Golf: Rory McIlroy kept the ball in play and set up plenty of birdie chances Thursday in the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
He ran off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn at Quail Hollow for a 5-under 67 that left him in a large group atop the leaderboard as the first round was winding down.
Nick Watney, Ryan Moore, Derek Ernst, Daniel Summerhays and Robert Garrigus also were at 67.
• Teen leads Kingsmill: Thai teen Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.
Cristie Kerr had six birdies and one bogey in a 66 that put her alone in second place.
Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., shot a 73.
Ravens, McKinnie agree on new deal
NFL: Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens have agreed to a two-year deal to re-sign offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.
McKinnie, 33, is an 11-year NFL veteran who has played the last two seasons with Baltimore. He played his first nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
Parker officially headed to Duke
Miscellany: Top recruit Jabari Parker has signed his letter of intent to play at Duke.
The school announced Parker’s signing Thursday – more than four months after he picked the Blue Devils over Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and BYU during a nationally televised ceremony in Chicago.
Because that decision came in December after the conclusion of the fall signing period, Parker had to wait until the spring signing period began April 17 to make it official.
• Sportscaster pleads guilty to assaults on girls: Veteran BBC sportscaster Stuart Hall pleaded guilty in London to 14 indecent assaults on underage girls, including one who was just 9 years old, prompting the broadcaster to drop him for his “sickening” behavior.
The 83-year-old, who had been arrested in January for questioning about alleged crimes committed between 1967 and 1986, had earlier denied any wrongdoing.
He will be sentenced June 17.
• UC Irvine, BYU in volleyball final: Kevin Tillie had 14 kills to help defending champion UC Irvine sweep Loyola of Chicago 3-0 in the NCAA volleyball semifinals in Los Angeles.
The third-ranked Anteaters will face No. 1 Brigham Young, which swept Penn State.