From AP REPORTS

OBIT-GOLDING

WACO Earl Golding, whose hunting and fishing columns for the Waco Tribune-Herald inspired the Texas State Bass Tournament, has died. He was 81. His death on Sunday was confirmed Tuesday by the Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.

OBIT- BAIRD

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) _ Dale Baird, the winningest thoroughbred trainer with more than 9,400 victories, died in a crash along an icy highway when he lost control of his pickup truck while hauling a livestock trailer. He was 72.

He was killed Sunday in the accident on Interstate 70 along with two teenagers whose car broadsided the truck about 20 miles east of Indianapolis. James Pardo, 19, of Centerville, and Jared Graham, 18, of Hagerstown, were returning from the Indianapolis Colts-Houston Texans game.

Hancock County police say strong winds and a slick road most likely contributed to the crash, which happened after Baird's truck crossed a median and slid into oncoming traffic. Baird was heading to Martinsville, Ill., to spend Christmas with his mother and family, his ex-wife, Diane, said Tuesday. He then planned to go to Chicago for a paddock sale.

SAILING

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Two-time defending champion Wild Oats X1 led the 82-yacht fleet out of Sydney harbor at the start of the Sydney to Hobart race.

Wild Oats, trying to match Morna (1946, '47 and '48) as a three-time winner, went through Sydney Heads and into the Tasman Sea first ahead of two other maxis, British entry City Index Leopard and Australian yacht Skandia, the 2003 line honors winner.

Five hours into the race, Wild Oats led by 4 nautical miles over Skandia, with City Index Leopard closely behind in third. American yacht Rosebud was fourth, about 17 nautical miles behind the leader.

"We will have a great race with them," said Wild Oats navigator Ian Burns as his yacht sailed down the New South Wales state coast in a northeast breeze.The wind was expected to intensify later Wednesday.

Wild Oats holds the record for the 628-nautical mile (723-mile) race down the southeast coast of Australia and across Bass Strait to the island state of Tasmania.

Wild Oats wiped more than an hour off the previous record to win the race in 1 day, 18 hours, 40 minutes, 10 seconds for the first time in 2005. Nokia set the previous mark in 1999 of 1 day, 19 hours, 48 minutes, 2 seconds.

SOCCER

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Former Yugoslavia defender Miroslav Djukic was hired as the national soccer coach of Serbia, which failed to reach the 2008 European Championship.

He replaces Javier Clemente, who was fired last month.

The appointment of the 41-year-old Djukic was announced by Serbia's soccer federation. Djukic resigned as Partizan Belgrade coach this month. He played for Spanish clubs Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia in the 1990s and made 48 international appearances for his country. He is a former Serbia under-21 coach.

Partizan hired former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic as its coach. This will be the first coaching position for the 39-year-old Jokanovic, who played for Chelsea in the 2000-01 season. He also played for Partizan and Deportivo La Coruna in the 1990s.