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POOR PUTTING LEAVES U.S. TEAM 8 SHOTS OFF LEAD

Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry face a big weekend challenge if they're to claim the 24th World Cup title for the United States. The American duo shot 2-over 73 Friday, falling to 3-under for the tournament - eight shots behind Argentina's team of Andres Romero and Angel Cabrera.

The U.S. team capped the foursomes, or alternate shot, round by making four bogeys in the final seven holes, including consecutive ones on Nos. 17 and 18.

"We didn't really make any putts on the front nine and I don't think either of us felt that good over any of our putts," Cink said. "... I feel like we shot about as bad as we could have shot."

Elsewhere

AUSTRALIAN PGA: Peter Lonard shot 7-under 65 for a one-stroke lead after the second round in Coolum. The 2002 and 2004 winner's second round included seven birdies.

ALFRED DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP: Charl Schwartzel shot 4-under 68 for a two-stroke lead in Malelane, South Africa.

SOCCER

Bradley's coaching tenure on national team could be brief

Bob Bradley was given the U.S. national team coaching job on an interim basis, one day after Juergen Klinsmann withdrew from consideration. Bradley was told he might be gone by May, before the Americans even play their next official game.

TV: ABC and ESPN will televise the 2008 European championship under an agreement announced by the Union of European Football Associations.

ET CETERA

BOBSLED: Americans Shauna Rohbock and brakeman Valerie Fleming won for the second straight week on the World Cup circuit, setting a track record in Utah.

FIGURE SKATING: Americans led all four events at the Junior Grand Prix in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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AUTOS

Biffle's dislocated shoulder keeps him from banquet

Greg Biffle, who dislocated his right shoulder in a fiery accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was unable to attend the Busch Series banquet in Lake Buena Vista.

Biffle was injured Thursday during a tire test for Goodyear. He blew a tire and hit the wall. The accident broke the fuel pump and caused his Ford to burst into flames.

Kyle Busch, the other driver at the test, was trailing Biffle at the time and helped Biffle escape his burning car.

Biffle flew home to North Carolina after the accident and was examined Friday by Dr. Jerry Petty, who discovered the injury and advised Biffle not to travel.

ANDRETTI TO TEST F1 CAR: Marco Andretti, the Indy Racing League's rookie of the year and runnerup in the Indianapolis 500, will test a Formula One car next week in Spain as part of the Honda Racing F1 winter development program.

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