Around the Nation (May 17): U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi dies at age 82

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GOLF

U.S. Open champ Venturi dead at age 82

Ken Venturi, who overcame dehydration to win the 1964 U.S. Open and spent 35 years in the booth for CBS Sports, died Friday afternoon. He was 82.

His son, Matt Venturi, said he died in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Venturi had been hospitalized the last two months for a spinal infection, pneumonia, and then an intestinal infection that he could no longer fight.

Venturi died 12 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

He couldn't make it to the induction. His sons, Matt and Tim, accepted on his behalf after an emotional tribute by Jim Nantz, who worked alongside Venturi at CBS.

SOCCER

Beckham has options while in retirement

PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain hopes to strike a deal with David Beckham in the next two weeks in which the former England captain will work with the French club after retirement, possibly in an ambassadorial role.

The 38-year-old midfielder announced Thursday he will retire from soccer after PSG's last game of the season.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti said Friday that Beckham will start PSG's final home game against Brest on Saturday. PSG's last game is at Lorient on May 26, although it is uncertain whether Beckham will play in that one.

AUTO RACING

Edwards earns pole for All-Star race in N.C.

CONCORD, N.C. -- Carl Edwards captured the pole for the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, paying tribute to the late Dick Trickle along the way.

Edwards, the 2011 winner in the exhibition event, completed three laps and a four-tire pit stop Friday night in 1 minute, 51.297 seconds.

Kurt Busch will start alongside Edwards on the front row Saturday night. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Joe Logano round out the top five.

Edwards had Trickle's name written just above his window, a tribute to the 71-year-old former NASCAR driver who died Thursday of what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Boger City, N.C.

FOOTBALL

Eastern Michigan coach English to skydive for fundraiser

The Eastern Michigan Eagles need new bathrooms, and coach Ron English is ready to jump out of a plane to get them.

English has pledged to skydive if EMU can raise at least $60,000 through its golf outing June 8 and other donations. Those who donate $5,000 will get to spend a day with English and staff members and skydive with him.

That money will go toward retiling the bathrooms in the team's locker room and updating the fixtures and stalls.

BASKETBALL

Alford, New Mexico reach buyout agreement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico says it has reached an agreement in principal with former basketball coach Steve Alford over his buyout.

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