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No MLB rule changes likely until eve of spring training

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CARLSBAD, Calif. - Major League Baseball and its players' union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year.

Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended that there was no consensus for change yet. More discussions will take place when owners gather next week, the union's executive board convenes in late November and major league executives go to Las Vegas for the winter meetings in mid-December.

Trailblazing African-American RB Wally Triplett dies at 92

DETROIT - Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92.

The Detroit Lions and Penn State announced Triplett's death Thursday. Triplett was the third African-American selected in the 1949 draft, but he was the first of those draftees to play in a regular-season game. He played in 24 games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals.

Kuchar tied for lead at working vacation in Mexico

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Matt Kuchar decided at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and made it look like a wise decision Thursday with a 7-under 64 for a share of the lead with Dominic Bozzelli and PGA Tour rookie Kramer Hickok.

Garcia dominant on Day 1

at Nedbank Golf Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa - Sergio Garcia flew into a four-shot lead after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge with an 8-under 64 on Thursday for the biggest opening-round advantage on the European Tour in a year.

Garcia, twice a winner in Sun City before the Nedbank Challenge became part of the tour, made eight birdies and was bogey-free in a brilliant start to the penultimate tournament of the season.

Jutanugarn fires a 68 to lead Blue Bay LPGA by 4 shots

HAINAN ISLAND, China - Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament.

Jutanugarn had birdies on the final two holes - and four of the closing seven - on Thursday to take command over the rest of the field at 7-under 137.

Jennifer Song, Moriya Jutanugarn, and Gaby Lopez shot 71s and were in a tie for second at 3-under.

First-round leader Thidapa Suwannapura carded a 75 and fell six strokes behind the leader.

The Blue Bay tournament is the last of five on the LPGA Tour's Asian swing.

From wire reports