86-year PGA member dies
Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball, who played in the first Masters, died on Wednesday. The English golf pro was 103. Ball’s daughter, Leslie Adams Gogerty, said her father died at Martin Hospital South in Stuart, Florida. Ball was most recently director of golf at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart. He was a PGA of America member for 83 years, which the organization says is a membership record. Ball was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2011. Ball played in the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament in 1934, which later became the Masters. He also competed in 19 Senior PGA Championships and shared second place in the 1962 tournament. Gogerty says her father, born in Wales, was encouraged to come to the US by golf great Bobby Jones.
India faces deadline
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has told India to submit its bid for New Delhi to host the 2019 Asian Games this week if it hopes to be considered to replace Hanoi after its withdrawal by the Vietnamese government. The continental body refused to extend the July 1 deadline for bids by 15 days as requested by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) due to an “extreme shortage of time,” but agreed to wait for a few more days. “Within this two-month period we need to establish the evaluation team that will visit the bidding cities and submit its report to the OCA executive board on 19th September,” the council said in a letter to IOA secretary Rajeev Mehta. “However, if you are able to still submit the guarantees within the next couple of days, OCA is willing to consider IOA’s bid very positively.” India’s bid was delayed after officials were unsure whether to apply in the wake of criticism of the organization of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, but decided to go ahead with the bid once it found the government open to the idea of hosting the games. India held the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 and also the 1982 edition, both in New Delhi.
Lowry extends contract
Kyle Lowry, who helped Toronto reach the post-season for the first time in half-a-dozen years, and the Raptors have agreed to a four-year contract extension. The 28-year-old free-agent guard told Yahoo Sports “Toronto is just the right place for me” and retweeted the report about the deal. The contract is reportedly worth US$48 million. Lowry averaged 17.9 points and 7.4 assists in his second season with Toronto. He was acquired in a July 2012 trade with the Houston Rockets, who were one of the clubs looking at adding Lowry to their roster. Lowry has averaged 11.7 points and 5.4 assists in 506 NBA games for Memphis, Houston and Toronto.
Houston winner fined
The IndyCar Series has fined Carlos Huertas US$10,000 for two infractions in his winning car in the first race at the Grand Prix of Houston. Huertas, driving for Dale Coyne Racing, violated the fuel cell capacity and the height of his rear right wing. IndyCar did not strip the Colombian of the win because it says the infractions did not impact the finishing order of the race or final position of his team. Dale Coyne Racing used strategy to get Huertas and English teammate Justin Wilson to the front. Wilson eventually had to pit for fuel, and Huertas assumed the lead with just over seven minutes to go. Huertas went on to earn his first career victory.