Off the wire
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.