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GOLF

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in. When he finished his amazing run in the first round of the BMW Championship, he had seven straight birdies on his card and an 8-under 63 at blustery Conway Farms.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. Tiger Woods sounded disgusted with his round of 66, mainly because he had a pair of three-putt bogeys and missed a 4-foot birdie putt over his last five holes.

Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Streelman also were at 66. Phil Mickelson had a 70.

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) - Nearly two decades after winning this tournament, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shot a 6-under 64 for the first-round lead at the KLM Open.

Jimenez, the 1994 champion and the oldest player in the field at 49, had two bogeys and eight birdies in a round in which he took advantage of good conditions. One of his birdies came when he holed a wedge from 40 yards at the 16th. Another on the 18th gave him the outright lead.

Robert Allenby of Australia and Gary Orr of Scotland were among a group of six players at 65 at Kennemer Golf and Country Club on the North Sea coast.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jim Herman shot a 7-under 64 and built a two-shot lead over Sean O'Hair and Danny Lee among those who finished the rain-delayed opening round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Rain caused a three-hour delay in the morning, and the first round was suspended.

Herman hit one shot before the delay, and then returned to hit 9-iron to 10 feet for birdie. That turned out to be his longest birdie of the round. Andrew Svoboda, who won last week in North Carolina to clinch a PGA Tour card, was 4 under through 16 holes when darkness stopped play.

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's going to cost more to attend Los Angeles Dodgers games in 2014.

The team announced that ticket prices are increasing in many sections of Dodger Stadium for the first time in two years.

Last month, the team surpassed 3 million in attendance, the first major league club to do so this season.

The biggest increase is for front row seats between the bases, which will go up by $30 a game. Rows two through eight will increase by $20. The team says that the price for more than 45,000 seats will increase by $3 or less

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Padres have promoted Trevor Hoffman to upper level pitching coordinator and special assistant to general manager Josh Byrnes.

Hoffman, the former star closer, will evaluate and help coordinate all pitchers at Double-A, Triple-A and the big league team.

Byrnes cited Hoffman's expertise, passion and communication skills as being critical for helping young players. Hoffman had been a special assistant to the president and CEO the last three years following his retirement in January 2011.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Butch Jones says defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for Saturday's game against No. 2 Oregon while the university investigates allegations he was one of five Southeastern Conference players to receive improper benefits.

Jones told the Associated Press via text message that it was Tennessee's compliance department that ruled the 6-foot-2, 304-pound Couch ineligible.

PRO FOOTBALL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos coach John Fox came to Von Miller's defense 24 hours after publicly expressing frustration in his suspended star over multiple traffic transgressions.

Fox said the team is helping Miller stay out of trouble any way it can, and he pointed out that the All-Pro linebacker's infractions were nothing more serious than traffic citations.

Miller was arrested when he tried to purchase a weapon last month and a routine background check revealed an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on traffic charges from last year. He also was pulled over near his suburban Denver home last week and cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license.

A third citation surfaced in California late Wednesday but his agent disputed a Dallas TV report that there was an open warrant for Miller stemming from the 2012 speeding ticket in Orange County.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Frank Tripucka was the first quarterback for the Broncos and the original No. 18 in Denver.

His number was retired until 2012 when he gladly and graciously allowed Peyton Manning to wear it.

Tripucka died at his home in Woodland Park, N.J., at age 85. His son, Kelly Tripucka, a former NBA star, said his father died of congestive heart failure.

A former standout at Notre Dame, Frank Tripucka played for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and Dallas Texans. He was brought in as a coach before the 1960 season, but it became obvious he was Denver's best option at QB.

Tripucka threw for 3,038 yards and 24 touchdowns that season. He's also credited with tossing the first touchdown pass in American Football League history, a 59-yard connection to Al Carmichael.

AMERICA'S CUP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even with the most successful sailor in Olympic history on board, defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA simply can't catch Emirates Team New Zealand.

The plucky Kiwis beat Oracle Team USA twice more, moving closer to taking the America's Cup Down Under for the second time in 18 years.

The Kiwis turned a close Race 6 into a 47-second victory. They then put a whitewashing on Larry Ellison's syndicate in the seventh race, leading the whole way for a victory of 1 minute, 6 seconds.

Team New Zealand leads 6 to minus-1 and needs three more victories to claim the oldest trophy in international sports for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

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