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Saun­ders leads Sam Saun­ders, the grand­son of Arnold Palmer, rolled in birdie putts and kept a clean card at Riviera on Thurs­day for a 7- un­der 64 and an early two- shot lead in the Ge­n­e­sis Open at Los An­ge­les. Saun­ders had a two- shot lead over Dustin John­son. PGA Tour rookie J. T. Pos­ton joined John­son at 66, while Phil Mick­el­son was among those at 67. At 68 was Billy Hur­ley III, Bran­den Grace and Padraig Har­ring­ton. Ken Duke ( Arkadel­phia, Hen­der­son State) was even af­ter 12 holes. Bryce Molder ( Con­way) was 2 over af­ter 11 holes.

Atkins tied at top Matt Atkins ( Hen­der­son State) is tied for the lead with An­drew Put­nam, Adam Svens­son and Beau Hossler at the Panama Claro Cham­pi­onship at Panama City, Panama. The quar­tet is at 6- un­der 64 af­ter their first round. Ethan Tracy ( Arkansas Ra­zor­backs), Cameron Wil­son, Kurt Ki­tayama, Sam Ry­der and Ted Pot­ter Jr. are one stroke back. An­drew Landry ( Ra­zor­backs) shot an even- par 70. Se­bas­tian Cap­pe­len ( Ra­zor­backs) had a 1- over 71. Tay­lor Moore ( Ra­zor­backs) and Austin Cook ( Jones­boro, Ra­zor­backs) each had a 2- over 72. Zack Fischer ( Lit­tle Rock) shot a 5- over 75.

Kirk ahead by 2 Play­ing for the fourth con­sec­u­tive week, Katherine Kirk wasn’t show­ing any signs of fa­tigue af­ter shoot­ing an 8- un­der 65 at Royal Ade­laide to take a two- stroke lead af­ter the first round of the Women’s Aus­tralian Open on Thurs­day. Tied for se­cond with 67s were Marissa Steen and Jane Park of the United States, South Korean Chella Choi and Min Lee of Tai­wan. Gaby Lopez ( Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) and Canada’s Brooke Hen­der­son were four strokes be­hind af­ter each shot a 69. Michelle Wie, us­ing a new putting grip and stance over the ball on the green, shot 70 and No. 1- ranked Ly­dia Ko had a 71.


Re­vis faces charges New York Jets cor­ner­back Dar­relle Re­vis faces five pend­ing

charges, in­clud­ing two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault, af­ter al­legedly be­ing in­volved in a fight with two men last week­end. Ac­cord­ing to a Pitts­burgh po­lice state­ment and a court doc­u­ment, Re­vis, 31, is also fac­ing charges of rob­bery, ter­ror­is­tic threats and con­spir­acy to com­mit ag­gra­vated as­sault af­ter the in­ci­dent at 2: 43 a. m. Sun­day. Re­vis’ at­tor­ney, Blaine Jones, said in a state­ment Thurs­day that Re­vis was “phys­i­cally as­saulted … by a group of at least five peo­ple.” Re­vis had not turned him­self in Thurs­day night. Po­lice say the al­leged fight started when a 22- year- old man, not iden­ti­fied in the state­ment,

spot­ted Re­vis walk­ing. Af­ter Re­vis con­firmed he was the NFL player, the man started record­ing their in­ter­ac­tion on his cell­phone. When Re­vis grabbed the phone and tried to delete the video, an ar­gu­ment en­sued and two peo­ple in­volved in the al­ter­ca­tion were punched and knocked out, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice state­ment.


Quar­ter­fi­nals set Nikoloz Basi­lashvili beat top- seeded Ivo Karlovic 7- 6 ( 2), 6- 3 on Thurs­day to ad­vance to the Mem­phis Open quar­ter­fi­nals. Basi­lashvili, ranked 67th in the world,

never lost his serve and al­lowed the 20th- ranked Karlovic just one break­point op­por­tu­nity. Basi­lashvili will face Matthew Eb­den, a 6- 4, 4- 6, 6- 3 win­ner over 2016 Mem­phis Open run­ner- up Tay­lor Fritz. In other se­cond- round ac­tion, fourth- seeded

Steve John­son beat fel­low Amer­i­can Tim Smy­czek 3- 6, 6- 4, 6- 2. John­son lost the first set and fell be­hind 3- 1 in the se­cond set be­fore ral­ly­ing. John­son will face Mikhail Kukushkin, a 6- 3, 6- 0 win­ner over

Dar­ian King. The other quar­ter­fi­nal matchups have No. 2 seed John Is­ner fac­ing fel­low Amer­i­can Don­ald Young and Ryan Har­ri­son tak­ing on Damir Dzumhur.

Se­cond, third seeds out

Se­cond- seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay was knocked out of the se­cond round of the Ar­gentina Open on Thurs­day, los­ing to Alexandr Dol­go­polov of Ukraine 6- 3, 7- 6 ( 4). Dol­go­polov won their only pre­vi­ous tour- level meet­ing in 2014 in Buenos Aires, and Cuevas had reached the quar­ter­fi­nals in the last two years. No. 3- seeded David

Fer­rer of Spain was also elim­i­nated in the se­cond round, los­ing to

Car­los Ber­locq of Ar­gentina 6- 4, 6- 2. Fer­rer won three con­sec­u­tive Buenos Aires ti­tles from 2012- 14. Top- seeded Kei Nishikori of Ja­pan reached the quar­ter­fi­nals with a vic­tory on Wed­nes­day.


N. C. State coach out North Carolina State says men’s bas­ket­ball Coach Mark Got­tfried won’t re­turn for a sev­enth sea­son but will coach the re­main­der of this sea­son. The school an­nounced the de­ci­sion Thurs­day, less than a day af­ter the Wolf­pack fell by 24 points to 10th- ranked ri­val North Carolina in the team’s sixth con­sec­u­tive loss as a once- promis­ing sea­son con­tin­ues to un­ravel. Got­tfried had a 122- 82 record with the Wolf­pack, in­clud­ing NCAA Tour­na­ment trips in his first four years that in­cluded two Sweet 16 ap­pear­ances. But N. C. State has slid to 30- 30 over the past two sea­sons, in­clud­ing 8- 24 in At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence play, and strug­gled to main­tain con­ti­nu­ity amid trans­fers, play­ers leav­ing early to pur­sue pro­fes­sional play­ing ca­reers, and staff turnover.

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