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Anna Rawson takes lead in Canada

The Australian shoots a seven-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead over Suzann Pettersen at the Canadian Women's Open.

September 04, 2009|Staff and Wire Reports

Anna Rawson shot a course-record seven-under-par 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen in the Canadian Women's Open at Priddis.

Rawson, the 28-year-old Australian who has missed nine cuts in 13 starts this year, had nine birdies and two bogeys to break Dawn Coe-Jones' course mark by a shot.

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the 2007 winner at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, was two strokes back along with Amanda Blumenherst, and Michelle Wie opened with a 76.

Rawson played in ideal morning conditions.

"I really tried today to just stay in the moment," she said. "I'm so good at getting ahead of myself and saying, 'Oh, if I get to three, if I get to four, if I get to five under.' So I just didn't even think about it."

Wie was even par -- two birdies and two bogeys -- through seven holes, then bogeyed six of the final 11 holes in her afternoon round.

BASKETBALL

Bowen retires from the NBA

Bruce Bowen, a former San Antonio Spurs forward, retired after playing 12 seasons in the NBA and building a reputation as one of the league's most menacing defenders, hounding opponents with a tenacity that some players groused was more dirty than dogged.

Bowen, 38, called it quits after being waived this summer by Milwaukee, where the Spurs dealt him in a veteran dump-off for swingman Richard Jefferson -- a decision Bowen said he understood.

Bowen, from Cal State Fullerton, started for the Spurs on their championship teams in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He was named eight times to the NBA's all-defensive team. He finished runner-up three times in defensive player of the year voting.

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Former Detroit Pistons "Bad Boy" Bill Laimbeer and former Sacramento head coach Reggie Theus are among the assistants who will work under Kurt Rambis with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The staff also includes Dave Wohl, who most recently worked in the Boston Celtics' organization. J.B. Bickerstaff is being retained from Kevin McHale's staff.

MOTOR RACING

Edwards to race despite injury

Carl Edwards will race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway despite breaking his right foot playing Frisbee.

Edwards is on crutches but was cleared to race in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series by doctors from the University of Missouri. He is from Columbia, Mo., and was injured in a hometown game Wednesday night.

Edwards has three victories at Atlanta and is the defending race winner. He said doctors told him he'll have no problems using the accelerator.

JURISPRUDENCE

Koosman gets six months in prison

A federal judge in Madison, Wis., sentenced former major league pitcher Jerry Koosman to six months in prison for not paying his taxes.

Prosecutors say Koosman, an All-Star who helped the New York Mets win the 1969 World Series, didn't pay federal income taxes for 2002, 2003 and 2004. He pleaded guilty in May to willfully failing to file taxes for 2002, a misdemeanor, in a deal with prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found that Koosman cost the government as much as $80,000. She could have sentenced him to a full year in prison but chose to cut that in half and add a year of supervised release, during which probation agents will closely monitor his finances.

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Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Eugene Lockhart was arrested after he was indicted with eight others in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that swindled more than $20 million from several home lenders, federal officials said.

The U.S. attorney's office said Lockhart and the others made 54 fraudulent loan closings for single-family homes in the Dallas area that totaled about $20.5 million. The scheme started in February 2001 and involved obtaining loans to buy distressed or pre-foreclosure properties sold at inflated prices. The defendants kept the surplus loan proceeds, according to the federal indictment.

ETC.

Schilling bid for Senate unlikely

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said the chances he will run to succeed Democrat Edward M. Kennedy in the U.S. Senate are "slim to none," but he will not rule it out.

The three-time World Series champion said he retired from baseball in March to spare his family the downside of the public spotlight. He has also invested millions in his fledgling video-gaming business, 38 Studios.

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San Francisco Giants minor league pitcher Diego De La Cruz has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

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