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Walshe takes 1-stroke Australian Masters lead

Walshe takes 1-stroke Australian Masters lead

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) American Alison Walshe birdied the 17th hole in an opening-round 6-under 66 that gave her a one-stroke lead over Jessica Korda at the Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on Friday.

Korda, the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda, won last year's Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne in a playoff for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Spain's Belen Mozo, Australia's Stacy Keating, American Dori Carter and Thailand's Nontaya Srisawang were two strokes behind with 68s.

Walshe was born in Ireland but moved to the United States when she was 3. She is in her third year on the U.S. tour.

``I guess it was luck of the draw being late, but it was all right,'' Walshe said of her afternoon start when the course had dried out after heavy rains.

``I was up early because of the jet lag, so I had some coffee and went to the gym, and then I got here, had some lunch and warmed up. It wasn't too bad actually.''

Seven-time champion Karrie Webb was in a large group four shots back in the season-opening event of the Ladies European Tour and Australian circuit.

Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, shot 74.

``It's nice to have the first round of the season under my belt and for it to be a good one, but still a lot of rust to shake off,'' said Korda, who held the clubhouse lead for most of the day before Walshe's late surge.

The European and Australian tours will team again next week for the New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch, then join the LPGA Tour the following week for the Women's Australian Open at Royal Canberra.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.

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Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.