PARKSVILLE, British Columbia (AP) _ Former Clemson star Danny Ellis, the runner-up in last year’s U.S. Amateur, shot an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory in the Canadian Tour’s spring qualifying tournament.
″I kind of scraped by out there today,″ said Ellis, who finished play Thursday with a 4-under 284 total on the 7,018-yard Morningstar course to lead 37 qualifiers. ″I probably only hit three greens on the back nine.″
Ben Weir of Moline, Ill., and Pete McCutcheon of Toronto closed with 72s to tie for second at 286. Buffalo Sabres goalie Grant Fuhr shot an 81 to finish 17 strokes behind the last qualifier with a 29-over 317 total.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Leonard Thompson and Brad King shot 4-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead in the $200,000 Nike Knoxville Open.
Steve Haskins opened with a 68 on Thursday on the 7,127-yard Willow Creek course. Tray Tyner, Gary Rusnak, Gerry Norquist, Scott Gump, John Dal Corobbo, Mike Emery and Jerry Kelly shot 69s.
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - The FIFA World Cup organizing committee ruled out changing the times of midday games in the southern United States despite European teams’ fears of the heat.
FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren said Thursday that considerable planning is based on the schedule set months ago, including the booking of television satellite transmissions.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Customs Service auctioned the Indian Wells Country Club, its hotel and grounds for $25.5 million, two years after the agency seized the property in a huge money laundering plea.
I.W. Golf Club Inc., a group mainly consisting of current club members, bought the club for $16.6 million, EG&G Dynatrend spokesman Mark Fam said Thursday night. EG&G Dynatrend auctions seized properties for agencies of the U.S. Treasury, including the Customs Service.
The Indian Wells Hotel sold for $8.25 million and 6.8 acres of land adjacent to the hotel went for $750,000.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Todd Kalis, who started at right guard for the Minnesota Vikings last season, signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an unrestricted free agent.
″He’s pretty versatile,″ Steelers coach Bill Cowher said Thursday. ″We’re really excited about him.″
Kalis, 6-foot-5 and 297 pounds, played six seasons with Minnesota after joining the Vikings as a fourth-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 1988.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Rick Johnston of North Florida shot a 2-over-par 74 for a one-stroke lead over Briny Baird of Valdosta State after the third round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Johnston finished play Thursday with a 7-under 209 total on the 6,904-yard Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club course. Baird shot a 69.
North Florida had a nine-stroke lead over Florida Southern in the team competition.
--- KASUGAI, Japan (AP) - Yukiyo Haga of Japan shot a 3-under-par 69 today to take a one-stroke lead over compatriot Mariko Watanabe after the first round of the Chukyo TV-Bridgestone Women’s Open.
BOSTON (AP) - Blaine Lacher, 20-5-4 as junior for NCAA champion Lake Superior State, signed a contract with the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
Lacher, a 23-year-old native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, led the nation with a 1.98 goals against average and 91.8 save percentage.
WYOMING, Del. (AP) - Bill Viele of Hemet, Calif., and Randy Fisk of Henderson, Nev., shot 5-under-par 67s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in a Senior Series event at the Wild Quail Golf and Country Club course.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Dale Abraham of UC San Diego shot a 1-over-par 73 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Abraham finished play Thursday with a 2-under 216 total on the 6,543-yard King’s Grant Golf and Country Club course. Methodist had an 18-stroke lead over UC San Diego in the team competition.
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Heidi VanDerveer, an assistant at South Carolina for the past six years, was hired Thursday to replace Bill Smithpeters as women’s basketball coach at Eastern Washington.
VanDerveer, 30, is the sister of Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. Smithpeters retired in March after 18 seasons.
BASTROP, La. (AP) - Jimmy Green of Mobile, Ala., and Jack O’Keefe of Little Rock, Ark., shot 6-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead in the Hooters- Jordan Tour’s $100,000 Coca-Cola Classic.
Joe McCormick of Hutchinson, Minn., opened with a 67 on Thursday on the 6,600-yard Morehouse Country Club course.