golf: british open
'16 host to end all-male membership
TROON, Scotland — Royal Troon Golf Club, the host of this year's British Open, is set to end its male-only membership policy after more than three-quarters of its members in a survey backed allowing in women. Troon said in a statement Wednesday that its committee will propose at a July 1 meeting that its membership grants approval for female members.
"Recently we spoke about the need for our club to reflect the modern society in which we exist, and I am pleased that a large majority of members who responded to our survey agree and support opening the club to women," Troon's club captain, Martin Cheyne, said.
Royal Troon, formed in 1878, is sharing the responsibility of hosting the British Open with the Ladies Golf Club in Troon that uses its facilities.
Royal Troon's announcement comes after Muirfield was banned last month from hosting the British Open after its membership didn't approve female members joining. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield, announced its decision to retain the club's male-only policy after a ballot of its members.
Mickelson happy that stocks case is over
Phil Mickelson expressed relief that an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into insider trading has concluded.
Mickelson, 45, a World Golf Hall of Famer, was named as a "relief defendant'' but faced no criminal charges after it was learned he had earned nearly $1 million as a result of a stock tip he received from William "Billy" Walters, a friend and avid golfer who is also known as a professional gambler.
The SEC alleged that Walters gave Mickelson the advice so the golfer could profit from a stock sale and repay him for debts.
"I'd like to say that I'm disappointed to have been a part of that whole thing, but after a thorough investigation, I'm pleased that it's behind me, that it's over,'' Mickelson said at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, where the Memorial Tournament begins today.
They were Mickelson's first public comments since the May 19 announcement that the investigation had concluded. As part of the agreement, Mickelson agreed to pay back the stock gains plus interest, a total of more than $1 million.
Backing for drug tests, baseball, softball
Olympic leaders took action on two fronts, ramping up efforts to keep drug cheats out of this summer's Games and recommending the inclusion of baseball, softball and four other sports for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
The IOC executive board agreed in Lausanne, Switzerland, to double its budget for pre-Games drug testing to $500,000, to target athletes from Russia, Kenya and Mexico, and to extend retesting of stored doping samples to include medal winners from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
"We want to make sure any targeted athletes who have a positive result will be stopped from competing in Rio," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.
The board also backed the proposed inclusion of baseball, softball, surfing, karate, sport climbing and skateboarding for Tokyo. The sports, proposed for inclusion last year by Tokyo organizers, were presented as a package, and they will go to a vote of the full IOC at its session in August on the eve of the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Baseball and softball have been off the Olympic program since the 2008 Games. The four other sports would be new.
Boxing: Professionals can compete in this summer's Games if they qualify, the sport's governing body, AIBA, voted in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Autos: NASCAR suspended three Sprint Cup crew chiefs for infractions in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $50,000 and suspended for all the activities through June 15. Biffle was docked 15 driver points because the Roush Fenway Racing Ford had a body design that was either not submitted to NASCAR for approval or did not comply with the approved body designs. AJ Allmendinger crew chief Randall Burnett and Kurt Busch crew chief Tony Gibson were both fined $20,000 and suspended for this weekend's Axalta 400 at Pocono for not having properly affixed lug nuts. Tony Stewart crew chief Mike Bugarewicz was placed on probation through Dec. 31 for infractions to body design found in pre-race inspection.
Tennis: Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Queen's Club grasscourt tournament that serves as a tuneup for Wimbledon, citing the left wrist injury that cut his French Open short. Wimbledon begins June 27.