Hoffmann shoots 65 to lead by 1 at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Morgan Hoffmann took the first-round lead at the Pebble Beach Invitational on Thursday, shooting a 7-under 65 at Spyglass Hill.

Hoffmann had a one-stroke lead on fellow PGA Tour players Chesson Hadley, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Brown and defending champion Tommy Gainey.

Gainey, Hadley and Brown were at par-72 Del Monte Golf Course. Potter Jr. had his 66 at Spyglass Hill.

Four players, including 2013-2014 PGA Tour rookie Brice Garnett, Jason Kokrak and University of Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small were two back at 67. Kokrak had the low round at Pebble Beach.

Ten-time major winner and World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam opened with a 70 at Del Monte. Two-time defending First Tee Open at Pebble Beach winner Kirk Triplett shot 69 at Del Monte.

Record three-time winner Mark Brooks was six back following a 71 at Spyglass.

Welker returns to practice, hopes to play on Sunday

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Wes Welker returned to practice Thursday for the first time since leaving Sunday's game against Kansas City with a concussion.

Welker, who passed his baseline concussion test earlier in the week, wasn't allowed any contact work. He'll get to do that today if all goes well.

Welker, who spent six seasons as Tom Brady's bull's-eye in New England before signing a two-year, $12 million deal with Denver in the offseason, leads the Broncos with 61 receptions and has already tied his career high with nine TD catches from Peyton Manning.

Rasheed Wallace's tax payment fails in Oregon

PORTLAND — Former NBA star Rasheed Wallace attempted to make a $35,000 payment on a property tax bill on a house he owns in Portland, Ore., but when the county tried to collect the money it was told the account is not valid.

His wife submitted the electronic payment last week.

Multnomah County spokesman David Austin tells KGW-TV ( ) that as a result, a $25 returned check fee will be added to the $150,000 bill.

Wallace is a former Portland Trail Blazer who is now an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons.

California school abandons use of Apache mascot

VALLEJO, Calif. — A Northern California school will no longer use a Native American as its mascot after critics decried it as offensive.

The board of the Vallejo City Unified School District voted unanimously Wednesday to stop using the Apache mascot at Vallejo High School. The Times-Herald of Vallejo reports ( ) that the mascot will be retired after graduation in June, and it will not appear on any new paraphernalia the school orders.

Board member Ward Stewart said he and his classmates did not think they were being disrespectful to the Apache during his school days in Vallejo. But he said the mascot was nonetheless dehumanizing and insensitive.

Supporters said the mascot honored the Apache.

Students and staff will have an opportunity to choose a new mascot.

Compiled from wire reports

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