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1/5/2013
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First-Day Play Washed Out at PGA Tour Opener

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The PGA Tour season now starts on Saturday.

Wind squalls that howled down off the mountains above Maui were so severe Friday that tour officials scrapped the first round of the Tournament of Champions. All scores were erased -- only 20 players in the 30-man field even had scores on their cards -- and the round will start over Saturday with 36 holes, weather permitting.

"I can honestly say the forecast isn't real good, but maybe we'll get lucky," said Slugger White, the tour's vice president of rules and competition. "That's the hope."

Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner, who supposedly started the 2013 season by playing in the first group, only made it through eight holes. Six players, including defending champion Steve Stricker, had not even teed off.

It was the first time since The Players Championship in 2005 that a round had been wiped clean.



Go Green

The decision was great news for Scott Stallings, who made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the third hole and already was 7-over par after four holes. He will tee off as if none of that ever happened. As for U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson?

"It stinks for me," Simpson said.

With a conversative game plan and a few good putts, Simpson was 3 under par after seven holes when play was stopped. Jonas Blixt of Sweden at 1 under was the only player surviving par.

So much for starting the season in paradise.

NFL

Andy Reid Agrees to 5-Year Deal To Lead Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in a black SUV on Friday, stepped out of it wearing a dark suit and red tie, and walked briskly toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs' home.

His new home, as it turned out.

Just a few hours later, Reid officially became the coach of the Chiefs.

The longtime Eagles coach signed a five-year deal, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the terms of the contract.

The Chiefs have scheduled an introductory press conference for Monday.

ORIGINAL PATRIOT: In Foxborough, Mass., former Patriots offensive guard Jack Davis has died at the age of 80.

Davis, an original member of the team when it was formed in 1960 as the Boston Patriots of the American Football League, died on Jan. 1 in Palm Harbor, Fla., the club announced Friday.

He played one pro season, appearing in 14 games for the Patriots. The name of the team was changed to the New England Patriots in 1971 when it moved to the suburb of Foxborough.

Davis played college ball at Maryland and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 15th round in 1958.

NHL

Sides in NHL Labor Fight Meet With Mediator

NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' association met separately with a federal mediator throughout Friday morning and well into the afternoon with no sign that they would return to the bargaining table anytime soon.

Federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh has been shuttling back and forth between the hotel in which the union is working, and the league office. As of late afternoon, the sides had made no plans to get together.

After marathon talks that lasted deep into Wednesday night, the sides have remained apart with the exception of two smaller meetings on Thursday.

The lockout reached its 111th day Friday, and the sides have only one week to reach a deal on a collective bargaining agreement that would allow for a 48-game hockey season -- the minimum the NHL has said it will play.

Commissioner Gary Bettman set a Jan. 11 deadline so the season can begin eight days later.

The players could be looking to wait until Saturday night to return to the bargaining table when it is expected that the executive board will again have the authority to exercise a disclaimer of interest that would allow the union to dissolve and become a trade association.

A vote among union members was initiated on Thursday, and players have until 6 p.m. Saturday to cast their ballots that would allow the board to take the action of the disclaimer. An earlier vote passed overwhelmingly last month, but the union let its self-imposed deadline to go by on Wednesday night without acting on it.







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