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Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax has an anxious look watching his tee shot on No.

1 at Wednesday s Pro- Am.

(Bob Child/Associated Press)RelatedGolfJun 25:Travelers rule: Go low or go homeWeekley opens strong with a 64Travelers notebook: Day 1FAMILIAR FACES -- Joe Pesci says he doesn't play in very many celebrity golf events these days.

But the veteran actor makes an exception when it comes to the Travelers because of the tournament's charitable affiliation.

Wearing a shirt and hat sporting the logo of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which serves children coping with cancer and their families, the now bearded "Goodfellas" star sheepishly claimed he couldn't stay away from Cromwell."How can you not help these kids?" Pesci said before teeing off in Wednesday's Pro-Am with Roger Staubach, Jen Rizzotti and Aaron Baddeley.Many of the celebrities playing Wednesday had similar altruistic goals, though they were more nervous about their golfing ability."I prefer to play alone," actor Luke Wilson said.

"But it's cool, kind of fun." The star of "Old School," Wilson admitted to being nervous on the first tee.

"I just took three Advil so I'll probably be OK," Wilson joked.SILENT TYPE -- Quinnipiac men's basketball coach Tom Moore, a longtime UConn assistant, had a fun day playing with former Huskies Scott Burrell and Kevin Ollie as part of Wednesday's Celebrity Pro-Am.Moore was happy to sing the praises of his partners, including talented and affable pro Briny Baird.

But Moore says he still can't talk about the NCAA investigation going on at UConn, some of which centers on his dealings with former team manager Josh Nochimson and the recruitment of Nate Miles."I can't talk Advertisementabout it," Moore said.

"I'd really, really, really, really like to, but I can't."Moore did say that he hasn't spoken with NCAA investigators regarding the alleged violations.

"I expect it to happen but I haven't talked to them yet," Moore said.ALLEN WANTS TO STAY -- Ray Allen, another former UConn star playing in Wednesday's Pro-Am, has heard the rumors about him being traded from the Celtics.

He hopes, however, it doesn't happen."There's a lot of speculation of players being tossed around, guys wanting to leave certain teams, so obviously I think my contract is attractive to certain teams to take money off their books for the final year.

It's somewhat of a business, I understand it," said Allen, who was rumored to be headed to the Pistons in a deal that would have sent Rip Hamilton to Boston."I've spoken with my side of the equation, the Celtics, and right now, there's no desire to move me," Allen continued.

"Not for any personal reasons or anything because we're in a great position to try and win a championship." OLLIE, TOO -- Ollie may be 36 but he's coming off a solid year for the Minnesota Timberwolves and doesn't want to quit playing basketball any time soon."Not yet," Ollie said.

"My wife wants me to call it quits, but I'm not ready to hang 'em up yet."Ollie, who makes his home in Glastonbury, said he wants to play one or two more years in the league and then hopes to get into coaching.SLOPPY CONDITIONS -- Two seasons ago, his UConn football team was at its best when playing in the mud and rain.

Coach Randy Edsall didn't appear to enjoy the slop nearly as much during his Pro-Am round with actor Aidan Quinn and pro Chad Campbell."I wasn't as prolific as they were in those games," Edsall said.Edsall joked that Campbell has a leg up on the rest of the field after his experiences Wednesday."He'll win this thing hands down after playing with me," Edsall said.-- NEILL OSTROUT

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