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Saturday, October 16, 2004


* Fort Hays State will leave the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference to join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association beginning in the 2006-07 season, the MIAA announced Friday.

The Hays school will fill the void created when Missouri-Rolla departs for the Great Lakes Valley Conference following the current academic year. For the 2005-2006 year, the MIAA -- an NCAA Division II conference -- will have a nine-school lineup.


* Grace Park followed her sensational first round with a steady, 5-under 67 Friday and opened a four-shot lead midway through the Samsung World Championship.

Shi Hyun Ahn, like Park a native of South Korea, and Karen Stupples matched 65s and were tied for second.

Three-time tournament champion Annika Sorenstam shot 68 and was tied for fourth, five shots off the lead, with Cristie Kerr (68), Lorena Ochoa (68) and Catriona Matthew (70).

Brent Geiberger finished with a bogey-free 67 in the second round of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, and his 11-under 133 was one shot better than 2001 PGA champion David Toms (65), Tom Pernice Jr. (68) and journeyman Jeff Brehaut (66).

Tom Kite, even after the front nine, made five birdies over his next seven holes for a 5-under 66 in the opening round of the SBC Championship. That left Kite, in a tie for the lead with playing partner Tom Jenkins, Dave Stockton and James Mason.


* Mike Bliss used a gutsy three-wide pass to take the lead, then held off a charging Matt Kenseth over the final few laps to win his first Busch series race Friday night.

-- From wire reports

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