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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:00 pm

Golfer, 60, tries once more for U.S. Seniors

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Peter John has been playing golf for 52 of his nearly 60 years. He's been tantalizingly close a few times, but he's never quite made the big time.

That could change later this month during the U.S. Senior Open's local qualifying tournament at Poston Butte Golf Club in Florence. The one-day event on the 7,025-yard course will qualify an unspecified number of golfers for the Senior Open, to be held July 30 to Aug. 2 at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind. A field of 80 golfers has entered the event.

"I'll be one of the oldest guys there,” John said, explaining that the minimum age for the qualifier is 50. "I tried one time before, when I was 52, but didn't make it.”

Shaq putting his old number, 33, on his back

(AP) — Shaquille O'Neal hasn't picked out a house in Cleveland yet. He has chosen a jersey number — his old one.

Shaq is going back to No. 33.

Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, the 15-time All-Star has decided to wear 33, the team confirmed Friday. That's the number O'Neal wore in high school and at LSU before turning pro. O'Neal wore No. 32 when he was in Orlando, Miami and Phoenix.

When he was with the Los Angeles Lakers, O'Neal wore 34 because Nos. 32 and 33 were retired for Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

O'Neal's trade — and the Orlando Magic's deal to get Vince Carter — overshadowed this year's NBA draft. The Cavaliers had been working on a possible trade for months with Phoenix for O'Neal and finally agreed to a package that sent Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, a second-round pick in next year's draft and $500,000 to the Suns.

In Cleveland, O'Neal will be teammates with LeBron James, the latest in a long line of superstar partners to pair with the entertaining enter. O'Neal has previously played with Anfernee Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Steve Nash. He won three titles with Bryant and the Lakers and one with Wade.

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