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Golf

McElreath leads at Montenyohl

Mary Helen McElreath shot 80 to take the lead after the first round of the CSRA Women’s Golf Association’s Montenyohl Championship on Monday.

McElreath, looking to win the event for the seventh time, leads by four shots over Judy Phillips after the first day of play at Savannah Lakes Village’s Tara Course.

Debra Hatcher is third after her 86.

Sandra Freeman had 94 to lead the senior division.

Play continues today at Pointe South Golf Club and wraps up Thursday at The Reserve Club in Aiken.

Colleges

Lady Jags open in Minnesota

The Georgia Regents University women’s golf team will open its season in Minnesota.

The Lady Jaguars will play in the Minnesota Invitational at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 16-17, according to the 2013-14 schedule released by coach Kory Thompson.

GRU plays host to its home event – the 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate -- March 14-16 at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Soccer

US can lock up Cup spot tonight

While American soccer fans are outnumbered by visiting supporters at many venues, the U.S. team has found a home at cozy Columbus Crew Stadium.

It’s become the traditional site of the Stars & Stripes’ World Cup qualifier against regional rival Mexico following 2-0 victories in 2001, 2005 and 2009.

Tonight, the Americans hope to emulate their performance of four years ago, when they clinched a World Cup berth by beating El Tri.

Coming off a dismal 3-1 loss Friday at Costa Rica on Friday night, the U.S. can clinch its seventh consecutive World Cup appearance with two games to spare if it beats Mexico and Honduras beats or ties visiting Panama tonight.

NBA

Pelicans’ Miller fractures foot

The New Orleans Pelicans say second-year small forward Darius Miller had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

Team officials say Miller had surgery in southern California on Friday and will return to New Orleans today to begin his rehabilitation, which is expected to take from eight to 12 weeks.

• Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento’s efforts to build a new downtown arena, the California Fair Political Practices Commission said Monday.

The FPPC found that, just days after the NBA rejected Hansen’s $625 million bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle, he gave $100,000 to a group leading an effort to thwart Sacramento’s efforts to keep the team.

NHL

Flames goalie is calling it quits

Miikka Kiprusoff is leaving the NHL and the Calgary Flames on his terms.

The veteran goalie announced his retirement Monday after 12 NHL seasons, the past nine with the Flames – the club with which he wanted to finish his career.

• Center John Tavares is the new captain of the New York Islanders.

Tavares is the 14th captain in team history. He succeeds defenseman Mark Streit, who left as a free agent to join the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four seasons.

– From staff and wire reports


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