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Published January 25, 2011
TORRE CLOSE TO A DECISION: The AP's Beth Harris reported former Dodgers manager Joe Torre is "leaning toward accepting a job with commissioner Bud Selig that would allow him to stay in Los Angeles." Torre: "He's got a position that he thinks that I can handle. I know we're on the same page, and I think it's just a matter of just sort of crossing the Ts and dotting Is at this point in time" (AP, 1/24).
SHUFFLE UP & DEAL: In Las Vegas, Howard Stutz reports the 42nd World Series of Poker "will begin on May 31 with the first of a record 58 bracelet events, culminating with the tournament's world championship match in July." The $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em World Championship Main Event "begins at noon on July 7, the first of four starting days running through July 10." Players "will compete until July 19, when the final table of nine is determined." Those nine players will return on Nov. 5-7 to play for the championship (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/25).
MISSING THE CUT: In Oakland, Carl Steward reports the "popular stop" at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif., "did not make the 2011 LPGA Tour schedule because of a lack of sponsorship." But organizers said that the former CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge is "merely in limbo and that hopes remain high for a return engagement." Tournament Dir Brian Flajole said that "if a sponsor stepped forward quickly, there still might be [a] chance that the event could be staged in 2011 in one of the vacant spots on the LPGA schedule" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 1/25).