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Teske Has LPGA Lead After 68

From Staff and Wire Reports

Rachel Teske doesn’t have Hall of Fame credentials like her challengers in the LPGA ADT Championship at West Palm Beach, Fla. But she has the lead.

Teske made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to finish off a four-under-par 68 at blustery Trump International and take a one-stroke lead over Annika Sorenstam and defending champion Karrie Webb.

Teske had seven birdies and was at 10-under 206. She will play in the final group today with Webb, who shot a 68.

Sorenstam, aiming for her 11th victory this season, had an eagle on the par-five 15th and wound up with a 70.

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Tiger Woods shot a two-under 69 to move to five-under 208, eight strokes behind leader Kaname Yokoo with one round remaining in the Dunlop Phoenix at Miyazaki, Japan. Yokoo shot a 69 to reach 13 under.

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Rich Beem and Australia’s Steve Allan each shot a course-record six-under 64 to share the second-round lead in the Australian Open at Melbourne.

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Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen birdied eight of their first 10 holes and finished at 12-under 60 for a 19-under 125 and a three-shot lead in the Franklin Templeton Shooout at Naples, Fla.

Baseball

The New York Yankees, New York Mets and Colorado Rockies have talked about a three-way deal that would send Colorado pitcher Denny Neagle to the Mets, the New York Daily News reported.

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Yankee outfielders Raul Mondesi and Rondell White, and Met outfielder Jeromy Burnitz also could be involved in a deal, the newspaper said, citing unidentified baseball sources.

The Yankees would not acquire players in the deal but would gain salary-cap and luxury-tax relief, the story said.

Winter Sports

Sasha Cohen, who tops the Grand Prix figure skating standings, finished second to Russia’s Viktoria Volchkova, who rallied from third place after the short program to win the Cup of Russia Grand Prix at Moscow.

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Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin opened the World Cup luge season with a doubles victory, beating Olympic gold medalists Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch of Germany at Park City, Utah.

It was their seventh victory in World Cup competition, an American record. Grimmette and Martin also became the U.S. leaders in international medals, with 32 since the 1996-97 season.

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Dutch speedskater Erben Wennemars won the men’s 1,500-meter World Cup race at Heerenveen, Netherlands, with Russia’s Yevgeny Lalenkov finishing second and Derek Parra of the U.S. third. Parra leads the standings after four races.

Horse Racing

Notching his ninth win in the last four days, Laffit Pincay rode the Irish-bred colt Sligo Bay to a one-length win over Grammarian in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at Hollywood Park.

Delta Form, the favorite, closed late to finish third, beaten by 3 1/2 lengths. Sligo Bay paid $20 to win.

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In other stakes at Hollywood, Roll Hennessy Roll, the even-money favorite, beat Red Apache by four lengths in the $125,000 Hollywood Prevue, and Hot Market, the 9-10 favorite, won the $107,700 On Trust Handicap by 3 1/2 lengths over Grey Memo.

In races elsewhere, Evening Attire won the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap, which was run on dirt because of a soggy turf course at Aqueduct; and Eagle Cafe, a 20-1 shot, won the $2-million Japan Cup Dirt Stakes.

Miscellany

Courtney Kupets, 16, won the women’s uneven bars in the Gymnastics World Championships at Debrecen, Hungary, the first American in more than 20 years to win the title.

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Natalie Coughlin set women’s short-course world records of 56.71 in the 100-meter backstroke and 58.80 in the 100 individual medley in the FINA World Cup Series at East Meadow, N.Y.

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High wind today forced the postponement of America’s Cup challenger series races off Auckland, New Zealand, for the second consecutive day.

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