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NHL

Sharks can’t overcome quick start by Kings

SAN JOSE — Alexander Frolov had a goal and two assists in the first period and teenage prodigy Anze Kopitar added a goal and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-2 preseason victory over the Sharks on Friday. Rob Blake, Sean Avery and Jeff Cowan also scored for the Kings, who have scored 21 goals while winning four of their five exhibition games.

» Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Konowalchuk retired after tests showed he has Long QT Syndrome, a genetic condition that can lead to irregular heart rhythms.

» The Carolina Hurricanes traded away one of their top prospects, sending promising defenseman Jack Johnson along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason.

GOLF

‘Lord Byron’ remembered for being true gentleman

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — With story after story reinforcing the notion that Byron Nelson was an even better gentleman than he was a golfer, longtime business manager and close friend Jon Bradley provided the anecdote that perhaps best framed the essence of the late "Lord Byron."

Bradley returned from a trip to the U.S. Golf Association’s museum and recounted all the memorabilia from his friend’s career that he had seen. His only disappointment was that USGA officials didn’t fire up the "Iron Byron" swing machine so he could see it in action.

"No?" Nelson told him. "But they did for me."

That was Nelson: Proud of his golf legacy, eager to share it with others and puzzled that he would be treated different from anyone else.

Nelson died Tuesday of natural causes. He was 94.

Golf

Red-hot Tiger charges out to five-shot AMEX advantage

CHANDLER’S CROSS, England — Tiger Woods made a 7-under 64 look routine in building a five-shot lead over Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink and David Howell after two rounds of the World Golf Championships’ American Express Championship.

Starting on the back, he again eagled No. 18, then made birdie on four of his next six holes. His 15-under 127 is his best score after two days since Woods went 64-61 at Firestone in 2000 at the NEC Invitational.

» D.J. Trahan shot a bogey-free

4-under 68 to move to 11-under 133 at after two rounds of the PGA’s State Farm Classic at Madison, Miss. He has a two-stroke lead over Brad Faxon and Joe Durant.

» Andy Bean matched his best score in four years on the Champions Tour, shooting a 9-under 63 to take a four-stroke lead after the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Conover, N.C. Chip Beck, making his second senior start, was four strokes back at 67 along with Dana Quigley and Mark Johnson.

NFL

T.O. to travel, making it possible he plays Sunday

IRVING, Texas — Terrell Owens sat at his locker flexing his swollen right hand, smiling and saying little. After practicing for the second straight day, the Dallas Cowboys’ receiver seemed in good spirits and on track to play Sunday. But Owens, who will travel to Tennessee, refused to say then if he would play against the Titans. On his radio show,Owens said he told coach Bill Parcells that he will be ready to play.

"If he gives me the nod that I can play, then you best believe I will be ready, no matter what," Owens said.

Parcells said Owens has done everything he has been asked to do in practice this week. Still, Parcells hadn’t decided if the receiver would play against the Titans.

» Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Kyle Turley didn’t practice again due to a sore back and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. If he can’t play, he will be replaced by Jordan Black.

» The NFL fined Carolina defensive end Al Wallace $7,500 for his fourth-quarter hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms, who underwent surgery to remove a ruptured spleen after the game.

BASEBALL

Negro Leaguer O’Neil’s health takes turn for worse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Negro Leagues great Buck O’Neil took a turn for the worse late Thursday but was resting comfortably in a Kansas City hospital, friends said. The

94-year-old O’Neil was admitted to the hospital Sept. 17 with extreme fatigue. O’Neil, one of the driving forces in the creation of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, has lost his voice and can only whisper.

» New York Yankees lefty Randy Johnson has a herniated disc in his lower back, an injury that could prevent him from pitching in the playoffs next week.

» A bronze bust of former Kansas City Royals star George Brett was found in a roadside box after it was stolen this week from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield.

COLLEGE SOCCER

San Francisco State teams swept by Cal State L.A.

Derek Horn scored in the 80th minute to snap a tie as Cal State Los Angeles slipped past San Francisco State 3-2 in aCalifornia Collegiate Athletic Association men’s soccer match at Cox Stadium. The Gators dropped to 4-6-2 overall, 2-5-2 in the CCAA.

» Kastidi Robles scored the game’s only goal in the 51st minute as Cal State Los Angeles nipped San Francisco State 1-0 in a CCAA women’s soccer match at Cox Stadium. The Gators fell to 4-6-1 overall, 3-4-1 CCAA.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

No. 23 Rutgers holds on in first game back in Top 25

TAMPA, Fla. — Ray Rice ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns, leading 23rd-ranked Rutgers to a 22-20 victory over South Florida in the Scarlet Knights’ first game as a ranked team in 30 years.

NBA

Brown, Knicks go before Stern to settle dispute

NEW YORK — Larry Brown’s dispute over $40 million in his contract following his firing by the New York Knicks went before NBA commissioner David Stern. Stern isn’t expected to rule for up to two weeks.

» Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, owner of an NBA-record 178 playoff victories, will have surgery to replace his right hip Tuesday — the same day his team opens training camp. He is expected to be ready to start the regular season.

COLLEGES

Northeastern State drops Redmen at NCAA deadline

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Northeastern State is dropping the Redmen nickname the university has used for more than 80 years. The school informed the NCAA of its decision by phone, with a report to follow. The NCAA can bar schools with "hostile or abusive" team names from hosting or participating in the organization’s championship events. Friday was the deadline for schools to say if they intend to change their names. The school is considering 400 suggestions for a new nickname. Neal Weaver, NSU vice president for university relations, said finalists will be announced next week.

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