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Aiken's Brazeal is 4th after first round

In Edgefield County, Aiken's Chandler Brazeal shot even-par 72 and is two shots off the lead after the first round of the Carolinas-Georgia Junior Championship at Mount Vintage Plantation.

James Chapman , of Gastonia, N.C., leads the way with 70. Thomas Bradshaw , of Columbia, and Anders Albertson , of Woodstock, Ga., shot 71s.

Brazeal is alone in fourth place.

Of the other area boys in the field, Reed Covar had 74, Matt NeSmith, Blake Hadden and Cody Shafer had 76s and William Sigg, Austin Vick and Evan Usry had 78s.

In the girls division, Anne Marie Covar , of Edgefield, had 74 and is one shot off the lead of Carrie Metz, of Buford, Ga.

Of the other two area girls in the field, McKenzie Talbert had 78 and Jessica Hoang shot 82.

The final round is scheduled for today.

Figure Skating

Abbott easily wins his second title

In Spokane, Wash., Jeremy Abbott won his second consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships national title.

Abbott put on his most impressive performance since winning nationals last year, peaking at the perfect time. His score of 263.66 points was 25 more than that of world champion Evan Lysacek . Johnny Weir finished fifth in the free skate, but had built up a big enough lead in the short program to stay third overall.

The three made the Olympic team that was announced about a half-hour after the competition.

Soccer

Another U.S. player suffers an injury

Clint Dempsey faces a long layoff after injuring a knee during Fulham's 2-0 loss at Blackburn in Lone on Sunday, the latest blow to American preparations for the World Cup.

The U.S. forward sat on the field in the 61st minute of the Premier League game after falling, then pointed at his right knee before a trainer came out and examined him. Dempsey limped off and was replaced.

The U.S. team is already likely to be without forward Charlie Davies in South Africa because of injuries sustained in a car crash last October, and defender Oguchi Onyewu is sidelined until spring following knee surgery.

The U.S. opens its 2010 schedule on Saturday against fellow World Cup qualifier Honduras in Carson, Calif..

Skiing

Kostelic wins first race of the season

In Wengen, Switzerland, Ivica Kostelic won a World Cup slalom for his first victory this season, dropping to his knees and kissing the snow at the finish.

Andre Myhrer was 0.29 back in second. Reinfried Herbst was third, trailing Kostelic by 0.51.

For the U.S., Ted Ligety finished eighth and Jimmy Cochran 12th. Bode Miller skied out in the top half and was among 22 of 69 racers who did not finish the first run.

- In Maribor, Slovenia, Kathrin Zettel has won a women's World Cup slalom for her second victory in as many days, and Maria Riesch took the overall lead from Lindsey Vonn by finishing third.

Zettel went down the Radvanje course in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 42.98 seconds to beat Tina Maze by 0.71 second. The Slovenian posted the fastest second-run time to jump from ninth.

Vonn failed to qualify for the final run. Riesch leads the American by 28 points with 13 races left.

Cycling

Armstrong fades at end in tour prelude

In Adelaide, Australia, Lance Armstrong said criteriums weren't his strong point, then undermined that claim by taking a daring, leading role in the middle of Sunday's 31-mile prelude to cycling's Tour Down Under.

Greg Henderson, of New Zealand, went on to win the prelude.

Armstrong fell back to finish 62nd among 133 riders, 8 seconds behind the winner.


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