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R&A and USGA lighten penalties for violations

Golfers no longer face automatic disqualification for two violations, including an incorrect scorecard, under the latest rules that reflect more leniency in handing out penalties.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association announced changes to the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf, which is updated every four years.

Players will avoid disqualification if the incorrect scorecard is the result of penalty strokes they didn't know about when they finished their rounds. The penalty also was softened for players using artificial devices, such as training aids, in the middle of the round.

The new rules take effect Jan. 1.

The most notable addition was Rule 14-1b, which bans an anchored stroke used primarily for long putters.


American Pharoah favorite in Classic

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah was made the 6-5 favorite in a field of 10 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the last race of his career. The colt will break from the No. 4 post Saturday at Keeneland. He is 6 for 7 this year but is coming off a loss two months ago at the Travers. Beholder drew the far outside post and is the 3-1 second choice for the 11/4-mile race.

Champion slaughtered: An international show jumper was found slaughtered on a farm in Palmetto on Sunday. Authorities were investigating. The carcass of Phedras de Blondel was discovered in a pasture on the Imperial Farms Equestrian Center grounds in Manatee County. "The slices were so deliberate and so well done that the moment you saw it: This was a professional," said the horse's owner, Deborah H. Stephens. The discovery of the horse posed a new element in a string of recent crimes that has involved the killing of stolen livestock for meat.


New Orlando team trades for Morgan

Orlando, a National Women's Soccer League expansion team which starts play next season, made official a reported trade for striker and U.S. national team star Alex Morgan from Portland. Morgan's husband, Servando Carrasco, plays for Orlando City in MLS.

FIFA: Eight candidates entered the election to choose the new leader of the scandal-ridden world governing body — including Gianni Infantino, the right-hand man of suspended UEFA President Michel Platini. Balloting is Feb. 26.

Et cetera

Tennis: No. 2 seed Garbine Muguruza won her first match at the WTA Finals in Singapore, defeating Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), and No. 6 Angelique Kerber beat Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

Autos: NASCAR signed five-year sanctioning agreements with 23 tracks that host Sprint Cup races. The tracks will keep their events through 2020, though spots on the calendar can change. For next year, the spring race at Richmond will move from its traditional Saturday night date to Sunday, April 24.

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