Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

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Nelson disappointed not to be Ryder Cup captain

Larry Nelson thinks it was a great idea for the PGA of America to pick someone older to be Ryder Cup captain. Hes just disappointed it wasnt him.

Nelson, a three-time major champion with a 9-3-1 record in three Ryder Cup appearances, said Wednesday on Golf Channels Morning Drive show that no one from the PGA of America contacted him about being captain. Golf Digest reported on its website that the PGA of America planned to pick Tom Watson, who will be introduced today in New York. It will be the second time the 63-year-old Watson will be a Ryder Cup captain.

Cyclist Scarponi banned Former Giro dItalia winner Michele Scarponi has been banned for three months by the Italian Olympic Committee for seeing banned physician Michele Ferrari.

Scarponi admitted this year that he had two tests under Ferraris supervision on the Monzuno climb near Bologna in September, 2010, but said he didnt know the doctor was banned.

Ferrari was banned for life by the Italian Cycling Federation in 2002. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency also recently banned Ferrari for serving as a doping consultant on Lance Armstrongs winning teams. Scarponis ban began retroactively Oct. 1 and expires at the end of this month.

Texas pays Formula One $29 million Texas has paid Formula One organizers $29.3 million for hosting costs during the mid-November race weekend, which drew fans worldwide to Austin.

State Comptroller Susan Combs approved payment from the Major Events Trust Fund. The fund involves local and state gains from sales and use, auto rental, hotel and alcoholic beverage taxes generated from major sporting events.

The money paid last Friday, as an estimation of generated tax revenue during the period, helps cover expenses such as traffic management, temporary grandstands, other seating and a sanctioning fee. The Circuit Events Local Organizing Committee helped agree on the figure. Organizers had sought $30.6 million.

Lochte wins two gold medals Olympic star Ryan Lochte won two gold medals Wednesday as the United States dominated the first day of the short-course world swimming championships in Istanbul. …

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