Oosthuizen leads in South Africa
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 10-game “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.
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.
Iditarod clears 4-time champion: Iditarod officials cleared a four-time champion Dallas Seavey of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year.