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Ernie Els throws his ball toward the crowd on the 18th hole during the first day of Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa on Thursday.

SUN CITY, South Africa — Trevor Immelman and Adam Scott shot 5-under 67s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Ernie Els was two shots back in the 12-man event at the Gary Player Country Club.

"I'm not too far off playing great golf again," said Els, seeking a record fourth title at Sun City and the $1.2 million prize. "I think I can get four rounds under 70 — which might be enough to win."

Els, the 1999, 2000 and 2002 winner, is trying to surpass other three-time winners Nick Price and David Frost.

Englishmen Justin Rose and Luke Donald opened with 68s.

LICKLITER LEADS Q-SCHOOL: Frank Lickliter II shot his second straight 10-under 62 on Thursday at Orange County National to take a nine-stroke lead after the second of six rounds in the PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament. The top 25 finishers and ties will earn 2008 PGA Tour cards, while the next number of players nearest 50 will get full Nationwide Tour exemptions.

Winter sports

PARK CITY SKIER 5TH: Park City's Megan McJames overcame gusting winds and a strong field of Europeans Wednesday to finish fifth in the opening Super Series giant slalom for women in Keystone, Colo. Austrian Kathrin Zettel, a two-time World Cup winner with 11 other top-3s, won with a time of 1:59.95. McJames, the 2006 NorAm GS champion, finished her two runs in 2:01.27. The women run another GS today, then head to Winter Park Resort for two slaloms. The Europeans are participating in the early season Super Series races before they head to Aspen next week for the Audi Aspen Winternational.

YOUNGSTERS RULE: At Beaver Creek, Colo., everyone had been expecting Thursday's World Cup super-combi to favor the tour's veteran downhillers. Instead, three emerging young skiers made their breakthroughs in World Cup competition. Switzerland's Daniel Albrecht posted his first career World Cup victory, while Jean-Baptiste Grange of France and Czech longshot Ondrej Bank climbed the World Cup podium for the first time of their careers. American Bode Miller finished fourth, more than a second slower than Albrecht. Olympic combined champion Ted Ligety of Park City finished eighth.

CANADIANS 1-2: At Calgary, Alberta, Michelle Kelly won the season-opening World Cup women's skeleton race on her home course Thursday, beating fellow Canadian Mellisa Hollingsworth by .39 seconds. Paul Boehm of Canada won the men's race in a combined time of 1 minute, 54.22 seconds. American Eric Bernotas finished fifth in the men's race, .56 seconds slower than Boehm. Katie Uhlaender of the U.S. took seventh.


HOWE SUES: Gordie Howe has sued two former associates, saying they misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from his marketing company. The former hockey star's lawsuit in Michigan's Oakland County Circuit Court said Del Reddy of Auburn Hills and Aaron Howard of Kalamazoo also defamed him by saying his company was financially troubled. The suit says the men quit Howe's marketing company, Power Play International, last year.


PATERNO'S SALARY: Joe Paterno's salary is no longer one of the most closely guarded secrets in college sports. The Penn State coach will earn more than $500,000 this year. The State Employees' Retirement System released Paterno's salary Thursday, more than a week after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that his salary and those of other top Penn State officials are public information. Paterno was paid $427,220 in the first 10 months of 2007 — putting his year-end salary on track to be $512,664. "I'm paid well. I'm not overpaid," Paterno said earlier in the day. "I got all the money I need."