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Tahoe’s signature event returns

The American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament is returning to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course for the 12th consecutive year and looks to have the biggest and best field of competitors to date. This year’s event will be held the week of July 4-8.

SFX and NBC held its annual media day Wednesday and released the roster of players for the 2001 edition.

Joining regulars such as Rick Rhoden, former Major League pitcher; Jerry Rice, NFL All-Pro receiver; Mario Lemieux, NHL great, Charles Barkley, former NBA player and Dan Marino, former All-Pro quarterback, will be newcomers Kordell Stewart of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tony Saragusa of the world champion Baltimore Ravens, and former Major League baseball manager Davey Johnson.

“This has really become one of our best events,” NBC Sports Vice President of Business Development Kevin Monaghan said. “I’m pleased to say it has been more successful than the XFL.”

The press conference presented defending champion Al Del Greco, an NFL place-kicker, and Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett.

Both feel the tournament has quickly become one of the favorite stops for the players on the Celebrity Tour.

“I played in the AT Pro Am and the Bob Hope Classic in the past , but there’s been nothing compared to this place,” Brett said.

Adding to the week’s action will be an ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight, no connection to the Celebrity tournament. The fight will feature Ivan Robinson and Efren Hinojosa on the main card Friday, July 6 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

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