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Estes, Armour tied for lead in Florida tourney

Bob Estes birdied six straight holes in a 9-under-par 64 Thursday that left him tied for the lead with Tommy Armour III in the opening round of the Ginn sur Mer Classic in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Play was suspended because of darkness, keeping 22 players from finishing.

Craig Kanada and Daniel Chopra were three shots off the lead at 6-under 67.

Also: Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Alena Sharp in the Honda LPGA Thailand in Pattaya, Thailand.

Defending champion Jim Thorpe shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the first-round lead with Eduardo Romero in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, Calif.


Pistons rookie Stuckey likely to miss six weeks

Detroit Pistons rookie guard Rodney Stuckey had surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to be out for about six weeks.

Stuckey injured his hand in Detroit’s final exhibition game Wednesday night. He averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in eight games.

Stuckey was injured when he was fighting through a screen and got his fingers caught in a jersey.

Also: Andrew Bogut has a sprained left wrist, the Milwaukee Bucks said after the 7-foot center had more tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Bogut left the Bucks’ exhibition game at Denver on Tuesday in the third quarter.

The team said Bogut, the No. 1 pick of the 2005 draft, is listed as day to day.

Chicago Bulls center Ben Wallace was helped off the court after spraining his left ankle late in the second quarter in a preseason game against Milwaukee.


Arkansas stripped of two track national titles

Arkansas’ renowned track and field program lost two national championships from 2004 and 2005 when the NCAA imposed stiff sanctions for violations involving sprint star Tyson Gay and a former assistant coach.

The Razorbacks also received three years’ probation. University Chancellor John White said the school plans to appeal.

Arkansas had self-reported violations committed by former assistant Lance Brauman, who was convicted last year of embezzlement, theft and mail fraud.

Neither the university’s self-report nor the NCAA named Gay, who won the world championship this year at 100 and 200 meters. But Brauman’s mail-fraud indictment identified the athlete.

Also: U.S. flyweight Rau’shee Warren took another step toward returning to the Olympics when he defeated 2004 Olympian Tulashboy Doniyorov of Uzbekistan in a 20-8 decision in Chicago.

Warren needs to win his next two fights to qualify for Beijing. He is attempting to become the first U.S. boxer in more than 20 years to compete in two Olympics.

The last U.S. boxer to compete in two Olympics was Davey Lee Armstrong in 1972 and ’76.

Bode Miller could miss the season-opening World Cup race because of a back injury.

The 2005 overall World Cup champion, who split with the U.S. ski team and went independent this season, hurt his back skiing earlier this month, Miller’s coach, John McBride, told The Associated Press.

The World Cup season starts this weekend, with a women’s giant slalom Saturday and a men’s GS on Sunday.

Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek will be out indefinitely with a sore hip, meaning Chris Osgood will start today against San Jose.

The UNLV volleyball team beat No. 18 Colorado State 30-16, 30-27, 30-22 at Cox Pavilion.

The Rebels (17-3, 8-2 Mountain West Conference) won their sixth straight match.

The St. Louis Cardinals released left-hander Mike Maroth.

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