Clarke leads after one round
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 11 (UPI) -- Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke conquered a soaking wet course Friday to take the lead after the first round of the 67th Masters.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, dug himself a huge hole as he opened his bid to become the first player in the history of this marquee event to win the tournament three straight years. He had to chip in at the first hole just to save a bogey, never made a birdie and shot a 76 -- the worst round he has ever posted at the Augusta National Golf Club.
It was the first time in four years Woods had not made a birdie in a round and put him in danger of having his streak of 100 cuts made, the third longest in PGA Tour history, come to an end.
No player has ever recorded a first-round score as high as 76 and still won the Masters.
Woods finished the first round 10 shots behind Clark, whose sensational 66 included an eagle at the par-5 15th and who owned a three-stroke advantage over Sergio Garcia of Spain and surprising U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes.
Barnes was paired with Woods in a round that took five hours, 44 minutes to play and the amateur beat the world's No. 1 player by seven shots. Both, however, had much more golf to play before the sun went down.
The sun finally made an appearance Friday after five straight days of often heavy rain that forced postponement of the Masters' opening round for the first time since 1939. Sandy Lyle hit the first shot of the tournament just moments after sunrise Friday and tournament officials planned to keep the action going until dark.
After the competitors finished their first round Friday, they had only a half hour to eat and rest before they started out for another trip around the hills and valleys of the Augusta National.
Lyle was paired with 66-year-old Tommy Aaron and 65-year-old Charles Coody and when they completed their first round, the two senior players headed straight for the clubhouse.
"They are going to take a power nap," Lyle said.
Jeff Maggert, Jerry Kelly and Paul Lawrie were among those at 72 and the large group at 73 included Phil Mickelson, Brad Faxon, Rocco Mediate, Retief Goosen and former champions Vijay Singh, Fred Couples and Jose Maria Olazabal.
The long, difficult course took its toll on some of the game's more familiar names.
Tom Lehman had a 75, Davis Love III struggled to a 77, Padraig Harrington endured a 77, Colin Montgomerie settled for a 78, David Duval had a 79 and Justin Leonard shot a 44 on the back nine en route to an 82.
Fisichella awarded F1 victory
PARIS, April 11 (UPI) -- Giancarlo Fisichella was awarded a victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix Friday -- five days after the race was run.
The Jordan driver belatedly celebrated his first Formula One win in 110 attempts when McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen demoted to second place. The decision was made after evidence presented during a hearing showed that Fisichella was just over four seconds into a crucial final lap in Sao Paulo last Sunday when a caution flag was displayed.
Fisichella, who finished second five times before finally getting the win, is guaranteed a happy reception when he competes in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola a week from Sunday.
"I can't wait for the next grand prix because it will be fantastic to be in Italy, racing in front of fans at home," said Fisichella, the first Italian since Riccardo Patrese in Japan in 1992 to win a race.
Fisichella, who had swept past Raikkonen to take the lead on lap 54, had initially celebrated with friends and Jordan mechanics, believing he had broken his victory drought in the team's 200th race.
But as the 71-lap rain-sodden race was stopped early when Renault's Fernando Alonso smashed into debris left by Mark Webber's Jaguar, Raikkonen was given the triumph on the two-lap countback rule. Stewards said the classification should be decided with the running order on lap 53, when the Finn was still leading.
But evidence was uncovered which showed Fisichella had just started the 56th lap when the race was red flagged with debris strewn all over the home straight. The stewards amended the result when they reconvened at the Paris headquarters of FIA, the sport's world governing body.
Theo Fluery suspended
NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- The NHL and the Players' Association announced Friday that Theo Fleury of the Chicago Blackhawks had been suspended.
Fleury was placed in Stage 3 of the league's substance abuse and behavioral health program.
Under terms of the joint program, Fleury will be suspended without pay for at least six months and then will be eligible to apply for reinstatement.
The Blackhawks signed Fleury to a two-year contract worth $8.5 million last August, but his stay in Chicago has been checkered almost from the start. He was suspended in September for violating the NHL's substance abuse aftercare program and did not make his Blackhawks' debut until Dec. 6.
Five weeks later, he and two teammates were involved in a highly publicized incident at a Columbus, Ohio night spot that forced the team to rework its travel plans for a seven-game road trip.
Fleury's struggles translated to the ice. He had just 12 goals goals and 21 assists in 54 games this past season.
Peter Sejna wins Hoby Baker Award
APPLE VALLEY, Minn., April 11 (UPI) -- Colorado College left wing Peter Sejna, who scored his first career NHL goal last Sunday, was given the Hobey Baker Award Friday.
A native of Slovakia, Sejna became the first European born player to win college hockey's most prestigious award.
Chris Kunitz of Ferris State, who recently signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and Cornell goaltender Dave LeNeveu were the other finalists for the award.
Sejna led the nation with 36 goals and 82 points, while finishing second in assists (46) and game-winning goals (8). The Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year recorded a point in all but one contest and helped the Tigers to their sixth NCAA Tournament bid since 1994.
At one point, Sejna had a school record 31-game scoring streak. Amazingly, he had multiple-point efforts in 27 games.
Last Sunday, Sejna was signed by the Blues and victimized future Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for his first NHL goal, flipping the puck over the goalie from the side of the net on a power play with 13 seconds left in the second period.
Report: Tyson to fight on undercard
The Newark Star Ledger reported Tyson is set to fight on the undercard of the WBC heavyweight champion Lewis at Continental Airlines Arena.
Tyson, however, has had his license suspended in New Jersey and other states for erratic behavior in and out of the ring, including the infamous battle against Evander Holyfield during which Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear.
Before he can fight a yet-to-be-named opponent on June 21, Tyson faces another round with the State Athletic Control Board, which grants boxing licenses in New Jersey. During a 1998 hearing in Trenton, Tyson cursed at state officials who questioned whether he was mentally fit to fight.
Lewis (40-2-1, 31 KOs) has been idle since his dominant eighth-round knockout of Tyson. He is expected to defend his title against Canadian Kirk Johnson or No. 1 contender Vitali Klitschko.
The 37-year-old Lewis had been seeking a rematch with Tyson, who despite being convincingly beaten in the first encounter, still would be the most lucrative opponent.