Fujikawa tied for 74th in Japan
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Hawai'i's Tadd Fujikawa shot a 2-over-par 72 today and was seven strokes off the lead in a tie for 74th place after the first round of the $1.247 million Crowns golf tournament at Aichi, Japan.
The Japan Golf Tour Organization tournament is being held at the 6,545-yard, par-70 Nagoya Golf Club's Wago Course.
Fujikawa, a Moanalua High alum, made two birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey for a 38 on the front nine. He rallied with two birdies against one bogey for 34 on the back.
Japan's Kunihiro Kamii fired a 5-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over eight players, including PGA Tour player Shigeki Maruyama. Seven players are tied at 67.
NADAL ROLLS IN ROME MASTERS OPENER
Rafael Nadal opened his bid for a fifth Rome Masters title with a quick 6-1, 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber yesterday.
After withdrawing from last week's Barcelona Open, Nadal appeared fresh and dictated play with his usual combination of heavy topspin, few unforced errors and baseline winners. The third-ranked Spaniard improved to 6-0 in his career against his 29th-ranked German opponent.
"It wasn't my best match, but I did well," Nadal said. "I played safe and I played focused all the time. Philipp made more mistakes than usual."
HURTING HENIN WINS PORSCHE GP OPENER
Unseeded Justine Henin ignored a broken finger to win her opening match at the Porsche Grand Prix yesterday in Stuttgart, Germany, ending a two-match losing streak with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory over Julia Goerges of Germany.
Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by Li Na of China, who overcame the third-seeded Russian, 6-3, 7-5.
Li needed three match points to end a three-match losing streak to Kuznetsova, the French Open champion.
Bowling: Kelly Kulick, the first woman to win a PBA Tour title when she beat the men in January in the PBA Tournament of Champions, won her second United States Bowling Congress Queens title last night at El Paso, Texas.
Kulick beat top-seeded Tennelle Milligan, 232-188, in the final for her third career women's major. Kulick, from Union, N.J., opened the stepladder final with a 186-170 victory over Michelle Feldman, beat Missy Bellinder, 220-212, and advanced to the final with a 226-176 victory over Anne Marie Duggan.
Olympic gymnastics: Ten years after its gymnastics team won an Olympic bronze medal in Sydney, China was ordered to give it back for using an underage girl, allowing the United States to claim it instead.
Acting on evidence that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the 2000 Games, the International Olympic Committee yesterday stripped the country of the women's team bronze. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible.
Soccer: Brazil reclaimed the top spot from Spain in the FIFA rankings, while the United States moved up two places to 14th.
Brazil returned to No. 1 yesterday for the seventh time since the ranking began in 1993. Brazil has held the top spot for 143 months total.
World Cup semifinalist Portugal moved into third, swapping places with the Netherlands, and defending World Cup champion Italy rounded out the top five.