GOLF: South Korea’s Ha-Neul Kim upstaged friend Inbee Park to take the first-round lead at her first U.S. Women’s Open in Southampton, N.Y.
Kim shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Thursday at Sebonack to lead Park by a stroke. The top-ranked Park is trying to make history by winning the first three majors of the year.
Kim birdied her second-to-last hole with daylight waning to claim the lead after Park held it for most of the day with her 67 in the morning session.
No player has won the first three majors in a season with at least four majors. The 2008 U.S. Women’s Open champion, Park has already won five times this year, including her last two tournaments.
American Lizette Salas, Swedes Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist and South Korea’s I.K. Kim shot 68.
Castro fires 55 at Congressional: Roberto Castro took the first-round lead in the AT&T National at Congressional in Bethesda, Md., shooting a 5-under 66 on the difficult course that has hosted three U.S. Opens.
Winless on the PGA Tour, Castro made three straight birdies late in his round with a 20-foot putt, a perfect 3-wood into a par 5 and a chip-in.
Only a dozen players shot in the 60s and the average score was just over 73.
Moscow, Idaho’s Chris Williams shot 78.
Houston’s 65 leads by one: John Huston shot a 5-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh, the third of the Champions Tour’s five majors.
Fred Couples, Duffy Waldorf, Fred Funk and Russ Cochran were a stroke back. Colin Montgomerie had a 69 in his Champions Tour debut. The start of play was delayed nearly five hours because of heavy rain.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot 74.
Spain beats Italy on penalty kicks
Soccer: Jesus Navas scored the decisive penalty kick after Leonardo Bonucci sent his attempt over the crossbar, and Spain beat Italy 7-6 in a shootout after a 0-0 tie to reach the Confederations Cup final against Brazil.
In a draining match on a night of heat and humidity in Fortaleza, Brazil, Italy’s Emanuele Giaccherini hit a post in the 93rd minute and Azzurri goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon deflected Xavi Hernandez’s kick off a post in the 115th.
Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, will play Brazil on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium for the title in the World Cup preparation tournament.
• Donovan back with U.S. squad: Landon Donovan is getting a chance to earn back his spot on the U.S. national team.
The three-time World Cup veteran was picked for the 23-man roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and can end an absence of nearly 11 months.
Defender Oguchi Onyewu, who hasn’t played an international match in more than a year, also was selected. But U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann omitted Carlos Bocanegra. The U.S. captain at the 2010 World Cup, Bocanegra was among 12 players cut from the preliminary roster announced May 31.
• Ghana eliminates U.S. at U-20 World Cup: The U.S. was knocked out of the Under-20 World Cup in the first round, finishing last in Group A with a 4-1 loss to Ghana on at Kayseri, Turkey.
The American U20s were outscored 9-3 in the tournament.
Steel, Bootsma set U.S. Open records
Swimming: Rachel Bootsma won the 50-meter backstroke in 27.68 seconds in the USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis to break the American and U.S. Open records.
Kevin Steel and David Plummer also set U.S. Open records. Kevin Steel broke the 50 breaststroke mark that he set in the preliminaries, finishing in 27.26 seconds. David Plummer won the 50 backstroke in a record 24.52.
With the victories, they qualified for the world championships in Barcelona, Spain, in late July.
Michigan State AD: NHL overloading
Miscellany: Michigan State’s athletic director thinks the NHL is planning to spend too much time outdoors.
Mark Hollis was asked at the Associated Press Sports Editors national conference about the league’s expanding schedule of outdoor games, and he didn’t hold back.
“Too many to be frank,” he said Thursday.
Hollis helped to start a trend of playing hockey in large outdoor venues in 2001, when the Spartans played Michigan in their football stadium.
After the NHL hosts its annual Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day, the league has scheduled two games at Yankee Stadium, one at Dodger Stadium and another at Soldier Field.
• Joerger to replace Hollins: Dave Joerger was introduced as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies after an NBA season in which they won a franchise-best 56 games but split with coach Lionel Hollins.
Joerger (YAY-gehr) was a successful head coach in the minor leagues and was the lead assistant under Hollins the last two seasons.
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