Wie makes it official: She’s a pro

first_imgMichelle Wie strode into a crowded conference room in Honolulu on Wednesday with high heels and high hopes and said what everyone already knew. “I’m finally happy to say I’m a pro starting today,” said Wie, who turns 16 in six days. “The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew I’d do it for the rest of my life. Some 12 years later, I’m finally turning pro, and I’m so excited.” Wie has signed endorsement deals with Nike and Sony said to be worth $10 million a year. Her first act as a professional was to give some of it back. She pledged $500,000 to the U.S. Golf Hurricane Relief Fund, set up by the major golf organizations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Wie has been competing against the best players since she was in the seventh grade. The only difference now is that she’ll be competing with them on their level as a pro. Knicks await Curry The New York Knicks were waiting for Eddy Curry to report to training camp amid suspense about medical tests into the irregular heartbeat that prompted Chicago to trade him this week. Knicks president Isiah Thomas and coach Larry Brown had hoped Curry would make it to the College of Charleston (S.C.) on Wednesday, but by late afternoon, team spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said Curry likely would not work out until today. Before then, the team will not reveal anything about the 22-year-old’s health status. Curry, the Bulls’ leading scorer last season, missed the final 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs after the irregular heartbeat was diagnosed. center_img Chicago didn’t want to part with Curry, but team officials demanded he take a DNA test to see if he’s susceptible to cardiomyopathy, the ailment that killed former Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis and Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers. Curry refused, saying the test violated his privacy because it could also be used to determine if he was predisposed to a host of other conditions going into his fifth NBA season. Thomas had said the Knicks couldn’t give Curry a DNA test because of New York’s privacy and employment laws. Sugar Bowl moving The Sugar Bowl likely is heading to the Georgia Dome on Jan. 2, forced out of New Orleans for the first time because of Hurricane Katrina. Bowl officials declined to confirm the game was headed to Atlanta before a news conference on Friday, when the announcement is expected. But USA Today, citing a person involved in the decision, said the bowl’s executive committee gave its approval Tuesday night. Sugar Bowl officials stressed last month that the move is temporary and they expect to have the game back in New Orleans next season. Berrier to appeal Crew chief Todd Berrier plans to appeal his two-race suspension and will be in Kevin Harvick’s pit for Sunday’s NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway. The appeal is expected to be heard next week by a National Stock Car Racing Commission panel. Berrier announced his plans Wednesday and will be allowed to work with the team. Berrier was sent home and Harvick’s Chevrolet was disqualified last Friday when NASCAR found several violations in the trunk of Harvick’s car after he qualified second at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. On Tuesday, the crew chief was fined $10,000, suspended for an additional two races, until Oct. 19, and put on probation until Dec. 31. NASCAR viewed Berrier as a repeat offender. He was suspended for four races this year when Harvick’s fuel tank was found rigged in Las Vegas. Also Wednesday, Michael Waltrip’s penalties (a fine, docking of points and probation) for allegedly making an inappropriate gesture during the Sept. 18 race in New Hampshire were overturned when two members of the panel found TV footage of the incident “inconclusive.” Puerta in news Argentina’s Mariano Puerta tested positive for a banned drug following his loss in the French Open final and faces a possible life ban from the World Anti-Doping Agency for a second doping offense, the French sports newspaper L’Equipe reported Wednesday. Puerta’s lawyers said the player denied committing a doping offense, and his agent, Giorgio Brasero, called the report an “injustice.” Puerta tested positive for the stimulant etilefrine after his four-set loss to Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the June 5 final, L’Equipe reported, without citing sources. Puerta’s urine samples the A and B specimens were analyzed by the French doping laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry. Puerta told associates he had taken medication to fight the flu at the time of the tournament, L’Equipe said. The International Tennis Federation oversees drug-testing at the French Open. Briefly Detroit Pistons guard Lindsey Hunter underwent surgery on his left ankle. Hunter had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles in the ankle. He will be re-evaluated in a week and no timetable has been set for his return. Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham was given a public reprimand by the Mountain West Conference for criticizing the officials in the Utes’ loss at North Carolina on Saturday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport hopes to reach a decision on American cyclist Tyler Hamilton’s appeal of a suspension for blood-doping by the end of the year or the beginning of 2006. Olympic rowing medalist and former sports minister Colin Moynihan was elected as chairman of the British Olympic Association, giving him a key role in preparations for the 2012 London Games. IOC president Jacques Rogge will urge Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi next month to ease the country’s tough doping laws during the Turin Games. Athletes can face criminal sanctions for doping violations while International Olympic Committee regulations provide only for disqualifications and suspensions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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