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GOLFChoi takes lead with a 64

With five birdies over his last six holes, K.J. Choi had a 6-under 64 on Friday to match the lowest score in the two years the AT & T National has been played at Aronimink and it gave him a two-shot lead over Chris Riley, Charlie Wi, Justin Leonard and Bo Van Pelt.

SOCCER

England rallies to beat New Zealand

Jill Scott rallied England with a second-half goal and assisted on another for a 2-1 win over New Zealand in a Women's World Cup match in Dresden, Germany . . . Japan routed Mexico, 4-0, on a hat trick by Homare Sawa to reach the quarterfinals.

FOOTBALLNike gives Vick another chance

Nike has re-signed Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to an endorsement deal. Nike, which signed Vick as a rookie in 2001, terminated his contract in August 2007 after he admitted his involvement in a dogfighting ring and spent 21 months in prison.

CYCLINGHincapie to start 16th Tour

George Hincapie, who rode alongside Lance Armstrong during his seven Tour de France victories, is about to match a mark of his own at cycling's biggest race that begins Saturday. The Farmingdale High School graduate, 38, is about to equal Dutch rider Joop Zoetemelk, who started and finished 16 Tours. -- APNBA

China tour for Kobe & Co.?

Kobe Bryant may take his talents to China during the NBA's lockout. According to Minnesota's Derrick Williams, who is also represented by Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, Pelinka and Bryant are trying to put together a group of barnstorming teams to tour China, where Bryant is very popular. -- MCT

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