Snedeker takes lead

WELLINGTON: American Brandt Snedeker shot a course-record equaling 6-under-par 66 to lead the $2.6 million Kiwi Challenge golf tournament by four shots after the first round on Monday. Snedeker finished the first day of the four-man event at Kauri Cliffs course in New Zealand’s Northland province ahead of compatriots Anthony Kim, who shot 70, Hunter Mahan (71) and Australian Adam Scott, who had a 73. The tournament continues on the Cape Kidnappers course at Hawke’s Bay. The winner receives $1.5 million. — AP

Adams in Portsmouth

ORTSMOUTH: Tony Adams was appointed manager of Premier League Portsmouth here on Tuesday, just over 48 hours after former boss Harry Redknapp quit to join top-flight rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Former Arsenal and England defender Adams has been at Fratton Park for the past two years, where he was Redknapp’s assistant. Adams’s first match in sole charge as manager could scarcely be tougher, with Portsmouth away to leaders Liverpool on Wednesday. — AFP

Gilardino suspended

ROME: Fiorentina’s Italian international striker Alberto Gilardino was suspended for two matches on Monday by a sports judge for the goal he scored with his forearm in his side’s 3-1 victory over Serie A rivals Palermo on Sunday. Gilardino, the leading scorer in Serie A this season with seven goals, scored the goal in the 20th minute of their match, however, the referee did not see the infringement but television images did show him using his forearm. Gilardino will miss Fiorentina’s next two Serie A matches against Inter Milan and Siena. — AFP