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Tiger falls behind in 2003 debut

LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Rookie Aaron Oberholser had the lead and Tiger Woods was five shots back Thursday when play was halted in the first round of the Buick Invitational.

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Oberholser had played 16 holes in 6-under par before the players ran out of daylight. Rain and fog forced a delay of more than three hours, but more golf was played than tournament officials had originally expected would be possible. Although no one could finish the first round, it appears the full 72 holes can be completed by Sunday night.

Oberholser, a two-time winner on the Buy.com Tour last season, played bogey-free golf for 16 holes on the Torrey Pines North Course.

Skip Kendall was at 5-under through 16 holes and eight others stood at 4-under. Among that group was Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who made a hole-in-one at the par-3 third hole on the North Course.

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Woods, making his 2003 debut after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, struggled in the early going and was 1-under for nine holes when play was halted.

He did not hit a fairway through the first four holes and flubbed a chip shot at the par-4 fourth, leading to a bogey.

Phil Mickelson, who found himself in the midst of a controversy for saying that Woods was playing with "inferior equipment," was at 3-under through 13 holes.


Gordon, Earnhardt win Daytona qualifiers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Teamwork was the key to victory in both of Thursday's Twin 125s -- the two qualifying races for Sunday's 45th Daytona 500.

Richard Childress Racing teammates Robby Gordon and Jeff Green worked together throughout the first 125-miler, which Gordon won because of a quicker pit stop from his pit crew after Green was briefly boxed in from leaving his pit by Jeff Burton.

The second 125-mile race featured Dale Earnhardt Inc. teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip lining up at the end to ensure another victory by Earnhardt.

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Gordon, a four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona Sports Car race in the early 1990s, scored his first NASCAR victory at Daytona International Speedway in the first race.


Duncan, Kidd named to Olympic team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- NBA Most Valuable Player Tim Duncan was among the first four players named Thursday to the United States Olympic basketball team.

Team USA will begin its quest for Olympic gold in a qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico this August.

Joining the San Antonio Spurs forward will be former Olympic gold medalists Ray Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks and Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets. Allen, a shooting guard, and Kidd, a point guard, were members of the 2000 Olympic team that captured the gold medal in Sydney.

The final member revealed Thursday was Orlando Magic guard Tracy McGrady, who leads the NBA in scoring.

The squad will hope to erase memories of the 2002 World Championships team, which lost three of eight games in Indianapolis last year and finished sixth in the 16-team field.

In the final game of the second round, Argentina dealt Team USA its first loss in 59 international games with NBA players, never trailing in a convincing 87-80 win. The following night, Yugoslavia ended any chance of the United States claiming a medal, rallying in the fourth quarter for a win.

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The Americans ended perhaps their most disappointing international performance with another loss, an 81-75 setback to Spain, in the fifth-place game.

Team USA's roster ultimately will consist of eight or nine top NBA players with the remaining roster spots filled by role players who could be professionals or amateurs. If the United States qualifies for the 2004 Olympics as expected, the goal is to keep the majority of the roster intact for the Games in Athens.


Wake Forest downs Duke

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Vytas Danelius scored 20 points Thursday night to spark 17th-ranked Wake Forest to its first win over No. 8 Duke in 15 tries, 94-80.

The game went two overtimes with Jamaal Levy recording a key basket to spark a late run. Eight players fouled out, five from Duke, and 64 fouls were called in a physical contest that needed three hours to complete.

Wake Forest (17-3, 7-2 ACC) had more left at the end, closing with a 20-5 run for its first win over Duke since Jan. 11, 1997.

Duke (16-4, 6-4) took its final lead at 75-74 on a free throw by Dahntay Jones with 4:14 left in the second overtime.

Trent Strickland hit a jumper to put Wake Forest back up in front before Levy leaped over two defenders and tipped home a miss of a dunk attempt by Danelius, giving the Demon Deacons a 78-75 lead.

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Chris Duhon had 23 points for the Blue Devils, who have lost four straight road games for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Demon Deacons had a chance to win at the end of the first overtime, but Strickland missed a pair of shots in the final seconds.

Duhon hit a pair of free throws with 1:59 left in the first overtime to put the Demon Deacons in front, 74-72. Danelius tied it on a pair of foul shots with 1:12 left in the first extra session.

Wake Forest welcomed back freshman point guard Justin Gray, who broke his jaw in a loss to Duke last month. Gray scored 18 points before fouling out in the first overtime.

While Duke was suffering its fourth loss of the season, No. 1 Arizona had an easy time at home against UCLA, blasting the Bruins, 106-70.


Philadelphia perks up its offense

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Michal Handzus scored off a scramble in front at 2:02 of overtime Thursday night to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 decision over St. Louis.

The Flyers had been shut out by the Minnesota Wild in their last two games and had gone more than 167 minutes without a goal before defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson scored on a slap shot at 11:53 of the second period to cut the Blues' lead to 3-1.

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St. Louis appeared to be in control before Jeremy Roenick and Kim Johnsson scored in a 2:05 span midway through the third period to tie the game at 3-3.

The Flyers completed a frustrating night for Blues goaltender Brent Johnson early in overtime. Johnsson tried to score on a wraparound before rookie Radovan Somik failed to score on a rebound. An alert Handzus poked the puck past Johnson just inside the left goalpost for his 16th goal.

The loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak for the Blues, who opened a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Eric Boguniecki at 11:04 of the first period.

Other NHL results: Ottawa 2, Edmonton 0; Detroit 4, Buffalo 2; Columbus 2, Montreal 1 in overtime; Nashville 2, New York Islanders 0; Vancouver 2, Colorado 1 in overtime.


Pistons win sixth straight

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons equaled a season high with their sixth straight win Thursday night, 98-88 over Orlando.

Richard Hamilton scored 29 points and Clifford Robinson added 18, including two big three-pointers.

The Pistons held a three-point lead before embarking on a 12-0 run that was capped by a three-pointer from Chauncey Billups midway through the third quarter.

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Orlando drew within 68-62 on a layup by Darrell Armstrong with two seconds left in the period before Robinson made a shot from just beyond midcourt at the buzzer, giving the Pistons a nine-point advantage heading into the final 12 minutes.

Orlando then pulled within 84-81 on a layup by Tracy McGrady with 4:22 to play. But Robinson countered with a three-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock expired with 3:54 left and the Magic got no closer than five points thereafter.

Detroit, which improved to 19-8 at home against Orlando, matched its season-best winning streak, set from Dec. 11-20.

McGrady, the NBA's leading scorer, contributed 35 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Magic, who suffered their fourth loss in five contests.


Els in front again

PERTH, Australia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Ernie Els continued his torrid play Thursday, grabbing a one-shot lead after one round of the Johnnie Walker Classic.

Els was 7-under through eight holes and then settled for an 8-under 64 to edge England's David Lynn for the first-round lead.

"You can't ask for much better than that, to start with a round of 64 and to play the way I played this morning," said Els, who has won four of the five tournaments he entered worldwide this season. "I am very pleased."

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Australia's Terry Price was alone in third after a 66 that featured six birdies on his first seven holes.

Ryder Cup hero Paul McGinley of Ireland fired a 5-under 67 to join Australians Chris Downes, Peter O'Malley and Brett Rumford and Welshman Ian Woosnam in a tie for fourth place.


Stars place Turco and Morrow on IR

DALLAS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Dallas Stars placed All-Star goaltender Marty Turco and left wing Brenden Morrow on the injured list Thursday.

The Stars lead the Western Conference with 79 points.

Turco, who is unbeaten in a franchise record-tying 14 consecutive decisions, sprained his ankle in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He failed to come out of the locker room after the second period and Ron Tugnutt came in to make just six saves for the victory.

The 27-year-old Turco is in his first season as the No. 1 goalie after spending two seasons as a backup for Ed Belfour and is 25-9-10 with a league-best 1.77 goals-against average. He also is second to Detroit's Manny Legace with a .931 save percentage.

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The winning goaltender in the All-Star Game shootout, Turco is 10


4 in his last 14 decisions to equal the record Don Beaupre set with the Minnesota North Stars during the 1985-86 season.

Turco is listed as week-to-week, as is Morrow, who has a chest contusion.


Andre Roy suspended three games

NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The NHL announced Thursday that Tampa Bay right wing Andre Roy has been automatically suspended without pay for three games.

The punishment was handed out because Roy abused an official in Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders.

The incident occurred at 4:02 of the second period, when Roy fought rookie Eric Godard and received a game miscounduct. Roy shoved Lyle Seitz as the linesman was attempting to break up the fight.

Roy will be eligible to return Feb. 19 against the Atlanta Thrashers.


Sanders nominated for Hall of Fame

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Heisman Trophy winners Barry Sanders and Andre Ware are among 83 candidates nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Ballots for the class of 2003 were released Thursday and include 77 players and six coaches. Sanders, who had a brief but dominant stint at Oklahoma State, and Ware, a record-setting quarterback at Houston, won Heisman Trophies in 1988 and 1989.

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Also on the ballot are former Southern California running Anthony Davis, California quarterback Joe Kapp, Syracuse wide receiver Art Monk, Florida State defensive lineman Ron Simmons and North Carolina linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Coaches include Pat Dye and Darryl Rogers.

Ballots are distributed to more than 11,000 members of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The results will be announced in late March and induction will take place on Dec. 9 in New York City.

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