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Jackson State connection

Probably lost in the hoopla of Tiger Woods' loss to Y. E. Yang at the PGA Championship recently was the black college connection in the upset win.

Yang's caddy was A. J. Montecinos, a former Jackson State golfer and teammate of Tim O'Neal. Before taking over Yang's bag, Montecinos caddied for O'Neal for nearly two years as the former Jackson State star tried to make his way up the professional golf ladder.

Montecinos was a part of two SWAC golf championship teams with O'Neal at Jackson State.

"Tim is like my brother," Montecinos told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "I'm pulling for him and I expect him to make it. He's got so much ability."

O'Neal has made six starts on the eGolf Professional Tour this year and has made just $3,356.88. His best finish on that tour was a tie for 26th last week at the South Charlotte Classic. He has also played in tournaments overseas this year.

He tried to qualify for exempt status on the Asian Tour earlier this year, finishing tied for 41st. Only the top 40 qualifiers gained cards. It's the latest in a series of near-misses for O'Neal.

HSRN to broadcast 15 games

The Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) has announced its 2009 football broadcast schedule featuring 15 exciting games including the "Super 7 Series" of Classic games.

"We are excited about the schedule because we believe we were able to feature games from each of the HBCU conferences, along with the exciting major classic games across the country," said HSRN CEO, Omarr Bashir.

HSRN will kick off its schedule Saturday, Aug. 29 with "The Battle of the First" two HBCU's in the country ­ Lincoln University (PA) and Cheyney University in Philadelphia, PA. The channel for this week's broadcast on Sirius is 113 and on XM 243.

The highlight of the season is the "Super 7 Series" which includes seven events that will bring the major Classic games to the HBCU national radio community. The series will open (Sept. 5) in Nashville with the John Merritt Classic featuring Tennessee State and Alabama A&M. The series also includes the Whitney Young NY Urban League Classic (Sept. 19, Morgan State vs. Winston Salem State), The Prince George (MD) Classic (Sept. 26, Shaw vs. Bowie State), Indianapolis, IN - The Circle City Classic from Indianapolis (Oct. 3, Tuskegee vs. Alabama A&M, The Magic City Classic from Birmingham (Oct. 31, Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M), The Florida Classic from Orlando (Nov. 21, Bethune Cookman vs. Florida A&M, and the Bayou Classic from New Orleans (Nov. 28, Grambling State vs. Southern).

HSRN will also feature the Sept. 12 matchup when Howard travels to Rutgers.

Conference rival match-ups include N.C. A&T at Morgan State (Oct. 10), Tuskegee at Albany State (Oct. 24), and Norfolk State at Delaware State (Nov. 14).

HSRN will also feature the CIAA Championship Game in Durham, N.C. (Nov. 7) and will close out the football schedule at the SWAC Championship Game in Birmingham (Dec. 12).

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