COOLUM, Australia (AP) Australia's Daniel Popovic shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian PGA on Thursday, then revealed that his father is battling incurable cancer.
Popovic said his father, Radi, who gave him his start in the game, is battling a form of bone cancer.
Popovic, on his first year on the Australasian PGA Tour, birdied his first four holes at the Palmer Coolum Resort, and later had a string of five straight birdies.
Australia's Scott Strange opened with a 66, and 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia and OneAsia Tour regulars Zhang Xinjun of China and Choo Tze-huang of Singapore shot 67s.
Peter Senior, the Australian Open winner last week at age 53, had a 68.
Greg Norman pulled out after two holes - both bogeys - because of food poisoning.
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MALELANE, South Africa (AP) - France's Gregory Bourdy shot a 6-under 66 at Leopard Creek to take the first-round lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
South African star Schwartzel, coming off an 11-stroke victory Sunday in Thailand, was a stroke back along with countrymen Louis de Jager, Oliver Bekker and Darren Fichardt and Englishmen Steve Webster and Richard Bland. South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen had a 73.
The tournament is sanctioned by the European and Sunshine tours.
The revamped Washington Football Team radio broadcast will feature Julie Donaldson as the host and anchor working alongside DeAngelo Hall as analyst and Bram Weinstein working play-by-play, sources informed NBC Sports Washington and the team later announced.
Donaldson's role as the lead voice in the new broadcast had already been announced but there was some mystery regarding the play-by-play and analyst roles. The new crew replaces long-time voice of the team Larry Michael as well as analysts Chris Cooley and Rick "Doc" Walker from last season. Michael abruptly resigned last month amid allegations in a Washington Post story of inappropriate behavior.
Hall played in Washington for 10 seasons from 2008 until he retired after the 2017 season. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010. For multiple seasons he served as defensive captain and was a fan favorite. Always a playmaker, he logged 23 career interceptions for the Burgundy and Gold and six defensive touchdowns. Hall has done television work with NBC Sports Washington and NFL Network since he retired from playing.
Weinstein is a long-time D.C.-area radio broadcaster who has previously worked at The Team 980 and currently hosts an afternoon show on ESPN630. Weinstein also served as a SportsCenter host at ESPN for a stint and has done local television work for Fox 5.
Donaldson took over as the team's lead broadcaster and head of media last month. She will be the first woman to run an NFL radio broadcast this fall. Donaldson previously worked at NBC Sports Washington before taking the job with the Washington Football Team.
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One of the biggest on-air personalities in football appears to be on the move.
According to the Sports Business Journal's John Ourand, Deion Sanders is leaving NFL Network. His contract is set to expire and he does not plan on renewing the deal.
The New York Post reported Sanders' decision to leave is centered around a contract dispute with the network. NFL Network reportedly asked Sanders to take a pay cut, and he refused.
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Sanders, who had been at NFL Network since the end of his playing career, has a desire to go into coaching. In an interview earlier this year, Sanders claimed he'd be a head coach in college football by the 2021 season.
The Hall of Famer had recently been in headlines after making controversial statements about NFL players foregoing the 2020 season over concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is unclear whether those comments played any part in Sanders' departure from NFL Network.
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