Creamer shoots 60 in first round of tourney

Paula Creamer birdied nine of the last 11 holes Thursday, including the final three, for a course-record 60 on the par-71 Highland Meadows layout in Sylvania, Ohio. She held a five-stroke lead after the opening round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Creamer, 21, would have had to hole out a 137-yard, 7-iron from the fairway to shoot 59. She rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt for her 60 — her best round on tour by four strokes.

Only a handful of players have reached golf’s magic number of 59 in a competitive round on the PGA or LPGA tours.

Creamer’s round was her best by six strokes this season and broke Se Ri Pak’s course mark by a shot. She matched the tour record of raw score for nine holes with a 27 on the home half.

Eun-Hee Ji and Gloria Park each shot 65, and Eva Dahllof and Young Kim had 66s. Defending champion Pak, trying to become the first player to win the same LPGA tournament six times, shot a 68. Michelle Wie had a 70.

Twenty-one players had yet to finish when play was suspended by lightning and heavy rain. They will complete their rounds today before the second round begins.

Also: Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els failed to break par in the first round of the Scottish Open in Luss, Scotland, while Alexander Noren and Thongchai Jaidee shared the lead with 7-under 64s.

Angel Cabrera, the 2007 U.S. Open champion, was third with a 65 in this tuneup before the British Open at Royal Birkdale, which begins Thursday.

Mickelson and Els returned from three-week layoffs. Mickelson had a 71 and Els was at 1-over 72.

Niclas Fasth, Garry Houston and John Bickerton were at 66.

Kenny Perry continued his best run in more than two decades on the PGA Tour, firing a 6-under 65 in the first round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., that put him one stroke off the lead.

Perry, 47, is right behind Ken Duke and Charlie Wi in a tie for third after winning two events last month.

The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship will remain at Lake Tahoe through at least 2012 under a deal announced by officials for NBC Sports and the Kansas City, Mo.-based investment company.

The 54-hole tournament in its 19th year will continue to be played at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and Harrah’s/Harveys will continue to serve as the host hotel under the agreement that includes the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Former PGA Tour professional and Duke Sports Hall of Fame member Mike Souchak has died.

The school said Souchak, 81, died in Belleair, Fla. He won 15 events on the PGA Tour from 1955 to 1966.


Jaguars’ Jones arrested on felony drug charges

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones faces a felony drug charge in Fayetteville, Ark., after police say he was inside a car cutting up cocaine with a credit card.

Jones, 25, and two others were arrested. A police report said officers approached the car and an officer drew his handgun after Jones did not immediately show his hands.

Police said they searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag filled with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue.

Jones, a former star quarterback at Arkansas, was released from the Washington County jail on $2,500 bond. His arraignment on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance was set for Aug. 11.

Also: Jaguars defensive back Brian Williams has been found not guilty of drunken driving after a night of partying in Jacksonville, Fla.

Had he been convicted, he faced up to a year in jail.

Officers say Williams swerved his Jaguar in front of a patrol car and had watery and bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol when he was arrested in September 2006.

Former Los Angeles Rams kicker Tony Zendejas was arrested on charges of drugging and raping a female customer of his San Dimas, Calif., sports bar in January.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Zendejas, 48, was arrested on felony warrants at his Yorba Linda home.

Prosecutors alleged that on Jan. 26, Zendejas gave the customer a drink that made her groggy. The patron told authorities she woke up in a nearby motel room and alleged she had been raped.

The Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League promoted assistant coach Ron James to head coach. James, a former head coach of the Las Vegas Gladiators, will replace Danny White, who resigned last week.


Luxembourg rider takes lead at Tour de France

Kim Kirchen became the first Luxembourg rider in 50 years to take the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, and Riccardo Ricco of Italy sprinted to a mountaintop victory in the sixth stage.

Kirchen claimed the overall lead after Stefan Schumacher fell in the final yards. The German had worn the yellow jersey for two days since winning Tuesday’s time trial.

Ricco was one second ahead of two top riders — Alejandro Valverde of Spain and Cadel Evans of Australia — after the 122-mile ride through the peaks of the Massif Central from Aigurande to the ski resort of Super-Besse.

Kirchen is the first Luxembourg rider since Charly Gaul in 1958 to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour. Gaul went on to win the race.

Also: Teddy Dupay, who played on Florida’s runner-up team in the 2000 NCAA basketball tournament, was charged with beating and raping a woman last month at a Utah ski resort.

Dupay acknowledged in court documents that he and the woman got “a little rough” but denied rape. The woman said she and Dupay had a two-year relationship, although it was not clear whether they were still a couple when police were called to a Deer Valley lodge June 19.

Dupay, 29, was charged last week with felony rape, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping. He is to be arraigned Monday.

With a line of strong storms moving through the area, NASCAR officials canceled Sprint Cup series qualifying at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

The field for Saturday’s race will be set according to car owner points, putting series points leader Kyle Busch on the pole position and Dale Earnhardt Jr. alongside him on the front row.

The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Pavol Demitra to an $8 million, two-year contract.

Demitra, 33, had 54 points in 68 games with Minnesota last season. His 15 goals were his fewest in a full NHL season and his point output was his worst since 2000.

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