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donald takes lead; mcilroy one shot back

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Luke Donald shot 7-under 65 on Thursday to lead Rory McIlroy and two others by one stroke after the opening round of the PGA European Tour's season-ending World Championship.

"It was a nice, solid start," said Donald, who made six of his seven birdies in the first 10 holes. "I gave myself a lot of opportunities."

Donald fended off a challenge from McIlroy at the tournament last year to become the first player to win the European and PGA Tour money titles in the same season. McIlroy repeated the feat this year, and he surged into contention at the $8 million event with three birdies on the back nine. He could have matched Donald, but his tee shot on 18 went into a creek.

I got it together on the back nine," said McIlroy, who had one birdie on the front nine. "It's a great way to start."


Seven fans hurt in Rome mob attack

Police were investigating whether anti-Semitism was behind a brutal attack on Tottenham fans drinking at a pub ahead of the English team's Europa League match against Lazio in Rome.

At least one person was stabbed and seven were hospitalized after approximately 50 masked people wielding cobblestones, metal bars and knives attacked the fans and trashed the pub, police said.

Tottenham supporters are often called the "Yid Army," and the team has a large Jewish fan base in north London. Lazio fans are traditionally right-wing and often use fascist salutes and slogans. Witnesses said the masked attackers shouted "Jew."

Fifteen attackers were identified and searches were under way at their homes, police said.

europa league: Defending champion Atletico Madrid, Lazio and 11 other teams advanced to the knockout stage. Lazio advanced with a 0-0 tie with Tottenham, which can advance by winning its next game.

english premier league: Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared by the Football Association of using racist language toward a Chelsea player during a match. Chelsea midfielder Ramires said he heard Clattenburg tell teammate John Obi Mikel, who is black, "Shut up you monkey" during an Oct. 28 match against Manchester United. The Football Association decided there was no evidence to support the accusation.

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