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Sang-Moon Bae fires 63 for lead at Sony Open

Sang-Moon Bae made seven birdies in pristine conditions along the shores of Oahu for a bogey-free 63 and the lead Thursday in the Sony Open in Honolulu.


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Golf

Bae fires 63 for lead

Sang-Moon Bae made seven birdies in pristine conditions along the shores of Oahu for a 7-under-par 63 and the lead Thursday at the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Bae needed every birdie to stay ahead of Chris Kirk, who was in his group.

Kirk rallied for a 29 on the back nine of Waialae Country Club and was one shot behind among the early starters in the first full-field event of the year.

Ryan Palmer, coming off a week vacation in Maui, birdied the last two holes for a 65. Brian Stuard made eight birdies in his round of 65. Those were the best scores in the afternoon when a full day of sunshine made the course play faster.

Retief Goosen, finally feeling better after missing another big chunk of the year with back problems, slept awkwardly on his neck and was sore during the pro-am. That apparently healed quickly. He was in the group at 66 with Harris English, Jimmy Walker and John Daly.

Kapalua winner Zach Johnson opened with two bogeys before he settled into a 68. Jordan Spieth, who finished one shot behind Johnson last week in the Tournament of Champions, reached 3 under through 10 holes until he was slowed by a three-putt bogey on No. 12. That was the start of three bogeys in four holes, and the 20-year-old Texan had to settle for a 70.

Former Husky Alex Prugh shot a 69. Michael Putnam from University Place had a 70.

Soccer

Bradley to join Toronto FC

Roma coach Rudi Garcia said American midfielder Michael Bradley is on the verge of joining Toronto FC.

Italian media reported Roma has accepted an offer of $9.5 million for Bradley, 26, from the Major League Soccer club.

Bradley, a star with the U.S. national team, is in his second season with Roma after joining from Chievo Verona in 2012.

Tennis

Nadal’s draw loaded

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal got a challenging draw at the Australian Open, with Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro all drawn into his half.

Nadal faces Australia’s Bernard Tomic in the first round, could meet del Potro in the quarterfinals and then has a potential semifinal against either Murray or Federer.

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic is on the other half with third-ranked David Ferrer.

On the women’s side, top-ranked Serena Williams opens against Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty and has 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur and two-time finalist Li Na in her half.

Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova are in the opposite half.

Figure skating

Gold wins short program

Gracie Gold easily skated off with the women’s short program with a career-high 72.12 points at the U.S. Championships in Boston.

Her sensational performance built on strong jumps, improved presentation and a rapport with the audience put her more than five points ahead of 15-year-old Polina Edmunds and nearly seven points ahead of a resurgent Mirai Nagasu.

Two-time defending champion Ashley Wagner was fourth. The top three women will go to the Sochi Olympics.

The long program will be Saturday night after the pairs free skate.

Earlier, hometown favorites Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir ignored all the pressure of carrying the hopes of friends and family in the crowd to run away with the pairs short program. The defending champions staked themselves to a huge lead of 6.63 points.

The Orange County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a USC freshman water polo player who helped the Trojans win the NCAA title last month.

Jon Walters, 19, died of a heart attack at a hospital Wednesday, his father, Bill, told the Orange County Register. Bill Walters said his son had been fighting pneumonia and kidney failure after falling into a coma Jan. 1.

ELSEWHERE

Raphael Jacquelin shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 in extremely windy conditions to take the first-round lead at the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban, South Africa. Jacquelin was the only player not to drop a shot for a one-stroke advantage over defending champion Louis Oosthuizen.

• The Buffalo Sabres hired Tim Murray to take over as general manager and Hockey Hall of Fame executive Craig Patrick to serve as an adviser.

• Former star defenseman Wade Redden, 36, who played for Ottawa, the New York Rangers, St. Louis and Boston, has retired.

Shaun White finished eighth in slopestyle qualifying to advance at the U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colo.

• American Hannah Kearney won the women’s moguls with 24.83 points on the opening day of the World Cup freestyle event at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah.

• The Arena Football League said it has seized control of its San Antonio franchise after its ownership group failed to meet its obligations.

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