Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium — along with England's Ian Poulter — as his wild-card selections is not a gamble.
The 32-year-old Poulter will be competing in his fourth Ryder Cup since making his debut in 2004 while Colsaerts will be playing in his first and is the only rookie on Olazabal's squad.
"It is true Nicolas is going to be the only rookie on the team but we do have an experienced team," Olazabal said. "Out of the 12 players, 11 have played Ryder Cup. They have proven they can handle that pressure. They have the experience so we do have a very solid team. ... He's had a very solid season and on top of that he has made the extra effort trying to make the team, and he really showed me that he wanted to be part of that team and that is the reason I chose him."
Colsaerts was 12th in the European Ryder Cup table, two places outside of automatic qualification. His commitment to the team was evident when he played in the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina and then crossed the Atlantic to tee up in the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland, last weekend in an attempt to secure qualification.
Colsaerts, who was staying with friends in a nearby village, said he got a call from Olazabal late Sunday night when the Spaniard invited him to attend the Gleneagles Hotel where he was staying ahead of the announcement.
He will be the first Belgium-born player to compete in the 85-year history of the competition.
"Well I know my phone has not stopped ringing but I do hope this is going to put golf in a better position in (Belgian) people's minds, people's heads," he said. "Golf is not a very popular sport back home, and not much as it is over here in Scotland."
For Poulter, it is the second time he has needed a wild-card selection after also getting one in 2008. He also learned of his selection late on Sunday night after finishing in a share of 36th place in The Barclays tournament in New York.
"I am just thrilled to get the call last night from Jose, which was a great moment, and I'm going to be thrilled to, again, pour some passion over the holes at Medinah and I'll try my best," Poulter said.
United States captain Davis Love III will announce his four wild-card picks on Sept. 4 in New York. The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago.
Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer also are on the European team.
women's College basketball
Bellarmine hires former Miss Basketball
Bellarmine women's basketball coach Chancellor Dugan added two assistant coaches to her staff — Crystal Kelly, a former Sacred Heart standout who was named Miss Basketball in 2004, and Shannon Litton, a Mason County graduate who previously worked with Dugan for 18 seasons at Florida Atlantic and Southern Indiana.
Kelly starred at Western Kentucky and played in the WNBA.
"Coming off a tremendous playing career, Crystal is ready to get her coaching career going," Dugan said. "She knows the city of Louisville and her experiences bring another huge advantage to our program."
Kelly said she feels lucky to get her first coaching opportunity. "I'm ready to learn from two great coaches in Chancellor and Shannon, but also to teach the team what I've picked up during my collegiate and professional playing days."
Go Unbridled wins Saratoga Dew Stakes
Go Unbridled rallied to grab the lead near the sixteenth pole and ran on to a 6½ -length victory in the $100,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes for fillies and mares Monday at Saratoga Race Course in New York. Junior Alvarado rode the 5-year-old, Allen Jerkens-trained Go Unbridled, who raced with blinkers off and ran 11⁄8 miles in 1:49.90 for her first victory in six starts this year.
"It's very, very surprising. I'm very happy," Jerkens said. "She didn't gallop out very strongly the other day, but (the exercise rider) said she seems to know where the finish line is. I had never heard that one before, but it will do."
■ In keeping with Travers Stakes tradition, New York racing officials will commemorate the dead heat in the $1 million race with two canoes in the infield pond at Saratoga Race Course in the colors of the winning owners.
Alpha and Golden Ticket finished in a dead heat in Saturday's race. Afterward, Alpha's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, wondered "Who gets the canoe, how are they going to paint the canoe?"
Two canoes will be launched Wednesday, one painted in the royal blue and white of Alpha owner Godolphin Racing, the other in the green, blue and orange colors of Golden Ticket owner Magic City Thoroughbred Partners.
Morgan earns weekly defensive honor
Kentucky junior middle blocker Alexandra Morgan was named the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the week. Morgan earned a spot on the Kentucky Classic All-Tournament team after registering an SEC-leading 16 blocks for an average of 1.33 rejections per set. She also contributed 2.08 kills per frame.
UK finished the tournament 3-0 with victories against Lipscomb, North Carolina and Long Beach State. Next up for the Cats is a matchup against host Louisville at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The last word
Less than two weeks before the regular-season opener and the Arizona Cardinals still have no starting quarterback. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday he's not ready to announce whether Kevin Kolb or John Skelton will start the Sept. 9 game against Seattle. Asked if he thought a decision would have been made by now, Skelton said:
"I think the team kind of knew the sooner we can get a decision made, the sooner we can go forward, but it hasn't worked out that way."