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Sports briefs, Oct. 25


Only 3 Americans in field are top 3 in Shanghai

Luke Guthrie

took only 19 putts in his round of 7-under 65, giving the only three Americans in the field the top three spots on the leaderboard Thursday in the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

John Daly relied on knockdown shots to cope with the wind and kept bogeys off his card for a 68. He is playing for the first time in four months since surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow.

Peter Uihlein was third, another shot back.

The 30 mph wind was so difficult to play in that only 13 players broke par and some threesomes took 5½ hours to finish.

Ryan Moore had 10 birdies in a nearly blemish-free round to shoot a 9-under 63 and take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. He surged into the lead with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and capped the round with another birdie on the 18th after sticking his approach within inches of the hole. After seven birdies, Keegan Bradley is in second, and Sergio Garcia is another shot behind.

The $7 million tournament was included on the U.S. PGA Tour's new wraparound season this year, marking the first time the tour has offered FedEx Cup points at a tournament in Asia.

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Sunrise Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan. Americans Alison Walshe and Irene Cho were tied for second.


Middle Tenn. nips Marshall at buzzer

Logan Kilgore threw a 9-yard touchdown pass, his fourth TD pass of the game, to Tavarres Jefferson as time expired to lift host Middle Tennessee past Marshall 51-49 Thursday night as the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense.

Essray Taliaferro ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns for Marshall. Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato threw for three touchdowns.

?The NFL has set the matchups but not the dates and times for three games in Wembley Stadium in London next season. The Dallas Cowboys will play the Jacksonville Jaguars; the Detroit Lions will play the Atlanta Falcons; and the Miami Dolphins will play the Oakland Raiders.


Klitschko to run for president of Ukraine

Vitali Klitschko, a heavyweight boxing champion and top Ukrainian opposition leader, says he will run for president in 2015.

The 42-year-old was elected to parliament last fall as the head of his pro-Western party Udar ("Punch" in English). Since then, Klitschko, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, has campaigned against what he calls authoritarian moves by President Viktor Yanukovych.

Klitschko announced his widely expected presidential bid in response to efforts by pro-government forces to pass a bill that could prevent him from running because he has permanent residency status in Germany. Klitschko vowed that he "will not be frightened or stopped by this."


Women may change Final Four format

The NCAA women's basketball committee is backing a move to play the Final Four two days earlier, starting next season. The format would be Friday-Sunday instead of its current Sunday-Tuesday configuration that has been in place since 2003.

The committee also decided that the top 16 seeds should host the first two rounds, starting next year. The regionals, which are at host schools for this season's tournament, will move to neutral sites. The first two rounds will also move up a day starting in 2015.

All changes must be approved by the championship panel.

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, now in his second year with the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA, left Thursday night's preseason game against Cleveland with a strained right hamstring. He had six points and three rebounds in the first half before he got hurt. The team said he will not play in the pre-season finale Friday night, but he should be OK for the regular season. Meanwhile, Gerald Henderson scored 19 points to lead host Charlotte to a 105-92 victory.


Qualifying might get overhauled

NASCAR told its competitors it is considering eliminating single-car qualifying next season in an overhaul that would likely implement road course-style qualifying at all but two tracks, Daytona and Talladega.

Drivers from all three national series met with top NASCAR officials for almost two hours at the R&D Center in Concord, N.C., to discuss several ideas under consideration for 2014. The only thing officially announced by NASCAR was that it will mandate baseline concussion testing for drivers starting next season.


Yankees worth $3.3 billion

The New Yankees are worth an estimated $3.3 billion, making them by far the most valuable Major League Baseball franchise, according to Bloomberg News, well ahead of the Dodgers at $2.1 billion. The Red Sox are third at $2.06 billion, followed by the Mets at $2.05 billion.

Bloomberg estimated that the average value of franchises is $1 billion. Bloomberg said it used data from ticket sales, concessions, sponsorships and broadcast rights, as well as interests in TV channels, radio stations and real estate.


Fan gets year in jail for punching horse

A British fan has been jailed for 12 months for punching a police horse in the head after his team lost a match. Barry Rogerson, who was drunk, first clapped in the face of and then punched Bud, a horse working for West Yorkshire Police, after Newcastle United's 3-0 loss to Sunderland on April 14.

Judge Paul Sloan, who also banned Rogerson from attending soccer matches in the U.K. for six years, said the officer riding Bud could have been thrown off the horse and been badly hurt.


Owens to try his hand at new sport

Terrell Owens has found a sport where he doesn't have to worry about getting the ball. He wants to be a professional bowler.

"You never know where it may go," Owens said. "For me the sky is the limit with my ability and what I can do."

Owens will compete this weekend when he competes in the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas. He admits his chances of making it past the qualifying rounds are slim.

How good a bowler is he? He has a high game of 288. He's a bit vague, though, about how often he bowls and what his average is. Last summer at the United States Bowling Congress Championship, the largest amateur event in the country. Owens posted a combined score of 1,508 for team, singles and doubles for a 167 average.

The last word

A blown call that the umps reversed in the World Series opener Wednesday night steamed both the teams and gave fans a sort of preview of the arguments they'll be missing when, starting next season, Major League Baseball is likely to expand instant replay to resolve most disputes. Former umpire Don Denkinger, who blew a crucial call in the 1985 World Series, said:

"End of an era. But it's about time, isn't it?"