GOLF

Romo to make PGA debut in Dominican Republic

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour debut next month in the Dominican Republic – playing, not broadcasting.

Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports, has received a sponsor exemption to play in the inaugural Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 22-25.

The tournament is held the same week as the Dell Technologies Match Play and will not feature any of the top 64 players in the world.

Romo has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open three times. He advanced to the final stage of qualifying in 2010 but had to withdraw.

He also played last year in the Western Amateur, failing to make the cut.

HOCKEY

NHL: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss the next 3 to 4 weeks recovering from a broken left hand.

Ottawa forward Alexandre Burrows was suspended for 10 games without pay by the NHL for serving as the aggressor in an altercation and kneeing New Jersey forward Taylor Hall.

Burrows was assessed two minor penalties, one for cross-checking and one for roughing on the play midway through Tuesday’s game.

SOCCER

U.S. WOMEN: The U.S. women’s national team will play Mexico in Houston on April 8, as both teams prepare for World Cup qualifying later this year.

The match at BBVA Compass Stadium will be the 35th meeting between the teams. The previous match was a 1-0 U.S. victory in 2016 Olympics qualifying. Mexico has won just once and tied once in the series.

Both teams are preparing for CONCACAF World Cup qualifying this fall.

Three teams from the North and Central America and Caribbean region will qualify for the 2019 World Cup in France.

The United States is the defending champion of women’s soccer’s premier event after winning the 2015 tournament.

MONACO: Top scorer Radamel Falcao will be out for up to three weeks after sustaining a left thigh muscle injury during a 3-2 home win against Lyon.

Falcao limped off early in the second half of Sunday’s game, having earlier scored his 17th league goal of the season and 23rd overall.

Defending champion Monaco, which is in third place and one point behind Marseille, travels to play Angers on Saturday.

TENNIS

APPEAL: Ilie Nastase had two tennis bans reduced by eight months and his fine doubled to $20,000 following his appeal of International Tennis Federation sanctions for foul-mouthed comments and misconduct as the Romanian Fed Cup captain.

The ITF suspended Nastase, 71, from Fed Cup and Davis Cup events and from working in an official capacity in the sport after his outbursts in April.

The independent tribunal ruled Nastase can attend ITF competitions, such as Fed Cup and Davis Cup, starting on April 24.

The ban doesn’t apply to Grand Slam, ATP or WTA tournaments, which are not under the ITF’s jurisdiction.

He can return in an official capacity to ITF events on April 24, 2020.

FED CUP: Simona Halep says she will miss Romania’s Fed Cup series against Canada this weekend because of an ankle injury sustained at the Australian Open.

Halep had a grueling time in Melbourne, badly twisting her ankle and battling her way through two marathon matches to the final, where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki.

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