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In brief: Jason Day ties PGA Tour record for 36 holes

Jason Day celebrates his eagle putt on the 18th green at the BMW. (Associated Press)
Jason Day celebrates his eagle putt on the 18th green at the BMW. (Associated Press)

GOLF: A long day for Jason Day ended even better than it began, thanks to an eagle putt at the 18th that extended his lead to five shots at the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Day shot an 8-under-par 63 to match a 36-hole tournament record at 18 under. Day’s closest pursuers were rookie Daniel Berger and Brendon Todd. Todd finished off Friday’s round of 63 by holing out an 81-yard wedge shot at No. 18. Berger made his move with four birdies in a five-hole stretch en route to a 30 on the front nine.

Day returned to the course early to finish his rain-delayed first round. With a chance to make history, Day made par instead, narrowly missing a birdie putt and carding a 61.

After shooting 32 on the front nine to start the second round, the Aussie strung together four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back, then capped it off with an 43-foot downhill putt for eagle at No. 18.

• Europe leads U.S. 4-2 at Solheim Cup: Spain’s Carlota Ciganda hit an eagle to level her match as Europe led the United States 4-2 on the opening day of the Solheim Cup in St. Leon-Rot, Germany.

Ciganda holed out from the fairway to win the 17th hole as she and Melissa Reid of England came from 2 down to draw level with Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson with one hole left before play was suspended because of bad light.

Florida State sneaks past Boston College

College Football: Cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned a fourth-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdown to help No. 9 Florida State beat Boston College 14-0 in Boston.

The Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled against a BC team that had beaten a pair of FCS opponents. Everett Golson completed 15 of 24 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown for Florida State, which won its 25th consecutive ACC game.

• Arizona State knocks off New Mexico: Mike Bercovici threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Arizona State overcame a sluggish start to beat New Mexico 34-10 in Tempe, Arizona.

Bercovici had touchdown passes of 14, 33 and 93 yards and ran 8 yards for the other Sun Devils TD.

The 93-yard play to Demario Richard matched the third-longest pass in Arizona State history. Richard rushed for 104 yards and his 151 yards receiving – on four catches – is a school record for a running back.

Federer leads Swiss in Davis Cup win

Tennis: Roger Federer cruised and Stan Wawrinka labored in lifting Switzerland to a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands in a Davis Cup relegation playoff in Geneva.

Federer, ranked No 2, eased to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jesse Huta Galung in the second singles match.

Fourth-ranked Wawrinka overcame No. 144 Thiemo De Bakker in five sets.

In the other semifinal, Belgium and Argentina are knotted at 1-1.

• Sock draws U.S. level against Uzbekistan: Jack Sock breezed past Farrukh Dustov in straight sets to draw the United States level with Uzbekistan at 1-1 in their Davis Cup World Group playoff in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The 29th-ranked Sock won his first career Davis Cup match in 1 hour, 52 minutes.

Mystics outlast Liberty in double OT

WNBA: Ivory Latta scored 15 points and Emma Meesseman added 13 to help the visiting Washington Mystics beat the top-seeded New York Liberty 86-83 in double-overtime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tayler Hill added 13 points for the Mystics, who will host Game 2 on Sunday.

• Moore scores career playoff-high 33 to lead Lynx: Maya Moore scored a career playoff-high 33 points to help the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 67-65 in the opener of their Western Conference semifinals series in Minneapolis.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday at Long Beach State because of the Emmy Awards happening near Staples Center.

Canadiens name Pacioretty captain

Miscellany: Max Pacioretty was voted captain of the Montreal Canadiens by his teammates, becoming only the third American to take the role with the storied franchise.

The 26-year-old former University of Michigan player joins Brian Gionta (2010-14) and Chris Chelios (co-captain with Guy Carbonneau in 1989-90) as the only U.S. captains.

Pacioretty is the 29th captain in franchise history. • Lithuania edges Serbia to reach Eurobasket final: Lithuania beat Serbia 67-64 in Lille, France, to advance to the final of the European basketball championship and clinch a slot at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In its second consecutive final, Lithuania will play Spain on Sunday after ending Serbia’s unbeaten run of seven games.

Lithuania lost the final two years ago to France.

Serbia will play France for the bronze medal. Both Serbia and France claimed spots in Olympic qualifying.

• Jorgensen wins Chicago triathlon: Gwen Jorgensen won the ITU World Triathlon Series’ Grand Final in Chicago for her second straight season championship.

Jorgensen, from St. Paul, Minnesota, has won 12 straight events. She finished the 1,500-meter swim in Lake Michigan, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 36 seconds.

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