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Senden leads Australian Open by 2 shots after 66

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Senden leads Australian Open by 2 shots after 66

SYDNEY (AP) John Senden shot a 6-under 66 in calm morning conditions to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Senden had eight birdies but back-to-back bogeys at The Lakes, while Englishman Justin Rose, who birdied three of his first four holes, was level with Australians Kim Felton, Brendan Jones and Richard Green and Gareth Paddison of New Zealand after 68s.

Rose dropped his only shot of the day when he muffed a greenside flop shot on the par-4 third hole, his 12th of the round.

``I decided to try and hit the high, sexy lob - that didn't really come off,'' Rose said.

Senden had a consistent year on the PGA Tour, making 19 cuts from 22 events, including five top-10 finishes.

``The results have shown in the past couple of years. I have been inside the top 30 and been consistent,'' Senden said. ``I have taken those feelings and brought them home to Australia. I feel I can keep improving and keeping knocking on the door in every event I play.''

Adam Scott, who practiced with a new putter earlier in the week, used his old broomstick-style blade on Thursday and missed a 4-foot birdie attempt on his opening hole before shooting 72.

``I would have loved to play better, but there's 54 holes to go. That's a lot of golf to play,'' Scott said.

Scott's current putter, which he anchors to his chest, will be banned in 2016 under a proposed rule changes by golf's governing bodies.

Among the high afternoon scores in gusting winds were eight-time major champion Tom Watson, who had a 78, and 14-year-old Chinese amateur Guan Tianling, who is likely to miss the halfway cut after an 82.

Contesting the Australian Open for the first time since winning the tournament in 1984, Watson lost six shots to par over four holes from the fifth to the eighth.

``I'm embarrassed,'' Watson said.

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5 best fan-generated Washington Warriors logo, uniform designs

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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.

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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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