Mathis makes late move to lead St. Jude Classic
Golf: David Mathis matched his best round on the PGA Tour, shooting a 5-under-par 65 Thursday to grab the opening round lead at the St. Jude Classic at Memphis, Tenn.
Mathis jumped to the top of the leaderboard late in the day, finishing with six birdies and one late bogey. He is back on the PGA Tour for a second time thanks to finishing 13th on the Nationwide Tour money list last year.
Robert Karlsson, who lost a four-hole playoff here a year ago, shot a 66 and was tied with John Merrick, Kris Blanks, Kevin Kisner and Colt Knost.
Keegan Bradley and Fabian Gomez each had 67s. Bradley is among the few here who could play their way into the U.S. Open by winning at the TPC Southwind for a second tour victory since the last Open. Bradley won the Byron Nelson Championship two weeks ago.
Defending champion Lee Westwood opened with a 69.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot a 73.
• Kim cards career-best 64: Mindy Kim shot a career-low 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round lead of the LPGA State Farm Classic at Springfield, Ill.
Sarah Kemp and Jiyai Shin were tied for second at 6-under at the Panther Creek Country Club. Brittany Lincicome, last week’s winner at the ShopRite Classic in Galloway Township, N.J., birdied the final hole to finish at 67 and in a tie for fourth with Yani Tseng and Juli Inkster.
Wendy Ward (Edwall, Wash.) fired a 68 to tie for seventh place.
Kim’s round featured birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 before a bogey on the par-4 9th for a 32 on the front nine.
Pryor turns his back on CFL, NCAA
College football: Terrelle Pryor isn’t interested in playing in the Canadian Football League. He’s also not interested in speaking to the NCAA.
The former Ohio State quarterback announced Tuesday he would not return to Ohio State for his senior season in the wake of an NCAA suspension and ongoing investigation. The Saskatchewan Roughriders own the CFL negotiating rights to Pryor and had extended him a tentative offer.
“They sent the package last night, I forwarded it to Terrelle and Terrelle said that he wasn’t interested today,” Pryor’s attorney, Larry James, said.
James also said that Pryor will no longer cooperate with NCAA investigators looking into Ohio State’s football program, ex-players and current players.
“He doesn’t need a reason (to talk to them). He’s no longer a student-athlete,” said James, who added that Pryor doesn’t feel he owes the NCAA any answers.
• SWAC bans Jackson State, Southern: The Southwestern Athletic Conference voted to ban Jackson State and Southern from competing in the league’s 2011 football championship game.
The NCAA already hit both schools with a postseason ban because of low APR scores, which were released last month. But the SWAC championship did not apply because the NCAA considers the game an extension of the regular season.
Bolt logs quickest 200 time of season
Track and field: Usain Bolt ran the fastest time in the world this season as he eased to victory in the 200 meters at a Diamond League at Oslo, Norway, while Caster Semenya finished third behind Halima Hachlaf in the women’s 800.
Bolt, the Jamaican world-record holder, raced through the rain at the Bislett Games to win convincingly in 19.86 seconds. Norwegian Jaysuma Saidy Ndure was second in 20.43, while Mario Forsythe of Jamaica was third in 20.49.
Hachlaf also set a world-leading time of 1:58.27 to hold off Russia’s Mariya Savinova and Semenya of South Africa. The 20-year-old Semenya is trying to rediscover the form that carried her to victory in the 2009 world championships.
Sanderson joins hall, announces comeback
Miscellany: Cael Sanderson was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for a spectacular career that has included a perfect run as a college wrestler, an Olympic gold medal and a national title as a college coach.
And he isn’t done yet.
After being inducted in Stillwater, Okla., Sanderson confirmed that he’s making a comeback after years away from wrestling. He’ll weigh in today for the World Team Trials in Oklahoma City, then be back on the mat wrestling on Saturday.
• Wiggins retains yellow jersey: John Degenkolb of Germany won a mass sprint to take the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine at Macon, France, while Bradley Wiggins of Britain retained the yellow jersey.
Degenkolb completed the 107-mile stage in an unofficial time of 4 hours, 15 minutes, 41 seconds to earn his second victory in the race.
In the overall standings, Wiggins still leads Cadel Evans of Australia by 1:11.
• Organizers cancel Bahrain race: The controversial Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix has been canceled, with local organizers announcing they would not pursue plans to stage the rescheduled event on Oct. 30. The Bahrain GP was originally scheduled to open the F1 season in March but was canceled due to political unrest.