GolfHaas on top at Memorial
Bill Haas played the best golf in the toughest conditions Friday in the rain-delayed Memorial. When the second round was suspended as dark clouds rolled in and forced the third stoppage in play, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were close to each other on the leader board, even if they were miles away from Haas, who had a 5-under 67.
That didn't bode well for Woods, the five-time Memorial winner who had a most peculiar round in wind and on fast greens. He three-putted from 5 feet for double bogey on the par-5 15th, chopped up the final hole for a bogey and wound up with a 74.
"Tough conditions out there, and I didn't exactly play my best, either," said Woods, who had his worst 36-hole total (145) at the Memorial since he first played it in 1997.
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McIlroy was in danger of missing the cut until he fired off five birdies, looking more comfortable with his putts and attacking with his driver. He was 4 under for his round and one shot inside the cut line — and one shot behind Woods. McIlroy was in a greenside bunker in two shots at the par-5 15th when play was stopped.
"The major goal today was to try to make it into the weekend," McIlroy said. "I'm on the right track to do that."
The second round was to resume at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
■ Three-time NCAA player of the year Amanda Blumenherst and LPGA rookie leader Moriya Jutanugarn shot 5-under 66 on Friday to top the leader board in the ShopRite LPGA Classic, a stroke ahead of defending champion Stacy Lewis. Michelle Wie, who a decade ago made one of her first appearances on the women's tour as a 13-year-old in this event, was two shots behind after tying her lowest numerical score of what has been a very disappointing season.
■ Tom Lehman, Duffy Waldorf, Dan Forsman and Scott Hoch shot 3-under 69 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic.
■ Matteo Manassero remains on track for a second consecutive European Tour victory after taking a two-shot lead at the Nordea Masters on Friday. The 20-year old Italian, who won last week's BMW PGA Championship, added a 7-under 65 to his opening 66 for a 13-under total for two rounds on the Bro Hof Slott course in Stockholm.
■ Top-seeded California survived a quarterfinal scare from Pac-12 rival Arizona State on Friday to advance to the semifinals in the NCAA golf championship. Brandon Hage birdied No. 18 after a nearly perfect approach to give the Bears a 3-2 victory and a spot in the semifinals against Illinois. Third-seeded Alabama's 4-1 victory against New Mexico included a victory in match play by former St. Xavier standout Justin Thomas.
New Kings ownership expected to hire Malone, meet with Cousins soon
The ownership group headed by Vivek Ranadive officially assumed control of the Kings on Friday morning, announced the expected firing of coach Keith Smart later in the day and will likely introduce Mike Malone as the new coach in the coming days.
While the search for a new general manager continues, Ranadive managed to find time to reach out to DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings' talented but sometimes volatile center.
Ranadive's first call after the NBA's board of governors approved the sale Tuesday was to Cousins, according to sources close to the situation. Sources also confirmed Cousins will be in California in the days ahead to meet with Ranadive and Malone. The sources emphasized that Cousins does not want to be traded.
Hamlin takes pole at Dover
Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 157.978 mph to win the pole at Dover International Speedway. Hamlin followed up his pole last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the top speed on Friday and his 15th career pole. Martin Truex Jr., who won his only career Cup race at Dover, joins Hamlin on the front row. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman round out the top five.
Dario Franchitti has won the pole for the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix. Franchitti, though, will start 11th on Saturday because of a 10-grid-spot penalty for making an unapproved engine change at Indianapolis. Marco Andretti put his famous family atop open-wheel racing standings for the first time in more than a decade. It's the first time the family has had a points leader since Michael Andretti, his father, led all CART drivers in September 2000.
Nadal flustered by French Open schedule
Miffed about the scheduling of matches at the French Open, Rafael Nadal took the court at 11 a.m. Friday lacking his usual intensity, and it showed. The seven-time champion had to come from behind for the second match in a row to beat Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Nadal criticized tournament organizers for scheduling his match with Klizan late on Thursday with rain predicted. The forecast proved correct, and the match was postponed a day, while Nadal's next opponent — Fabio Fagnini — won earlier Thursday and will have a day's rest before their match Saturday. While Nadal's behind schedule and unhappy about it, Roger Federer and Serena Williams easily moved into the fourth round. Defending champion Maria Sharapova won a rain-interrupted match to reach the third round.
Legends win second in a row
Mark Donato homered for the second consecutive game and Terrance Gore had two hits, scored a run and stole his 30th base of the year as the Lexington Legends took a 6-3 win over the Hagerstown Suns Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Legends have won the first two games of the four-game series. Gore also made an outstanding catch in left field, robbing Hagerstown's Khayyan Norfork of a home run in the seventh inning. Legends starter Bryan Brickhouse (4-3) pitched five and one-third innings and got the win.
Wiggins won't defend Tour title
Bradley Wiggins will not defend his Tour de France title because of a knee problem, giving teammate Chris Froome the chance to win cycling's premier race after finishing runner-up last year. Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour, but he has not been able to prepare properly leading to the June 29 start of the race. His Team Sky said Friday he also has an "ongoing ... condition" with his left knee and would not be considered for the squad.
Sports in the Courts
Shabazz's father indicted for fraud
Ronald Holmes, father of former UCLA basketball star Shabazz Muhammad and himself a former hoops standout, has been indicted on federal fraud charges. According to the indictment, Holmes and several unnamed associates used fraudulent information and straw buyers to obtain home mortgages and buy and sell houses, keeping the proceeds for themselves. Holmes, 51, has pleaded not guilty.
Former Auburn football player Shaun Kitchens pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to serve three years in prison. Lee County Circuit Judge Christopher Hughes gave Kitchens, 21, a 15-year split sentence on Thursday requiring him to spend three years in jail for a robbery committed with teammates at an Auburn trailer park in March 2011, according to court documents.
The last word
Danica Patrick sides with her boss over her boyfriend. Tony Stewart (her boss) wanted to choke Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (her boyfriend) for blocking in last week's race at Charlotte. Said Patrick:
"Don't you want to choke your kids every now and then? I mean, everybody wants to choke their kids, or their dad, or son, or significant other at times. So, I think that is a comment out of love, no doubt."