News for Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Galea indicted on 5 counts of drug smuggling

A high-profile Canadian sports doctor charged earlier this year with smuggling unapproved drugs into the United States to treat professional athletes was formally indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Buffalo.

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Lincicome opens with 61 at LPGA Challenge

Brittany Lincicome shot an 11-under 61 on Thursday, recording the tour’s best round of the season on the first day of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

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Mediate’s ace leads to early Frys.com lead

Rocco Mediate had a hole-in-one and shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to top the leaderboard in the first round of the Frys.com Open.

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Svoboda, Jobe lead Miccosukee with 63s

Andrew Svoboda and Brandt Jobe opened with 8-under 63s to take the first-round lead at the Miccosukee Championship in Miami.

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Watson’s father loses battle with throat cancer

For a guy who concedes he’s very emotional, Bubba Watson did not make it easy on himself. A whirlwind of successful golf – his first PGA Tour win, a playoff loss at the PGA Championship, a heartfelt debut in the Ryder Cup – thrust him into the spotlight over the last few months and on each occasion he had to choke back tears.

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Ohio State, Xavier climb 2010 rankings

Ohio State and Xavier have made some of the biggest moves up the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in 2010. Sean Martin reports.

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Commentary: Hahn playing with unburdened purpose

Two years ago, James Hahn was playing mini tours with $288 to his name. Today he’s in line for a PGA Tour card. Sean Martin explains.

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Hardin beats Frazier at Senior Women’s Am

Mina Hardin won the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Thursday, and is the first Mexican woman to own a USGA title. James Achenbach reports.

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Karlsson among three tied for Portugal lead

Robert Karlsson, Johan Edfors and Maarten Lafeber led the Portugal Masters after shooting opening rounds of 64 Thursday.

Longtime Chicago Tribune golf writer dies at 64

Former Chicago Tribune golf writer Reid Hanley died today. He lost a battle to lung cancer. Golf lost a dear friend.

Events to watch: Ridges, Lone Star, David Toms

Three events to watch this weekend:

At CordeValle, starters are top-notch

With apologies to the British Open’s famed first tee announcer Ivor Robsen, the Frys.com Open has the best pair of volunteer tee announcers in golf this week.

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Paddy posts 64 for share of lead in Malaysia

Padraig Harrington had two eagles on the last three holes to shoot an 8-under 64 Thursday and take the first-round lead at the Iskandar Johor Open.

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