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FOOTBALL

Veteran RB Davenport re-signs with Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed running back Najeh Davenport and released rookie cornerback Roy Lewis on Thursday.

Davenport spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with Pittsburgh but was released in June. He was re-signed in October after starting running back Willie Parker injured a knee, first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall was lost for the season with a shoulder injury and fullback Carey Davis sprained an ankle. Davenport was released again Nov. 8.

Parker is questionable for Sunday’s game at New England with an injured left knee.

GOLF

Germany’s Kaymer, Cejka lead World Cup

Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka combined for a 10-under-par 62, giving Germany a one-stroke lead over Australia’s Richard Green and Brendan Jones after the first round of the World Cup of Golf in Shenzhen, China.

Three teams — Spain, Canada and the United States — were two shots behind. Four others were three back — Sweden, Ireland, Denmark and New Zealand.

Despite gusting winds and the hilly layout, scores were low playing the easier fourball (best-ball) format. Today’s format is the tougher foursomes (alternate-shot).

The Americans got an early boost when Brandt Snedeker holed an eagle on No. 4 — a 138-yard 9-iron that found the cup. It followed partner Ben Curtis’ birdies on two of the first three holes.

Also: South Africa’s Tim Clark waited out a three-hour suspension because of a severe thunderstorm to shoot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead in the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

Australian Scott Hend was in the clubhouse at 67 when a hail-laced storm hit, forcing nearly 80 players off the course.

American John Daly shot 76.

MISCELLANEOUS

Ex-Ducks GM Burke to run Maple Leafs

Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a six-year deal for the former Anaheim general manager to take over as president and GM, The Associated Press learned.

An announcement could come Saturday.

Burke spent the past three-plus seasons with the Ducks, leading them to a Stanley Cup title in 2007.

Also: Phoenix Coyotes center Olli Jokinen will be sidelined for at least two weeks by a shoulder injury, ending his consecutive-games streak at 397.

Jokinen, the team’s second-leading scorer with seven goals and 18 points, was injured Wednesday night at Columbus when he was checked hard into the boards by Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot.

The Florida Panthers obtained forward Nick Tarnasky from the Nashville Predators in return for right wing Wade Belak.

The 24-year-old Tarnasky notched one assist and 17 penalty minutes in 11 games for the Predators this season.

The 32-year-old Belak has played in 15 games with the Panthers this year, in which he recorded no points and 25 penalty minutes.

Tom Burgess, who played briefly in the major leagues before serving as a coach under Joe Torre and Bobby Cox, has died. He was 81.

Burgess died Monday at his Lambeth, Ontario, home after a battle with cancer,.

Burgess broke into the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954 and went 1-for-21 (.048) at the plate. He didn’t get back to the majors until eight years later, when he batted .196 with two homers and 13 RBIs for the 1962 Los Angeles Angels.

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