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Originally published Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

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PGA Tour opener takes another mulligan because of wind

Another attempt to start the PGA Tour season was blown away Sunday in Kapalua, Hawaii.

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Golf

Opener takes another mulligan

Another attempt to start the PGA Tour season was blown away Sunday in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Slightly more than an hour into the opening round of the Tournament of Champions, play was suspended when more 40 mph-plus gusts came roaring down the Plantation Course and left officials no choice but to wipe out another round — as they did Friday and Saturday.

Rickie Fowler is to hit the opening tee shot of the 2013 season Monday. The plan is for 36 holes Monday and an 18-hole finish to the winners-only tournament Tuesday.

Andy Pazder, the Tour's chief of operations, said earlier decisions not to play "were not hard" because the wind was severe.

Charlie Beljan played six shots before he reached his first green at the Maui event. Ben Curtis had birdie putts on the first two holes and played them in 5-over par.

"We need to try to put the show on," golfer Ian Poulter said. "Hyundai (sponsor) spent a lot of money. We want to play. Fans want to see us play. TV wants to see us play."

Tournament coverage on Golf Channel is to start at 1 p.m. PST Monday.

Horse racing

Stevens is 3rd in comeback ride

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens finished third in the first race of his comeback after a seven-year retirement.

Stevens, 49, returned at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., but his comeback was loaded with Washington angles.

Stevens rode Washington-bred Jebrica, who won the 2011 Emerald Downs Derby in Auburn, in the turf race for $50,000 claimers at Santa Anita. Stevens was the leading rider at Longacres in Renton in 1983 and 1984; he prepared for this comeback at Pegasus, a training and equine-rehabilitation center in Redmond.

Jebrica, sent off at 5-1 odds, finished a neck behind winner Maybe Tuesday, who paid $13 with Aaron Gryder aboard.

"I thought, 'Man, this is going to be a storybook comeback.' It wasn't meant to be, but it was close enough," said Stevens, who has 4,888 career victories. "That's the first time I've knuckled down on one in seven years, and it felt good."

Stevens has said he will be selective in picking mounts; he is continuing to work as an analyst for NBC and horse-racing channel HRTV. After Sunday's race, he took a shower, changed and was in the HRTV booth for the feature race on the card.

Soccer

Liverpool advances in FA Cup

Luis Suarez was involved in a new hand-ball controversy when he scored the decisive goal for Liverpool in a 2-1 victory that ousted nonleague team Mansfield from the third round of England's FA Cup.

Daniel Sturridge, making his Liverpool debut after his transfer from Chelsea, put the visitors ahead in the seventh minute and Suarez extended the lead in the 59th by bringing the ball down with a hand before kicking it into the net.

Despite Suarez looking uncomfortable after scoring, perhaps expecting the goal to be taken away by referee Andre Marriner, the score stood.

"There's no doubt it was a hand ball, but the referee and the officials ruled it wasn't deliberate," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said.

The goal revived memories of an incident at the 2010 World Cup, when Suarez deliberately handled on the goal line to block Ghana from scoring and was ejected. Ghana missed the penalty kick, sparking a celebration by Suarez on the sideline, and Uruguay advanced to the semifinals.

Obituary

Michigan icon Elliott dies

Pete Elliott, an All-American back who played on two unbeaten football teams at Michigan in the late 1940s and played or coached in three Rose Bowl games, died Friday in Canton, Ohio. He was 86.

His death was announced by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, where he was the executive director from 1979 to 1996. The cause was congestive heart failure, his son David said.

In addition to being a football standout in college, Elliott was an All-Big Ten basketball guard and runner-up for the conference golf championship, playing four seasons in each sport.

He and brother Bump, a Michigan teammate, were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Pete Elliott coached Illinois to a 17-7 victory over Washington in the 1964 Rose Bowl.

Elsewhere

• Defending champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria took the overall World Cup skiing lead by winning a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, for his third victory of the season.

Hirscher won with a combined time of 1 minute, 56.17 seconds to beat runner-up Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.57 seconds.

Hirscher overtook Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway in the overall standings. Hirscher has 740 points and Svindal — who often skips slalom events — is second with 689.

• Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel of France took the overall lead in the Dakar Rally by winning a treacherous 149-mile second stage around Pisco, Peru.

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