WINTER HAVEN - The Winter Haven High School boys golf team is having its first celebrity golf challenge on June 14 and 15 at the Lake Wales Country Club.

Golf celebrity event tees off June 14

WINTER HAVEN - The Winter Haven High School boys golf team is having its first celebrity golf challenge on June 14 and 15 at the Lake Wales Country Club.

Celebrities scheduled to play include Derrick Brooks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Anthony "Booger" McFarland of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, former NBA All-Star and Winter Haven High School graduate Otis Birdsong and boxer Antonio Tarver, who co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the movie "Rocky Balboa."

Other celebrities include Matt Bryant of the Bucs, Lamar Thomas, "Yo" Murphy, Andre "Mike" Berto, former Florida Gator Reidel Anthony, former Auburndale High School graduate Chauncey Davis, George Tinsley, former UF quarterback Shane Matthews, Wayne Gandy and William Floyd.

The entry fee is $500 for a foursome. Cost to sponsor a hole is a minimum of $150. The format is a four-man scramble with celebrity option. Registration is at 7 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

For details, contact Winter Haven boys golf coach Terrence Barber at 291-5330 or
Youth soccer tryouts Saturday in Dundee

DUNDEE - Soccer tryouts will be held Saturday at the Dundee East Central Park on State Road 17 (Scenic Highway) for the USA Soccer League as part of the Ridge Soccer Association.

The anticipated age groups are under-12, under-16 and under-18/19.

For details on the Under-12 team, call Eric Maldonado at 863-438-8080. For Under-16 or Under-18 details, call Chris Kirkner at 863-528-3022 or Robert Kirkner at 863-676-7225.

Auburndale basketball camps set for July

AUBURNDALE - The She Got Game and He Got Game basketball camps will be in July at Tracy McGrady Gymnasium in Auburndale.

She Got Game will be held July 9-12, and He Got Game will be July 12-15.

Teams must register at www.tmac175.com and . Cost to register with USSSA is $25.

Registration for the tournament varies depending on level of play.

PCC softball camp registration under way

WINTER HAVEN - The Polk Community College softball camp will be held June 4-7 or July 16-19. The cost is $100, which is due at registration.

For details or to register, contact Dottie Cupp at 863-297-1010 ext. 5459 or at .

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Tigers trounce Rays at the Trop

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG - Gary Sheffield homered twice and drove in five runs, and Jeremy Bonderman won his fourth straight start as the Detroit Tigers cruised past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 14-2 on Tuesday night.

Sheffield's 34th multihomer game helped Detroit stop a four-game losing streak. He has 467 career homers, moving him past Dave Winfield into sole possession of 29th place on the all-time list.

Bonderman (4-0) gave up two runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings. He struck eight.

Sheffield hit a two-run shot off Casey Fossum (3-5) during the TigersŐ three-run first. He added a three-run drive in a five-run sixth.

Rays' Dukes apologizes for off-field 'distraction'

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG - Troubled Tampa Bay outfielder Elijah Dukes apologized Tuesday for allegations contained in a published report revealing his estranged wife sought a restraining order after being threatened by the 22-year-old rookie.

Dukes spoke briefly before Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers and initially bungled remarks that were not prepared in advance when he mistakenly apologized "to the organization for sticking with me in a situation like this."

The Devil Rays issued a clarification in which Dukes said he misspoke because he was nervous.

"I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, the fans and the organization for the distraction that this situation has caused," Dukes said in the prepared clarification. "I would like to thank them for standing by me and hope that my family and I can move on and put this behind us."

Dukes was held out of two games last week after the St. Petersburg Times reported his estranged wife sought court protection after the athlete left a threatening message on her cell phone and also received a text message that included a picture of a gun.