Stroud, Fisher lead at Wyndham Championship
Stroud, Fisher lead at Wyndham Championship
Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher each shot 6-under 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
Eight players — defending champion Sergio Garcia, Matt Jones, Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Trevor Immelman, Morgan Hoffman, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda — shot 65.
John Senden and Stuart Appleby were among the five players at 66 at the final tournament before the PGA Tour’s playoffs begin next week.
Jeff Gove of Seattle and ex-Husky Richard Lee both shot a 1-under 69. Chris Williams, who played for UW last year, shot a 71.
Changes at Solheim Cup
The Solheim Cup has a new look this year.
Missing from the European team is Laura Davies, who had played in every Solheim Cup since these matches between Europe and the United States began in 1990. Europe now has six rookies on its team, including 17-year-old Charley Hull of England.
And for the first time since 1996, Juli Inkster is not playing the Solheim Cup, which begins Friday at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo. She has a daughter older than two of the American players on this team — 18-year-old Lexi Thompson and 20-year-old Jessica Korda.
“This is great because you’re seeing the present and the future of the Solheim Cup,” U.S. captain Meg Mallon said.
USTA announces upgrades
U.S. Open rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium will be no more by 2017.
The Grand Slam tournament’s center court will be covered by a retractable roof as soon as the 2016 tournament, but more likely the following year, U.S. Tennis Association officials announced.
The Ashe roof, which will cost about $100 million, is part of a larger, $550 million project to rebuild and expand other courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Federer defeats Haas
Roger Federer overcame a rough start at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, and emerged from his string of subpar showings since Wimbledon. He rallied to beat Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The fifth-seeded Swiss star has struggled since he got upset at Wimbledon by a player ranked 116th in the world.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat qualifier David Goffin, 6-2, 6-0, and Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov upset third-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4.
Track and field
Pole vaulter speaks outin support of anti-gay law
Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality at the world championships in Moscow after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.
Isinbayeva, who won her third world title Tuesday, came out in favor of the law which has drawn sharp criticism and led Western activists to call for a boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people,” Isinbayeva, a two-time Olympic champion, said.
U.S. performs well
It was quite a bountiful medal night for the Americans at the World Championships, with Dalilah Muhammad and defending champion Lashinda Demus finishing 2-3 in a 400 hurdles race won by Zuzana Hejnova. Michael Tinsley barely lost in the men’s 400 hurdles as Jehue Gordon outleaned him at the finish.
The U.S. medal haul is at 14 for the championships, with Kenya and Russia tied for second at eight.
• L.A. Galaxy defender and U.S. national-team regular Omar Gonzalez, 24, agreed to a new contract that makes him a designated player.
• Cynthia Craig, a former human resources manager for Chivas USA, is suing the Major League Soccer team, claiming she was the target of discrimination because she wasn’t Latino and couldn’t speak Spanish.
• The Memphis Grizzlies traded forward Donte Greene to the Boston Celtics for center Fab Melo. The 7-foot, 255-pound Melo played six games with the Celtics last season.
• Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had surgery on his right index finger after getting injured on a golf course in Ottawa. Giroux sustained tendon damage when a golf club shattered and splintered into his finger Thursday. It’s unknown what caused the club to shatter. Giroux is expected to make a full recovery in five to six weeks.
• Simone Biles, 16, grabbed the early lead in the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships in Hartford, Conn., putting together an all-around score of 60.500 in the opening round, well ahead of returning Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross.
Ross, who helped the U.S. women win the team gold in London last summer, was second at 59.750. Brenna Dowell was third.
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