After finishing 20 strokes out of the lead in his Nationwide Tour debut, Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice had plans for his putter.
“I’m going to take it home, melt it down and I’m going to get rid of it,” Rice said after shooting a 12-over 83 in the Fresh Express Classic in Hayward, Calif. “It really let me down today.”
Rice, 47, the tournament host, birdied the par-5 seventh and also had eight pars but his round was tempered by five bogeys and four double bogeys at TPC Stonebrae. He finished tied for 153rd, two trokes out of last place. Dicky Pride led with an 8-under 63.
Tiger Woods announced he will play the Quail Hollow Championship, beginning April 29. … With most of golf’s best resting after the Masters, K.J. Choi kept up his stellar play, shooting a 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead at the Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Mike Weir and Greg Owen opened with 66s.
Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games cost Vancouver, B.C., only slightly less than it takes to run the city for a year. A report estimates the city spent $727.6 million on infrastructure and operations to host the world for the 27 days of the games. It recouped $174.5 million of it from provincial and federal governments, leaving a bill of $553.1 million. … U.S. soccer coach Bob Bradley will call in more than 23 players when the Americans start their final training camp on May 15 ahead of the World Cup. … Dwayne De Rosario scored twice, once on an 81st-minute penalty, to give host Toronto FC a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union in MLS action.
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