Birdies on final two holes give Palmer one-shot lead in Hawaii

Ryan Palmer closed with two birdies for a 4-under-par 66 Friday that gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Palmer was at 9-under 131. Former UNLV star Chad Campbell, defending champion Zach Johnson and Robert Allenby were at 132.

Campbell, who had a 64, is happy to be in Honolulu for reasons beyond the fact Waialae is one of his favorite courses. A year ago, he was on a plane to the middle of the Pacific Ocean when he realized he forgot to formally enter, and he had to turn around and go home.

John Daly shot 71 and missed the cut, finishing at 144.

Also: David Lynn of England shot a 4-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke clubhouse lead in the Joburg Open at Johannesburg, South Africa, after the second round was halted because of a second lightning delay. He was at 130.


Unforced errors doom Serena in loss to Dementieva in final

Top-seeded Serena Williams struggled in the Sydney International final, committing 40 unforced errors in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia.

Williams also appeared to hurt her left knee in the match but later downplayed any suggestion of an injury. She said she still plans to play singles and doubles with her sister, Venus, at the Australian Open next week.

When asked about her left leg, which she appeared to favor, Serena said: “I was struggling a little bit, but, you know, I hate to make any excuse. She definitely deserves all the credit for what she did.”

In men’s play, Marcos Baghdatis advanced to the final with a 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5) victory over Mardy Fish of the U.S. Baghdatis will play Richard Gasquet, who beat French compatriot Julien Benneteau, 6-3, 7-5.

Also: American John Isner won the Heineken Open for his first ATP Tour singles title, beating France’s Arnaud Clement 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (2) in Auckland, New Zealand. The 6-foot-9-inch Isner had 22 aces and only two double faults.

The UNLV women’s tennis team, missing injured top player Kristina Nedeltcheva, lost all four of its flight-one first-round singles matches in the Freeman Memorial Championships at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.


Abbott claims short program at U.S. skating championships

Jeremy Abbott won the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash., edging world champion Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir.

Abbott, the reigning U.S. champ, has 87.85 points going into Sunday’s free skate. Lysacek is about four points behind with 83.69, just ahead of Weir (83.55).

Earlier in the day, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett were by far the class in a messy pairs competition. Denney and Barrett have 63.01 points, about a point in front of the second-place pair of Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin.

Also: Bode Miller won a World Cup super combined in Wengen, Switzerland, for his first victory in almost two years. The New Hampshire skier missed much of the offseason while considering retirement and skipped recent races to rest his injured right ankle.

He completed his slalom run in 49.05 seconds after leading the morning downhill for a combined time of 2 minutes, 35.96 seconds. It was his 32nd World Cup victory.

Beach volleyball survived as a potential NCAA sport despite more than half the schools at the NCAA convention in Atlanta voting to spike the sexier, sandier version of the indoor game that is the second-most widely played women’s college sport.

The vote to remove “sand volleyball” from the list of emerging sports for women — it’s being called that to avoid scaring away landlocked schools — was 166-118 with one abstention. The 58 percent in favor was short of the 62.5 percent necessary to kill the sport.

Center Josh Prudden scored the Wranglers’ lone goal in a 3-1 ECHL loss to the Alaska Aces in Anchorage.

Las Vegas fell to 16-17-4 and plays at Alaska again tonight.

North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller, a 7-foot sophomore reserve forward, will miss four to six weeks because of a stress fracture in his right foot. He is averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds.

The UNLV men’s swimming team won 10 events and defeated Wyoming 154.5-139.5 in a Mountain West Conference meet at Buchanan Natatorium to improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the league. The UNLV women lost to Wyoming, 196.5-102.5.

Andy McMillin won the pole for the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in the featured Trophy-Truck division race, which begins at 1 p.m. today. The San Diego resident was the fastest qualifier at Laughlin Events Park, averaging 53.19 mph over the 61/4-mile course.

More than 130 vehicles will compete from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.

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