Thursday, July 29, 2004

McGwire struggles in amateur golf event

The Enquirer and wire reports

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - It certainly wasn't a home run for Mark McGwire on Wednesday.

The former baseball slugger made his debut in a major amateur golf event with a 12-over 82 at the 102nd annual Western Amateur, a score that left him 17 strokes behind the co-leaders and tied for 152nd in the field of 156.

"I feel like a rookie playing in his first major league game, very much so," McGwire said at the Point O'Woods Golf and Country Club.

"I have a long way to go to play with these guys."

McGwire is a long shot to make the cut after today's second round, which takes the field down to 64 for match play. Tyler Hall, of Wayne, N.J., and Bronson LaCassie, of Australia, were the leaders with 65s after the first-round of stroke play.

"I was happy with everything today except my score," McGwire said.


BRYANT CASE: Swabs taken from Kobe Bryant during a hospital exam found DNA from the NBA star and the woman accusing him of rape, but none from an unidentified person whose DNA showed up on other evidence in the case, the judge said in a sealed filing mistakenly posted Wednesday on a court Web site.

The defense wants to present the DNA evidence from Bryant's hospital exam to jurors. In the sealed filing, District Judge Terry Ruckriegle said the prosecution does not intend to introduce that evidence.

The filing orders both sides to come up with an agreement by Friday on its use.

Bryant's attorneys have said they believe the 20-year-old woman had multiple sex partners in the three days before her hospital exam last summer, including one after her encounter with Bryant. Her attorney has denied she had another sexual partner in the 15-hour period before the exam.

The order, which included the accuser's name, appeared on a Web site where public filings are posted as a convenience to court staff and the media.

HEAT: Miami gave Shaquille O'Neal some frontcourt help by re-signing free agent forward Rasual Butler.

PACERS: Eddie Gill officially signed a contract with Indiana. Gill, a 6-foot guard from Weber State, signed a two-year deal for the league minimum.


UC SIGNS KICKER: Kevin Lovell, a kicker from Hawthorne, Calif., has signed a scholarship letter with the University of Cincinnati and will join the football team this season.


RED WINGS: Detroit re-signed defenseman Mathieu Dandenault to a one-year contract. He agreed to terms on a deal worth $1.6 million.

COYOTES: Phoenix has made a two-year contract offer to right wing Brett Hull.

THRASHERS: Atlanta agreed to contract terms with forward Patrik Stefan.


MASTERS CANADA: Andy Roddick beat French qualifier Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round of the $2.5 million tournament in Toronto. Top-seeded Roger Federer beat Morocco's Hicham Arazi 6-3, 7-5 in another first-round match.

ACURA CLASSIC: Alicia Molik used a dominating serve to upset second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Acura Classic.


MOTORSPORTS: The Mid-Atlantic Championship series (MACS) returns to Brushcreek Motorsports in Peebles, Ohio Aug. 6-7 for the fourth annual "American Heritage 101" weekend worth $80,000. One driver could earn nearly $25,000 in cash and prizes.

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