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Daly’s wife denies theft

An attorney for John Daly’s estranged wife, Sherrie Daly, says she did not steal the pro golfer’s cellphone. Randy Fishman said on Monday that “this is a divorce case and people accuse each other of stuff all the time.” Sherrie Daly was freed on a US$500 bond on Friday after being accused of stealing the phone from the golfer’s tour bus in June. The bus was parked behind the John Daly Bar & Grill in the north Mississippi city of Olive Branch. Fishman says he expects nothing to come of the misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. A court date is set for Thursday next week. Sherrie Daly lives in Germantown, Tennessee.


Host Woods announces field

Tournament host Tiger Woods has announced a strong field featuring five of the world’s top 10 players for the year-ending Chevron World Challenge. The 16-man line-up includes Fiji’s Vijay Singh (ranked third), British Open and PGA champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland (fourth), Americans Anthony Kim (sixth) and Jim Furyk (10th) and Colombian Camilo Villegas (seventh). World No. 1 Woods, however, will be a conspicuous absentee from the field, having shut down his 2008 campaign in mid-June after winning the US Open to have reconstructive knee surgery. The US$5.75 million event will be held at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California from Dec. 18-21.


Nolan leads Detroit to finals

Deanna Nolan scored 21 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 19 to help the Detroit Shock reach the WNBA finals for the third straight season with a 75-73 win over the New York Liberty on Monday. The Shock won the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals and advanced to play the San Antonio Silver Stars for the championship. Detroit beat Sacramento in 2006 for its second league title, then lost in five games to Phoenix last year. On Monday, the Shock led by 20 in the first half, but had to fight off the deeper Liberty in the second half. Sixth woman Plenette Pierson, who played well in Sunday’s Game 2 just seven days after dislocating her shoulder, was limited to two points in six minutes.


Charlesworth named coach

Olympic champion Ric Charlesworth was appointed coach of the Australian men’s hockey team yesterday, two months after quitting as India’s technical director. Charlesworth, a former Australia captain who guided his country’s women’s team to gold medals at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, will take over from Barry Dancer, who resigned after the Beijing games. A spate of retirements since Beijing will leave Charlesworth with the task of rebuilding the Australian men’s team, which has gradually slipped from world field hockey supremacy. “The team changes all the time and the team which played in Beijing will never play together again,” Charlesworth said.


Serena would take Porsche

Serena Williams would happily forego the US$100,000 prize money that goes to the winner of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. She’d much rather drive off in the bright red convertible parked courtside. The tournament gives the winner a choice — either a cash prize or a low-slung Porsche 911 sports car. Williams has no doubts about which she’d prefer. “I’ve been trying for so long to win the Porsche, it’s about time to take that 911 home,” Williams said.

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