France gets Ryder Cup

France will host the Ryder Cup for the first time after being awarded the 2018 tournament. The European Ryder Cup committee voted unanimously in favor of holding the match play competition between the United States and Europe on the Le Golf National course near Paris -- the headquarters of the French federation and venue for all but two French Opens in the last 20 years.


Roddick pulls out

Andy Roddick withdrew from the Open de Nice Tuesday and is in doubt for the French Open because of a right shoulder injury. Nice organizers said Roddick told them he was hurt in last week's Italian Open. The 11th-ranked Roddick said on the tournament website that he doesn't want to take any risks ahead of the French Open, which starts Sunday.


Fiesta on probation

The NCAA will let the Fiesta Bowl keeps its bowl license on a one-year probationary basis. The postseason bowl licensing subcommittee announced Tuesday that the Fiesta Bowl officials, who also run the Insight Bowl, will have to meet in person with the subcommittee at its annual meeting next April to provide a progress report on the game's management and business plan changes. The decision comes in the wake of a scandal at the Arizona-based bowl that included apparently illegal campaign contributions from staff and lavish spending by the former CEO on parties and a night at a strip club.

Butler academics cited

Turns out Butler is this year's big basketball winner -- in the classroom. The Bulldogs, two-time runners-up in men's basketball, were the only Final Four team -- men's or women's -- to make this year's list of Academic Progress Rate overachievers.

The NCAA released its annual list with teams with perfect scores of 1,000 or that finish in the top 10 percent of their sport academically given special recognition by the governing body. The actual scores won't be released until next week. Forty men's basketball teams were honored, including all the 2010 Final Four teams -- Duke, Butler, Michigan State and West Virginia. -- AP

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