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Stroud, Fisher card 64s share 1st-round lead

Ross Fisher reacts to missing a putt on the ninth hole Thursday. (Associated Press)
Ross Fisher reacts to missing a putt on the ninth hole Thursday. (Associated Press)

Golf: 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 in the final tournament before the PGA Tour’s playoffs begin next week.

Former Moscow High and University of Washington graduate Chris Williams opened with a 71.

• Amateur field narrows: Qualifying medalists Neil Raymond and Brady Watt each won two matches to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Raymond, trying to become the first English winner since 1911, beat Zachary Olsen of Cordova, Tenn., 2 and 1 in the morning and edged Australia’s Nathan Holman 1 up in the afternoon. Watt, from Australia, topped Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga., 3 and 2 in the morning and beat Canada’s Charlie Hughes 2 and 1 in the afternoon.

Gordon stumbles, wins 400m hurdles

Track and field: Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago stumbled across the finish line to hold off Michael Tinsley and win the 400-meter hurdles at the world championships in Moscow.

Gordon came on strong down the stretch and finished in a world-leading time of 47.69 seconds to edge Tinsley.

Also, Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine won the men’s high jump; Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi won his third straight steeplechase title; Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia won the women’s triple jump; Abeba Aregawi of Sweden won the women’s 1,500 meters, beating defending champion Jenny Simpson of the United States; Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the women’s 400 meter hurdles.

Gonzalez signs new deal with Galaxy

Soccer: Defender Omar Gonzalez has agreed to a new multiyear contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who have named him a designated player.

The Galaxy announced the deal for the U.S. national team regular.

Gonzalez joins Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane as the Galaxy’s designated players, an honor reserved for MLS stars who can receive more lucrative contracts than other players. Gonzalez is the first American defender to be named a designated player.

Italian skipper latest to say Oracle cheated

Sailing: Skipper Max Sirena of Italy’s Luna Rossa is the latest America’s Cup competitor to accuse defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating.

Oracle last week acknowledged it modified its boats without permission of the Measurement Committee for four America’s Cup World Series regattas last year, which were warm-ups to the 34th America’s Cup.

Oracle’s admission prompted Grant Dalton, the managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand, to tell the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that he thought the American syndicate was cheating.

An international jury is investigating and can sanction Oracle, including a fine, forfeiture of races or disqualification.

Idaho high school will keep nickname

Miscellany: School officials in Driggs, Idaho, have agreed that the high school will keep the Redskins nickname and mascot for at least another year.

Amid outcry from alumni, trustees of Teton School District 401 agreed this week to delay any more discussion of a name change until next spring.

• Weber State under investigation: Big Sky Conference member Weber State confirms that it is under investigation by the NCAA for “potential academic issues” involving its football players.

The school in Ogden, Utah, and the athletics department became aware of the matter this spring. After an initial investigation, the Wildcats self-reported the issue to the NCAA.

• Avalanche extend Landeskog’s contract: The Colorado Avalanche and captain Gabriel Landeskog have agreed on a seven-year contract extension that will keep the young star in Denver through the 2020-21 NHL season.

• Celtics, Grizzlies complete trade: The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Donte Greene to the Boston Celtics for center Fab Melo.

• Tsonga withdraws: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out of the U.S. Open with a knee injury. The eighth-ranked Frenchman hasn’t played since June 26.

The U.S. Open, the year’s final Grand Slam tennis tournament, starts on Aug. 26.


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