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Players enter Hall of Fame

Curtis Strange won consecutive US Open titles and Hubert Green major victories in the US Open and US PGA Championship. On Monday they were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida. Inducted with them was Pak Se-ri, at 30 the youngest player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Beyond her five majors and 24 career victories on the US LPGA Tour, Pak became a pioneer for young players from South Korea. Kel Nagle of Australia, whose 76 victories around the world included the 1960 British Open at St. Andrews, was elected through the veteran's category. Inducted posthumously were golf course architect Charles Blair Macdonald and three-time British Amateur champion Joe Carr, both through the lifetime achievement category.

■ Rugby Union

It's D-Day for Henry

New Zealand rugby officials will put the World Cup performance of All Black coach Graham Henry under the microscope today following the team's shock quarter-final exit from the World Cup. The New Zealand Rugby Union said its rugby committee would meet to conduct performance reviews of Henry and his assistants Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen. The committee will report tomorrow to the NZRU board, which will decide on the next step in appointing a coach. All Black coaches have traditionally paid the price for failure at the World Cup, although there was considerable public support for Henry to keep his job immediately after the All Blacks loss to France last month. Canterbury Crusaders coach Robbie Deans is the favorite to take over from Henry after announcing he is keen to coach the All Blacks.

■ Tennis

Hawk-Eye use increased

Players will have more chances to challenge line-calls using video replays at January's Australian Open in Melbourne, a move organizers hope will help tennis create a more consistent policy regarding Hawk-Eye technology. Next year's Australian Open will adopt a "three-plus-one challenge system" for Hawk-Eye, tournament director Craig Tiley said yesterday. "That means players get three incorrect challenges during a set and a fourth challenge if it goes into a tiebreaker," Tiley said. This year's tournament had a two-plus-one system "Under the new system it will be highly unlikely that players run out of challenges," Tiley said. Australian Open organizers will extend the use of Hawk-Eye to Vodafone Arena for next year's tournament, in addition to the main Rod Laver Arena.

■ Swimming

BOC wants investigation

The Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) requested a criminal investigation on the doping tests taken by swimmer Rebeca Gusmao during the Pan American Games in July. In a petition sent to Rio de Janeiro's Public Safety Department on Monday, BOC president Carlos Arthur Nuzman requested "an investigation into eventual crimes" on the procedures involving Gusmao's tests. Gusmao, a double gold medalist at the Pan Ams, was temporarily suspended last week by FINA for testing positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition test on July 13. Then the Brazilian swimming confederation said there was evidence Gusmao's urine samples during the games were altered. The laboratory that conducted the tests said the samples they received appeared to belong to different donors.

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