SPORTS IN BRIEF 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 eight-hole 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.
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. 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.
AA 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
A soccer federation was arrested, just a few months after leading his country back to the
World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
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.