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Dunlap Leading Canadian Open by Three Strokes

September 07, 1996|From Staff and Wire Reports

With a pair of eagles Friday, Scott Dunlap had played the par-fives in 11-under-par through two rounds and had a three-stroke lead in the Canadian Open golf tournament at Oakville, Ontario.

Dunlap, fighting to keep his PGA Tour card, followed his first-round 64 with a seven-under 65. The 129 total gave Dunlap his three-stroke lead over Dudley Hart, also seeking his first tour victory. Hart shot 64 in a round that included four consecutive birdies.

Crowd favorite Tiger Woods, with two rounds of 70, was 11 strokes off the pace at four-under 140 in his second tournament as a professional.

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Vicente Fernandez and Bruce Summerhays shot six-under-par 65s and shared the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Tour's inaugural Boone Valley Classic at Augusta, Mo.

Fernandez, a 50-year-old Argentine, birdied holes 4-7, then added birdies on 13 and 14. Summerhays birdied four of the last six holes, but missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.

Jurisprudence

Markeith Ross, former San Diego State running back, has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years' probation for threatening a man with a gun outside a Carlsbad bar.

The case stemmed from another incident at the same bar in which police accused Ross of being with several gang members while they vandalized a car. He was not charged in that case Ross attempted to intimidate a female witness and ended up in a fight with her boyfriend, prosecutor Terri Schools said. Ross threatened the man with a gun and punched him in the face, she said.

Ross was dropped from the team last year.

Auto Racing

On a freshly repaved Laguna Seca track, Bryan Herta drove his Reynard-Mercedes to a record lap of 118.449 miles per hour to take the provisional pole for Sunday's Bank of America 300 at Monterey, the final event of the PPG Cup Indy car season.

The old record was 114.476 by Jacques Villeneuve last year. Twenty-two of the 29 cars bettered Villeneuve's speed.

Roger Penske's hopes of having his team win its first race of the season suffered when both Al Unser Jr. and Paul Tracy crashed during qualifying. Neither driver was hurt, but both Penske chassis were damaged. Another qualifying session today will set the field for Sunday's noon start.

Michael Schumacher delighted Ferrari's fans with the fastest practice time for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Italy, while championship leader Damon Hill slipped to seventh. Schumacher, who's seeking his third consecutive Grand Prix championship, clocked an unofficial lap record of 1 minute 24.399 seconds. . . . NASCAR and track officials still plan to hold the Miller 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., today after drivers had only one chance to earn a spot in the field. Heavy overnight rain caused power outages to force the postponement of Friday's first-round qualifying.

Olympics

Russian Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov was discharged from the hospital, almost two weeks after he was stabbed in the stomach in a brawl. Popov, considered the world's fastest swimmer, has lost some weight, but generally feels fine, Russian Olympic Committee chairman Vitaly Smirnov said.

The 25-year-old swimmer was on his way home from a birthday party with a group of friends on Aug. 24 when they got into an argument with watermelon vendors in western Moscow.

Popov won the 50- and 100-meter freestyle races for a second consecutive Olympics this summer in Atlanta.

John Iliffe, president of Sydney's 2000 Olympics organizing group, resigned, the second person to leave the post in the last six months. Citing "structural" reasons for the decision, Iliffe quit as president of the Sydney Organizing Committee and was replaced by the man who accepted his resignation, Olympics minister Michael Knight.

Hockey

The Montreal Canadiens traded skill for toughness when they dealt right wing Andrei Kovalenko to the Edmonton Oilers for left wing Scott Thornton. The 25-year-old Thornton was the third overall pick in the 1989 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. . . . Right wing Steve Heinze re-signed with the Boston Bruins, agreeing to a one-year contract. . . . Pat Flatley, who has played with the New York Islanders since joining the NHL in 1984, has signed with the New York Rangers.

Names in the News

Jack Greenaway, 69, longtime secretary-treasurer of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Assn., died at his home in South Pasadena after a lingering illness. . . . Carm Cozza, 66, who has coached Yale to 10 Ivy League football championships in his more than three decades at the school, confirmed this will be his final season. Cozza, who is beginning his 32nd season as coach, has a 177-111-5 record. . . . Willis Smith, who played two years for the New York Giants and helped them win a championship in 1934, has died at 86 of natural causes. Smith, dubbed the "Little Giant" and "Little Mr. Zero," stood 5-feet-6, weighed 147 pounds and had the No. 0 on his jersey.

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed 7-foot-2 Stojko Vrankovic, a member of the Croatian Olympic team who played briefly with the Boston Celtics. . . . Former Ohio State basketball coach Fred Taylor, 71, was released from a hospital, more than four months after he underwent surgery for an aneurysm. Taylor was 297-158 in 18 years at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to the 1960 NCAA title.

Renee Brown was appointed director of player personnel for the Women's National Basketball Assn., and Kelly Krauskopf got the job as director of basketball operations. The league will begin play next summer. . . . Britain's Chris Boardman broke cycling's world hour record when he covered 56.375 kilometers, or 35 miles, in 60 minutes at the Manchester velodrome in England.

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