Oosthuizen leads in South Africa, Els in contention
Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, led the South African Open by a shot after a 9-under 62 in the first round on Thursday in Johannesburg.
Oosthuizen, playing his home Open for the first time in eight years, made a brilliant start at Randburg Golf Club in Johannesburg with nine birdies, including six in an eighthole surge on the back nine, and no bogeys.
Mauresmo to coach Pouille: Amelie Mauresmo won’t be captaining France’s Davis Cup team after all because the twotime major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille. The French Tennis Federation announced it was searching for a new captain, who will also look after the national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
US women plan tour: The U.S. women’s soccer team finalized plans for a 10game “Countdown to the Cup” tour in advance of next year’s World Cup. The team will visit Europe to start the new year, playing France and Spain, before playing eight matches in the United States from February through May. The games will serve as preparation for the World Cup in France.
U.S. host cities include Chester, Pa.; Nashville, Tenn.; Tampa, Fla.; Commerce City, Colo.; Los Angeles; Santa Clara, Calif.; St. Louis; and Harrison, N.J.
A former FIFA official • from Guatemala who was cooperating in the U.S. investigation of corruption in international soccer’s governing body was sentenced to time served.
Ex-Guatemalan soccer chief Rafael Salguero had been under house arrest since 2016 while providing information to prosecutors in a sprawling case accusing several soccer officials of accepting more than $200 million dollars in bribes.
The head of Peru’s • soccer federation was arrested, just a few months after leading his country back to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
Prosecutors said Edwin Oviedo would be held initially for 15 days during an investigation of his alleged role in a criminal network that paid for several judges to attend the World Cup in Russia.
Iditarod clears 4-time champion: Iditarod officials cleared a four-time champion of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year. Officials for the 1,000mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race issued a statement this week absolving musher Dallas Seavey of any involvement in the drugging of his dogs, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Four of Seavey’s dogs tested positive for tramadol, an opioid painkiller and banned substance, following his second-place finish in March 2017. Some Alaska veterinarians have questioned why anyone would administer the drug during the race because it may cause drowsiness.
Canadian skier out of hospital: Olympic skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada was released from the hospital after breaking his leg during training at the seasonopening World Cup men’s downhill at Lake Louise in Alberta.
The 34-year-old skier crashed Nov. 21 and underwent surgery in Calgary.
Around-the-world sailor being rescued: A British woman sailing solo in a round-the-world race is being rescued after losing her mast and being knocked unconscious in a vicious storm in the Southern Ocean. Golden Globe Race officials said on the race website that they have been in regular radio contact with Susie Goodall since she regained consciousness.
Goodall is said to be “safe and secure” after losing her mast in the Southern Ocean, 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn near the southern tip of South America.
Russian committee appeals ruling: The Russian Olympic Committee has appealed a Moscow court ruling which sought to overturn a doping disqualification against a double gold medalist from the Sochi Winter Olympics.
In 2016, Dallas Seavey poses with his lead dogs Reef, left, and Tide. Seavey was cleared of drugging accusations.