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Restarted: The men’s and women’s golf programs at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, with a seven-figure pledge by Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, The Washington Post reported. “I was blessed at a young age that we could afford to play,” said Curry, whose father, Del, also played in the NBA. “I just think about how many kids, especially from underserved communities, have the talent to play but just don’t have the funds or the resources.” Howard folded an NCAA Division II golf program in the 1970s. In about a year, school officials expect to launch the golf programs, which will compete in Division I, after hiring coaches and recruiting players.


Died: Jack Whitaker, an American broadcasting legend, of natural causes Sunday at his home in Devon, Pa. He was 95. In his first Masters telecast for CBS, in 1966, Whitaker referred to the Sunday gallery moving up the 18th hole as a “mob.” He was banished from the broadcast before the next Masters and didn’t return to Augusta until 1972. Whitaker was the last surviving commentator of the inaugural Super Bowl telecast, in 1967. He also called Secretariat's famed victory in the 1973 Triple Crown horse races. In later years, he also worked for ABC.


Finalized: The 10-man Great Britain and Ireland team that will oppose the top American amateurs in the 47th Walker Cup, captain Craig Watson and the R&A announced (“In the news,” Aug. 19). Alex Fitzpatrick (England), Conor Gough (England), Harry Hall (England), Thomas Plumb (England), Conor Purcell (Ireland), Caolan Rafferty (Ireland), Sandy Scott (Scotland), Tom Sloman (England), James Sugrue (Ireland) and Euan Walker (Scotland). The biennial match will be played Sept. 7-8 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. The U.S. leads the series, 36-9-1.