Loading…
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeSportsGolf
Published: Tuesday, 8/28/2012

Olazabal defends his Ryder Cup selections

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal said Monday that picking Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium -- along with England's Ian Poulter -- as his wild-card selections is not a gamble.

The 32-year-old Poulter will be competing in his fourth Ryder Cup since making his debut in 2004 while Colsaerts will be playing in his first and is the only rookie on Olazabal's squad.

"It is true Nicolas is going to be the only rookie on the team but we do have an experienced team," said Olazabal. "Out of the 12 players, 11 have played Ryder Cup. They have proven they can handle that pressure. They have the experience so we do have a very solid team.

"He's had a very solid season and on top of that he has made the extra effort trying to make the team, and he really showed me that he wanted to be part of that team and that is the reason I chose him."

Colsaerts was 12th in the European Ryder Cup table, two places outside of automatic qualification. His commitment to the team was evident when he played in the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

Basketball

DEBRECEN, Hungary -- Inma Zanoguera, a sophomore on the University of Toledo women's basketball team, was vital Sunday to Spain capturing the U20 European Championship in a 59-46 triumph over Russia.

Zanoguera had 10 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists, as the Spaniards won for the eighth time in the tournament in nine tries.

Zanoguera logged 22.1 minutes per contest -- fourth most on her team -- averaging 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in the tournament.

She appeared in all 34 games for the Rockets last season. Zanoguera averaged 3.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists over 18.9 minutes per game.

Television

Allie Clifton, A former University of Toledo basketball standout, has been named the sideline report Cleveland Cavaliers games on Fox Sports Ohio.

Clifton has served as a sideline reporter for the Mud Hens, a sports feature reporter for WTVG (Ch. 13) and color analyst and sideline reporter for high school and college events on BCSN.

Clifton received a bachelor's degree in sports analysis and communication as well as a master's in communications.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories