Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Weber Retains PBA Senior U.S. Open Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Weber Retains PBA Senior U.S. Open Title

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St. Louisan Weber retains PBA Senior U.S. Open title

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber successfully defended his PBA Senior U.S. Open title Friday in Las Vegas for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour crown.

Weber, 53, from St. Ann, was the top qualifier for the stepladder finals. He defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 223- 184, in the title match to set the new mark. He had shared the previous record of three consecutive titles with fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker, who achieved the feat in 2006.

"It ranks way up there as far as my career accomplishments," said Weber, who has won a record five U.S. Open titles on the PBA Tour. "I think this is the best I've ever felt or thrown the ball for five consecutive weeks in my whole career."

Big 12 to revive football championship game in 2017 * The Big 12 is bringing back its football championship game in 2017, regardless of whether the conference expands from its current 10 members.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Friday as the conference wrapped up three days of meetings that the university presidents and chancellors voted to approve "in concept the re-implementation of a championship football game."

As expected, there was no resolution from the conference on expansion. The Big 12 abandoned its conference title game after the 2010 season, when it started losing members.

U.S. women's soccer team has no right to strike, judge rules * A federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday that the world champion U.S. women's soccer team does not have the right to strike to seek improved conditions and wages before the Summer Olympics, concluding the team remains bound by a no-strike clause in earlier agreements.

The case pits the team's union, the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association, against the Chicago-based governing body, the U.S. Soccer Federation. The federation sued to clarify the strike issue.

The federation warned that a strike could have forced the women's team, which is seeking its fourth straight Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, to pull out of the Games, which it said would have hurt the development of the sport in the U. …

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