National Sports Briefs: Hall of Fame opens Jordan exhibit
Published 12:00 am Monday, August 3, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ó The Basketball Hall of Fame has opened a Michael Jordan exhibit before his enshrinement next month.
The display features items from Jordan’s NBA career and from his time at North Carolina and with the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. There is also a batting glove from Jordan’s brief foray into baseball.
The exhibit is made possible in part by a $250,000 donation from Nike and features several pair of the superstar’s Air Jordan shoes.
Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles and now runs basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats. He will enter the Hall of Fame on Sept. 11 with former NBA stars David Robinson and John Stockton and coaches Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer.
CARMEL, Ind. ó Fred Funk won the U.S. Senior Open by six strokes, closing with a 7-under 65 at Crooked Stick for a tournament-record 20-under total.
Funk, coming off a playoff loss to Loren Roberts last week in the Senior British Open, broke the event mark of 17 under set by Hale Irwin in 2000 at Saucon Valley.
The 53-year-old Funk, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour won his second senior major.
– LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England ó Michelle Wie was selected as a wild card to make her Solheim Cup debut for the United States on Sunday, and Catriona Matthew made Europe’s team after capturing the Women’s British Open.
American captain Beth Daniel also picked Juli Inkster, who will make her eighth Solheim Cup appearance. Wie and Inkster did not earn enough points to get a top-10 place for the Aug. 21-23 series at Sugar Grove, Illinois.
STANFORD, Calif. ó Venus Williams has been upset by France’s Marion Bartoli 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in the championship match of the Bank of the West Classic.Williams, making her first appearance at the event since 2005, reached her seventh final in eight appearances at Stanford. She’s won two titles but none since 2002.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó The Tennessee Titans’ top draft pick is in training camp, but a sore hamstring has landed Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt on the physically unable to perform list.Britt agreed Saturday night on a five-year deal worth a little more than $12 million.
He was just 10 miles away, so he was in camp Sunday.
– BEREA, Ohio ó Once Eric Mangini picks a starting quarterback, the new Cleveland Browns coach intends to stick with him.
Mangini said Sunday that he will not rotate his QBs, that he has no timetable on picking between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn and that he envisions both players staying on the Browns’ roster once the regular season begins.