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Ko fires 71 in pro debut

Lydia Ko, 16, from New Zealand, overcame a double bogey on her third hole with three birdies on the back nine Thursday in Naples, Fla., for a 1-under-par 71 in her professional debut.


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Golf

Ko fires 71 in pro debut

Lydia Ko, 16, from New Zealand, overcame a double bogey on her third hole with three birdies on the back nine Thursday in Naples, Fla., for a 1-under-par 71 in her professional debut.

Ko, a two-time winner as an amateur, was seven shots behind Sandra Gal of Germany, who opened with six straight birdies on her way to a 64 in the CME LPGA Titleholders. First place is worth $700,000, the biggest payoff in women’s golf.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Canada had six birdies on the back nine for a 65. Another shot behind was a group that included Lexi Thompson, coming off a win last week in Mexico.

Morgan Hoffman took the first-round lead at the Pebble Beach Invitational, shooting a 7-under 65 at Spyglass Hill.

Hoffman has a one-stroke lead on fellow PGA Tour players Chesson Hadley, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Brown and defending champion Tommy Gainey.

Kevin Streelman birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine before making bogey on two of the final three to share the first-round lead at the World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, with Thomas Bjorn at 5-under 66.

K.J. Choi, Martin Laird and Stuart Manley were tied for third at 67, and Jason Day (68) was in sixth place, two strokes behind the leaders.

Another American, Matt Kuchar, shot 71 after four bogeys on the back nine.

The Americans and Denmark were tied for the team lead, three strokes ahead of Portugal.

A late charge gave England’s Matthew Nixon an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the South African Open in Johannesburg, the start of the 2014 European Tour season.

Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen and former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel also were in early contention at their home tournament.

NHL

Lundqvist makes 41 saves

Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 41 saves — including a career-best 23 in the first period — to carry the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the host Dallas Stars.

Lundqvist turned aside every Stars shot in the first period and stopped 35 of 36 through 40 minutes to keep New York in a 1-1 tie.

Chris Kreider and John Moore then scored 37 seconds apart in the first 1:55 of the third period to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead.

In other games, Derek Roy scored once in regulation and again in the fourth round of the shootout as the St. Louis Blues beat the host Boston Bruins 3-2.

In Detroit, Niklas Kronwall was credited with the tiebreaking goal in the third period, Gustav Nyquist had two goals and the Red Wings broke a seven-game losing streak by beating Carolina 4-3.

WNBA

Dream hires Cooper as coach

The Atlanta Dream hired former NBA star Michael Cooper as coach, hoping he can lead the team to a WNBA championship after three winless trips to the finals.

Cooper, 57, won five titles as a defensive stopper for the Lakers during the “Showtime” era, and he followed up his playing career by guiding the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks to consecutive titles as a coach in 2001 and 2002.

Atlanta has won three of the last four Eastern Conference titles, but has yet to win a game in the finals.

Auto racing

Vettel set to cap title season

The Formula One season ends this weekend in Sao Paulo with champion Sebastian Vettel looking to set more records to cap an already impressive year.

At the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, the Red Bull driver can equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 victories in a year and match the nine consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and ’53 seasons.

Also, Mark Webber will bid farewell to F1. It’s the final race before a series of driver changes at other top teams such as Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus and Williams.

Olympics

New boss to hold retreat

New IOC president Thomas Bach will hold a four-day retreat of his policymaking body next month to discuss the future of the Olympics.

The executive board will gather from Dec. 11-14 at a hotel in the Swiss lakeside resort of Montreux.

ELSEWHERE

• Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman announced his retirement after 17 years in Major League Soccer. Hartman spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1997 to 2006, where he won the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005.

• The U.S. women’s national soccer team will open its 2014 schedule with a match against Canada on Jan. 31 in Frisco, Texas, home to FC Dallas of the MLS.

• Croatian soccer player Joe Simunic was fined $4,300 for pro-Nazi chants after the national team qualified for the World Cup.

• The Anaheim Ducks acquired right wing Tim Jackman from the Calgary Flames for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

• A young man who testified last year at Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual-abuse trial sued the former coach and Penn State in Harrisburg, Pa., over what he said was nearly four years of sexual assault while in his early teens.

• Vallejo (Calif.) High School will no longer use a Native American as its mascot after critics decried it as offensive.

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