KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Kapalua might consider changing its logo to a Maple Leaf this week.
Mike Weir of Canada, who only 10 weeks ago qualified for the winners-only Mercedes-Benz Championship with his first victory in three years, holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 6-under 67 Friday, giving him a 138 total and a one-shot lead over Stephen Ames (67) and Jonathan Byrd (69).
Ames, the only man in the 31-player field who actually lives in Canada, fixed a flaw in his putting stroke and birdied three of his last five holes despite missing a 6-footer along the way.
Weir, raised in Bright's Grove, Ontario, now lives in Utah. Ames was born in Trinidad & Tobago and moved to Calgary in 1991, becoming a naturalized citizen in 2003. They'll play in the final group today.
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Brandt Snedeker was atop the leaderboard most of the round for the second day in a row until faltering late. This time it wasn't a broken driver, which hurt him on Thursday, but a faulty putter. He had a 15-foot birdie for a share of the lead, but three-putted for a 69 that left him two shots back.
Mark Calcavecchia (66--141) had the best round of the day -- he hit every green in regulation, three-putted twice, but still made nine birdies.
Calcavecchia ditched his 5-wood Thursday for a long putter and a conventional one -- the latter being the putter he used to win the PODS Championship in March. He went with the long putter only Friday, and that might be the end of the experiment.
"You'll probably never see it in action again," Calcavecchia said of his short putter. "It got me here, though."
Clouds drifted across Kapalua for most of the day, but there were no steady blasts of showers like Thursday until the end of the round. The wind wasn't nearly as severe, either.
The course played more than three shots easier. Ten players broke 70, compared with only two in the first round.
Felix "Tito" Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs) and Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38 KOs) will meet at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 19 in an HBO pay-per-view event. No titles will be at stake for the two former champions, who will fight at an agreed upon 170 pounds -- 10 pounds heavier than Trinidad has ever fought. Leading the undercard is Andrew Golota (40-6-1, 33 KOs), who has lost four heavyweight title fights. He'll face "Merciless" Mike Mollo (19-1, 12 KOs).
Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Breeders' Cup Classic winner Curlin and Derby runner-up Hard Spun were among the Eclipse Award finalists announced. The three were nominated for 3-year-old male of the year. Curlin beat Street Sense and Hard Spun in the $5 million Classic, most likely leading to Horse of the Year honors. Horse of the Year finalists will be announced when the awards are presented Jan. 21 in Beverly Hills.
David Beckham joined Arsenal for training as he works to get in shape to play for England and for the March start of the Major League Soccer season. The Los Angeles Galaxy star has no plans to play competitively for Arsenal. ... Scottish soccer stars were among 500 mourners at the funeral of Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell in Hamilton, Scotland, with thousands of fans lining the streets. O'Donnell collapsed and died after leaving the field in Motherwell's 5-3 win over Dundee United last Saturday. An autopsy revealed that O'Donnell, who was married with four children, died of heart failure. ... DaMarcus Beasley, who had surgery for torn knee ligaments after injuring himself playing for Scotland's Glasgow Rangers, won't be back on the field until at least the spring. The U.S. soccer team -- which gathered for the first time this year on Friday in Carson -- isn't sure whether the midfielder will be available when it starts World Cup qualifying in June.
Serena Williams and Mardy Fish rallied from a 4-1 first-set deficit and beat Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic 7-6 (5), 6-2 to give the U.S. a 2-1 win and its fifth title in the Hopman Cup mixed team event in Perth, Australia. ...
Lindsay Davenport won her third title in four events since returning to play following the birth of her first child, beating France's Aravane Rezai 6-2, 6-2 in the ASB Classic today in Auckland, New Zealand. The former top-ranked Davenport improved to 18-1 in singles since her return to the tour. She gave birth in June to son Jagger. Jagger Jonathan Leach was courtside for his mother's victory, attended by his nanny, but seemed nonplussed by the occasion and cried volubly when first introduced to the crowd. He was quickly calmed by Davenport and took an eager interest in the proceedings. Davenport will next play in the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 14. ...
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2 in the Chennai Open in India to set up a semifinal match against two-time champion Carlos Moya. ... Andy Murray defeated top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-3 to reach his second straight Qatar Open final in Doha. The Scot will play Stanislas Wawrinka, who upset defending champion Ivan Ljubicic 7-6 (1), 6-4 to reach his fifth career ATP final.
Three-time defending champion Canada beat the United States 4-1 in Pardubice, Czech Republic, and faces Sweden today in the final of the world junior championships. Sweden defeated Russia 2-1 in overtime. James vanRiemsdyk, the No. 2 overall pick by the Philadelphia Flyers and a freshman at New Hampshire, had his fifth goal of the tournament for the U.S., which will play Russia in the bronze medal game today.