Swede `curious' about men
Swede Annika Sorenstam says curiosity drove her to contest the Colonial tournament later this month, where she will become the first woman to take on the men in a PGA Tour event in 58 years. "Curiosity was probably the biggest factor," the 32-year-old told reporters yesterday before her appearance at the Nichirei Cup World Ladies tournament in Tokyo this week. "For the Colonial, I plan to play conservative and ... smart off the tee. Level par for the week would be good. I have no idea where that will put me but I think I can expect that of myself."
Kuerten beaten in Italy
Former clay-court king Gustavo Kuerten lost Tuesday in the first round of the US$2.75 million Italian Open, while favorites Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya both scored straight-set victories. In the second set of his 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 loss to Argentine Gaston Gaudio, the 14th-seeded Kuerten showed glimpses of the form that won him three French Opens and the 1999 title on clay here at Foro Italico. But a few errant ground strokes gave Gaudio a break to go up 5-4 in the final set and serve out the match.
Diver wins US$28m in suit
An aspiring Olympic diver who was paralyzed from the neck down when he hit a synchronized swimmer after leaping off a diving board has been awarded US$28 million in damages by a California jury. According to Tuesday's San Francisco Chronicle, Scott Shropshire flipped from a 3m-high board in July 2000 at a public pool in the northern California city of Walnut Creek. Pool officials did not use markers to separate swimmers from divers, and as he hit the water, he struck a member of a synchronized swimming team.