Golf: Bernhard Langer opened a seven-stroke lead in the Senior British Open, following his opening 65 with a 66 on Friday to reach 11 under at sunny Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales.
The German lost a playoff to Mark Wiebe last year at Royal Birkdale after blowing a two-stroke lead on the final hole of regulation when he failed to get out of a greenside bunker.
Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, seeking his third straight senior major title, was tied for second with Englishman Chris Williams. Montgomerie had a 66, and Williams shot 70.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot a second straight 72 and sits at 2-over 144 heading into the weekend.
• Furyk, Petrovic, tied at Canadian Open: Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard.
The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 and 2007 winner, matched Petrovic at 10-under 130 on the tree-lined Blue Course. Petrovic followed his opening 64 with a 66.
Joel Dahmen (Clarkston) shot a 72 for a two-day total of 138. Alex Prugh (Spokane), who shot a 67 Thursday, bogeyed the par-4 8th, his 17th hole of the day, to finish with a 74 and miss the even-par cutline by one stroke.
• U.S. rebounds to win twice: The United States shuffled its lineup in the second round of the International Crown and got the desired result, beating Spain twice to earn its first points in the eight-country event in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr took control on the back nine against Belen Mozo and Beatriz Recari in a 3-and-2 win, and Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis held on to beat Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda 2 up.
One day earlier, top-seeded U.S. lost twice to Taiwan.
• Two Americans reach U.S. Junior Final: Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield on the 21st hole in the U.S. Junior Amateur to set up an all-America final against William Zalatoris.
Riley, 17, from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who finished second last year, rallied to square the match and finished off the 17-year-old Englishman with a par on the third extra hole.
Zalatoris, 17, from Plano, Texas, beat Australia’s Curtis Luck 1 up to reach today’s 36-hole final at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.
• Navarro, Superal advance U.S. Girls’ Junior: Mexico’s Marijosse Navarro made a 40-foot birdie putt to beat Australia’s Shelly Shin on the 21st hole in the U.S. Girls’ Junior semifinals at Forest Highlands.
She will face Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines in the 36-hole final today.
Superal beat Cindy Ha of Demarest, New Jersey, 2 up in the semifinals.
Wizards’ Wall added to U.S. list for World Cup
Basketball: Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the U.S. player pool for this summer’s World Cup of Basketball.
Wall averaged 19.3 points and 8.8 assists this season to earn his first All-Star appearance.
The 19 players on the list will be trimmed to 12 for the tournament in Spain in late August.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin said Thursday he was pulling out.
• Ridnour joins Magic: The Orlando Magic filled out their backcourt rotation with the signing of guard Luke Ridnour.
Details were not disclosed. He is expected to serve as Orlando’s third point guard behind Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton.
Playing on the road in the Northwest League is never easy.
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