Hurricane Irene threatening The Barclays tournament
Harrison Frazar is leading The Barclays. All anyone wanted to talk about was Irene. Whatever enthusiasm there was for the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs was dampened Thursday in Edison, N.J. — first by rain that halted the opening round for nearly three hours, then from the gloomy forecast of Hurricane Irene. That left players and officials wondering when, how or even if they can finish the opening playoff event. Of the early starters — who didn't finish until mid-afternoon — Frazar led an onslaught of birdies on rain-softened Plainfield Country Club, shooting a 7-under 64. One of the few times he was in trouble, he chipped in from behind the first green to turn bogey into birdie. Former University of Kentucky golfer Steve Flesch was even, and onetime Henry Clay star Josh Teater was 1 over. When it was too dark to continue, 51 players did not finish the round.
■ Ai Miyazato and Pernilla Lindberg shot 7-under 65s in wet conditions to share the lead in the Canadian Women's Open in Quebec, while Michelle Wie was two strokes back in her title defense. Canadian Samantha Richdale opened with a 66 at Hillsdale Gold Club, and Wie was another stroke back along with Angela Stanford, Mi Hyun Kim, Song-Hee Kim and Jenny Shin.
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■ England's Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 to take the lead in the Johnnie Walker Championship before first-round play was suspended in the event hampered by fog and swarming wasps in Gleneagles, Scotland. The start was delayed by 2 hours, 40 minutes because of reduced visibility.
St. X grad Thomas out of U.S. Amateur
St. Xavier graduate Justin Thomas won his first-round match at the U.S. Amateur Thursday but lost in the second round. Thomas, the 2010 Mr. Golf in Kentucky who is headed to the University of Alabama, beat Michael Stewart of Scotland in the morning, then fell 4 and 3 to Jack Senior of England in Erin, Wis. Bobby Leopold began his day by knocking off No. 1 seed Gregor Main of Danville, Calif. The No. 64-seed played his way into the third round then knocked off Harris English of Thomasville, Ga., 4 and 3. UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay advanced, winning a playoff with Russell Henley of Macon, Ga.. Cantlay chipped in for a birdie on 17 to help force the playoff, and he and Henley rolled in long eagle putts on the first playoff hole.
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Dykstra charged with indecent exposure
Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been charged in Los Angeles for allegedly exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist. The city attorney's office said Thursday the 48-year-old could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each indecent exposure count. Dykstra is accused of finding victims by placing online ads seeking personal assistants or housekeepers. He allegedly exposed himself to women who responded to the ads on several occasions between 2009 and 2011. County records show Dykstra has been jailed since June on $455,000 bail on car-theft and drug-possession charges. He also faces bankruptcy fraud charges. Mark Hathaway, whose law office represented Dykstra in the past, said he does not know who is now representing Dykstra.
■ A former Toledo football player pleaded guilty Thursday in a sports-bribery investigation, admitting he accepted more than $2,000 from a Detroit-area gambler, including $500 to fumble the ball in a 2005 bowl game. Quinton Broussard became the fourth former Rocket to plead guilty in the point-shaving probe, which included football and basketball roughly from 2004 through 2006.
He said he told Ghazi "Gary" Manni about team injuries and other confidential information in exchange for "small amounts of money." But Broussard also admitted that the bribes affected his play. He said he intentionally fumbled against Texas-El Paso in the 2005 GMAC Bowl. Toledo easily won the game 45-13. Charges are pending against three former Toledo basketball players, Manni and another Detroit-area businessman, Mitchell "Ed" Karam. All have pleaded not guilty.
Stern, players reportedly ready to meet
Commissioner David Stern wants progress in the NBA's collective bargaining talks by Labor Day. He might get his wish. Officials from the league and players' association will meet again next week in New York, people with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on Thursday. It will be only the second session involving leaders from both sides since the lockout started July 1. Next week's session will include top negotiators for both sides.
Cal's Dominicans fall in first game
Kentucky Coach John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team had a rough time in its opener Wednesday night in the Marchand Continental Championship Cup, a tuneup for the Olympic qualifying tournament that starts Tuesday. Host Puerto Rico cruised past the Dominicans 99-77. Boston Celtics reserve point guard Carlos Arroyo had 28 points and six assists to lead the winners. Jack Michael Martinez led the Dominicans with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Dominican Republic played Brazil on Thursday in a game that ended too late for this edition and is scheduled to play Canada on Friday, the last day of competition.
Klinsmann announces 24-man roster
New U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann will soon get his first look at Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore. Both players are on the 24-man roster for exhibitions next month against Costa Rica and Belgium. While Klinsmann brought back many of the players who were in camp for the Aug. 10 game against Mexico, he bypassed Freddy Adu. The former phenom did not dress for the game in which the Americans rallied for a draw with a second-half goal. The Americans play Costa Rica on Sept. 2 in Carson, Calif., then travel to Brussels for a game against Belgium four days later.
■ FIFA on Thursday banned North Korea from the 2015 Women's World Cup after five players tested positive for steroids from traditional musk-deer-gland therapy at the tournament last month. North Korea's soccer federation was fined $400,000, and team doctor Nam Jong Ae was banned for six years.
Roddick reaches semifinals in N.C.
Top-seeded Andy Roddick rolled to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Argentina's Juan Monaco on Thursday in the Winston-Salem Open quarterfinals in North Carolina. Roddick will take on fellow American John Isner in Friday's semifinals. Isner rallied past eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 earlier Thursday.
■ Tournament officials moved the start of the championship match at the New Haven Open in Connecticut from 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the hopes of avoiding Hurricane Irene.
Soccer men open season at home Friday
Coming off a third-place finish in Conference USA last year, the Kentucky men's soccer team opens its season against Dayton on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the UK Soccer Complex. The women's team (2-0) will play Ohio at 5 p.m. UK men's coach Ian Collins is looking for his 200th career win after 18 years at Kentucky.
The last word
Darrick Strzelecki, a senior running back at Gravette High School in Arkansas, said he felt something odd in his helmet during practice Tuesday but thought it was only a tangled lock of hair or sweat beading up as the team worked on extra points. During a break, Strzelecki took off his helmet and thought his teammates were teasing him:
"It looked like a rubber snake, and I thought somebody had pulled a practical joke on me. When I grabbed it by the tail, that's when it jerked, and I dropped the helmet."