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Names in the Game

July 9, 2003

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Michelle Wie, who had the longest drives at the U.S. Women’s Open, now gets to see how she stacks up against the biggest hitters in golf.

The 13-year-old from Hawaii has been invited to play in a skins game Sept. 15 featuring John Daly, Hank Kuehne and Nancy Lopez during the week of the Boise Open.

Wie accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Nationwide Tour event.

Daly has led the PGA Tour in driving distance the last eight years. Kuehne is threatening to end that streak and leads the tour this year at 318.1 yards per measured drive. Daly is second at 310.4 yards.

Wie averaged 281.1 yards in driving distance at Pumpkin Ridge, and her longest drive was 328 yards. She tied for 39th in her first U.S. Women’s Open.

The Boise Open will be the second time the 6-foot teen plays against men. She also plans to play on the Canadian tour the last week in August.


GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) _ Wimbledon champion Roger Federer turned his attention to matters other then tennis Wednesday _ such as finding a home for his new cow, Juliette.

``I don’t know where I’m going to keep her,″ Federer said. ``Maybe it would be better to leave her in the mountains. She’ll be happier there than in the streets of Basel.″

Swiss Open officials surprised Federer by presenting him with a 1,760-pound tan and white Bernese Oberlander on Tuesday _ a prize for becoming the first Swiss male to win a major tennis title.

Tournament director Koebi Hermenjat said if Federer left Juliette in Gstaad, she would be well supplied with Swiss cheese.

Federer was also considering a name change for Juliette. During the ceremony, spectators were stamping their feet and chanting ``Wimbledon″ as a new name for the cow, who was outfitted with a large bell and a bright garland of flowers.

``Juliette was the name written on the paper, but maybe I will choose another. I have to speak to her in private first,″ Federer joked.

Federer won his first-round Swiss Open match Tuesday, and next plays Jean-Rene Lisnare.


ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Five-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee has a track record of educating about health issues.

Joyner-Kersee has been outspoken about her struggle with asthma and worked to raise awareness about the importance of fitness and nutrition. On Wednesday, she joined researchers at Saint Louis University to lend support to their efforts to eradicate genital herpes.

``I didn’t look at it from the point of view that it’s genital herpes. I looked at it from the preventative standpoint,″ said the 41-year-old Joyner-Kersee, a native of East St. Louis, Ill.

Researchers at the school are leading a national study into a possible vaccine to prevent genital herpes in women. The study will involve 7,550 women at 17 sites around the country.

The vaccine would not cure herpes for those already infected but, if successful, it ultimately could be administered to women before they become sexually active and prevent them from contracting the disease, researchers said.


MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) _ University of Mississippi chancellor Dr. Robert C. Khayat will receive the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

The award honors someone who has applied character building attributes learned from amateur sport in their business and personal life.

Khayat played football and baseball at Mississippi, then played for the Washington Redskins from 1960-64. He earned his law degree at Ole Miss, worked at the school and for the NCAA and was appointed chancellor of his alma mater in 1995.

Khayat receives the award at the NFF-College Hall of Fame dinner in New York on Dec. 9.


VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Stephan Eberharter will return for another season of skiing.

The 2002 overall World Cup winner made his decision after a 3 1/2-month ski break, a ``deserved summer holiday.″

``I discovered that my joy for skiing was still too big to step down,″ the 34-year-old Austrian said. ``Although I love cycling and golf, I still feel too young to stow away my helmet and skis.″

Eberharter, the 2002 Olympic gold medal winner in the giant slalom and a three-time world champion, said his decision had nothing to do with the return of teammate and rival Hermann Maier.

``Neither Hermann, nor another star _ and on our level all of us are star skiers _ has played any role in my decision,″ he said. ``I love skiing and this will be a season with less pressure. I have won it all already, so I can finally ski for pleasure.″


BERLIN (AP) _ Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki tops Germany’s preliminary roster for the European Championship.

The team was announced Wednesday by coach Henrik Dettmann.

The 16-man squad also includes Penn State forward Jan Jagla, center Patrick Femerling of Barcelona, forward Ademola Okulaja of Unicaja Malaga and guard Misan Nikagbatse of Snaidero Udine.

The championship will be held in Sweden from Sept. 5-14.

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