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European Tour starts with new South African event

European Tour starts with new South African event

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Branden Grace didn't have the year Rory McIlroy did. He'll probably take a repeat of 2012 just the same.

The South African got his card back before last season, won four titles and finished sixth on the 2012 money list.

Just 11 days after McIlroy ended 2012 with five straight birdies and the World Tour Championship title to cap a dominant year, the Race to Dubai begins Thursday with the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship, the first of six events in South Africa.

While the season-opener in Durban doesn't have the big names of Dubai, the 24-year-old Grace is eager to repeat a season with $3 million in earnings, which qualified him for all four majors in 2013.

``I got a lot of credit for what I did last year, but with that comes pressure and responsibility,'' Grace said. ``This year I will be more focused on the majors. It's starting all over again, same as this year - getting the first win and moving from there.''

Grace's breakthrough came at home at the 2012 Joburg Open. He went on to claim titles at the Volvo Golf Champions - which will again be in South Africa next month - the China Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Grace and George Coetzee, also from South Africa, are the leading contenders for the new European Tour opener at Royal Durban this week among a bunch of qualifying school and Challenge Tour graduates.

But that never guarantees success.

``Whether you're the favorite or the underdog, I think I've proved this year that anything can happen,'' Grace said.

The Nelson Mandela Championship is the start a jackpot year for South Africa on the European Tour. The country will host six tournaments in the Race - the most ever - with the addition of the Nelson Mandela, the Tshwane Open and the retention of the Volvo Golf Champions.

The Tour starts with three straight in South Africa.

South Africa will introduce the $8.5 million Tournament of Hope at the end of 2013, the second-richest tournament in golf alongside the four WGC events and just behind the Players Championship.

The Tournament of Hope is not a European Tour event, but it will give South Africa back-to-back big-money events alongside its European Tour schedule if the Nedbank Golf Challenge invitational at Sun City stays in its regular slot.

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5 best fan-generated Washington Warriors logo, uniform designs

5 best fan-generated Washington Warriors logo, uniform designs

As Dan Snyder and his advisors have huddled up to discuss whether to change the name of his Washington franchise over the past two weeks, D.C. sports fans have chimed in on social media making suggestions for what the new name should be.

Though there is a long list of ideas that have been tossed around, two names have emerged as the favorites among fans and former players: Redwolves and Warriors.

Of course, many of these suggestions came with fan art included. While we dove into the Redwolves submissions over here, these are our five favorite Warriors designs that have circulated around social media:

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5 best fan-generated Washington Redwolves logo, uniform designs

5 best fan-generated Washington Redwolves logo, uniform designs

As Dan Snyder and his advisors have huddled up to discuss whether to change the name of his Washington franchise over the past two weeks, D.C. sports fans have chimed in on social media making suggestions for what the new name should be.

Though there is a long list of ideas that have been tossed around, two names have emerged as the favorites among fans and former players: Redwolves and Warriors.

Of course, many of these suggestions came with fan art included. While we dove into the Warriors submissions over here, these are our five favorite Redwolves designs that have circulated around social media:

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Petition is in my bio if you guys want to sign it. Making the case for Washington #Redwolves, a name and story I have personally fallen in love with ; Here’s the military connection to Redwolves ; “The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 84 “Red Wolves” was a helicopter squadron of the United States Navy Reserve. Along with the “Firehawks” of HSC-85, Red Wolves were only one of two squadrons in the US Navy dedicated to supporting Navy SEAL and SWCC Teams, and Combat Search & Rescue. Now let’s talk about the animal itself : The red wolf is the world's most endangered canid, and the Southeast’s native wolf. Uniquely "All-American," the red wolf's entire historical range is confined within what is now the United States. Once roaming as far west as Texas, down into Florida, and up into the Midwest, the red wolf now persists in only a fraction of its range. It has lost more of its historical territory—99.7 percent—than any other large carnivore, including lions and tigers. Redwolves were designated as an endangered species in 1967. Today, about 40 red wolves roam their native habitats in eastern North Carolina as a non-essential, experimental population and more than 200 red wolves are maintained in captive breeding facilities throughout America. I am very passionate towards the #Redwolves movement. Redwolves are an extremely endangered species and this could be just the thing to get them some national recognition and help grow their population back somehow. Washington could partner up somehow with a foundation that can give these wolves more habits to live in peace and stabilize their population. Even if this doesn’t become the name, I’ll be at peace knowing I spoke my mind. This is what I want the name to be. If you don’t like the Redwolves name, that’s okay. It’s okay to think differently. Don’t feel pressured into liking or not liking something, I just am making it known that this is how I feel. Photo credits go to : (@dcsportsxp @redskinsgraffix @koenvgraphics)

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