Couples picks Woods, Haas to fill out Presidents Cup team
Turns out that sudden-death playoff Bill Haas won at East Lake was worth more than $11.44 million. It earned him a spot in the Presidents Cup. U.S. captain Fred Couples used his two picks Tuesday on Tiger Woods and Haas, who won the Tour Championship for his first victory of the year. Couples took Haas, the son of vice captain Jay Haas, over Keegan Bradley, whose two wins this year include the PGA Championship. International captain Greg Norman took Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley, both of whom grew up in Melbourne. He said Allenby was an "automatic pick" because of his longtime success at Royal Melbourne, while Baddeley made it an easier choice when he tied for third at the Tour Championship.
"Bill Haas knew he had to win last week, and he did it," Couples said. "I could not leave him off the team after that."
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He said if Haas had lost the playoff at East Lake and Bradley had finished fourth or fifth — he wound up tied for 11th — then Bradley would have been the pick. Couples said if Steve Stricker cannot play because of an injury, then Bradley would be chosen to replace him.
Romo plays with pain, two injections
Tony Romo's broken rib hurt so much he needed a second pain-killing injection. His center had a tendency to snap the ball too soon or to the wrong spot. And he couldn't get into the end zone no matter what, not even with a first down on the 2-yard line. Yet Romo and the Cowboys did the only thing that mattered Monday night. They won. Dan Bailey kicked six field goals, including a go-ahead 40-yarder with 1:52 left, and linebacker Anthony Spencer forced a fumble that teammate Sean Lee recovered with 28 seconds left, giving the Cowboys an 18-16 victory over the Redskins.
"It feels good right now because we won," Romo said late Monday, smiling and wincing. "I'll be all right."
Romo was 22-for-36 for 255 yards. His best stat was simply lasting all four quarters. The fact that he needed a second injection could explain the quarter-size blotch of blood that appeared on his jersey above his left hip during the game. After the game, he joked that his new bride forced him to play, saying, "I can't have a weak husband lying around the house."
"I want to play," Romo said. "We only get to go out and do this 16 times, 16 days out of 365 days a year. You want to be out there. You put so much effort, when you go, you go."
■ The Saints put place-kicker Garrett Hartley on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and leaving 41-year-old John Kasay as their primary place-kicker for this season. The transactions were posted by the NFL on its Web site on Tuesday. Hartley, 25, has been sidelined since hurting his right hip in the third exhibition game of the pre-season. Kasay, now in his 21st season, has made all six of his field-goal attempts in the Saints' first three games, including one from as long as 53 yards and four from beyond 30 yards.
■ The Texans released running back Steve Slaton Tuesday and signed Chris Ogbonnaya from the practice squad. The 5-foot-9, 209-pound Slaton was a third-round pick in 2008 and was the NFL's top rookie rusher with 1,282 yards. He rushed for 437 yards but fumbled seven times in 2009 and was placed on the IR after 11 games. He had neck surgery after the season and never regained his form.
Sports in the courts
Suit against Mets owners to be limited
A judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed in limited form against the owners of the New York Mets by the trustee recovering money for investors who lost money to jailed financier Bernard Madoff. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said Tuesday the lawsuit brought by Trustee Irving Picard can seek to recover up to $295 million in profits that were paid out to the Mets' owners during the multi-decade fraud. But he said Picard may gain that sum only by proving the Mets' owners were "willfully blind" to the fraud. Rakoff said Picard's claim otherwise would be limited to $83.3 million, the fictitious profits accumulated by the Mets' owners in the two years before the fraud was revealed.
Judge allows bond for Crittenton
A judge took the rare step Tuesday of allowing former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, charged with murder in a drive-by shooting, to go free on bond after hearing friends and coaches testify that he was too focused on making a comeback to squander his future on a revenge killing. Magistrate Judge Karen Smith Woodson granted him $230,000 bond over the objections of prosecutors, who said they feared Crittenton could threaten witnesses who implicated him in the Aug. 19 shooting death of 22-year-old Julian Jones in Atlanta. The judge, though, banned Crittenton from the crime scene and ordered Paul Hewitt, who was coaching Georgia Tech when Crittenton starred there, to co-sign the bond with others who spent hours testifying on his behalf Tuesday.
Boise State to appeal sanctions
Boise State announced Tuesday it will appeal the additional sanctions the NCAA committee on infraction imposed on its football program. The school said it has informed the NCAA of its intentions to appeal specifically the football portion of the sanctions. The school is accepting the remaining punishment placed on the school's tennis and track programs. Boise State's self-imposed sanctions included reduced scholarships for one year and fewer pre-season practices. The NCAA added scholarship reductions from 82 to 85 through the 2014 school year and limited contact during spring practice. Boise State was cited for football staff members arranging inadmissible summer housing and transportation for 63 prospective athletes from 2005 to 2009.
■ Vanderbilt starting linebacker Tristan Strong will miss the rest of the season after hurting his leg covering a punt in the Commodores' loss at then-No. 12 South Carolina. The redshirt junior from Loganville, Ga., was hurt just before halftime, and this is his second season-ending injury in three years. Strong ranked third on the team with 13 solo tackles and tied for third with 16 total tackles.
Fire ants postpone S.C. high school game
Football games have been postponed by heavy rains, lightning, power outages. And now, fire ants. Calhoun County's game at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in Orangeburg County, S.C., was postponed Friday after the referee decided the field was unplayable because of fire ants. Referee Steve Hook said he found 15 to 20 large active fire ant piles shortly before the game. Hook said he was worried about the players, coaches, officials and the chain crew. The home team tried digging up the piles and pouring salt on them before the game was postponed. One hometown fan offered to bring fire-ant poison. The field in Neeses was deemed ready Monday night, and Calhoun County won 19-8.
Sweaty shirts weigh down FC Barcelona
Few opponents are able to slow down FC Barcelona's squad of stars, but Nike might have inadvertently managed to do just that — with shirts that absorb too much sweat. The Spanish champion said Tuesday it has met with Nike officials to complain about the first team's new shirts absorbing so much moisture that they take on added weight over the course of a game, more than doubling in weight by halftime. Nike said in a statement that it is "working to find a solution to the problem with the shirts along with the club." The new shirts are made from a fabric called Dri-FIT, which is composed of recycled plastic and used exclusively by first-team squads of Nike's sponsored clubs, which include Manchester United, Arsenal and Inter Milan. The jerseys are not for sale to the public. Nike said Barcelona is the only one of its sponsored clubs to complain so far, although tennis star Rafael Nadal has experienced a similar problem with his gear.
The last word
Packers tight end Tom Crabtree, via Twitter, after watching Bears fans as the team bus exited Soldier Field following Green Bay's win on Sunday:
"Sad to see all these folks in Chicago missing every finger except the middle. I think they're trying to wave to us."