Oosthuizen leads in South Africa

The Fresno Bee - - Sports -

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.

Ten­nis

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.

Soc­cer

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.

Dog Rac­ing

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.

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