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Sports news briefs — Dec. 5

Compiled from wire reports

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Johnson grabs lead in World Challenge

• Zach Johnson birdied four of the par 5s and shot a 5-under 67 to take a 1-shot lead over Matt Kuchar in the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Only five players in the elite 18-man field managed to break par at Sherwood Country Club. One of them was tournament host Tiger Woods, who shot 71. Kuchar hit his approach to 2 feet on the final hole for a 68.

• Luke Donald’s rapid start at the Nedbank Golf Challenge was halted by lightning, leaving the former top-ranked Englishman ahead by 2 shots at 5 under through 11 holes of an incomplete opening round.

• Stacy Lewis shot a 7-under 65 to take a 1-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg was second after a 69. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda was 7 under after a 70, and Thailand Pornanong Phatlum was another stroke back after a 70.

• Jaye Marie Green, 19, shot a 4-under 68 to increase her lead to 5 strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tour’s qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.

• Ernie Els is considering cutting his golf schedule even more to spend time with his family, saying life on the road after 25 seasons as a pro is getting “tougher and tougher.”

• England’s Simon Dyson was handed a suspended two-month ban from the European Tour and fined $49,000 after his rules violation at the BMW Masters in Shanghai in October.


Fire’s Magee wins MVP award in MLS

• Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee was selected Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player, capping a career season with the top individual prize. He beat out Los Angeles’ Robbie Keane, Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio and New York’s Tim Cahill in a vote by media, players and club management. Acquired by the Fire from Los Angeles on May 25, Magee scored 15 goals and had four assists in 22 games for Chicago. He had six goals before the trade, bringing his season total to 21.

• Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvezzo was honored with the 2013 Goal of the Year in Major League Soccer for his flying scissor-kick volley against the Portland Timbers. The spectacular goal came at B.C. Place on Oct. 6. Camilo launched himself in the air, got a foot on Young-Pyo Lee’s cross and hammered the ball home in the 78th minute.

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Vonn set to resume racing career today

• With her eyes wide and a big smile, Lindsey Vonn declared herself ready to race for the first time in 10 months. Vonn said she will return to competition in a World Cup downhill today in Lake Louise, Alberta. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany was fastest in a training run Vonn skipped.

• Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart won the 2013 Myers Brothers Award for contributions to the sport in his role as owner of Eldora Speedway. He brought a national NASCAR race to the dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio, for the first time in 43 years. Eldora hosted the Truck Series in July.

• Former Giro d’Italia winner Danilo Di Luca, 37, was banned from cycling for life following a third doping offense, joining Lance Armstrong as one of the highest profile riders to be kicked out.

• The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward Derek MacKenzie off injured reserve.

— From wire reports

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