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■GOLF

Pan leads Southern Amateur

Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung shot a seven-under 65 at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday to lead after the first round of the 104th Southern Amateur golf tournament. At 18, Pan is among the youngest players in a field dominated by older American university amateurs. He held a one-stroke margin over Patrick Cantley and two strokes over Richard Lamb. At seven-under through his first 12 holes on Wednesday, Pan had officials checking the Shoal Creek competitive course record, but the birdies stopped falling down the stretch and he finished two over the record 63 set by Gary Player in the 1984 PGA Championship. “I feel good about my round today,” Pan said. “I putted well. I like the course.” Pan took up golf in his home town of Miaoli, where his mother worked as a caddy. After showing promise, his father sent him to Bradenton, Florida, to attend the Leadbetter Golf Academy. Bound this year for the University of Washington, he has placed in the top 10 in all three big amateur tournaments he has entered this summer.

■GOLF

Weather forces cancellation

Appalling weather conditions forced the cancellation of Wednesday’s Champions Challenge at St Andrews in Scotland. Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Peter Thomson were among the seven team captains for the four-hole event, but gusting winds and stair-rod rain left the Royal & Ancient with no choice but to call it off on the eve of The Open. The organizers said the Champions Challenge prize fund of £50,000 (US$76,000) would be donated to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. The foundation aims to channel funds into research, particularly into brain cancer, the condition that Ballesteros was diagnosed with in 2008.

■MOTOGP

Rossi set to return to track

Italian motorcycling star Valentino Rossi, who broke his leg on June 5, will probably ride in the German Grand Prix on Sunday, Fiat Yamaha announced. The circuit’s chief medical officer would have the final say on allowing the 31-year-old nine-time world champion to take part in the Sachsenring event, Fiat Yamaha said in a statement on Wednesday. If Rossi is barred from taking part, Japanese rider Wataru Yoshikawa will take his place.

■SOCCER

Silva completes City move

Spain’s World Cup winning winger David Silva completed his move to Premier League club Manchester City from Valencia on Wednesday. The 24-year-old underwent a medical having agreed a four-year contract. City’s Web site did not disclose the fee, but the Abu Dhabi-owned club are reported to have paid about £24 million (US$36.6 million) for Silva. Silva is City’s third signing during the close-season, following Roberto Mancini’s capture of Hamburg SV defender Jerome Boateng and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure from Barcelona.

■SOCCER

Octopus becomes an app

Paul the Octopus, who predicted World Cup matches with uncanny accuracy, is now an iPhone application. The Brazilian software developer behind the program, uTouchLabs, describes it as a “fun way to randomly choose between two options.” “Cinema or theater? Pizza or sushi? Skirt of dress? Marcia or Andrea? Ask the octopus,” it says. The user types in the options and a cartoon octopus chooses between them. Paul, an octopus at an aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, earned worldwide attention during the World Cup with his match predictions.

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