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Couples, Donald join Sazale leaders

Fred Couples and Mike Donald produced birdies on the first eight holes of the back nine Friday to score a 12-under-par 60 and move into a four-way tie for the 36-hole lead in the Sazale Golf Classic at Wellington, Fla.

Tied with Couples and Donald at 19-under-par 125 in the best-ball team championship are Greg Bruckner-Kirk Triplett, Brian Claar-Bill Glasson and Stan Utley-Bob Wolcott.

At Princeville, Hawaii, Betsy King, Danielle Ammaccapane and Cindy Rarick, the top three seeds, advanced in the first half of a marathon day at the LPGA World Match Play Championship.

Eight players moved into an afternoon round to trim the field to four. Two finalists will compete Sunday for $100,000.

At Melbourne, Australia, New Zealand's Greg Turner moved into a one-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Johnnie Walker Classic by firing a 3-under-par 69 in the second round. He had a 137 for 36 holes.

At Kaanapali, Hawaii, Bob Charles of New Zealand shot a 5-under-par 65 and took a one-stroke lead over Arnold Palmer in the first round of the Kaanapali Classic.

Charles, Palmer and Lee Trevino all were tied at 4-under with two holes to play, but Trevino fell off the pace when he took a triple-bogey 6 at the par-3 17th.

Opening delayed at domed golf course

FLINT, Mich. -- Bad weather delayed the opening of a domed golf course of natural grass, but developers said Friday the course will be ready in less than two weeks.

The nine-hole course with a dozen sand traps and hills up to 12 feet high, was expected to cost about $2 million. The longest hole is about 75 yards, and all nine will be separated by nets.

Foyt hoping to compete in Indy 500

HOUSTON -- A.J. Foyt, his lower legs crushed in a September racing accident in Wisconsin, hopes to compete in the next Indianapolis 500 before he retires.

Foyt works out daily at the Houston Oilers' practice facility and undergoes treatment under the supervision of Steve Watterson, the strength and rehabilitation coach for the NFL team.

"Steve's just done miracles with me," Foyt said in an story published in Friday's Houston Chronicle. "He's really pushing me, working me four and five hours a day every day. Steve calls the shots, and I just do what he wants me to do."

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