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POSTED: Tuesday, August 04, 2009

THE CHOSEN ONE

Women's golf scores an ace with selection of Wie

Women's golf desperately needs a boost, and Michelle Wie's selection to the U.S. Solheim Cup roster could be it. But she belongs on the team regardless of her large galleries and avid public following. Ten golfers were automatically on the team because of a point-based qualification process. Wie was ranked 13th.

The 19-year-old was one of two captains' choices, the other being the popular Juli Inkster, 30 years her senior and ranked 16th in points. Inkster and other golfers' points were accumulated over the past two years, since the last biennial Solheim Cup. Wie's points were from only this year, since she became a regular on the LPGA tour. Her points compared with her competitors during that period put her in sixth place. Her selection by captain Beth Daniel was a gimme.

PLAYTIME

The benefits of P.E. far outweigh the risks

Well, that seemed inevitable. Amid the push for American schools to invigorate physical education comes word that more students are being hurt in lively gym classes.

A study published in the journal Pediatrics found the injury rate rose 150 percent from 1997-2007. But rather than going back to more sedate P.E. classes, schools should improve the supervision of students, especially by certified teachers trained to anticipate dangerous situations and prevent painful accidents. Vigorous exercise at school, whether during recess or P.E. class, helps thwart obesity, which over the lifetime of the child is more dangerous than a sprained ankle.