2 share lead at KLM Open

September 9, 2011 

— England's Simon Dyson shot an opening-round 5-under 65 Thursday to tie for the lead with Marcel Siem on a day marred by vandals and torrential rainfall.

Play was delayed for 45 minutes after vandals dug up parts of four greens at the Hilversum Club. Heavy rain later soaked the course, forcing players off for more than three hours.

Despite the delays, Dyson had an eagle at the 484-yard, par-5 12th and finished with five birdies and two bogeys. Siem also had an eagle on the 12th and finished with four birdies and a bogey in his 65.

Defending champion Martin Kaymer struggled to 3 over after 15 holes before the rain delay. He added another bogey after returning to play and shot a 74.

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Owners, union meet again: NBA owners and players completed another day of meetings in New York and plan to have larger groups attend a session Tuesday, with negotiations at what Commissioner David Stern said is "getting to be an important time."

The sides met in small groups for the second consecutive day, again for about 51/2 hours.

Though Stern and leaders from the players' association have said they like working in small numbers, Stern said they think it's "a good idea to have larger group meetings at this point."

A man has been sentenced to 97 years in prison for shooting Memphis Grizzlies player Antonio Burks.

Criminal Court Judge Mark Ward sentenced Darquan Lynneral Swift, 20, for the July 2009 shooting and attempted robbery during a dice game behind a vacant duplex in Memphis. Burks, also a former player at the University of Memphis, and another man were critically injured and several others were robbed.

According to prosecutors, Swift will be eligible for parole after serving about 51 years.


KHL chief vows to rebuild team after crash: The Russian ice hockey team whose players were killed in a plane crash will be rebuilt in time to take part in this year's Kontinental Hockey League season, according to the league leader.

All but one of the 28 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players traveling to Belarus for their first game of the season was killed when their Yak-42 jet crashed on Wednesday.

KHL chief Alexander Medvedev said Thursday each team in the league should volunteer up to three players toward building a new Lokomotiv squad. He said it will free up between 40 and 45 players for Lokomotiv to pick.

The Philadelphia Flyers say general manager Paul Holmgren has been released from the hospital and is home after a bike crash Monday at the New Jersey shore.

Holmgren was injured while riding his bike in Avalon, N.J. He was hospitalized that day.


Retirement looming for Vitali Klitschko: Vitali Klitschko's trainer says the WBC heavyweight champion will fight only two or three more bouts before retirement.

Trainer Fritz Sdunek told Die Welt newspaper that Klitschko, 40, "is not getting any younger and his political activity in Ukraine requires a lot of time and energy."

Sdunek, however, stresses that Klitschko has "never been so fit" leading to his title defense against Poland's Tomasz Adamek at the municipal stadium in Wroclaw.

Klitschko is 42-2, while Adamek takes a 44-1 record to Saturday's bout.

College Basketball

Florida's Donovan reinstates Murphy: Florida coach Billy Donovan reinstated forward Erik Murphy, five months after he was arrested and subsequently suspended.

Murphy and teammate Cody Larson were arrested in early April on a felony burglary charge. The State Attorney's Office later reduced the charge to misdemeanor criminal trespass, saying the players simply tried to go into another person's car without permission.

Larson remains suspended.

High Schools

Murder conviction upheld: An appeals court upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a mentally ill man who shot and killed a beloved high school football coach, rejecting arguments that jurors were given improper instructions about his insanity defense.

Mark Becker, 26, had argued that he was legally insane when he shot Aplington-Parkersburg High coach Ed Thomas in June 2009.

A jury found Becker guilty last year and rejected his insanity defense. He was sentenced to life in prison. News Services

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