Sports briefs: RSL's Beckerman, Beltran called up to U.S. team
Soccer • Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman and defender Tony Beltran have been called up to the U.S. men's national team for a training camp later this month.
Beckerman, the RSL captain, has been a regular national team selection under coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The call-up, however, is the first for the 25-year-old Beltran.
"For a footballer, to be called in to represent one's country is the highest honor. I am thrilled to be able to begin the year with this new challenge," Beltran said in a team statement.
Beckerman and Beltran will participate in a training camp beginning Monday in Carson, Calif. The camp will last until Jan. 27. The national team will play a friendly against Canada on Jan. 29 in Houston, before beginning the final round of World Cup qualifying at Honduras on Feb. 6.
RSL's Alvaro Saborio and Lovel Palmer will be in camps this month with Costa Rica and Jamaica, respectively..
PGA Tour opener delayed again
Golf • Another attempt to start the PGA Tour season was blown away Sunday. Just more than an hour into the opening round of the Tournament of Champions, play was suspended when more 40 mph gusts came roaring down the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii, and left officials no choice but to wipe out yet another round.
Andy Pazder, the tour's chief of operations, said earlier Sunday that the decisions not to play "were not hard" because the wind was severe.
The winners-only tournament was supposed to begin Friday, but the round was scrapped by high wind after no one had played more than eight holes. Officials tried to start the event Sunday, but it was clear early on there would be trouble.
"We need to try to put the show on," Ian Poulter said.
Officials now plan for 36 holes Monday, when the forecast is for less wind, followed by an 18-hole finish on Tuesday.
Staff and wire reports
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