Sports briefs, Nov. 29

November 29, 2013 

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Mississippi State linebacker Matthew Wells tackled Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace behind the line of scrimmage. Mississippi State won 17-10 in overtime.

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Scott sets course record

Adam Scott birdied his first six holes en route to a course-record 10-under 62 at Royal Sydney on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open.

Scott is attempting to join Robert Allenby as the only golfers to win all three Australian majors in the same year. Allenby won the Australian PGA, Australian Masters and Australian Open in 2005.

Scott broke the previous Royal Sydney mark of 65 set by five players at the 2008 Australian Open. After Scott's opening birdie run, he made par on the next eight holes before birdieing his final four.

"The longest putt I had on those opening birdies was about 5 feet," Scott said. "I hit a lot of quality shots right out of the blocks this morning."

Canadian Ryan Yip and American John Young Kim each shot 65s and were tied for second. David McKenzie had a 66 while two-time champion Aaron Baddeley was in a group with 67s.

"I like to see the ball running and that's what this course offers me," said Yip, a regular on the Canadian Tour.

Rory McIlroy opened with a 69 in his bid for his first win of the year. He made the turn at 2-under, bogeyed 11 and 12, but had three birdies in his final seven holes, including on No. 18.

American Kevin Streelman, who played with Matt Kuchar on the runner-up American team in last week's World Cup at Royal Melbourne, shot 70 playing in the same group as Scott and Jason Day.

Day, who won the individual stroke play at the World Cup, also shot 70.

Scott could not recall starting any round with six birdies, thinking that he once had five in a row to start a round in Qatar. He finished his round Thursday with an approach to nearly tap-in range on the ninth.

"I'm off to a good start, but a lot of work to do yet," Scott said. "It's been a long time since I shot a low round like this. It's a tough setup, but it was a perfect morning for it."

Most of the best scores Thursday came in the morning groups as the wind picked up in the afternoon. Similar weather conditions are forecast for Friday when Scott will play in the afternoon.

Scott won the Australian PGA and Australian Masters before sharing the World Cup team trophy with Day last week at Royal Melbourne.

Morten Orum Madsen leads the Alfred Dunhill Championship after shooting a 7-under 65 in the opening round at Leopard Creek.

The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africa's Allan Versfeld and Portugal's Ricardo Santos.

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel was in a four-way tie for fourth after a 68, while American John Daly shot a 72 for a tie for 48th in his second tournament back from right elbow surgery in July.

NBA

Nets' Kidd fined $50,000 for drink spill

Jason Kidd dropped more than a soda in an attempt to delay a game. He ended up dropping $50,000 for the stunt.

The NBA fined the Brooklyn Nets coach on Thursday, saying he intentionally spilled his drink on the court as an unusual stall tactic.

Kidd bumped into Brooklyn reserve Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds left in the Nets' 99-94 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, causing his drink to spill. A video of the fumble showed Kidd appearing to tell Taylor to "hit me" as the guard walked toward the bench, and the resulting delay while the floor was being cleaned allowed the Nets, who were out of timeouts, to diagram a play.

Kidd denied any intent after the game, joking that he had "sweaty palms" and was "never good with the ball."

The NBA didn't believe it and punished Kidd for the second time in his first month as a coach. He was suspended the first two games of the regular season after pleading guilty in a drunken driving case.

Kidd and the Nets are off to a 4-11 start.

Olympics

Injured Vonn back on the slopes

Lindsey Vonn squeezed in a little freeskiing on Thanksgiving morning, a step in the right direction for a return to racing after reinjuring her right knee in a recent training crash.

The reigning Olympic downhill champion posted on her Facebook page Thursday: "First day back on snow since my crash and it was awesome!" She also attached a picture of herself — grinning — on an empty slope in Vail.

Although she's skipping the races in Beaver Creek this weekend, the 29-year-old Vonn hasn't ruled out a return to competition in Lake Louise, Alberta, next week. Good friend and rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany told The Associated Press on Thursday after a downhill training run that the two are planning to travel together to Lake Louise on Monday.

"She's really positive," said Hoefl-Riesch, who spent some time with Vonn earlier in the week. "I'm looking forward to seeing her back on skis and finally back racing.

"If she feels well and has no pain and no unstable feeling, I think she's strong enough in her head to ski 100 percent."

Vonn had a training mishap in Copper Mountain nine days ago and partially tore a reconstructed ligament in her right knee. At the time on Facebook, she called it a "temporary setback" and that "nothing will keep me from picking myself back up and continuing to fight for my dreams."

The Sochi Olympics are in February.

Tennis

Serena v. Azarenka in exhibition

Serena Williams will play Victoria Azarenka in an exhibition match in Thailand next month in a matchup of the world's top two women's players.

The Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand announced on Thursday that the match will be part of the regular invitational event in Hua Hin, a popular holiday destination southwest of Bangkok.

Azarenka has twice played exhibitions matches there, while this will be Williams' first appearance at the event.

The last word

Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush did their part to keep the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers in the game. Stafford turned the ball over a few times and Bush did once. Instead of crumbling and losing confidence, both players bounced back. Stafford threw three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, Bush had 182 yards of offense and scored, and Detroit scored 37 straight points to rout Green Bay 40-10 on Thursday. Said Bush:

"When we get out of our own way, we can be pretty special."

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