Colin Montgomerie and John Daly would seem to have little in common except for their names atop the leader board at the American Express Championship.
Montgomerie plots his way around the golf course, and while yesterday was a battle with jet lag, he scrambled well enough for a 1-under-par 69 at Harding Park in San Francisco that left him one shot clear of Daly and David Howell of England, with Tiger Woods and five others another shot behind.
Daly swings for the fences, and he drove the green on a par 4 for the second straight day, this one on the 336-yard 16th as Woods was lining up a birdie putt ahead of him.
Montgomerie and Daly will be in the final group today of this World Golf Championship, along with Howell, connected not only by their tee time but by a desire to bounce back from tough times.
"Both of us have had plenty of divorces, so we can always talk about that," Daly cracked after his 67. "I've had a lot more than he has."
The reference was to Montgomerie going through a very public divorce last year. . . .
Doug Tewell was one of nine players to complete the first round of the rain-delayed Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.H., and his 2-under 70 got him the Champions Tour event lead.
* TENNIS: Elena Dementieva ended Kim Clijsters's bid for the top ranking, beating the U.S. Open champion, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany.
Clijsters would have unseated Maria Sharapova at No. 1 by winning the tournament, but instead was dealt just her second loss in 29 matches by the eighth-ranked Dementieva. Clijsters has the tour's best record (60-7) and has won eight titles this year.
"This was the best match I ever played," said Dementieva, a Russian who lost two Grand Slam finals in 2004.
Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport, trying to win the event for the third time, beat 12th-ranked Anastasia Myskina, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. In the semifinals, she faces Daniela Hantuchova, who topped Italy's Flavia Pennetta, 6-3, 6-4.
* SPEEDSKATING: Apolo Ohno was disqualified during the finals of the South Korean World Cup event, his first short-track race in Seoul since winning a disputed gold medal during the 2002 Olympics.
Ohno was disqualified for pushing South Korea's Lee Ho Suk 11/2 laps from the end of the first men's final at Mokdong Ice Rink.
Ohno's appearance alone at the second World Cup meet of the year clearly struck a nerve with South Koreans, who were livid when one of their skaters, Kim Dong Sung, finished first in the 1,500 meters at Salt Lake City but was disqualified for blocking Ohno -- giving the gold to the American skater.
* SKIING: Bode Miller's younger brother was thrown from his motorcycle in a crash and was hospitalized in critical condition.
The 22-year-old brother of the champion skier lost control of his motorcycle Thursday afternoon in Sugar Hill, N.H., outside his home town of Franconia, state police said. They said Chelone Miller was not wearing a helmet and suffered multiple injuries.
-- From News Services