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Condoleezza Rice one of first two female Augusta golf members 08.20.12 at 12:12 pm ET
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The first female African-American Secretary of State and the country’s first female National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice will add another “first” to her resume this fall.

Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore will become the first female members in the 80-year history of Augusta National Golf Club in October when the club opens for a new season.

“This is a joyous occasion,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said Monday.

Rice, who also became the first black woman to be a Stanford provost in 1993, is a professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

“I have visited Augusta National on several occasions and look forward to playing golf, renewing friendships and forming new ones through this very special opportunity,” Rice said in a statement released by the club. “I have long admired the important role Augusta National has played in the traditions and history of golf. I also have an immense respect for the Masters Tournament and its commitment to grow the game of golf, particularly with youth, here in the United States and throughout the world.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens’ Bernard Pollard OK with bounties, upset with Roger Goodell 04.05.12 at 7:57 am ET
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MLS: Revolution at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)


‘™¦ Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, known to Patriots fans as the player who caused major injuries to Tom Brady, Wes Welker and, this past season, Rob Gronkowski, is not happy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell‘s attempts to make the sport less dangerous.

“It’€™s getting out of hand,” Pollard told Houston radio station KILT. “This is not powderpuff football, this is not flag football. This is a violent sport. And it’€™s a fun sport — we all love playing this game. And we’€™re blessed by God to even go out there and display our talent to the world, but at the same time you can’€™t sit there and say, ‘€˜We want guts, we want glory, we want heart.’€™ You can’€™t give a player heart but at the end of the day you tell him, ‘€œWell, hold on, but be careful when you go to make that hit.’€™ We wear helmets and shoulder pads. That means you’€™re supposed to go knock somebody around. We ain’€™t wearing flags.’€

Regarding the Saints’ bounty situation, Pollard said he doesn’t care if a team has bounties and called the one-year suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton “outrageous.”

‘€œThis is a game, this is a violent game. You can’€™t take this away,” Pollard said. “You suspend a man for a whole year? You suspend a man for a whole year and now you’€™re looking for players to suspend? This is outrageous. You’€™ve got to be kidding me.’€

‘™¦ After coaching Kentucky to the national championship Monday, John Calipari insists he has no desire to leave for the NBA, even though the Knicks reportedly have interest.

“Kentucky is the best job in basketball coaching,” Calipari said. “Why would I leave? We just won the national title. We’re chasing UCLA.”

Meanwhile, a player being recruited by Kentucky, Everett’s Nerlens Noel, raised some eyebrows when he recounted a story of walking through Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Final Four weekend and being graciously received by Wildcats fans.

“I’€™m always just shocked at how dedicated Kentucky fans are,” Noel wrote in a diary for ESPN. “One man asked me if I wanted to take his wife home with me, ha ha. I couldn’€™t believe it. I was like ‘Nah, I’€™m good,’ but that’€™s just how insane the fans were down there.”

‘™¦ At Wednesday’s annual press conference prior to the start of The Masters, August National Chairman Billy Payne refused to answer questions about if and when a woman would be admitted as a member of the club. The topic became relevant again because IBM has a new CEO, Virginia Rometty, and the last four IBM CEOs have been invited to be club members.

“As has been the case whenever that question is asked, all issues of membership have been and are subject to private deliberations of the members,” Payne said. “That statement remains accurate and that remains my statement.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 5, 1971, the Cardinals returned to the Red Sox which Rule 5 draft pick who would go on to a stellar major league career (most of it outside Boston)?

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