Pride takes lead at Canadian Open

Saturday, September 8, 2001

MONTREAL -- Dicky Pride set a course record Friday at Royal Montreal that lasted only about five minutes. His consolation prize was a one-stroke lead in the Canadian Open.

Pride, who has never finished in the top 100 on the money list since his only PGA Tour victory in 1994, made three straight birdies on the back nine and finished with a 6-under-par 64 and a one-stroke lead over Matt Gogel and David Morland IV of Canada.

Scott Verplank, the first rookie to be a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup, broke Pride's short-lived record with nine birdies in a round of 63. An hour later, Morland chipped in for birdie on his 17th hole and also finished at 63.

At least he only lost a spot in the history books at North America's oldest golf club.

Tiger Woods lost a ball, which was nestled 20 feet high in a pine tree on the second fairway and led to a triple bogey that left him reeling, but not out of contention.

"Anybody under par has a chance to win," Woods said after a 3-over 73 left him seven strokes behind.

Gordon earns pole for Monte Carlo 400

RICHMOND, Va. -- Jeff Gordon's championship drive rolled on Friday as the Winston Cup points leader posted a fast lap at 124.902 mph to win the pole position for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 on Saturday night.

Gordon, who has a 342-point lead over Ricky Rudd with 11 races remaining in the season, earned his fourth pole at Richmond by knocking short track specialist Rusty Wallace to the outside of the front row.

The pole is the sixth season for Gordon, the defending champion.

Wallace, who was clocked at 125.510 mph, will start second for the fourth time this season. He's still seeking his first pole of the year, this after dominating the series a year ago by starting first nine times.

After Gordon's Chevrolet and Wallace's Ford, the second row will have Sterling Marlin in a Dodge and Virginia native Jeff Burton's Ford.

Yankees' Posada gets six-game suspension

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was suspended for six games Friday for his confrontation with an umpire earlier this week.

Posada also was fined an undisclosed amount by Frank Robinson, the vice president of the commissioner's office in charge of discipline.

Robinson said Posada was penalized for "aggressive arguing, making contact with umpire Andy Fletcher on multiple occasions and throwing equipment onto the playing field."

Posada is appealing the suspension.

Posada was ejected after batting in the ninth inning Monday of the Yankees' 7-5 win over Toronto, livid over a called third strike call from Fletcher.

Posada appeared to bump the plate umpire while shouting profanities at the umpire and inadvertently sprayed Fletcher's face with saliva while arguing. The catcher then went to the dugout and threw his helmet and a bat onto the field.

Florida point guard Dupay is ineligible

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior point guard Teddy Dupay, at the center of a gambling investigation at the University of Florida, was declared ineligible Friday.

Dupay "is no longer eligible to play basketball" for Florida, athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement.

Foley said student confidentiality laws kept him from revealing specific reasons for the action.

State Attorney Bill Cervone has said campus police are investigating allegations that Dupay was involved in some gambling activity, although police have not delivered the case to Cervone's office.

A 3-point specialist, Dupay averaged 13.4 points last season.

-- From wire reports

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