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Byrd, Pattersson tied in PGA opener

Jonathan Byrd and Carl Pettersson enjoyed the views and surprising calm conditions at Kapalua, Hawaii Thursday to open the new PGA Tour season at 7-under 66 to share the lead.

Byrd picked up where he left off. He qualified for the Tournament of Championship by winning in Las Vegas with a hole-in-one in the playoff. This time, he only holed out with a wedge from the 10th fairway, putting him atop the leaderboard. Pettersson was the only player who caught him.

Geoff Ogilvy became the first defending champion in 50 years at this winners-only tournament to not play. He withdrew after gouging his finger on the coral reef, leaving him with 12 stitches in his right index finger.

Cincinnati beats Xavier for 15th in row

Yancy Gates scored a season-high 22 points, and 24th-ranked Cincinnati extended the second-best start in school history, beating Xavier, 66-46, to win back the city's bragging rights.

Cincinnati's 15-0 start matches the 1998-99 team for second-best in school history. Xavier is 8-5.

In the Big East, Corey Stokes scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and No. 7 Villanova (13-1, 2-0) pulled away to beat South Florida (6-10, 0-3), 83-71.

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*The World Series champion San Francisco Giants will play at the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 31, becoming the sixth game scheduled in the major leagues on opening day. ESPN will televise a tripleheader starting with Detroit at the New York Yankees, followed by San Diego and St. Louis and concluding with the Giants and Dodgers, which will take the place of an April 4 game between the teams on the original schedule.

*Hobart College in Geneva has been disciplined by the NCAA for committing major violations in its football and men's lacrosse programs. Among the penalties assessed are three years of probation, a one-year postseason ban for lacrosse, vacating records in football for the 2006 and 2007 seasons and lacrosse for the 2006 season, and financial penalties.

From News and wire service reports.

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