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POSTED December 16, 2012 6:16 p.m.

GOLF

SCHWARTZEL TAKES SHARE OF LEAD IN SOUTH AFRICA: MALELANE, South Africa (AP) — Charl Schwartzel shot an 8-under 64 Friday, surging into a share of the lead after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

The South African is tied with first-round leader Gregory Bourdy of France, who had a 65. Schwartzel won in Thailand last weekend, his first title since the 2011 Masters.

Schwartzel had six birdies and an eagle Friday at Leopard Creek Country Club. He and Bourdy are at 13-under 131, four strokes ahead of South Africa's Darren Fichardt (68).

BASEBALL

KEVIN YOUKILIS, YANKEES FINALIZE $12 MILLION DEAL: NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Youkilis and the Yankees have finalized their $12 million, one-year contract, giving New York a third baseman for the first half of next season while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery.

The deal with the three-time All-Star had been agreed to Tuesday, pending a physical, and the Yankees announced it Friday.

Youkilis joined Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon as Boston players who made the switch to the Bronx in the heated rivalry. He'll get an early look at his old club: The Red Sox are set to open at Yankee Stadium on April 1.

HOCKEY

NHL LAWSUIT ASSIGNED TO FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL's lawsuit against its players was assigned to a relatively new federal judge who is a longtime New York Yankees fan and a former federal prosecutor.

The sides didn't talk Sunday, the 92nd day of a lockout that is threatening to wipe out an entire NHL season for the second time in nine years. NHL players started voting on whether to have their union give up collective bargaining rights, a "disclaimer of interest" that could be a precursor to an antitrust suit.

FOOTBALL

COWBOYS QB ROMO HITS 25,000 CAREER YARDS PASSING: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has surpassed 25,000 yards passing.

Romo broke that mark with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant late in the third quarter of Sunday's home game against Pittsburgh.

That TD pass made Romo the 64th NFL player to go over the 25,000-yard mark.

It was his second TD pass of the game, and the 171st of his career, already the Cowboys team record. He is still second in franchise history for yards behind Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who threw for 32,942 yards and won three Super Bowls.

SKIING

MANIFICAT, KOWALCZYK WIN CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RACES: CANMORE, Alberta (AP) — France's Maurice Manificat and Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk won skiathlon races Sunday in World Cup cross-country skiing.

Manificat captured the men's 30-kilometer race in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 47.3 seconds. Italy's Roland Clara was second in 1:17:48 and Norway's Sjur Roethe was third in 1:17:49.

 

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