The owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort, site of the Australian PGA Championship, has put up a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the ninth green and 10th tee — one reason this is the last year the tournament will be played on that course.

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PGA of Australia doesn’t like

T-Rex near tee box on course

Golfers at the Australian PGA Championship might feel they are going back in time.

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Way back in time.

The new owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort has put up a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the ninth green and 10th tee. The tyrannosaurus rex flips its tail and opens its mouth for a menacing roar when anyone approaches. The owner, billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, has agreed to turn off the dinosaur during the tournament.

But the T-Rex is one reason the tournament will be leaving Coolum after 11 years.

“I’ve heard it sounds like we are going to Jurassic Park, so this will be interesting,” player Robert Allenby said.

Palmer wants to import more molded dinosaurs and turn the resort into a theme park or casino.

Brian Thorburn, chief executive officer of the PGA of Australia, said Tuesday this will be the last year the tournament will be at Coolum.

Golfers playing social rounds recently have taken “dinosaur mulligans” when the roar occurs during a backswing on the 10th tee.

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6 Pac-12 players are honored

Six Pac-12 players were voted to the Associated Press All-America first team by a national media panel.

Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, USC receiver Marqise Lee and Stanford tight end Zach Ertz are on the All-America offense.

Cornerback Jordan Poyer of Oregon State and defensive tackles Star Lotulelei of Utah and Will Sutton of Arizona State were selected to the first-team defense.

Southern Miss hires Monken

Southern Mississippi introduced Todd Monken, previously Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator, as its coach.

Monken, 46, replaces Ellis Johnson, who was fired Nov. 27 after an 0-12 season.

Baer to coach in bowl game

San Jose State defensive coordinator Kent Baer will be the team’s interim coach for the Dec. 27 Military Bowl against Bowling Green. Coach Mike MacIntyre left Monday to become Colorado’s coach. Baer is a former Washington Huskies defensive coordinator.

Miami suspends cornerback

Miami cornerback Thomas Finnie is facing a grand-theft charge and has been suspended indefinitely from the program.

Coral Gables, Fla., police said Finnie was involved in the theft of a laptop computer from a dormitory room. He faces charges of occupied burglary and grand theft.

College basketball

Zags to see a packed house

Oklahoma State’s New Year’s Eve home game against No. 14 Gonzaga is looking like a sellout, thanks to T. Boone Pickens.

The billionaire oilman and Oklahoma State alum bought up the remaining 4,000 tickets and will offer them for free to Cowboys fans beginning Wednesday.

Big Ten teams in top 10 win

Big Ten Conference men’s teams ranked in the top 10 by AP posted home victories, as No. 3 Michigan beat Binghamton 67-39 and No. 10 Illinois defeated Norfolk State 64-54.

Michigan is 10-0 and Illinois is 11-0.

In a Pac-12 women’s game, Colorado improved to 8-0 by beating host Denver 83-63.


• NHL labor negotiations will resume Wednesday, with mediators rejoining the talks at an undisclosed location in an effort to save the hockey season.

Lance Armstrong resisted turning over records sought by U.S. Postal Service investigators, then tried to keep the inquiry under seal and out of the public eye, according to recently released court documents.

The Postal Service was cyclist Armstrong’s main sponsor when he won the Tour de France from 1999 through 2004. The team was sponsored by Discovery Channel for Armstrong’s seventh Tour victory, in 2005. The retired Armstrong, accused by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of using performance-enhancing drugs, was stripped of his Tour titles this year and has been banned for life.

Rafael Nadal is ready to return to tennis, confirming he will play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi that starts Dec. 27. Nadal, 26, had a six-month break to recover from a knee injury.

• Arsenal of the English Premier League was eliminated in the quarterfinals of soccer’s League Cup, losing to fourth-tier Bradford 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the match was tied at 1 after 120 minutes.

• The Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer re-signed forward Danny Mwanga, 21.

• The publisher and editor-in-chief of Sporting News say the magazine will become online-only at the start of the year. It began in 1886, printing weekly, biweekly or monthly editions since its inception.

In a letter to readers, Publisher Jeff Price and Editor-in-Chief Garry Howard wrote “neither our subscriber base nor the current advertising market for print would allow us to operate a profitable print business going forward.”

Colleen Walker, who won nine times during her 23-year LPGA Tour golf career, died in Valrico, Fla., after a second battle with cancer. She was 56.

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