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Martin set to defend Seniors title

Thursday, August 14, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:21 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 6, 2008

The 10th annual Columbia Seniors Championship Golf Tournament starts Friday at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

It ends Saturday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

Bob Martin will defend his title against 39 other golfers, including three-time champion Jerry McCarty and former winner Hardeep Bhullar.

The Seniors Championship field will also consist of 18 competitors who played in this year’s Kiwanis Columbia Championship.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL:

The Cougars are fifth in the NAIA preseason Top 25.

The Cougars went 32-7 last season, losing in the quarterfinal of the National Tournament.

The Cougars returns seven players as they look to continue their streak of 10 straight American Midwest Conference titles and eight region championships.

The Cougars’ season begins Sept. 5.

HOCKEY:

A preliminary check of the van Herb Brooks drove when he crashed and died Monday showed no mechanical problems, the state Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

“The prevailing thought is that in the cursory look that everything looked OK with the vehicle,” Public Safety spokesman Kevin Smith said.

Smith said investigators were preparing an administrative subpoena to get Brooks’ cell phone records. They want to know if he was on the phone when he veered off Interstate 35 just north of the Twin Cities into the median, where he was ejected when his van flipped.

NETS:

Kenyon Martin did not demand a trade, according to teammate Jason Kidd.

“I don’t think K-Mart ever said ‘Pay me or trade me.’ He told me he never said that,” Kidd said.

He suggested that the leaked trade demand was an ill-advised negotiating ploy.

“Sometimes people say things to get attention or probably thought they were handling it the right way, and unfortunately that wasn’t the way to handle that situation,” Kidd said.

CLIPPERS:

Los Angeles signed free-agent guards Eddie House and Marcus Hatten.

SPARKS: Former WNBA player Latasha Byears, who helped the Los Angeles Sparks to two league championships, is under investigation for reportedly sexually assaulting a former teammate, a television station reported.

Byears and three men who have no connection to the Sparks reportedly raped the victim at a party after a June 5 game against the Sacramento Monarchs at Staples Center, KCOP-TV reported Tuesday night.

No one has been arrested, but the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Wednesday there is an investigation involving several male and female basketball players.

BAYLOR:

John Lucas III, Baylor’s starting point guard, said he has received his release to talk to schools about transferring.

Baylor President Robert Sloan said Monday that any player who requests a release will be granted one. He also said the school would support a petition to the NCAA to waive the requirement that players sit out a year when transferring to another NCAA Division I school.


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