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Zachary tourney moved to Shreveport

An extended weather forecast that calls for rain has prompted Zachary High School to move its Medical Pharmacy Invitational baseball tournament to Shreveport this weekend.

Instead of playing games at Zachary Youth Park, games will be played at Shreveport’s Byrd High School and LSU-Shreveport starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Teams entered in the round-robin tournament include the host Broncos, Byrd, West Monroe, Barbe-Lake Charles and Alexandria Senior High.

St. Paul’s goalkeeper Hanley honored

St. Paul’s goalkeeper Colin Hanley has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Development Program to play for the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Boys International Tour in Costa Rica later this month.

Hanley is one of eight goalkeepers in the U.S. to be selected for the event. The sophomore will be compete against the top youth teams in Costa Rica.

Louisiana Tech names defensive coordinator

RUSTON Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz announced Tuesday that Kim Dameron has been hired as the team’s defensive coordinator.

Dameron joins Louisiana Tech after spending two years at Cornell, serving as safeties coach in 2011 and defensive coordinator in 2012.

“Kim Dameron brings a lot of experience with 14 years as a defensive coordinator,” Holtz said. “On a personal level, I have known him for a long time as he played and began his coaching career under my father at Arkansas. From a recruiting standpoint, he brings great ties to the area to our program and I am excited to have him on our staff.”

Dameron spent three seasons with Ole Miss as safeties coach and three seasons as defensive coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe. He also had stops as defensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin and Eastern Illinois.

Woods plays round with president

MARANA, Ariz. — Three days after Tiger Woods played golf with President Barack Obama, his competition gets a little stiffer.

Woods opens the Match Play Championship on Wednesday against Charles Howell III, whom he last faced 16 years ago in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur. Woods is a three-time winner of this tournament, but he has not advanced beyond the second round since he won in 2008.

As for playing golf with the president?

Woods said the president hit a few good shots and his game might get even better after his second term in office is over.

Woods is famous for giving players nicknames, usually adding a “y” to their last name. Asked what he called Obama during their round in Palm City, Fla., he replied, “Partner.”

Kvitova wins Dubai opener 6-2, 6-1

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova got out of the first round of the Dubai Championships for the first time in three visits by easily handling Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday.

Kvitova, seeded sixth, broke the Slovak qualifier five times to set up a second-round match with former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.

Another former No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, had little trouble against 18th-ranked Lucie Safarova, beating her 6-2, 6-2.

Wozniacki, the 2011 Dubai champion, was on course to meet new No. 1 Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

The Dane, who has returned to the top 10 this year, said she feels her passion for the game has returned.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.