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Sports Briefs: Sept. 29

Harness racing

Two-week Grand Circuit starts today at Red Mile

The Grand Circuit meet kicks off its two-week stay at The Red Mile on Tuesday beginning with four divisions in the $352,500 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters.

Highlighting the Grand Circuit meet will be the $700,000 Kentucky Futurity this Saturday, the third leg of trotting's Triple Crown.

Among those that could contest the Kentucky Futurity are Muscle Hill, winner of the $1 million Hambletonian in record time. Muscle Hill lost his first start as a 2-year-old but has been undefeated in his career since, most recently taking the World Trotting Derby and Canadian Trotting Classic.

The highlight of the second week of racing in Kentucky will be the $700,000 Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers.

Golf

Green says loss of leg won't keep him off Champions Tour

Ken Green has overcome depression, financial troubles and a bad back. He doesn't plan on letting the loss of a leg keep him off the Champions Tour. The pro golfer had his lower right leg amputated after an accident in June that killed his brother and girlfriend. He said Monday that he hopes to be back on the tour by April.

"It's probably not realistic, July might be better," Green said. "But I don't know, I've never done this before. The question is, can I get back to the highest level? Our level and just golf are two different worlds."

The five-time winner on the PGA Tour was in his hometown of Danbury, Conn., where pros including Fred Funk, Curtis Strange, Mark Calcavecchia and Phil Blackmar played at the Ridgewood Country Club to help raise money to pay some of Green's medical and personal expenses. They expect the event will bring in about $150,000, and plan a similar fund-raiser in Florida in November.

Green was with his brother Billy, his girlfriend Jeannie Hodgin, and his dog Nip on June 8, when the RV his brother was driving blew a tire and went off Interstate 20 near Hickory, Miss., hitting a tree. Ken Green was the only survivor.

Green says he doesn't remember the accident, just waking up in a hospital. He said the doctors told him they might be able save his leg, but that it would never function properly.

"I told them to cut it off, because that was my only chance," he said. "I wouldn't have been able to swing properly with that leg the way it was."

North Dakotan sinks 2 aces in one round

A golfer in Fargo, N.D., achieved the nearly unthinkable — sinking two holes-in-one in the same round.

Troy Radermacher of Ellendale, N.D., used a pitching wedge Sunday to ace the 116-yard 15th hole at Oxbow Country Club. The ball found the cup again on the 135-yard fifth hole.

The Forum newspaper says Radermacher was golfing with family and friends. He says he has had a hard time believing what he did.

Golf Digest calculates the odds of two holes-in-one in the same round at 67 million to one.

But he's got company. Ruth Day, a 64-year-old retiree from northern England, shot two holes-in-one in the same round on Sept. 9. The next day, former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steve Blass did the same in a span of 11 holes in Pennsylvania.

Tennis

Safina, Venus out in second round

Defending champion Dinara Safina and Venus Williams were knocked out of the second round by qualifiers at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Monday.

Chang Kai-chen, an 18-year-old from Taiwan, upset the top-ranked Safina 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5. Russian teenager Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova edged Williams 7-6 (6), 7-5 to reach the third round.

A dejected Williams made a hasty exit from Ariake Colosseum, saying only she was looking forward to her next match in Beijing.

Sam Querrey, No. 25 in the ATP rankings, cut his right forearm in a freak accident after practicing for the Thailand Open in Bangkok and will be out at least four to six weeks, the U.S. Tennis Association said. USTA spokesman Tim Curry says the 21-year-old Querrey sat on a glass table after practice Monday and fell through, hurting his arm. The injury required emergency surgery.

Etc.

Richardson may coach in WNBA

Nolan Richardson will coach Tulsa's WNBA team — if there is one. Richardson will be introduced Tuesday as the prospective franchise's coach, the investors backing the effort say. Richardson, who won the 1994 NCAA championship at Arkansas, was fired by the Razorbacks in 2002. He later coached national teams from Panama and Mexico. Before joining the Razorbacks, Richardson coached at the University of Tulsa.

■ The Pioneer Football League, which includes Morehead State, will seek an automatic bid to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs after next season. The NCAA will be expanding the playoffs to 20 teams next year, and possibly to 24 later.

■ Tennessee officials say basketball forward Emmanuel Negedu is in stable condition after collapsing during practice. The sophomore from Kaduna, Nigeria, collapsed Monday afternoon at practice and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Associate athletic trainer Chad Newman said Negedu will be kept overnight for observations. Tennessee officials said they did not know what caused him to collapse. As a freshman, Negedu played in 33 games, averaging 7.2 minutes, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 points.

■ Alabama basketball forward Demetrius Jemison will miss the entire season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon. The injury was confirmed by an MRI on Sunday. It will require surgery to repair.The senior averaged 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds last season.

■ Kentucky senior libero BriAnne Sauer was named the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the week after averaging six digs per set in the UK volleyball team's two wins last weekend.

The last word

David Clowney might think twice before tweeting from now on. The New York Jets' speedy wide receiver was benched by an angry Coach Rex Ryan for the team's game against Tennessee on Sunday after Clowney complained on Twitter about a lack of playing time:

"I was upset with him, yep. ... I'm not a big Twitter guy, but you hear different things. To me, this is about our team and understanding this is about our team. ... If I feel a guy is not putting the team first. I'll make that decision to put the guy down."

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