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PITTSFORD---Tiger Woods made
a mess of his final hole at the PGA
Championship, hardly looking like
he s poised to break the longest
major drought of his career.
Jim Furyk feels like his game is
finally coming together again.
Despite a bogey at his final hole,
Furyk seized the lead at Oak Hill
with a 5-under 65 in the opening
"You re usually disappointed to
end the day with a bogey," the 43-
year-old American said. "But a 65
at the PGA, that s not so bad."
Furyk rolled in a 40-foot birdie
putt at the 16th---his seventh hole
of the round after starting on the
back side---and pushed his score to
6 under until that stumble at the
ninth left him with his lone bogey.
He shook his head after missing a
25-footer to save par, but couldn t
complain much about the way he
played on a course softened by
Canadian journeyman David
Hearn was one stroke back after
starting with a 66. Four players,
including Matt Kuchar, were at 67.
Woods got off to a good start in
his bid to break an 0-for-17 slump
in the majors, making the turn with
a 2-under 33.
But he bogeyed the par-5 fourth,
normally one of the easier holes, and
wound up above par after plopping
his approach into thick rough short
whack at the ball---and sent it right
into a bunker, up against the lip. He
was able to get the club on it, landing
about 12 feet below the flag. The
putt, however, caught the left side
of the cup and spun out.
"The round, realistically, could ve
been under par easily," Woods said.
Furyk, the 2003 US Open cham-
pion, hasn t won since the Tour
Championship three years ago,
though he s had plenty of solid
efforts. But he fell into a bit of a
slump this summer, missing the cut
at both the US Open and the British
Open, struggling with his driver and
"I did not feel confident with my
putter and that was putting a lot of
pressure on the rest of my game,"
He showed signs of turning things
around the last two weeks, finishing
ninth at the Canadian Open and the
"I m feeling very comfortable with
what I m doing with the driver,"
Furyk said. "And this was one of my
best rounds, if not the best putting
round, I ve had this year."
None of his putts was better than
the one at No. 16. Then, at the 18th,
he knocked a 4-iron within a foot
of the cup for a tap-in par. When
Furyk wasn t making birdies, he was
saving par with a bunch of testy
little putts on Oak Hill s postage
Only at the ninth did Furyk score
finally go up. He drove it in the right
rough and had to chip out, ruining
his shot at a bogey-free round.
Playing not far from home, Hearn
opened and closed his round with
bogeys. In between, he ripped off
six birdies under skies that turned
The 34-year-old Hearn has never
won on the PGA Tour but he came
close just before the British Open,
losing to Jordan Spieth in a playoff
at the John Deere Classic.
"That was a great experience for
me," Hearn said. "I m proud of the
way I played. It just didn t go my
way at the finish."
After failing to get up and down
at the first hole, Hearn rolled in a
short birdie putt at No. 2. Three
more birdies in the 15-foot range
really got him rolling before an errant
drive at the 18th left him with anoth-
er bogey and a bit of a sour feeling
on the way to sign his scorecard.
He quickly shook it off.
"It feels good to be in contention,"
Hearn said. "I ve been playing some
really good golf the last few weeks."
He is playing in a major cham-
pionship for just the fourth time in
his career. Hearn has qualified for
three US Opens, his best showing a
tie for 21st at Merion this year.
Also at 67 were England s Paul
Casey, Australia s Marcus Fraser and
Robert Garrigus. Japan s Kohki Idoki
and Spain s Miguel Angel Jimenez
got off to blistering starts in the
afternoon, both stringing together
four straight birdies on the front
The final major of the year is
known for producing first-time
major champions---it has happened
16 times over the last quarter-cen-
But Woods, with 14 major victo-
ries, comes in the overwhelming
favorite. Even though his last win in
an event of this magnitude came at
the 2008 US Open, he has five vic-
tories this year on the PGA Tour and
was coming off a seven-stroke run-
away at the Bridgestone.
British Open champion Phil Mick-
elson teed off in an afternoon group
with the year s other two major win-
ners: Adam Scott (Masters) and
Justin Rose (US Open.)
BOSTON---Two friends of sus-
pected Boston Marathon bomber
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were indict-
ed yesterday for allegedly trying
to throw away fireworks and
other items police say they found
in Tsarnaev s dorm room before
Authorities later found some
of the items in a New Bedford
landfill, the federal indictment
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat
Tazhayakov, both 19, face charges
of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The two, who shared an apart-
ment in New Bedford, have been
detained since they were charged
in May. If convicted, they face up
to 20 years in prison.
Tsarnaev, 20, is accused in the
April 15 blasts at the finish line
of the Boston Marathon that killed
three people and injured more
than 260. He was captured April
19 in the Boston suburb of Water-
town following a manhunt. He s
pleaded not guilty.
An attorney for Tazhayakov,
Arkady Bukh, said his client did
nothing wrong and he s tried for
the last several months to con-
vince authorities to drop the
"For me, this sounds like a
witch hunt," he said. "And this is
the same view (my) client has."
Kadyrbayev s attorney, Robert
Stahl, said his client never know-
ingly took evidence from Tsar-
naev s dorm room.
"My young client ... was
shocked and horrified to learn
that someone he knew was
involved in the terrible Marathon
bombing," he said.
Tsarnaev, Kadyrbayev and
Tazhayakov were all students at
the University of Massachusetts
On April 18, the FBI posted pic-
tures of Tsarnaev and his brother
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an alleged co-
conspirator who died the next day
during the manhunt. According
to the indictment, Kadyrbayev
later received a text message from
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggesting
that he go to Tsarnaev s "room
and take what s there."
The indictment alleges that
Kadyrbayev, Tazhayakov, and
another conspirator, who was not
named in the indictment, went
to Tsarnaev s dorm room and
removed several items, including
Tsarnaev s laptop computer and
a backpack containing fireworks.
The indictment says they brought
the items to Kadyrbayev s and
Tazhayakov s apartment and later
put some of them in a trash
MOSCOW---Track and field s gov-
erning body will re-introduce four-
year bans for serious drug viola-
tions in 2015 and will be pushing
the World Anti-Doping Agency to
do the same to strengthen the
deterrent against cheats, IAAF
President Lamine Diack said yes-
In a vote by acclamation at the
IAAF congress, member federations
backed the leaders in seeking tougher
The International Association of
Athletics Federations said it is ready
to press ahead on its own if other
sports refuse to upgrade the sanction
from two years.
The new WADA code goes into
effect in 2015. Diack said the IAAF
will move to four-year sanctions
regardless of what is decided at the
November 12-15 World Conference
on Doping in Sport in Johannes-
"Up to 2015 it will still be two
years," Diack said. "From then on,
as far as the IAAF is concerned, it
will be four years."
IAAF officials have always stressed
they were ready to impose four-year
sanctions and only grudgingly
adapted to the two-year penalties
in 1997. They fear new steps next
November will again fall short in
effectively deterring athletes.
"If WADA is only following some
federations, who have their doubts,
we have to take care of our own
fate," IAAF Council member Helmut
Digel told The Associated Press.
WADA wants a uniform standard
across all sports and countries.
Athletics officials fear that the
goal of four-year bans will be
watered down in negotiations leading
up to the Johannesburg meeting,
leaving so many exceptions and
caveats that it would hardly make
a difference from the current system
of two years.
The issue has gained prominence
ahead of the world championships,
which start Saturday in Moscow.
Several high-profile doping scandals
have clouded the preparations for
Doping has hit the sport s premier
event, the men s 100 meters, espe-
cially hard. US sprinter Tyson Gay
had been expected to challenge
Jamaica s Usain Bolt for the title
after a strong early season but was
forced to pull out of the worlds when
he failed an out-of-competition test.
Almost at the same time, it was
announced that former world-record
holder Asafa Powell tested positive
for the stimulant oxilofrone at the
Jamaican national championships
Digel said the sport is doing all it
can to eradicate doping, even at the
expense of a public relations set-
"Tyson Gay? We are not protect-
ing him," Digel said. "Asafa Powell?
We are not protecting him. These
are our superstars. We want to help
our clean athletes."
On Friday, the International
Olympic Committee executive board
will announce its choice for the next
WADA president. It is the turn of
the Olympic movement to select the
president, who will replace former
Australian minister John Fahey.
IOC vice president Craig Reedie
of Britain, who sits on the WADA
executive committee, is the firm
favorite. The other candidates are
former two-time Olympic 400-
meter hurdles champion Edwin
Moses of the United States and for-
mer IOC medical director Patrick
The candidate put forward Friday
will go up for formal approval at the
WADA meeting in Johannesburg and
take over as president on January 1.
Furyk seizes PGA lead
Jim Furyk watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of
the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, yesterday.
IAAF to introduce four-year sanctions in 2015
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