Oosthuizen fires 62 to lead in South Africa

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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 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.

Dog Rac­ing

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.

Win­ter Sports

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.

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