National roundup" Former champ Durant shares lead at Classic

PALM DESERT -- Former champion Joe Durant had a pair of eagles on his way to a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead Wednesday in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

There was a logjam at the top, with five players tied for the lead and seven others just one shot behind.

Tim Petrovic, Mathew Goggin, Siege Maruyama, and Omar Uresti also opened with 65s. Among those one stroke off the pace were Kenny Perry, Lee Jansen, Robert Gamez and Steve Elkington.

Four of the leaders played at the Classic Club, and Uresti played at PGA West.

The first four days of the Hope are a pro-am played at four courses. Sunday's final round, with the 70 low-scoring pros and ties, will be at the Classic Club.

Durant, who won the 2001 Hope in record fashion, had a pair of eagles on the opening day of the 90-hole tournament this time.


Marion Jones said seeing the pain her family and friends endured after she admitted using performance-enhancing drugs outweighed the impact of returning her Olympic medals. The former Olympic track gold medalist appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," her first television interview since being sentenced last week to six months in prison for lying to investigators about steroid use and a check-fraud scam. "I want people to understand that, you know, everybody makes mistakes. ... I truly think that a person's character is determined by their admission of their mistakes and then beyond that, what do I do about it?" Jones said via satellite from Austin, Texas, where she lives. "How can I change the lives of people? How can I use my story to change the life of a young person?"


Four months ago, Hope Solo was kicked off the U.S. women's soccer team for trashing the coach. On Wednesday, the goalkeeper was not only back on the squad she played the entire game as the Americans routed Canada 4-0 in a warm-up for the Olympic qualifiers this spring. Solo, who made two saves, was thrilled to be playing in the Four Nation Tournament in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. But she had reservations about coming back. "I was scared. I was frightened. I didn't know what it would be like with the team," she said.


Tony Sparano is going to work for Bill Parcells again, this time as coach of the Miami Dolphins. Sparano, who had been Dallas' assistant coach, accepted an offer from new Miami boss Parcells. They worked together with the Cowboys when Parcells was the coach from 2003-06. ... Authorities in Georgia say a woman who accused suspended Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones of hitting her has withdrawn her petition. ... New England receiver Randy Moss said that allegations he committed battery against a woman are false and that she made the claim to get money from him.

College Basketball

North Carolina is still unbeaten. Barely. Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points as the top-ranked Tar Heels held on for an 83-82 road victory over stubborn Georgia Tech.

College Football

Greg McMackin was hired as Hawaii's football coach after serving as its defensive coordinator last season on a team that went undefeated until losing the Sugar Bowl.