Webb tied for lead as U.S. Women's Open suspended
Veteran Karrie Webb and second-year LPGA Tour player Marina Alex were atop the leaderboard Thursday when play was suspended during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open in Lancaster, Pa. Both early starters shot 4-under-par 66 , and that score held up through the afternoon before things turned wet and windblown. Play was suspended in the early evening after a storm packing high winds, lightning and heavy rain pounded Lancaster Country Club.
When play was stopped, 55 players still needed to complete their rounds — with at least two threatening the lead.
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Amy Yang was in the clubhouse a shot behind the leaders. Two players on the course were also at 3 under: Na Yeon Choi, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, had three holes to play, while Jane Park had five.
The USGA's plan is to restart the first round at 6:45 a.m. Friday and begin the second round at 7:15.
Top-ranked Inbee Park birdied two of her last three holes before play was stopped and was at 2 under through 14.
Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson were tied for the lead at 8-under-par 63 after the opening round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., while Jordan Spieth languished far behind at 71. Thomas attended St. Xavier High in Louisville.
Spieth, who will go for his third straight major title next week at the British Open, had three bogeys in a four-hole stretch, and missed a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
Thorbjorn Olesen returned to form with a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Scottish Open in Gullane. Rebounding from missing the cut in five of his last six events, Olesen made seven birdies — including three in a row on Nos. 15-17 — and was bogey-free in benign conditions for the morning starters over the Gullane links.
Tour leader out with broken collarbone
German rider Tony Martin started Thursday's sixth stage of the Tour de France in the lead and ended it in the hospital after breaking his collarbone in a crash that he caused near the finish line. He became the second race leader to pull out of the race, after Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara fractured two vertebrae in his lower back on Monday.
"The collarbone is in lots of pieces, so it was a major impact," Martin's Etixx Quick-Step team doctor Helge Riepenhof said. "One of the pieces came through the skin."
The crash also dragged down defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and fellow Tour contender Nairo Quintana, but they escaped with cuts and bruises. Czech rider Zdenek Stybar rode away amid the chaos to get his first Tour stage win.
Neither Martin nor Cancellara was a contender for the overall victory, but the injuries highlight how tough this Tour has been — and the battered riders haven't even reached the mountains yet.
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Harrison finalist for women's Bowerman
UK hurdler Kendra Harrison was named one of three finalists for the women's 2015 Bowerman Award, college track and field's top individual honor, on Thursday. Harrison went undefeated in short hurdles races (60-meter hurdles indoors and 100-meter hurdles outdoors) throughout the 2015 collegiate season. She won two NCAA Championships, two Southeastern Conference titles in addition to the NCAA and SEC Silver Medals in the 400-meter hurdles this season and was named USTFCCCA National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year,
Harrison is the first Bowerman Award finalist in Kentucky history. The other finalists are Jenna Prandini of Oregon and Demi Payne of Steven F. Austin.
Sophomore place-kicker Austin MacGinnis was named one of 30 place-kickers to the 2015 Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List. MacGinnis set six school records as a freshman, including 21 field goals, most in the SEC. MacGinnis had a school-record 104 points and was one of only five kickers in the nation with three field goals of 50 yards or more.
McDonald charged with false imprisonment
Former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald was charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment in connection with allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancée while she held their 2-month-old child. The false imprisonment charge is a felony while the other counts are misdemeanors.
Prosecutors said police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home around 4 a.m. on May 25 and found McDonald had broken into the woman's bedroom and assaulted her while his driver tried to stop him and she tried to get away.
Former Cincinnati Bengals president and part owner John Sawyer died Thursday morning at a retirement home in Cincinnati after battling health problems for the past four years. He was 90. Sawyer, one of the founders of the Bengals, was team president from 1968-93 and had served as a vice president since 1994. A former World War II pilot, he rarely missed a Bengals home or away game. He was a former part owner of the Cincinnati Reds and helped initiate construction of Riverfront Stadium, which was home to both franchises for more than 30 years.
Legends split with Savannah
Lexington first baseman Ryan O'Hearn hit his 19th home run of the season and drove in a run with a single to lead the host Legends to a 3-0 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats in the second game of a doubleheader. Yunior Marte and Niklas Stephenson combined on the shutout, allowing only three hits.
O'Hearn also homered in the first game, but Savannah won that one 7-4 with a four-run fourth inning that featured a three-run homer by Tomas Nido. Eudor Garcia also hit a homer and knocked in three runs for Savannah.
Memphis gives Nichols conditional release
Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen says he has granted Austin Nichols a conditional release, clearing the way for the Tigers' leading scorer to transfer. Bowen's statement didn't indicate the conditions of Nichols' release regarding whether there were any schools he couldn't consider. Nichols averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. He is the third Memphis player to transfer since the end of the season.
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Gatlin outruns Powell, Gay at 100 meters
Justin Gatlin easily beat two big-name rivals by clocking 9.75 seconds in the 100 meters at the Athletissima Diamond League meet Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Jamaican Asafa Powell took second in 9.92, the same time as Tyson Gay, who is from Lexington. Gay and Powell had faster starts, but Gatlin drew ahead within 30 meters and quickly ran clear.
Gatlin seems to be the man to beat at the world championships in Beijing next month as Usain Bolt struggles with injury.
The last word
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the Broncos fining linebacker Von Miller for flatulence during team meetings:
"He tried to claim Tom Brady let the air out of him."