One day after a chilly confrontation with Paula Creamer over a drop, Annika Sorenstam put it out of her mind yesterday and made two eagles on her way to a 2-under-par 70, giving her a two-shot lead over Hee Won Han at the season-ending ADT Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla.
After the round, however, she wasn't pleased to hear how strongly Creamer felt about Sorenstam's drop on the 18th hole in the first round.
Creamer insisted that Sorenstam's tee shot stayed over the water during its flight, and that the 35-year-old Swede should have gone back to the tee for her third shot, instead of to a drop area about 190 yards from the hole.
The 19-year-old rookie said in her "heart of hearts," she did not think the ball ever crossed land, and she later said of Sorenstam that "it's her conscience."
"I'm disappointed that she feels that way," Sorenstam said. "Obviously, she has the right to feel any way she wants. But I really didn't interpret the situation like that out there at all. For me, it was a bad shot. We were trying to figure out where to drop." . . .
This time, defending champion Tiger Woods is finding the competition tough at the Dunlop Phoenix in Miyazaki, Japan. Woods, who easily won this tournament last year, shot a 3-under 67 to pull within one stroke of leader Jim Furyk after two rounds. Furyk had the day's best score, a 64 that featured seven birdies and a bogey to move into the lead alone at 9-under 131. Woods shares second with David Duval, who led after the opening round and shot a 68 yesterday.
* COLLEGES: George Washington forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu began full-court drills for the first time after spraining his left ankle in last Saturday's scrimmage against Augusta State. By the end of yesterday's practice, Mensah-Bonsu was riding an exercise bicycle on the sideline, and Coach Karl Hobbs said he was day-to-day. The No. 21 Colonials open the regular season Wednesday against Kennesaw State. . . .
The NCAA turned down Indiana of Pennsylvania's appeal to be allowed to use its nickname -- the Indians -- at postseason tournaments.
* SOCCER: Manchester United captain Roy Keane left the team, two weeks after he lambasted his teammates in an interview so scathing the club refused to broadcast it. The 34-year-old midfielder had his contract canceled by mutual consent, the team said in a statement on its Web site. Keane said he expected to leave the club when his contract expired at the end of the season. He joined United in 1993.
* BASEBALL: The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Mike Cameron from the New York Mets for utility player Xavier Nady. Before the Padres agreed to complete the deal, they wanted to make sure Cameron's vision was okay following a face-to-face collision with teammate Carlos Beltran on Aug. 11. . . .
Orel Hershiser resigned as pitching coach of the Texas Rangers to become the team's executive director. The move appeared to end Hershiser's rumored candidacy for the Los Angeles Dodgers' vacant managerial spot. The 47-year-old Hershiser joined the Rangers before the 2002 season as a special assistant to former general manager John Hart.
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