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Jones, Watson tied

Matt Jones holed out from 60 feet on his final hole for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead with Bubba Watson Thursday in the Zurich Classic in New Orleans Luke Donald, a playoff loser last week at Hilton Head in a failed bid to jump from No. 3 to No. 1 in the world, shot a 68.


Rangers to Prague

The Rangers are returning to Prague this fall, this time to play an exhibition game against HC Sparta of the Czech League on Sept. 29. The Blueshirts swept Tampa Bay in the two-game series in Prague to open the 2008-09 season. The game with HC Sparta will be a tune-up for the Rangers' regular-season openers in Stockholm, against the Kings on Oct. 7 and the Ducks on Oct. 8.


Pride women win

Led by two goals and two assists from freshman midfielder Alex Mezzanotte, underclassmen combined to account for 11 of Hofstra's 13 points as the Pride rallied for a 9-8 victory over Drexel on at Shuart Stadium.


Doping ban likely

The Minnesota Supreme Court has cleared the way for the NFL to suspend Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Pat Williams, perhaps the final chapter in the closely watched anti-doping case. In a one-page order without comment, the court declined to consider Williams' appeal of a decision that had gone against both Pat Williams and teammate Kevin Williams, who are not related. The order was signed by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea. The Williamses were initially suspended in 2008 for taking the weight-loss supplement StarCaps, which contained a banned diuretic called bumetanide that can mask the presence of steroids. -- AP

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