Woods takes lead as he seeks a victory in 2010

Tiger Woods opened with a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., only the second time all year his name has been atop the leaderboard.

Woods nearly made it through an entire round without a mistake. But he popped up his tee shot on the 18th hole, had to pitch out from the trees and two-putt from 50 feet for a bogey.

He was one shot ahead of U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. Woods’ round matched the best score he has shot all year, including at The Barclays, where he was tied for the first-round lead.

LPGA: Amy Yang and Seon Hwa Lee each shot a 5-under 67 to share the clubhouse lead when the opening round of the LPGA Tour Championship was called because of darkness in Orlando, Fla.

Julieta Granada was two shots back on a chilly day at Grand Cypress Golf Club that had many players wearing earmuffs and winter hats with temperatures dipping into the low 40s.

NEDBANK CHALLENGE: Padraig Harrington picked up five birdies on the back nine and shot a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead at Sun City, South Africa.

Ross Fisher of England led at 7 under before a double bogey at No. 17.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Matthew Griffin shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over John Senden after the first round at Sydney, Australia.


GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Julia Hird and Gabby Boualavanh each scored two goals, and Rachel Yorke added a goal and an assist as York (3-0) skated to a 7-0 win over Brunswick (1-2) at Watson Arena.

Tori Stocks and Nicci Heroux also scored and Olivia Drew made 11 saves for York.

Erin Gay made 30 saves for Brunswick.


HEAVYWEIGHTS: Evander Holyfield vowed he’ll continue to fight until he regains the world heavyweight title.

The 48-year-old former four-time heavyweight champion will face Denmark’s 45-year-old Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen on March 5 in a non-title bout.

“My goal is to be the undisputed world champion one more time before I let it go. Once I do that, I sit down,” he said. “And until I do that, I continue to fight.”

David Haye and Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko hold the current world heavyweight titles.


DAVIS CUP: Janko Tipsarevic will face Gael Monfils in today’s opening singles match of the Davis Cup final between Serbia and France in Belgrade, Serbia.

The second singles match pits Serbia’s top player, Novak Djokovic, against Gilles Simon.


QMJHL: Allain Saulnier scored two goals and Shane Owen made 40 saves to lead the Moncton Wildcats to a 4-3 win over the visiting Lewiston Maineiacs at Moncton, New Brunswick.

Saulnier scored the winner with 27 seconds left and also had a first-period goal.

Stefan Fournier, Pierre-Olivier Morin and Samuel Henley scored for Lewiston.