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ADARE, Ireland - Tiger Woods looked just as out of form in a celebrity pro-am as he did on the PGA Tour.

The world's No. 1 golfer arrived Monday in Ireland hours after his 46th-place finish at the AT&T National in Pennsylvania and shot 7-over 79 in the first round of the J.P. McManus Invitational Pro-Am.

The unranked event in County Limerick featuring Hollywood celebrities and Irish billionaires was his first overseas event since revelations of his extramarital affairs surfaced last year.

While more than 40,000 fans offered him a friendly and forgiving welcome, Woods' opening round was often dreadful. He bogeyed six holes, double bogeyed the seventh and managed a lone birdie on the 17th.

He followed that up by trying to reach the green on the 18th - a par-5, 548-yard hole on the far side of the River Maigue - in two. His risky second shot fell short into the riverside reeds for a final bogey, the third time he had found water during his round.


Codeine leads to charges for Russell

Alabama authorities say former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been charged with possession of codeine syrup - a controlled substance - without a prescription.

Mobile (Ala.) County Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles says the 24-year-old former LSU star, who graduated from high school in Mobile, was arrested at his home during an undercover investigation. Online records show he was booked and released on $2,500 bond.

The Raiders released Russell in May, just three years after he was the No. 1 overall draft pick.

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NHL: The Oilers have signed top overall draft pick Taylor Hall to a three-year, entry-level contract. His deal includes the maximum base salary of $900,000 per season and bonuses that max out at $3.75 million annually. "Now, it's time to work," said Hall, 18. "All the excitement is over. I'm excited to get started (today)." He'll attend the Oilers' development camp for young players starting today.

Soccer:Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle played their first game for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday since returning from the World Cup in South Africa, where they competed for the United States. Buddle scored in the host Galaxy's 3-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. "I'm tired, but I'm really happy to be back," Donovan said. "I played a lot of games this year and my body is pretty worn out, so I need some time to rest."

Colleges:Damon Evans offered another apology on the day his resignation as Georgia's athletic director was announced by the school's president. The announcement by Michael Adams came after a conference call with the executive committee of the athletic association's board of directors. Adams said Evans resigned Sunday, less than a week after Evans was arrested on a DUI charge. Evans, named athletic director in 2004, will be paid three months of his salary as severance.

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