TEAM COMPLETE: Tom Lehman filled out the U.S. Ryder Cup team Monday by taking Stewart Cink and Scott Verplank as his captain's picks, hoping experience and accuracy will help his squad end a dozen years of European dominance.
Cink was a captain's pick two years ago, and the 33-year-old has been one of the few Americans to play well over the last two months in moving up to No. 12 in the standings.
Verplank was a surprise. He was a top candidate to be a pick going into the PGA Championship because of his accuracy off the tee and his putting, along with his 2-1 record at The Belfry in 2002 when Verplank became the first Ryder Cup rookie to make the team as a pick. But Verplank, 42, missed the cut at Medinah after taking two double bogeys over the final three holes. He finished 20th in the Ryder Cup standings and was picked over players like Lucas Glover (No. 14) and Davis Love III (No. 15) and Tim Herron (No. 17).
ROBBINS GETS PROBATION: Former NFL lineman Barret Robbins was placed on probation Monday and ordered to continue treatment for bipolar disorder under a plea agreement resulting from a brawl with police who shot him.
Robbins, 32, got five years' probation under the agreement approved last week by Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Leon Firtel, who also ordered him to avoid alcohol while on probation. Firtel found Robbins guilty of five charges — including attempted murder and battery. The remaining charges were dropped.
"We felt this was the most appropriate outcome," said Ed Griffith, a spokesman for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
RANDOLPH NOT SUSPECT: Police said Monday that Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph is "involved" in a sexual assault report taken last week but is not a suspect.
Sgt. Brian Schmautz, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said detectives are interviewing potential witnesses to the incident.
"The Police Bureau will now confirm that on August 14, 2006, an officer took a report of a sexual assault and that the report involved Zach Randolph," Schmautz said in an e-mailed release. "However, the Police Bureau is not identifying Zach Randolph as a suspect in the criminal investigation."
Schmautz declined to be more specific about Randolph and the report because of the investigation. The bureau would not let reporters read the police report.
EARLIER START: The Boston Marathon is breaking with age-old tradition and moving up its start time by two hours — to 10 a.m. The change was announced Monday by the Boston Athletic Association, the race organizer, in an attempt to ease traffic in the eight cities and towns along the course.