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The "King of the Skins" is up to his old tricks.

Fred Couples, a five-time Skins Game champion, got off to a fine start toward a sixth title, winning six skins to earn $175,000 Saturday.

John Daly won one hole, the first, for $25,000.

Fred Funk, the defending champion with $925,000 a year ago, and Skins Game rookie Stephen Ames were shut out over the first nine holes of the two-day, 18-hole event.

Couples, 47, has put together quite a career in the Skins Game alone, earning $3,515,000 in 12 previous appearances.


WORLD OPEN: Jeev Milkha Singh shot 3-under 69 to take a share of the lead in Kochi, Japan. Singh birdied the final hole to tie Tetsuya Haraguchi at 12-under 204.

AUSTRALIAN MASTERS: Justin Rose shot 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead at 13-under 203 in Melbourne.


Spaniard says he was offered bribe to withdraw allegations

Former Spanish cyclist Jesus Manzano, who triggered a police investigation two years ago by claiming widespread doping in the sport, told police he was offered a bribe to withdraw his allegations, Spanish daily El Pais said.

The former Kelme racer, who has admitted using blood-doping treatments, lodged a formal complaint about the bribe to police on Nov. 14, the newspaper reported.

Fifty-eight cyclists have been implicated in the investigation.


Zanardi, a double amputee, test-drives F1 car for 14 laps

Alex Zanardi, who lost both legs in a crash five years ago, completed his return to Formula One, test-driving an F1 car 14 laps in Valencia, Spain.

The 40-year-old Italian drove in a modified BMW-Sauber C24-B car at the Cheste circuit. "It's fantastic," he said. "When I dropped my visor, the emotions were very heavy. It was pure pleasure being back in a fantastic race car. I do understand this is about much more than just driving a race car. To put a guy with no legs in an F1 car is something very special."

Zanardi lost his legs in a crash Sept. 15, 2001, in Klettwitz, Germany, in the CART series, now known as the Champ Car World Series. He holds the modern CART record for points in a season - 285 in 1998. And he holds the CART record for most consecutive poles (six), front-row starts (11) and top-three finishes in a season (15).


GREYHOUNDS: Derby Lane won't have live Sunday racing for the first time in three years when its 82nd season opens Jan. 1 and runs through June 30. The St. Petersburg track will have nightly performances Monday through Saturday and matinees Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Simulcast wagering on greyhounds, horses and jai alai will be available daily, and poker games and tournaments will be offered Monday through Saturday. The facility will be open for simulcast wagering only on Sunday. ... Magic City, the leading kennel at Derby Lane last season, scored a major stakes win Friday when Designer Trophy captured the Fall Futurity at 13-1 odds at the Woodlands in Kansas. Designer Trophy paid $29 to win, with kennelmate Gotta Havedreams second.

HORSES: Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Thor's Echo won the Grade I Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md. ... Discreet Cat stretched his unbeaten streak to six by winning the Cigar Mile at New York's Aqueduct.

SOCCER: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 21, signed a six-year contract that could extend his tenure with the record eight-time English Premier League champion through 2012. He'll earn $193,200 a week, the Daily Star reported.