Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

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Colin Montgomerie has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame by the slimmest of margins.

Montgomerie and Ken Schofield, head of the European Tour for nearly 30 years, were announced Tuesday as the latest inductees. They fill out the 2013 class that includes Willie Park Jr., Fred Couples and Ken Venturi.

Montgomerie won the European Tour money list a record eight times. He received 51 percent of the vote on the international ballot. That makes two inductees in this class Couples was the other who got in through a special provision. If no one gets the minimum 65 percent, the player with the most votes gets elected as long as its more than 50 percent.

The induction ceremony will be May 6 in St. Augustine, Fla.

U.S. mens soccer team to open with Canada The U.S. soccer team will open its 2013 schedule with an exhibition game against Canada at Houstons BBVA Compass Stadium on Jan. 29.

The Americans will hold a training camp from Jan. 14-27 in Carson, Calif. The U.S. has pushed back and shortened the annual camp, which started in 2004 and is mostly for players from Major League Soccer and Scandinavian teams on winter break.

Seeking their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the Americans open the final round of World Cup qualifying Feb. 6 against Honduras at San Pedro Sula.

Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama also are in the six- nation group, which will produce three qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The fourth-place team advances to a playoff for another berth, probably against New Zealand.

The U.S. and Canada tied 0-0 on June 3 in Toronto. The U.S. Soccer Federation announced next months game Monday.

Armstrong stipped of BBC award Lance Armstrong has been stripped of a prestigious BBC award in the wake of the doping scandal that cost the American cyclist his seven Tour de France titles and smeared his reputation.

Armstrong won the British broadcasters Overseas Sports Personality of the Year prize in 2003 after capturing his final Tour victory, but his name was absent from the list of previous winners in the program for the 2012 event.

The BBC says in a statement that it took the decision following the UCIs decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles. …

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