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In brief: Henrik Stenson leads the way at World Match Play

Henrik Stenson downed Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 to advance. (Associated Press)
Henrik Stenson downed Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 to advance. (Associated Press)
From Staff And Wire Reports

Golf: Top-seeded Henrik Stenson beat Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 on Friday to reach the quarterfinals in the World Match Play Championship in Ash, England.

Stenson finished round-robin play 3-0 to top the Palmer group. He will face fellow Swede Jonas Blixt today at The London Golf Club. Blixt halved with England’s Paul Casey to finish second behind American Patrick Reed in the McCormack group at 1-1-1.

In the lower-bracket quarterfinal, Dutchman Joost Luiten will play Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal.

Luiten beat defending champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland 2 up to win the Larson group at 3-0. Larrazabal was second in the Gabrielsson group at 2-1 after beating Ireland’s Shane Lowry 2 and 1.

In the upper bracket, Reed will face South Africa’s George Coetzee, and France’s Victor Dubuisson will play Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.

Reed beat Wales’ Jamie Donaldson 3 and 2 to finish 2-1. Coetzee was second in the Palmer group at 1-1-1 after a 2-and-1 loss to Italy’s Francesco Molinari.

Dubuisson topped the Gabrielsson group at 2-1 after a 2-and-1 loss to Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher. Ilonen beat France’s Alexander Levy 1 up to finish second in the Larson group at 2-1.

• Haas, Durant share lead: Jay Haas and Joe Durant shot 8-under 63 to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

The 60-year-old Haas, the 2005 and 2009 champion, had an eagle and seven birdies on the first 14 holes at Rock Barn Golf and Spa’s Champions Course in Conover, North Carolina, dropped a stroke on the par-4 15th and closed with three pars.

Durant finished with eight birdies and an eagle, and posted his lowest round since joining the tour in April.

• Putnam, Knox tied: Andrew Putnam birdied two of the last three holes for a 6-under 65 and a share of the second-round lead at 10 under with Russell Knox in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Andrew Svoboda and Tony Finau were a stroke back. Finau shot 65, and Svoboda had a 67.

Spokane-native Alex Prugh shot a 69 to make the cut. He sits eight shots off the lead.

• Icher in front: France’s Karine Icher birdied three of her final four holes for a 4-under 68 and the second-round lead in the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.

Icher had a 5-under 139 total on Sky72’s Ocean Course.

American Brittany Lincicome and Spain’s Beatriz Ricari were a stroke back. They shot 70.

• Els has edge: South Africa’s Ernie Els took a two-stroke lead in the Hong Kong Open on his 45th birthday, shooting a 5-under 65 to reach 9-under 131.

France’s Raphael Jacquelin and Australians Scott Hend and Cameron Smith were tied for second on Hong Kong Golf Club’s Fanling Course.

Miller gets shutout as Canucks win

NHL: Ryan Miller made 28 saves to record his 30th career shutout as visiting Vancouver beat Edmonton 2-0.

Radim Vrbata and Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who got their season-opening third straight win.

• Preds blank Jets: Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for his 33rd NHL shutout and Nashville beat host Winnipeg 2-0 to spoil the Jets’ home opener.

Mike Ribeiro and James Neal scored for the Predators.

• Wings roll: Johan Franzen scored twice and Henrik Zetterberg had four assists to lead Detroit to a 4-1 victory over host Toronto. Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots for the Red Wings.

• Luongo stops Sabres: Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots for his 67th career shutout, leading Florida to a 1-0 win at Buffalo for the Panthers’ first victory of the season.

Sean Bergenheim scored the game’s only goal.

• Blue Jackets beat Flames: Jack Skille, Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert scored goals and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots to lead Columbus past visiting Calgary.

Boise State holds off Fresno State

College Football: Jay Ajayi ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard run on Boise State’s clinching drive in the Broncos’ 37-27 victory over visiting Fresno State.

Boise State (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West) avenged a 41-40 overtime loss to the Bulldogs last season to claim the Milk Can rivalry trophy. Fresno State (3-5, 2-2), winless in Boise since 1984, squandered Marteze Waller’s 164-yard rushing performance.

U.S. wins, but suffers injury blow

Soccer: Tobin Heath scored twice, and Carli Lloyd, Whitney Engen and Megan Rapinoe had one goal each as the U.S. defeated Guatemala 5-0 in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Star forward Alex Morgan left the game in the 37th minute with an ankle injury.

Celtics swap Anthony for Bynum

NBA: The Boston Celtics have traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for guard Will Bynum.

Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists over 56 games last season, his seventh in the NBA.

Anthony has averaged 2.3 points and 3 rebounds in his seven years in the league.

• Trespassers sentenced: Six young adults who broke into the home of former Miami Heat star Ray Allen have been sentenced to community service and ordered to make a charitable contribution.

Police say the group was attending a party Aug. 14 near Allen’s home when they decided to go inside because it appeared unoccupied and they were curious.

Friedman: Dodgers keep Mattingly

Miscellany: The Dodgers introduced Andrew Friedman the new president of baseball operations.

Friedman said he’s having conversations about hiring a GM to work under him and that manager Don Mattingly will be retained.

• Bighorns hire Arseneault: David Arseneault Jr., the associate head coach at Division III Grinnell College in Iowa, was hired Friday as the coach of the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings’ affiliate in the NBA Development League.

The 28-year-old Arseneault worked under his father at Grinnell. The Pioneers made national headlines in 2012 when Jack Taylor scored an NCAA-record 138 points in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible.

• Jockey’s death accidental: Investigators have found no wrongdoing by jockeys in the death of 17-year-old apprentice jockey Juan Saez at an Indiana track. Saez was thrown from his horse during a race on Tuesday.

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