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Puyallup's Ryan Moore shoots 61 | A.M. Briefing

Ryan Moore from Puyallup matched the course record and his career best with a 10-under-par 61 on Thursday in the first round of the Justin...

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Golf

Ryan Moore shoots 61

Ryan Moore from Puyallup matched the course record and his career best with a 10-under-par 61 on Thursday in the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

The former UNLV player had nine birdies, an eagle — on the 341-yard, par-4 15th — and a bogey in perfect conditions at TPC Summerlin to take a one-stroke lead in the Fall Series opener.

Brendon de Jonge had a 62, and Tim Herron and John Huh shot 63. Justin Leonard, Chris Kirk and Jonas Blixt were three strokes back at 64. Kirk eagled the 15th and par-5 16th.

Moore also shot a 61 this season in the Humana Challenge on PGA West's Nicklaus Course. The Las Vegas resident has seven top-10 finishes and is 36th on the money list. The final top 30 will receive spots in the Masters.

Former Husky Richard H. Lee shot a 66. Former Husky Troy Kelly had a 68.

WNBA

Lynx beats Sparks in opener

Maya Moore scored 20 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 94-77 in the opener of the Western Conference finals.

Seimone Augustus added 16 points for the defending champion Lynx.

Candace Parker scored 25 points and Alana Beard had 16 for Los Angeles. Kristi Toliver, who came in averaging 26 points in the playoffs, was held to 12.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday in Los Angeles, where the Lynx is 4-21.

NHL

NHL cancels two weeks

What seemed inevitable for the NHL has become reality. The league canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, the second time games have been lost because of a lockout in seven years.

It isn't clear if those games will be made up, allowing for a complete 82-game regular season, if a deal can be struck soon with the locked-out players.

Boxing

Fighter announces he's gay

Describing himself as "a proud gay man," Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz became what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still competing.

"I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows in this sport that is so macho," he said. "I kept this hidden for many, many years."

His announcement comes two weeks before the 31-year-old left-hander challenges Mexican boxer Jorge Pazos for the WBO Latino title. Cruz is ranked as the World Boxing Organization's No. 4 featherweight fighter and is 18-2-1 with nine knockouts.

NBA

Rockets' White a no-show

Houston Rockets first-round draft pick Royce White is a no-show at training camp and said he and the team are working on a plan to address his fear of flying.

The 6-foot-8 White was the 16th overall pick after one season at Iowa State. White suffers from anxiety. He said on Twitter he's working with the team on an "innovative plan" to balance treatment with the NBA schedule.

Tennis

Azarenka, Sharapova win

Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and No. 2 Maria Sharapova of Russia reached the China Open quarterfinals in Beijing with straight-set wins. Azarenka beat Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-3, 6-3, while Sharapova defeated Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog 6-0, 6-2.

Elsewhere

• North Carolina said men's basketball coach Roy Williams' second kidney tumor isn't cancerous. The school said the tumor is the same kind of noncancerous growth that was surgically removed from his right kidney Sept. 19.

• Highly touted twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison of Richmond, Texas, said they're headed to Kentucky. The Fort Bend Travis prep stars, now seniors, chose to play for coach John Calipari and the Wildcats over Maryland and Southern Methodist.

Chris Walker took over as Texas Tech's interim men's basketball coach, replacing Billy Gillispie.

• South Africa's Branden Grace made five closing birdies to shoot a course-record 12-under 60 in the opening round of the Dunhill Links Championship in Kingsbarns, Scotland.

• Retired Lorena Ochoa shot a 1-under 69 at the Lacoste Ladies Open in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France. Ochoa is playing at the request of the sponsor.

Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., won the USGA Senior Amateur for the second time in three years, beating Curtis Skinner of Lake Bluff, Ill., 4 and 3 at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J.

• The NBA is going back to London with a regular-season game between the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks on Jan. 17.

• Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee suspended Chicago Fire forward Guillermo Franco for two games and fined him for endangering the safety of an opponent.

• Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, unable to duplicate the success of his prime, said he will retire at the end of the season.

Shawn Eichorst is leaving his job as athletic director at scandal-ridden Miami for Nebraska, where he accepted a five-year contract.

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