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Skins rookie wins only two

By wire services
Published November 28, 2004

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Australia's Adam Scott won $50,000 and two skins on the second hole Saturday, then he and the more famous members of the foursome, Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam and Fred Couples, left $250,000 on the course during the next seven holes of the Skins Game.

The first hole today is worth eight skins and $300,000, and $950,000 is at stake over the final nine holes.

In his first Skins Game, Scott, 24, made a 40-footer on No.2.

Sorenstam struggled for most of the day in her second Skins Game before preventing Scott from sweeping the first day. Scott birdied the par-5, 500-yard ninth. Couples two-putted for par and Woods missed a 6-foot birdie putt. But Sorenstam, who holed a bunker shot last year to win $175,000, sank a 4-footer to halve the hole.

MORE GOLF: Miguel Angel Jimenez shot 3-under 69 for a one-shot lead over Arron Oberholser (70) after three rounds of the Korea Championship in Jeju, South Korea. ... Rod Pampling shot 3-over 74 for a one-shot lead over Richard Green (67) at the Australian Open in Sydney. ... Stephen Dodd overcame a triple bogey to shoot 2-under 70 and maintain a three-shot lead over Thomas Bjorn (68) and Soren Hansen (70) at the China Open in Shanghai.

BASEBALL: Pirates, A's complete deal

The trade of catcher Jason Kendall from Pittsburgh to Oakland was finalized. The Pirates get left-handed starter Mark Redman and left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes for the three-time All-Star. Kendall waived his no-trade clause after Pittsburgh sought to dump his contract, of which it owes $34-million through 2007.

METS: General manager Omar Minaya met with Pedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic on Thursday, the Associated Press reported. Minaya said he visited family and did not confirm or deny meeting with the pitcher.

TENNIS: Fed Cup final tied

France and Russia were tied in the Fed Cup final in Moscow. Nathalie Dechy won the best-of-five opener 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 8-6 over U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, who committed 77 unforced errors. But French Open champ Anastasia Myskina beat Tatiana Golovin 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) by overcoming a 3-0 first-set deficit and saving a set point in the 12th game of the second. Reverse singles and doubles are today.

WINTER SPORTS: American wins first title

American Bode Miller won the first World Cup downhill race of the season and first of his career in Lake Louise, Alberta. Miller, previously a slalom and giant slalom specialist, is focusing on the downhill as part of his bid to become the first American man since Phil Mahre in 1983 to win the overall title. He finished in 1:42.75, .97 seconds ahead of France's Antoine Deneriaz.

Croatia's Janica Kostelic won the women's downhill in Aspen, Colo., her first World Cup win in nearly two years. The two-time overall champion, who won four medals at the 2002 Olympics, missed last season after four knee surgeries and surgery to remove her thyroid gland. She beat Anja Paerson by 1.27 seconds.

FIGURE SKATING: Russians Evgeni Plushenko and Irina Slutskaya won the Grand Prix Cup of Russia in Moscow. Plushenko completed a quad and seven triples in beating U.S. champion Johnny Weir. Slutskaya had a nearly perfect performance in beating current world champion Shizuka Arakawa of Japan.

SPEED SKATING: American Chad Hedrick won the 1,500 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The reigning world champion finished in 1:47.06, .25 seconds ahead of the Netherlands' Simon Kuipers.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Rafael Marquez kept his 118-pound IBF title when a doctor ordered the fight stopped after the eighth. Mauricio Pastrana's right eye was swollen shut, and blood was dripping in his other eye.

SOCCER: Germany won the under-19 women's world title 2-0 over China in Bangkok, Thailand. Simone Laudehr scored in the fourth minute and Melanie Behringer late. The United States took third by beating Brazil 3-0. Kerri Hanks, Megan Rapinoe and Angie Woznuk scored.

HORSES: Rockport Harbor remained unbeaten by edging Galloping Grocer by a neck at the Grade II, $200,000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. The 2-year-old is trained by John Servis and ridden by Stewart Elliott, who teamed for Smarty Jones' wins at this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

[Last modified November 28, 2004, 00:43:12]


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