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In Brief: Park takes early lead at US Women’s Open

From staff and wire reports

Golf: When Sung Hyun Park entered her first U.S. Women’s Open, her goals were modest. Halfway through the tournament, Park has put herself in prime position to contend.

Park capitalized on the favorable morning scoring conditions, shooting a 6-under par 72 Friday to take the early clubhouse lead after the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle in San Martin, California.

“I didn’t even think about winning because this is the first time for me,” Park said through an interpreter. “I would like more experience with the USGA, LPGA. But I’m trying to enjoy this tournament. That’s why I am just more comfortable, don’t even think about the winning, I just enjoy the play. That’s why it happened today.”

Park, a 22-year-old from South Korea, made her LPGA debut last year when she finished second at the KEB-HanaBank Championship in South Korea. She has played three more LPGA tournaments this year, tying for sixth in her first major at the ANA Inspiration in the spring.

Orlando White wins in NBA summer league

NBA: On paper, the Orlando Magic White was the secondary team for the Magic in this week’s Orlando NBA Summer League. The White unit was the only team out of the 10 that didn’t have a legitimate NBA player or first- or second-round draft pick. But it was the White, comprised of D-League and overseas players, that finished the week 5-0 and won the league championship after defeating previously unbeaten Detroit in overtime, 87-84, on Friday at Amway Center.

MacKinnon signs deal with Avalanche

NHL: The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Nathan MacKinnon to a seven-year deal that runs through the 2022-23 season.

The 20-year-old MacKinnon had 21 goals and 31 assists last season. He missed the last 10 games after he sprained a ligament in his knee. MacKinnon also sat out the final 18 games a year ago because of a broken foot.

Players continue to sue over concussions

Miscellany: The latest round of class-action concussion lawsuits against the NCAA were filed by former college football players from Stanford, Boston College, North Carolina, Wake Forest and BYU.

The lawsuits were filed in federal courts late Thursday by Chicago-based attorney Jay Edelson. At least 15 lawsuits have been filed since May, and as many as 50 are expected.

Hillsman inks extension: Syracuse has extended the contract of women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman.

The university did not reveal the length of the extension, but it comes on the heels of the most impressive season in team history.

Biles leads after first day of trials: Simone Biles led the way during the first night of U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics trials.

The 19-year-old Biles, a three-time world champion, wasn’t as sharp as usual, but her score of 61.850 was a touch better than rising star Laurie Hernandez.