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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017

Matt Kuchar, left, smiles as he tries a fist bump with Bubba Watson, right, after Kuchar nearly holed out for an eagle, settling for a birdie, at the 17th hole during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:55 P.M.

Matt Kuchar shoots 7-under 64 to take Phoenix Open lead

Matt Kuchar eagled the par-5 13th and added two late birdies and a big par save on the rowdy par-3 16th hole Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Kuchar shot a 7-under 64 in perfect afternoon conditions at TPC Scottsdale for a one-stroke lead over defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and Brendan Steele.

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Tiger Woods tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Kamran Jebreili / Associated Press)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:57 P.M.

Tiger Woods struggles in Dubai, shoots 77 in 1st round

Missing fairways, missing greens and piling up the putts, Tiger Woods got off to a rough start at the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday. The 14-time major winner finished the first round at 5-over-par 77, failing to record even one birdie at Emirates Golf Club.

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In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr, left, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel, center, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, answer questions during a news conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Two people familiar with the gathering say the three key decision-makers are meeting Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, regarding the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. The person, who spoke Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement was not made about the development, says the IOC and IIHF requested the meeting. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:36 P.M.

AP Sources: Gary Bettman, Don Fehr, Thomas Bach to meet on NHL and Olympics

Two people familiar with gathering tell The Associated Press that key decision-makers are meeting Friday regarding the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, international hockey federation President Rene Fasel, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr are set to meet in New York.

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In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016 file photo Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov opens the meeting of Russia’s Olympic Committee in Moscow, Russia. Russian officials say none of their athletes have returned Olympic medals after retests of their samples revealed they had doped. Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov says his organization, which would usually handle medal transfers, hasn’t received any, calling it “not an easy process.” (Alexander Zemlianichenko / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:25 P.M.

Russia slow to return Olympic medals in doping cases

Russian officials say none of their athletes have returned Olympic medals after retests of their samples were positive for doping. Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov says his organization, which would usually handle medal transfers, hasn’t received any of them, calling it “not an easy process.”

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UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:39 P.M.

Area Sports Menu for Friday, February 3

BaseballCollege: Nonconference: Whitworth vs. Lewis-Clark State in McMinnville, Oregon, 1 p.m.BasketballCollege men: NWC: Whitworth at Linfield, 8 p.m. College women: Pac-12: Washington State at Colorado, 5 p.m.; Washington at Utah, 7. NWC: Whitworth at Linfield, 6 p.m. High school boys: ...

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In this July 22, 2016, file photo, Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, right, drives as Connecticut Sun forward Morgan Tuck defends during a WNBA basketball game in Rosemont, Ill. The Washington Mystics have acquired Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, for Stefanie Dolson, Kahleah Copper and the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:19 P.M.

Former WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne traded from Sky to Mystics

The Washington Mystics have acquired Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky for Stefanie Dolson, Kahleah Copper and the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft. The 2015 WNBA MVP is arguably the biggest name to be traded in the 21-year history of the league. The move Thursday gets Delle Donne closer to her Delaware home.

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United States‘ Jozy Altidore, left, fights for the ball with Serbia’s Stephan Panic during a friendly soccer match Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in San Diego. (Denis Poroy / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:10 P.M.

Bruce Arena to experiment with more combinations against Jamaica

After a dismal 0-0 tie against an inexperienced group of Serbians in his first game as U.S. coach in more than a decade, Bruce Arena gets one more look at the domestic part of his player pool when the Americans play Jamaica in an exhibition on Friday night ahead of the resumption of World Cup qualifying.

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In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush presents FC Kansas City with the trophy after the NWSL soccer championship match in Portland, Ore. A+E Networks has bought an equity stake in the National Women’s Soccer League and will broadcast a game each weekend on the Lifetime network. (Craig Mitchelldyer / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:08 P.M.

A+E buys stake in NWSL, will televise games on Lifetime

A+E Networks has bought a stake in the National Women’s Soccer League and will broadcast matches on the Lifetime network for the next three seasons. Lifetime broadcast WNBA games from 1997 to 2000, and its current programming includes “Project Runway” and “Dance Moms.” It will become an NWSL sponsor and will begin airing league games in April.

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This Saturday May 19, 2012, file photo shows Frank Lampard holding the trophy at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Munich. Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says he is retiring from soccer and will study to become a coach. Lampard made the announcement on Facebook on Thursday Feb. 2, 2017, saying he turned down “a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad ... to begin the next chapter in my life.” (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:06 P.M.

Former Chelsea, England midfielder Frank Lampard retires at 38

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says he is retiring from soccer and will study to become a coach. The 38-year-old Lampard made the announcement on Facebook on Thursday, saying he turned down “a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad … to begin the next chapter in my life.”

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In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles stands in the tunnel before the team's NCAA college football game against Texas in Waco, Texas. The former Baylor football coach has dropped the defamation lawsuit filed against four university officials he accused of making false statements against him, according to attorneys in the case. (LM Otero / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 5:57 P.M.

Attorneys: Art Briles drops libel suit against Baylor officials

Attorneys say Art Briles has dropped a defamation lawsuit that accused four university officials of making false statements against the former football coach. Briles in December sued three Baylor regents and a university vice president for libel and slander, claiming they falsely stated that he knew of reported assaults and alleged gang rapes by players and didn’t report them.

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Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Kristina Mladenovic of France during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2017 tennis tournament match in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Dmitri Lovetsky / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 5:52 P.M.

Venus Williams loses first match since Australian Open final

Venus Williams lost her first match since the Australian Open to Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1 in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Thursday. Seeded fourth, Williams showed none of the spark which took her to the Australian Open final last weekend, failing to record a single winner in the opening set compared to 15 for her French opponent.

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