Originally created 12/17/05



Pacers sign second Thompson brother

Justin Thompson, of Clarks Hill, S.C., has signed a national letter of intent to play for USC Aiken.

Justin Thompson, the younger brother of Pacers sophomore Casey Thompson, has received both all-region and all-state selections for North Augusta.

Justin Thompson had a 73 stroke average in his junior season.

- In Okinawa, Japan, Ai Miyazato shot 7-over-par 78 and failed to make the cut against the men at the Japan Okinawa Open.

Miyazato, just back from earning a U.S. LPGA Tour card for next year, opened with a triple bogey on the par-4 first hole and had six bogeys, a double bogey and four birdies on her way to a 36-hole total of 16-over 158 at the par-71 Naha Golf Club.

Miyazato won six times on the Japan LPGA this year and is the first Japanese woman to play in a men's domestic professional event.

There was some good news for the Miyazato family. Ai's older brother, Kiyoshi, shot 4-under-par 67 and is tied for the lead with Yasuharu Imano (64) and Kaname Yokoo (70) at 7-under 135.

- In George, South Africa, Ross Fisher shot 3-under-par 70 to lead by five shots after the second round of the South African Open.

The Englishman had seven birdies, two bogeys, a double bogey and was 8-under at 138 after 36 holes.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen had 70 and was at 143.

Only 14 players in the 155-man field were below par in the round on the Links at Fancourt.

Goosen was a shot ahead of Charl Schwartzel, Leonard Loxton and James Kingston.

First-round co-leader Tim Clark had 78. He was tied for ninth with two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, whose 70 gave him a total of 146.


Williams trial will wait until November

In West Palm Beach, Fla., a breach-of-contract lawsuit contending that tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father reneged on promises to play in a 2001 "Battle of the Sexes" match won't be retried until late next year.

The new trial won't be held until at least November in deference to their tennis season, attorneys in the case said Friday.

A mistrial was declared earlier this week after more than two weeks of testimony.

An attorney representing their father, Richard Williams, asked one of the promoters whether someone had given her money in return for a share of any damages won.

Figure Skating

Asada leads after Slutskaya mistake

In Tokyo, Japanese teenager Mao Asada took advantage of a mistake by world champion Irina Slutskaya and grabbed the lead in the women's short program at the Grand Prix skating final.

In the men's event, world champion Stephane Lambiel, of Switzerland, scored a personal best to take the lead.

Alissa Czisny, of the United States, finished sixth after missing two jumps.

Asada will not be in Turin for the Winter Olympics after missing the age deadline of 15 years on July 1 by less than three months.


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