Compiled from wire reports
Madsen shoots 65 to lead Dunhill event
• Morten Orum Madsen leads the Alfred Dunhill Championship after shooting a 7-under 65 in the opening round at Leopard Creek ion Malelane, South Africa.
The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a 1-stroke advantage over South Africa’s Allan Versfeld and Portugal’s Ricardo Santos.
Defending champion Charl Schwartzel was in a four-way tie for fourth after a 68, while American John Daly shot a 72 for a tie for 48th in his second tournament back from right elbow surgery in July.
Blue Jackets place MacKenzie on IR
•?The Columbus Blue Jackets placed forward Derek MacKenzie on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 22 due to a strained back. The club also announced on Thursday it had claimed forward Corey Tropp off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres. MacKenzie is eligible to return on Saturday.
• Calgary Flames rookie forward Sean Monahan has a hairline fracture in his foot. The team said Thursday the 19-year-old’s status is week to week. With nine goals and six assists, Monahan is second in NHL rookie scoring race behind San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl.
Fourcade captures 20K biathlon race
• Two-time overall World Cup champion Martin Fourcade of France shot flawlessly to win a men’s 20-kilometer individual race at the first biathlon World Cup meet of the season in Ostersund, Sweden. Fourcade took the lead immediately after the first round of shooting Thursday and stayed in front throughout to finish the race in 50 minutes and 10.9 seconds. Austrians Simon Eder and Daniel Mesotitsch missed one target each to finish second and third.
•?Lara Gut of Switzerland has figured out the challenging Beaver Creek course, winning another downhill training run in Beaver Creek, Colo. Gut finished in a time of 1 minute, 40.76 seconds.
Safety engineer warned of problems
•?A safety engineer at the World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo where a giant crane collapse killed two workers allegedly warned his supervisor of possible problems with the operation, only to have his concerns brushed aside, a labor union leader charged Thursday, as sniping over the accident heated up. The incident has fed worries about Brazil’s capacity to host next year’s showcase tournament, as well as the 2016 Olympics, though authorities insist they will be ready for both.
— From wire reports