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5/17/2013
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CYCLING

Burke Rental Fleet To Include Norco Bikes

EAST BURKE -- Norco Bicycles and Q Burke Mountain recently announced a rental agreement for the 2013 season.

"The Northeast is home to a mountain biking community that is just as passionate, active and knowledgeable as any other in the world," says Norco Bicycles VP of Sales and Marketing, Skip Swain. "We see Burke Mountain as a fantastic venue to showcase our mountain bikes, from our downhill World Cup race bike, the Aurum, to our trail bike, the Sight."

A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 offering free demos, live music and discounted bike rentals.

GOLF

Bradley Fires Course-Record 60 at Bryron Nelson



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IRVING, Texas -- Keegan Bradley had no thoughts about a course record, or the possibility of a 59, after consecutive bogeys in the middle of his opening round at the Byron Nelson Championship.

Until his 136-yard wedge shot on his final hole Thursday.

"It was going right at it. (A 59) crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this," Bradley said. "But I had 3 feet to shoot 60. I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it."

Bradley shot 10-under 60, completed by that short birdie at the 428-yard ninth hole, to break the TPC Four Seasons course record and match the best round ever at the Nelson. He topped his career PGA Tour best by three strokes and equaled Phil Mickelson's opening 60 at Phoenix as the best round on the tour this season.

After missing the fairways off the tees and making bogeys at No. 18 and then No. 1, the latter starting his back nine when he drove into a bunker and had a par putt lip out, Bradley was 3 under. He made a 17-foot birdie putt at the 221-yard second, and was 7 under in his final eight holes with an eagle-birdie-birdie finish.

The 60, with 10 birdies and an eagle 3 at the 542-yard seventh, gave Bradley a three-stroke lead over 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. Robert Karlsson, Harris English and Ted Potter Jr. shot 64, and two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, Ryan Palmer and Camilo Villegas were at 65.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China, shot 70 in his second tournament since making the cut at the Masters. The eighth-grader also made the cut in New Orleans three weeks ago.

SOCCER

Beckham To Retire From Football at End of Season

LONDON -- David Beckham is retiring from soccer, ending a career in which he transcended the sport with forays into fashion and a marriage to a pop star that made him a global celebrity.

The 38-year-old former England captain, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, said Thursday he will retire after the season.

"It's a good way to go out," Beckham said in Paris. "It's every athlete's dream, every footballer's dream to go out on the top -- on top form or winning a trophy ... leaving as a champion."

Beckham, whose curling free kicks and pin-point crosses became his signature as a player, has two more matches left at PSG against Brest on Saturday and at Lorient on May 26. He has been giving his salary to a children's charity.

Asked what led to his decision, Beckham replied with a laugh: "Probably when (Lionel) Messi was running past me in that home game," referring to PSG's Champions League match against Barcelona last month.

Beckham started his career with Manchester United and also played for Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy, winning titles with all those clubs and also making a record 115 international appearances for an England outfield player.

AUTO RACING

Sheriff: Ex-NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dead at 71

CONCORD, N.C. -- Dick Trickle, a former NASCAR driver whose larger-than-life personality and penchant for fun won him legions of fans despite a lack of success beyond the nation's small tracks, died Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 71.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle, who said "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.

Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Johnson said foul play was not suspected.

Trickle earned his reputation as a successful short track driver before joining the Winston Cup series and earning rookie of the year in 1989 at age 48.

He competed in more than 300 Cup races. Although he never won a Cup race and won just two Busch Series races, Trickle earned cult status.







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