September 21, 2013 in Sports

Stenson strengthens Tour Championship lead

 
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Henrik Stenson started strong to build a four-shot lead at the 2013 PGA Tour Championship.
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Golf: Henrik Stenson made three early birdies to seize control at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Friday.

Stenson quickly expanded his one-shot lead at East Lake with three birdies on the opening four holes and stretched his lead to four shots over Adam Scott with a 4-under 66.

Scott recovered from a rugged start for a 69, while 20-year-old Jordan Spieth had a 67 and was five shots behind.

Stenson and Scott only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize. Scott also can make a strong case for PGA Tour player of the year if he were to win.

Tiger Woods was 6-over par on his last five holes for a 71 and was 14 shots out of the lead.

• Wiebe leads in Hawaii: Mark Wiebe had six birdies over a seven-hole stretch and shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett is tied for eighth after posting a 3-under 69.

Oracle wins a re-sailed Race 13 to keep head above water

Sailing: Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA stayed alive in the America’s Cup for the second straight day, pulling away from Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand to win the re-sail of Race 13 in San Francisco by 1 minute, 24 seconds.

Oracle’s victory Friday, its fourth in the last six races, came an hour after the lightest wind of the regatta thwarted the Kiwis’ chances to win the oldest trophy in international sports.

The first attempt at Race 13 was abandoned because of a time limit with the Kiwis far ahead of Oracle Team USA in light, shifty wind on foggy San Francisco Bay.

Emirates Team New Zealand, which reached match point on Wednesday, leads 8-3.

France shocks Spain, advances to FIBA finals against Lithuania

Men’s basketball: France ended Spain’s reign as European champion with a 75-72 overtime victory behind 32 points from Tony Parker and set up a final against Lithuania in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Two-time defending champion Spain led by 14 points at halftime.

Lithuania reached its first final since winning the title 10 years ago by beating Croatia 77-62.

Baseball: Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will retire after this season.

The team announced Pettitte’s decision hours before opening its final homestand of the season. The 41-year-old left-hander says he has exhausted himself mentally and physically and knows the time is right.

Pettitte is scheduled to make two more starts, including Sunday when the club will honor Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium.

Pettitte holds the major league record with 19 postseason wins. His final start is scheduled for next weekend in Houston, his hometown. Pettitte pitched for the Astros from 2004-06.

• Masked Heyward returns to Braves: Atlanta activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the disabled list before a game at Chicago. He wore a facemask attached to the right side of his batting helmet to protect the right jaw that was fractured Aug. 21 when he was hit by a pitch from the Mets’ Jon Niese.

Texans running back Foster said he took money with Vols

Football: Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee.

Foster, who played for the Vols from 2005-08, says, “My senior year, I was getting money on the side.”

Sports Illustrated first reported Foster’s comments in the EPIX documentary titled, “Schooled: The Price of College Sports.”

Andrew Muscato, a documentary producer, says Foster didn’t specify how much he received or who paid him.

Jets, Patriots issued hefty fines: The Jets and Patriots have been fined a combined $88,500 from their game last week that included a late sideline skirmish.

The fourth-quarter melee was set off by New York center Nick Mangold’s low hit on New England’s Aqib Talib after an interception.

Jets right guard Willie Colon led the way with $34,125 in fines – $26,250 for contact with an official, and $7,875 for punching an opponent. Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson was fined $15,000 for punching a Patriots player, while New England’s Michael Buchanan, Alfonzo Dennard and Vince Wilfork were docked $7,875 each for throwing punches.

Ravens’ Rice doubtful: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice missed his third consecutive day of practice due to a strained left hip flexor and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

49ers’ Smith arrested: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in San Jose, Calif., police said.

Smith was arrested by officers who received a call about a solo vehicle crash around 7 a.m., San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said. Officers proceeded to take a breath sample and to conduct other tests.

Colts lose Landry: Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry is listed as out for Sunday’s game at San Francisco after missing practice this week because of an ankle injury.

Newman burns to track record, claims pole at New Hampshire

Auto Racing: Ryan Newman turned a track record lap of 136.497 mph to win the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., and headline a top 12 loaded with Chase drivers for Sunday’s race.

Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers filled 10 of the top 12 spots.


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