Trio in lead at Hilton Head;Schwartzel up 1 in Malaysian
Chad Campbell used a fast start, and Vaughn Taylor and Colt Knost had strong finishes to share the first-round lead at 4-under 67 in the RBC Heritage on Thursday at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Masters winner Bubba Watson took the week off as did most players ranked in the world's top 20.
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Campbell birdied four of his first seven holes, Knost birdied three of his last five, and Taylor holed out from the fairway for a closing eagle on the par-4 ninth hole.
■ South Africa's Charl Schwartzel shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over India's Jeev Milkha Singh after the first round of the Malaysian Open. Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, had nine birdies and a bogey on Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club's West Course. South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen, coming off a playoff loss to Bubba Watson in the Masters, was two strokes back along with American Jason Knutzon and India's Jyoti Randhawa.
■ Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice was 8 over par after eight holes in Hayward, Calif., when first-round play was suspended because of darkness in the Nationwide Tour's TPC Stonebrae Championship. Rice had three bogeys, a double bogey, a triple bogey and three pars in cold, rainy and windy conditions. The tournament host missed the cut the last two years.
Flames fire Sutter after three seasons
Brent Sutter is out as coach of the Calgary Flames, who failed to make the playoffs in his three seasons with the team. The Flames had a 118-90-38 record under Sutter. Calgary went 37-29-16 this season, second to Vancouver in the Northwest Division.
■ The NHL has fined Nashville defenseman Shea Weber $2,500 for slamming Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg's head against the glass at the end of Game 1 and warned the captain to be careful the rest of the playoffs.
■ Detroit center Darren Helm will miss the rest of the playoffs after surgery to repair tendon damage in his right arm after being hurt in Game 1 against the Predators.
Spartans reinstate center Nix
Michigan State has reinstated junior center Derrick Nix following a brush with the law. Coach Tom Izzo said he will remain on the team as long as he meets certain conditions.
Nix has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of impaired driving, according to court officials. A marijuana possession charge has been dropped. Nix averaged 8.1 points this past season and he was a big reason Michigan State tied for first in the Big Ten.
■ Villanova junior guard Dominic Cheek will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter his name in the NBA Draft. Cheek joins guard Maalik Wayns as the second Wildcat to skip his senior year.
■ Colorado State introduced Larry Eustachy as its coach. Eustachy, 56, left Southern Mississippi, where he directed the Golden Eagles to a 25-9 record — 11-5 in Conference USA — and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991. Eustachy rebuilt his career at Southern Miss. He resigned at Iowa State in 2003 shortly after photos of him partying with students surfaced.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Judge rebuffs Sandusky's arguments
A judge on Thursday in Allentown, Pa., refused to throw out child sex-abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky but will allow defense lawyers for the retired Penn State assistant football coach to ask again for dismissal as more evidence is turned over by prosecutors.
Judge John Cleland rejected an argument by Sandusky's legal team that the statute of limitations may have run out for eight of the 10 alleged victims. He also rebuffed defense arguments that some of the charges against Sandusky were not specific enough.
Sandusky's trial is scheduled to begin June 5.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Jabari Parker, on UK's wish list, honored
Jabari Parker of Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, a UK target for 2013, is the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
The latest phenom from the school that produced Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, Parker averaged 20.4 points and 9.2 rebounds while leading Simeon to its third straight state championships.
Saints tab Vitt to keep Payton presence
The New Orleans Saints have named Joe Vitt as interim coach, despite the top assistant's six-game suspension for his role in the club's bounty system. The Saints had to find a one-season replacement for head coach Sean Payton, whose season-long suspension in connection with the bounty scandal begins Monday.
"It is important that we keep Sean Payton's philosophy front and center during this season," General Manager Mickey Loomis said. "Sean has been the driving force behind the tremendous success our team has enjoyed during the past six years ... but we need to set a course of action that gives us the best chance to win this season."
■ The Bengals have agreed to a deal with cornerback Terence Newman, an unrestricted free agent from Dallas who struggled last season. The 33-year-old went to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009 but was targeted in coverage last season, and the Cowboys released him.
Also, the Bengals traded linebacker Keith Rivers to the New York Giants for a fifth-round draft pick, ending his four-year stay in Cincinnati that was marred by frequent injuries.
Baseball Cats to play at Arkansas
Kentucky's No. 1 baseball team (30-4, 9-3), leading the Southeastern Conference standings through four weekends, travels to No. 9 Arkansas (24-8, 7-5) for one of its toughest tests of the year in a three-game series starting Friday at 7:35 p.m. EDT. UK has notched series victories over South Carolina, Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
■ Seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek each posted a singles win over a top-40 ranked player, and the seventh-ranked UK men's tennis team pushed its winning streak to eight matches with a 6-1 victory over No. 23 Illinois at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
Blazers' Aldridge, Bobcats' Maggette out
All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers will have surgery on his right hip and miss the rest of the season.
Aldridge has had pain for about two weeks and is unsure how the injury occurred. Aldridge was averaging 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting a career-high 51.2 percent..
■ Bobcats forward Corey Maggette will miss the remainder of the season because of a strain in his right Achilles tendon.
The last word
Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions defensive tackle and actor, and his wife Susan Clark are the lead plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit brought against the NFL by ex-players who say the league didn't protect them from concussions. Clark, who also played the wife of Karras' character on the 1980s sitcom Webster, said Karras, 71, was diagnosed with dementia about seven years ago. Added Clark:
"(Day-to-day life) would be very difficult for him without help. He doesn't drive a car anymore. He used to love to drive. He was an amazing cook, Italian and Greek food. He doesn't cook anything at all anymore — he can't remember what his recipes were."