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CADDIE DIES AT WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A caddie was pronounced dead after collapsing during the Dubai Ladies Masters on Wednesday, forcing the suspension of the first round and shortening the tournament to 54 holes.

The Ladies European Tour identified the caddie as Maximilian Zechmann, 56, a married father of three sons. He was carrying the bag for French player Anne-Lise Caudal.

The tour said play was suspended at 10:30 a.m. after the caddie fell ill on the 13th fairway of the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club. It said a medical team at the golf course immediately treated him before he was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

"Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened by this sudden death and therefore we have taken the decision to suspend first-round play as a mark of respect," Tour chief executive Ivan Khodabakhsh said in a statement.

PGA Tour veteran Ian Poulter was among the golfers paying tribute to Zechmann online. "Very sad to see the passing of another caddie. Done many rounds with Big Max. #RIP thoughts go out to his family and friends," Poulter tweeted.

First-round play in the season-ending tournament was expected to resume today.

CHANGE FOR KO: Lydia Ko, 19, has split with instructor David Leadbetter after three years. Leadbetter confirmed that he is no longer working with the top-ranked Ko. "These things happen in the world of coaching, whether it's Jurgen Klinsmann with the U.S. National Soccer Team or Novak Djokovic, who just separated from his coach Boris Becker this week," Leadbetter said in a statement. "This turnover is all part of the coaching business."

Et Cetera

AUTOS: Max Chilton will return to Chip Ganassi Racing next season as the fourth IndyCar driver for the team. Chilton was a rookie this past year with Ganassi in the No. 8 and had Dario Franchitti as his driver coach. Chilton spent two years in Formula One before moving to IndyCar.

SOCCER: Sevilla (0-0 draw with host Lyon) and FC Porto (5-0 over visiting Leicester) grabbed the final two spots in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Juventus and Borussia Dortmund finished as group winners.

Times wires

Sports in brief 12/07/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 8:54pm]
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