Palmer shoots 64 for lead at frost-delayed Phoenix Open
Ryan Palmer parred his final hole at dusk for a 7-under 64 and the lead Thursday in the suspended first round of the Phoenix Open. The start of the round was delayed an hour because of frost, and play was suspended because of darkness at 6:05 p.m. with 42 players unable to finish. Last year, frost and frozen greens delayed play nine hours during the week, forcing a Monday finish.
Webb Simpson, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 6, was a stroke back on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale.
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Phil Mickelson had 24 putts in a 68, and defending champion Mark Wilson, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Humana Challenge, was 1 under with two holes left. Mickelson, the former Arizona State star who won the tournament in 1996 and 2005, played alongside Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler in a morning group that attracted the largest gallery.
Daly trails by one shot at Qatar
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano birdied his last three holes for a 6-under 66 at the Qatar Masters, overcoming wind and blowing sand to lead John Daly by a shot after the first round on Thursday. Daly (67) was followed by K.J. Choi (68) and Jason Day (68). Six players, including 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie and Nicolas Colsaerts, were three shots off the pace. Martin Kaymer (71) and Sergio Garcia (72) were in contention, but about two-thirds of the field shot over par.
■ Lee Bo-mee of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Australian Ladies Masters. U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu was a stroke back at 66 on Royal Pines with fellow South Korean Hee Kyung Seo and Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands. American teenager Lexi Thompson had five birdies in an error-free round to sit two strokes off the pace.
Mickelson sues over 'defamation'
Phil Mickelson filed a lawsuit against an Internet service provider in Canada to learn the identity of a person who has been posting "vexatious statements" that the four-time major champion says is a deliberate attack on his reputation. "I'm all for freedom of speech, but I won't tolerate defamation," Mickelson said Thursday after his opening round in the Phoenix Open. In his lawsuit against Videotron S.E.N.C in Quebec Superior Court, Mickelson cited comments posted on Yahoo! Sports from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, in which one or more persons under the pseudonyms "Fogroller" and "Longtitude" make statements that allege, among other things, that Mickelson's wife had an affair and that he fathered an illegitimate child.
Tressel takes VP job at Akron
Former coach Jim Tressel, forced to resign in disgrace last May amid a cash-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State that toppled the football powerhouse, was introduced Thursday as Akron's new vice president of strategic engagement, a position created just for him. Tressel, who started his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant for the Zips in 1975, will earn a base salary of $200,000 per year, more than $3 million less than he made during the last of 10 years guiding the Buckeyes. Tressel will begin his new job on May 1. In his new position, Tressel, who said he has no interest in coaching in the NFL, will work with Akron's students, alumni and community organizations on a variety of issues. Tressel, 59, is not permitted to have any direct involvement with the school's athletic department, one of the conditions of the five-year, show-cause sanction he was given by the NCAA following its investigation into the Ohio State mess.
■ Clemson receiver Joe Craig was arrested on a criminal domestic violence charges hours before being dismissed from the football team. Craig allegedly shoved his girlfriend at his apartment, beginning an altercation between the two.
Louisiana Tech player found dead
Louisiana Tech running back Tyronne Duplessis was found dead Thursday morning at his off-campus apartment. Hazel Woods, the chief investigator for the Lincoln Parish coroner's office, said the cause of death was not yet known and an autopsy is pending. Ruston police Lt. Tim Parker said authorities are not investigating at this time and are awaiting the coroner's report. "Tyrone was a valuable part of this football family," Bulldogs Coach Sonny Dykes said. "This is a tragic, senseless loss, but he made a lasting impact on this team, university and everyone that knew him." The 21-year-old Duplessis, a third-year student from New Orleans, recently completed his sophomore season of eligibility.
Report: Hamilton has alcohol relapse
The Dallas Morning News is reporting Rangers outfielder and recovering drug addict Josh Hamilton had a relapse earlier this week when he drank alcohol at a bar. The newspaper, citing unidentified "individuals familiar with the episode," reported Thursday night that Hamilton was at a Dallas area bar Monday. In a statement to the newspaper, the Rangers said they were "aware of a situation, but we don't have further comment at this time." Hamilton, 31, was suspended for more than three years for drug and alcohol use while in the Tampa Bay organization.
NHL looking into scoreboard error
The NHL is investigating a scoreboard error that allowed the Los Angeles Kings to score a last-second goal to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night at Staples Center. The clock briefly stopped in the closing seconds — giving Drew Doughty enough time to score the winning goal in a 3-2 victory. The puck officially crossed the line with less than a second to play in regulation. However, when the Blue Jackets looked at video after the game, they discovered the clock froze for roughly a second just prior to Doughty's goal — meaning time should have expired. Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations, confirmed that the goal shouldn't have counted and said the league would conduct an investigation to determine what caused the error. It's not clear if the result of the game will stand.
Women's soccer recruits top-5 class
Kentucky women's soccer coach Jon Lipsitz announced the signing Thursday of a 15-player recruiting class that is rated by one service among the top five in the nation. The Wildcats' class of 2012 includes two players from the Lexington area: forward Kennedy Collier from Danville-based Central Kentucky Soccer Club and Boyle County High School, and forward Maddie Lockridge from Lexington Futbol Club and West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville.
Hansen, Union Rags get high weights
Hansen, last year's champion 2-year-old male and undefeated winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and Union Rags, who won the Champagne Stakes and finished second to Hansen in the Juvenile, have received the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club's 2011 Experimental Free Handicap, released Thursday by The Jockey Club. The filly division is headed by last year's champion 2-year-old filly, My Miss Aurelia, at 124 pounds.
The last word
Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodala, after celebrating his 28th birthday with his eighth career triple-double:
"I still feel young. I don't feel 28."