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In Brief: Stacy Lewis leads Michelle Wie at U.S. Women’s Open

TCU outfielder Cody Jones dives and misses a ball hit for a double by Mississippi's J.B. Woodman. (Associated Press)
TCU outfielder Cody Jones dives and misses a ball hit for a double by Mississippi's J.B. Woodman. (Associated Press)

Golf: Stacy Lewis had at least one thing in common with U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer. She made it around Pinehurst No. 2 without a bogey Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Women’s Open, and that put her in the lead.

That was about the only worthy comparison after one day of golf’s unique doubleheader.

Lewis managed to keep the stress at a minimum on a steamy morning in the North Carolina sandhills for a 3-under-par 67, giving her a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie when the opening round was halted because of storms in the area.

Wie made four birdies on the back nine, and a 10-foot par save on the par-3 17th hole, for a 68.

Lewis, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, and Wie were among five players who broke par when play was suspended with 30 players still on the course.

Former Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu, Katherine Kirk and 18-year-old amateur Minjee Lee were at 69.

The show belonged to Lucy Li, the 11-year-old from the Bay Area who became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history. She missed only one fairway and was rarely out of position, though it cost the sixth-grader dearly when she was. Li made one triple bogey and two double bogeys, three blemishes on her card that led to a 78.

“I mean, it’s 8 over,” Li said. “It’s not bad. But I was 7 over in three holes, so that’s 1 over in 15 holes. So yeah, I just need to get rid of the big numbers.”

Steele in front at Travelers Championship: Brendan Steele shot an 8-under 62 and it held up for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

The 31-year-old Californian started his round with an eagle, holing a 129-yard wedge shot in the rain. He went on to birdie six of the next 12 holes at TPC River Highlands, but closed the bogey-free round with five straight pars.

He finished two shots off the course record of 60 set by Patrick Cantlay in 2011 as an amateur.

Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore shot 63, and Chad Campbell, Joe Durant, Scott Langley, Eric Axley and Jeff Maggert followed at 64.

Ferris graduate Alex Prugh is eight shots back after shooting an even-par 70.

Ole Miss beats TCU to survive in CWS

College baseball: Will Allen drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Mississippi relievers held TCU without a hit after Kevin Cron’s homer in the fifth, and the Rebels stayed alive in the College World Series with a 6-4 victory in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ole Miss will play Virginia on Friday night in a bracket final. The Rebels would need to beat the Cavaliers on Friday and again Saturday to reach next week’s best-of-three championship series.

It was the most runs allowed by TCU in 16 games.

U.S. Women tie France in friendly

Soccer: Alex Morgan scored the second of her two second-half goals in the 85th minute to give the United States a 2-2 tie with France in an exhibition game in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Making her second appearance in six days for the national team after a seven-month layoff because of a stress fracture in her left ankle, Morgan scored for the first time in more than a year.

Morgan scored the tying goal off a rebound, beating goalkeeper Sara Bouhaddi.

The U.S. star has 46 goals in 72 games for the national team.

Trentin wins sixth stage at Suisse

Cycling: Matteo Trentin held off Daniele Bennati in a final sprint to narrowly win the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse as Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammate Tony Martin retained his overall lead.

Trentin, who was led out perfectly by Martin in the final kilometer, attacked with 200 meters to go and edged out Bennati by half a wheel.

Francesco Gavazzi was third on the 120-mile trek from Buren an der Aare to Delemont.

Martin retained his six-second advantage over Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin.

Cavaliers offer Blatt head coaching job

NBA: A person familiar with the decision says the Cavaliers have offered successful European coach David Blatt their coaching job and are discussing a contract.

After an exhaustive, five-week search, the Cavs zeroed in on Blatt and are in negotiations with him, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting.

The 55-year-old Blatt recently resigned as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, this year’s Euroleague champions, to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA.



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