Rickie Fowler has patriotic hairstyle for Ryder Cup

Originally published September 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM | Page modified September 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

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Golf Ryder Cup player Fowler has patriotic hairstyle

Both Ryder Cup teams arrived at Gleneagles in Scotland on a relatively quiet Monday in which a haircut attracted much of the attention.

U.S. player Rickie Fowler, who is especially popular with the teens-and-younger fan base, stepped off the team charter in Edinburgh with 'USA' cut into the side of his hairstyle.

Even old-school Tom Watson, the 65-year-old American captain, liked the 25-year-old Fowler's look.

'I thought it was terrific,' Watson said. 'It brings a light spirit to the team.'

Half of the European team lives in Florida and players began arriving in the U.K. over the last several days. Team Europe has won five of the last six Ryder Cups.

The three-day competition begins Friday.

Soccer USOC, U.S. Soccer executives express their views on Solo

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, 33, pleaded not guilty to two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault in Kirkland Municipal Court on June 23.

Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland who plays for the Seattle Reign, has continued to compete for the U.S. team in international matches.

Domestic violence has become a major issue in the NFL lately. USA Today Sports columnist Christine Brennan contacted U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer officials to ask them about Solo and received emails in response.

'Abuse in all forms is unacceptable,' Scott Blackmun, USOC chief executive officer, wrote. 'The allegations involving Ms. Solo are disturbing and are inconsistent with our expectations of Olympians.'

According to police documents cited in a story in The Seattle Times, Solo became angry with her 17-year-old nephew, calling him 'fat and unathletic,' and then allegedly assaulted him and his mother, who is Solo's older half-sister.

Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer president, wrote Brennan an email that said: 'U.S. Soccer takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously. From the beginning, we considered the information available and have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach regarding Hope Solo's status with the National Team.

'Based on that information, U.S. Soccer stands by our decision to allow her to participate with the team as the legal process unfolds. If new information becomes available, we will carefully consider it.'

Qatar expects to keep event

Qatar organizers dismissed any chance of the 2022 World Cup being taken away from the Gulf nation after a warning by a FIFA executive-committee member.

Theo Zwanziger was quoted in his native Germany as saying he believed the World Cup will not be played in Qatar because of the heat. Discussions about shifting the tournament dates from the searing summer heat are continuing.

'Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, despite comments of FIFA executive committee member Dr. Zwanziger, which reflect his personal opinion and not that of FIFA,' Nasser Al Khater, Qatar's executive director of communications, said in a statement. 'The only question now is WHEN, not IF. Summer or winter, we will be ready.'

D.C. United rewards coach

D.C. United of Major League Soccer has signed coach Ben Olsen, 37, to a multiyear contract extension.

The team won a mere three matches last season, but leads the MLS Eastern Conference with a 14-9-6 record this season.

Basketball Rabedeaux dies at 49

The man who succeeded Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins at Texas-El Paso has died at age 49.

Jason Rabedeaux, a former Washington State assistant coach, was coach of the Saigon Heat professional team in Vietnam. He was found unconscious on the floor of his home in Ho Chi Minh City and pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, according to a report in the El Paso Times.

Rabedeaux was hired as UTEP's coach in September 1999 and resigned, citing personal reasons, in October 2002. He had a 46-46 record with the Miners.


* France will play the Davis Cup tennis final against Switzerland on an indoor clay court at the 27,000-capacity Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, France. The three-day, best-of-five competition begins Nov. 21.

Seattle Times news services

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