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Sports briefs: Nov. 18

After Thursday's match-play loss in the Presidents Cup, American Steve Stricker, center, congratulated International golfer K.J. Choi of South Korea as Tiger Woods looked on.
After Thursday's match-play loss in the Presidents Cup, American Steve Stricker, center, congratulated International golfer K.J. Choi of South Korea as Tiger Woods looked on. ASSOCIATED PRESS


Woods, Stricker tie tourney record for worst match-play loss

The handshake between Tiger Woods and his former caddie Steve Williams was routine. The loss by Woods and Steve Stricker turned out to be the real drama in the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

Adam Scott and K.J. Choi were relentless Thursday at Royal Melbourne in dishing out the worst loss for Woods in any format of match play. The International tandem won 7 and 6, tying the record for biggest margin of victory in Presidents Cup history.

The only other match that went 12 holes since the Presidents Cup began in 1994 was when David Frost beat Kentuckian Kenny Perry by the same score in singles in 1996.

Woods and Stricker, undefeated two years ago, turned out to be the only weak link for the Americans, who won three matches handily and rallied to halve two other matches to build a 4-2 lead after the opening session.

Na Yeon Choi shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel and Karrie Webb after the first round of the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders in Orlando, Fla.

Choi, the LPGA Malaysia winner last month, birdied five of the first eight holes on the back nine at Grand Cypress before dropping a stroke with a bogey on the par-4 18th.

Defending champion Maria Hjorth and Cristie Kerr shot 68, and Anna Nordqvist was another stroke back with Paula Creamer, Sandra Gal, Mi Hyun Kim, Candie Kung, Azahara Munoz and Dewi Claire Schreefel. Top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 70, and Michelle Wie opened with a 71.


FIFA leader urged to resign over gaffe

With his organization still reeling from corruption allegations, FIFA president Sepp Blatter faced calls for his resignation Thursday after saying racial abuse on the soccer field could be settled by a handshake and quickly forgotten.

The comment in TV interviews Wednesday drew outrage across soccer. British Prime Minister David Cameron called Blatter's suggestion "appalling," while the country's sports minister urged Blatter to leave "for the sake of the game." The European Union described his remedy for racism as "completely unacceptable."

The 75-year-old Swiss official's latest gaffe follows previous verbal missteps such as suggesting that female players should wear tighter shorts, and gay fans should refrain from having sex at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar where homosexual acts are illegal.

■ Investigators working for English Premier League club Tottenham illegally obtained the phone records of a rival club's executive, a London court heard Thursday.

Judge Peter Coulson said West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady's telephone records were "unlawfully obtained by subterfuge" during the dispute over the future use of the 2012 Olympic Stadium, which the clubs were bidding for.

The High Court hearing began in London as police arrested a second person on suspicion of fraud in the "unlawful obtaining of information" following allegations by West Ham and the company that is deciding the future tenant of the $781 million stadium after the Olympics.


Venus will play Serena in comeback

Venus Williams will make her comeback in an exhibition match against sister Serena in Colombia on Wednesday, two months after pulling out of the U.S. Open because of an immune system disease.

Venus told Thursday's Gazzetta dello Sport in Milan, Italy, that she had changed her diet to include more vegetables after being diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain.

After playing Serena in Medellin next week, Venus will join her sister against Italians Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in an exhibition match Dec. 3 in Milan.


Wade open to international offers

Dwyane Wade is ready to play basketball. Preferably in Miami. And if that's not an option, he's preparing himself to start looking elsewhere. Wade said Thursday that he had authorized agent Henry Thomas to listen to any viable offers that might be out there for him to play internationally this season — with the caveat that, until such time as all hope for an NBA season is gone, he won't be signing any deal with any other club.

■ NBA owners held a conference call Thursday to receive an update on the lockout, a person with knowledge of the details said.


Hilltoppers start tournament with sweep

The Western Kentucky University volleyball team opened the Sun Belt Conference tournament Thursday with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-16) sweep of Troy at U.S. Century Bank Arena in Miami.

In a semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Lady Toppers (29-3) will face the winner of the game between No. 3 seed FIU and No. 6 seed Denver.

WKU finished Thursday's match with a season-high .442 hitting percentage, committing only eight attack errors in 104 attempts.


U.S. Grand Prix under financial gun

The 2012 U.S. Grand Prix will be canceled unless organizers in Texas sign a contract with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone by the end of next week and prove they have the money to put on the race. Ecclestone wants the dispute with Circuit of the Americas officials in Austin settled before the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Nov. 27. In response, Circuit of the Americas indicated it was looking at staging the race in 2013.

■ People familiar with the punishment say NASCAR has fined Brad Keselowski for comments he made criticizing electronic fuel injection. NASCAR did not publicize the fine, thought to be $25,000.

The last word

Former Milwaukee Brewers manager Tom Trebelhorn on what advice he would give his former player Dale Sveum, named the manager of the Chicago Cubs:

"Remember whatever you do is right because you're the only one who has the right to do it. You're going to be paralyzed if you worry about what you're going to say afterward to reporters if it doesn't work. Oh, and Dale, my boy, get better pitching."