Woods eyes Play­ers Cham­pi­onship

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Tiger Woods has added the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship to his sched­ule, an­other in­di­ca­tion that he is get­ting back to a nor­mal golf sea­son.

Woods won the Play­ers, at Ponte Ve­dra Beach, Fla., the last time he played it, in 2013.

Hud­son Swaf­ford shot a six­un­der 66 for a share of the Zurich Clas­sic in Avon­dale, La., lead with Boo Week­ley when sec­ond-round play was suspended be­cause of the

threat of se­vere weather.

Canadian teenager Brooke Hen­der­son shot a tour­na­men­trecord seven-un­der 65 to take the sec­ond-round lead in the Swing­ing Skirts LPGA Clas­sic at Daly City, Calif. The 17-year-old Hen­der­son had a nine-un­der 135 to­tal. Na Yeon Choi was two strokes back at seven un­der af­ter a 68.

For­mer Ohio State team­mates John Cook and Joey Sin­de­lar shot a 10-un­der 60 in bet­ter-ball play to take the first-round lead in the Cham­pi­ons Tour’s Bass Pro Shops Leg­ends of Golf at Ridgedale, Mo.

NASCAR said three pit road crew mem­bers were taken to a hos­pi­tal af­ter a fire broke out on pit road Fri­day night dur­ing the Xfin­ity Se­ries race at Rich­mond (Va.) In­ter­na­tional Race­way.

Two of the crew mem­bers were work­ing in Bren­dan Gaughan’s pit, where the fire erupted, and one was in Eric McClure’s pit.

Denny Ham­lin led al­most from start to fin­ish to win the race.

In Spain, de­fend­ing cham­pion Kei Nishikori made his way into the Barcelona Open semi­fi­nals by hold­ing off Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. David Fer­rer ad­vanced by beat­ing Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 7-6 (5), as he stayed on course for a fifth fi­nal ap­pear­ance at the tour­na­ment.

Nishikori will next face Martin Kl­izan af­ter the Slo­vak elim­i­nated Tommy Ro­bredo, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Si­mona Halep of Ro­ma­nia and Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark will meet in the semi­fi­nals of the Porsche Grand Prix at Stuttgart, Ger­many.

In quar­ter­fi­nal matches, Halep needed 81 min­utes to de­feat Sara Er­rani of Italy, 6-4, 6-4, and Woz­ni­acki de­feated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, 6-0, 6-3.

An­gelique Ker­ber up­set Eka­te­rina Makarova, 6-3, 6-2, to book her place in the other semi­fi­nal. She will face Madi­son Bren­gle of the U.S. Bren­gle ral­lied to beat Caro­line Garcia of France, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Mon­treal’s Carey Price, Min­nesota’s De­van Dub­nyk and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne are the fi­nal­ists for the Vez­ina Tro­phy as the NHL’s top goalie.

Shared Be­lief will be side­lined for 60 to 90 days af­ter sus­tain­ing a right hip in­jury in the Charles Town Clas­sic last week­end.

The Santa Anita Hand­i­cap win­ner re­turned to his base at Golden Gate Fields in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Badou Jack ( 19-1-1) out­pointed An­thony Dir­rell (27-1-1) in Chicago to take the WBC su­per-mid­dleweight ti­tle.

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