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VPINEHURST, N.C. - With pigtails and plenty of giggles, Lucy Li just wants to have fun like any 11-year-old girl. Except that shes playing the biggest event in womens golf. Li, a sixth-grader from the Bay Area who doesnt appear to be the least bit overwhelmed by the attention around her, became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Womens Open history when she shot 68 at Half Moon Bay last month to win her sectional by seven shots. She celebrated by having dinner at her favourite restaurant and watching "The Amazing Spiderman 2." Now its time for the amazing Lucy Li show. "She looks so darn cute," said Michelle Wie, who didnt make it to her first Womens Open until she was 13. "I was like, I dont think I looked that cute when I was 11. But she just looks so excited, so wide-eyed. ... And Im just really so excited for her to be out. Its a memory that will last her a lifetime. What other 11-year-old can say that they played in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst? And she got to see the men play, too." Life is moving at warp speed for little Lucy Li. She only became serious about golf four years ago when she set up shop in Miami to work with Jim McLean. Just two months ago, the precocious 11-year-old with a mouth full of braces won her age division in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National. And now shes at Pinehurst No. 2, ready to take on the course where Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open on Sunday. "Its awesome, right?" she said. "I mean, Pinehurst and Augusta National in like two months. I mean, thats just amazing. Its mind-blowing for me. Its been awesome, because its been ... I mean, the food is great and its been a lot of fun. Ive made a lot of friends." Theres something about U.S. Womens Open in the North Carolina sandhills that attracts all the kids. Morgan Pressel qualified when she was 12 and had just turned 13 when the Womens Open was down the street at Pine Needles in 2001 (Li wasnt even born then). Lexi Thompson qualified and played at 12 when it returned to Pine Needles in 2007. Too young? Both went on to win major championships. "Look, if youre good enough, youre old enough — or young enough, whichever way you look at it," Laura Davies said. "If you can play the golf and you can qualify, then have a go. Whats the worst that can happen? She shoots a million this week and everyone says, Wasnt it great she was here? So I dont think anything bad can come out of it because shes too young to worry about the pressure. "Shes just having fun. Shes got a week off school. Its perfect." Li looked as if she was having a blast on a broiling day of practice Tuesday. She went nine holes with a local caddie. Then, it was time for a press conference, which drew the largest crowd of the day. Her pigtails in braids, held by clips the shape of hearts, she twirled in her chair waiting for it to start. She giggled before just about every answer, including one about whether her father could beat her. She laughed. She laughed again. And then she moved closer to the microphone and said, "No." But the kid made one thing clear. Shes not out to prove anything. She not out to make history. "The perfect week? I just want to go out there and have fun and play the best I can, and I really dont care about the outcome," Li said. "I want to have fun and learn. I want to learn a lot from these great players." She is not the youngest player in Womens Open history. Beverly Klass was 10 when she played in 1967, before there was qualifying. The youngest player to make the cut was Marlene Hagge, who was 13 in the 1947 Open at Starmount Forest in North Carolina. Among the favourites this week is Lydia Ko, the youngest LPGA Tour winner in history at 15 in the Canadian Womens Open two years ago. Age is becoming irrelevant, though something about the number "11" grabs the attention. "I saw her on the range this morning for the first time and didnt really watch her hit any balls — just how little she was, and the pigtails kind of caught me off guard," Stacy Lewis said. "But Im not a big fan of it. She qualified, so we cant say anything about that. You qualify for an Open, its a great thing. I just like to see kids be successful at every level before they come out here. "When I found out she qualified, I said, Well, where does she go from here? What do you next? I dont know. If it was my kid, I wouldnt let her play in the U.S. Open qualifier at 11. But thats just me." Li played in the U.S. Womens Amateur last year at 10. She was the youngest to qualify for match play at the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links. The idea to try to qualify for the Womens Open was "mine." "Because I wanted to go out there and get the experience," she said. "Because its 36 holes and I didnt care if I qualified or not. I didnt think about it. I just wanted to go for the experience." 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The International Ice Hockey Federation says Pavlovs avoided a two-year sanction because he acted "without significant negligence in failing to verify the safety of the supplements he was taking.CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks staged two comebacks that kept them on a roll and on top of the Central Division.Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in the shootout, after Chicagos Bryan Bickell netted the tying goal with 1:13 left in regulation, and the Blackhawks topped the Nashville Predators 5-4 on Monday night.Bickell beat Pekka Rinne through a crowd — and with Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford on the bench for an extra skater — after Rinne had stopped David Rundblads drive from the blue line.Toews provided the winning margin when he beat Rinne with a wrist shot on the Blackhawks first shootout attempt to give Chicago its 13th victory in 16 games.Certain games will stick out at the end of the year that well say that were a huge two points, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Tonight is probably leading in that category as far as drama.Down 3-0 to a team that doesnt give up a whole lot, checks well and then you have to pull the goalie and try to get an equalizer. It was a big swing, big turn of events.Brad Richards, Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa scored in a 7:10 span late in the second period to tie it at after the Predators built a 3-0 lead.Were a good team in here for a reason, Bickell said. Weve come back from leads like this before. Just find a way.James Neals second goal of the game, a power-play tally with 56 seconds left in the second period, put Nashville ahead 4-3. Roman Josi and Craig Smith also scored, and Colin Wilson added two assists, but the Predators couldnt hold on in regulation.(The Blackhawks) have a lot of high-end talent all the way down throughout their lineup, Neal said. The only way to beat that is you have to be on the offence more than them and you have to be physical with their skill guys.I thought we did a good job shooting pucks and going to the net. Just a few little things, we clean that up and we can win the hockey game.Rinne made 38 saves, and Crawford stopped 36 shots before his perfect shootout as the division rivals met for the fourth and final time in the regular season. Chicago won the series 3-1.TThose two points are going to come in handy down the road, Shaw said.dddddddddddd. Theyre right on our heels, so we needed a big push. The guys dug deep and got those two points.Chicagos Patrick Sharp had an assist for his 500th NHL point, earned in his 700th game.There were surprising scoring bursts and swings, considering the game matched the teams with the leagues best defensive records. Chicago entered with an NHL-leading 2.03 goals-against average. Nashvilles was 2.06.The Predators were a step quicker in the first period and built a 2-0 lead as they put 18 shots on Crawford.Josi opened the scoring at 11:50, five seconds after the Predators killed Wilsons hooking penalty. Josi raced down right wing and fired a rising shot over Crawfords stick.Smith made it 2-0 with 2:48 left in the period and seven seconds after a Nashville power play ended. Crawford stopped Wilsons first close-in attempt, but Smith popped in the rebound.Neal was credited with his first goal at 7:28 of the second period to make it 3-0.Then the Blackhawks roared back.Rinne made point-blank stops on Toews and Patrick Kane during a Chicago power play midway through the period. Richards made it 3-1 seven seconds after the advantage ended, at 10:33.Shaw stuffed in a loose puck from the side of the net with 4:12 left in the period to cut it to 3-2.Hossas 4-on-3-power-play goal, ripped over Rinnes glove from the top of the right circle, tied it 3-3 just 1:55 later.Only six seconds after Chicago was penalized for having too many men on the ice, Neal buried a rebound of Filip Forsbergs drive to put the Predators back ahead.NOTES: Shaws goal was his first since Nov. 28, a span of 13 games. . Richards returned after missing three games with an upper-body injury. Chicago D Michal Rozsival sat out his second (lower-body). ... Wilson has seven points in four games. . Nashville C Matt Cullen missed the game with an upper-body injury. He is day-to-day. . Predators C Mike Ribeiro played in his 900th NHL game. . A United Center season-high crowd of 22,208 watched the game. 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