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Sauers shoots 67, leads at Senior British

Brendan Steele watches an approach shot at the Canadian Open. (Associated Press)
Brendan Steele watches an approach shot at the Canadian Open. (Associated Press)

Golf: Gene Sauers mastered a stiff breeze to shoot a 3-under 67 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior British Open in Southport, England.

Four players are at 68 at Royal Birkdale, among them 2010 British Senior Champion Bernhard Langer. The German is joined by South Africa’s David Frost, Australia’s Peter Senior and Frankie Minoza of the Philippines. Only 10 of the 144 players bettered par.

Sauers, a 50-year-old American, is 23rd on the Champions Tour money list.

At 69 are former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin and fellow Americans Gary Hallberg, John Cook and Jeff Hart as well as Australia’s Peter Fowler.

Defending champion Fred Couples and Mark O’Meara, who won the 1998 British Open at Birkdale, shot 74s.

Steele shoots 65, leads Canadian Open: Brendan Steele topped the Canadian Open leaderboard at 7-under 65, birdieing five of the first seven holes on his back nine at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario.

The 30-year-old Steele, winless on the PGA Tour, had eight birdies and a bogey, dropping a shot on his final hole – the par-4 ninth.

Matt Kuchar, a two-time winner this year, was a stroke back along with Scott Gardiner and Scott Brown.

Hunter Mahan and David Lingmerth shot 67.

Photos show Hernandez with gun

NFL: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was holding what authorities said appears to be a gun in several surveillance photos that were released Thursday and had been recorded shortly after his friend was shot to death.

The photos taken from Hernandez’s home surveillance system are contained in more than 100 pages of court records released by Attleboro (Mass.) District Court.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home. He was shot five times.

The pictures show Hernandez in his basement holding a gun shortly after Lloyd was killed, according to an affadavit. The surveillance was cut off within minutes.

Other photos show what authorities said is Hernandez in his living room, a few hours before Lloyd’s killing, also holding what they believe is a gun.

Police say Lloyd was killed with a .45 caliber gun, but it has not been recovered.

Slumping Federer loses at Swiss Open

Tennis: Roger Federer lost 6-3, 6-4 to Daniel Brands at the Swiss Open in Gstaad, Switzerland, marking his third straight tournament exit against a low-ranked opponent.

Brands, a German ranked 55th, troubled Federer with his serve and big forehands in the second-round match on clay. Federer’s others losses in the past month were to players ranked No. 116 (Sergiy Stakhovsky, at Wimbledon) and No. 114 (Federico Delbonis, at Hamburg, Germany).

The 31-year-old Swiss star is now ranked No. 5, his lowest in a decade since he started his run of 17 Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon in 2003.

Irving stars in USA Basketball exhibition

Men’s basketball: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving had 23 points and seven assists to lead the White team to a 128-106 victory over the Blue in the USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Irving, an All-Star who was a member of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic team, scored 16 in the first half to spark his squad’s come-from-behind win, after the Blue team took an early 10-point lead in the first quarter. Anthony Davis had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Blue.

The U.S. men’s national team won’t face international competition until the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain. The Americans are automatically qualified after winning gold in last summer’s Olympics.

Catchings leads Fever past Shock

WNBA: Tamika Catchings had 23 points and moved into fourth place in the WNBA’s all-time scoring list while leading the Indiana Fever past the Tulsa Shock 71-60 in Tulsa, Okla. Catchings moved past Seattle’s Lauren Jackson on the all-time list with 6,024 career points.

Russia wins gold in synchro swimming

Swimming: Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko gave Russia another gold medal in synchronized swimming, easily winning the duet final at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain.

The pair added to their gold in the duet technical, receiving a score of 97.680 points at the Palau Sant Jordi arena.