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Johnson shoots 62 at Las Vegas

October 17, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Coming off an unexpected victory last week in the Texas Open, 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson shot a 10-under-par 62 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with PGA Tour rookie Marc Turnesa in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at Las Vegas.

Michael Allen, Nick Watney, Matt Kuchar and Ken Duke opened with 63s, and Canadian Open winner Chez Reavie, Kevin Na, John Mallinger and Nick Flanagan shot 64s.

U.S. Ryder Cup players Hunter Mahan and Chad Campbell, a former Nevada Las Vegas player, topped a group at 65.

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Suzann Pettersen birdied the final two holes for a four-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the inaugural and wind-swept Kapalua LPGA Classic at Kapalua, Hawaii.

Lorena Ochoa, seeking her eighth victory of the season, opened with a 74. She was paired with Annika Sorenstam, who struggled to a 77.

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The LPGA Tour lost another title sponsor when ADT Security Services said it would not renew its contract after 2008 for the tour's season-ending event in Florida.

The LPGA Tour has lost four title sponsors this year.

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Seve Ballesteros developed a complication following brain tumor surgery, requiring doctors to remove a piece of the golf star's skull to relieve pressure.

The 51-year-old Spaniard was stable but still in intensive care in Madrid.

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The Tiger Woods-hosted AT&T National will move from Bethesda, Md., to Aronimink Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia in 2010 and 2011.

SOCCER

Galaxy will again play in Australia, New Zealand

David Beckham and the Galaxy will play friendlies in Australia and New Zealand in December for the second consecutive year.

The Galaxy will begin on Dec. 6 against an Oceania All Stars Invitational team in Auckland, then face the A-League's Queensland Roar in Brisbane on Dec. 11.

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New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway and defender Jeff Parke became the first players in the history of Major League Soccer to be suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. The two players were banned for 10 league games each. MLS began testing for performance-enhancing substances in 1999.

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Argentina soccer Coach Alfio Basile resigned, a day after a loss to Chile in World Cup qualifying. Basile, 64, took over Argentina after the 2006 World Cup for his second stint in charge. He also directed the team from 1990 to 1994.

TENNIS

Federer passes Sampras on all-time money list

Roger Federer became the ATP Tour's career leader in prize money, topping $43.3 million to overtake Pete Sampras.

Federer, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, set the earnings total with his 6-4, 6-1 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that put him in the Madrid Masters quarterfinals.

Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic's 12-match winning streak ended in a second-round, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 loss to Italy's Flavia Pennetta at the Zurich Open.

PRO BASKETBALL

Wizards' Haywood could miss season

The Washington Wizards say starting center Brendan Haywood could miss the whole season while recovering from surgery on his right wrist.

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The Miami Heat will be without forward James Jones for three months because of a ruptured tendon in his right wrist. Jones was signed as a free agent this summer.

MISCELLANY

Four games into season, Blackhawks fire Savard

Denis Savard was fired as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks after just four games and hours after the team's first victory of the season. He was replaced by team scout Joel Quenneville, who has coached two other NHL clubs.

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Japan's Hozumi Hasegawa defeated Mexico's Alejandro Valdez by technical knockout in the second round to retain his WBC bantamweight title at Tokyo.

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Anita DeFrantz, president of the LA84 Foundation and senior member of the International Olympic Committee, will be inducted into the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame. The IWF, an organization of female leaders from 22 countries, has previously inducted such individuals as Margaret Thatcher, Rosa Parks and Sandra Day O'Connor.

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The baseball players' union says it has found evidence teams acted in concert against signing Barry Bonds but it reached an agreement with the commissioner's office to delay the filing of any grievance.

A grievance would trigger proceedings before arbitrator Shyam Das.

PASSINGS

Tom Tresh; former Yankee was 71

Tom Tresh, the 1962 American League Rookie of the Year and part of three New York Yankees teams that reached the World Series, died Wednesday of a heart attack in Venice, Fla. He was 71. Section B.

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Jamie Curran, longtime member of The Times sports staff, died Tuesday at his home in La Habra, after a lengthy illness. Curran, 82, worked on the copy desk from 1953 to '88 and wrote a college football notes column for many of those years.

He was a native of Lincoln, Neb., and is survived by his wife, Claire, and son, Tom.

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