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Steinhauer returns with 64

It's somewhat appropriate that Sherri Steinhauer has the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J.

They're both veterans on the comeback trail.

The $1.5 million tournament in the shadow of Atlantic City is returning to the LPGA circuit after a three-year hiatus, while the 47-year-old Steinhauer is battling for her career after missing the 2009 season following surgery on both hips.

Steinhauer rediscovered her game on Friday, shooting a near-flawless 7-under 64 to take a one stroke lead over Natalie Gulbis and rookie Tania Elosegui of Spain.

"Yeah, it feels really good," Steinhauer said. "After being off last year with hip surgery, two hip surgeries, to be back and to be in the media tent feels good."

Ai Miyazato, the Japanese star who has dominated the women's tour with three victories this year, was in a group two shots back after Friday's round at the Bay Course at Seaview.

NHL recommends head hit penalty

The NHL's competition committee recommended that the league's referees will be given the power to hand out major penalties for hits to the head next season.

The 10-man group agreed on the new penalty during a meeting at the NHL's Toronto office on Friday and passed it along to the league's board of governors. The board meets next week in Los Angeles and must give final approval to the recommendation.

The specific wording of the new penalty wasn't disclosed but NHL executive and former player Brendan Shanahan says head hits will be subject to a major penalty and game misconduct, as well as supplemental discipline.

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*Roger Federer was handed a tough draw in his bid for a record-equaling seventh Wimbledon title. The defending champion and top-seeded Federer was drawn in the same top half with Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic and former champion Lleyton Hewitt. In the women's draw, Venus and Serena Williams are seeded to meet again in the final for the fifth time.

*Former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Ken Hamlin says he's reached agreement with the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year contract for the 2010 season. Hamlin will provide the Ravens a capable backup to safety Ed Reed, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery.

*The compulsory dance has been dropped from figure skating by the International Skating Union. The ISU has revamped the format of ice dance to a Short Dance and a Free Dance.

From News and wire service reports.

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