Hen­der­son (63) leads by one in Michi­gan

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Brooke Hen­der­son shot an eigh­tun­der 63 to top the star-packed leader­board in the Mei­jer LPGA Clas­sic in Grand Rapids, Mich. The 19year-old Cana­dian ea­gled the par-five eighth hole and had six birdies in a bo­gey-free round at Blythe­field. She won the ma­jor KPMG Women’s PGA Cham­pi­onship last year and has three tour vic­to­ries.

Ma­jor cham­pi­ons Lexi Thomp­son, Stacy Lewis and Shan­shan Feng were a stroke back, along with Jen­nifer Ha, Giulia Moli­naro and Holly Cly­burn. Ly­dia Ko, at No. 2 in the world af­ter an 85-week run at the top, joined the group at 65.

Phil Hous­ley be­gan his Hall of Fame play­ing ca­reer in Buf­falo. It is also where he will open his NHL head­coach­ing ca­reer af­ter be­ing hired by the Sabres. Hous­ley’s hir­ing com­pletes an off­sea­son over­haul for the Sabres in re­plac­ing coach Dan Bylsma, who was fired along with gen­eral man­ager Tim Mur­ray in April. He rep­re­sents the first sig­nif­i­cant move made by first-time gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Bot­ter­ill.

Hous­ley takes over a team that stag­nated un­der Mur­ray in ex­tended its fran­chise-worst play­off drought to six sea­sons. With a 33-37-12 record, Buf­falo fin­ished last in the At­lantic Divi­sion, 26th over­all.

Hous­ley has spent the last four years as an assistant coach with the Nashville Preda­tors.

The Tampa Bay Light­ning got the young de­fense­man they have been look­ing for, ac­quir­ing Mikhail Ser­gachev from the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens for highly skilled for­ward Jonathan Drouin.

The teams an­nounced the deal about 48 hours be­fore the NHL’s trade freeze prior to the Ve­gas Golden Knights ex­pan­sion draft. Along with Ser­gachev, Tampa Bay got a con­di­tional 2018 sec­ond-round pick and Mon­treal a 2018 con­di­tional six­throunder.

The 22-year-old Drouin set ca­reer highs last sea­son with 21 goals, 32 as­sists and 53 points. Af­ter the trade, the Cana­di­ens signed Drouin to a $3-mil­lion, six-year con­tract.

Ser­gachev, who turns 19 next week, is one of the top de­fen­sive prospects in hockey, the Rus­sian had 10 goals and 33 as­sists for 43 points with the On­tario Hockey League’s Wind­sor Spit­fires last sea­son.

The Kings will play eight ex­hi­bi­tion games be­fore the 2017-18 NHL sea­son, in­clud­ing two dur­ing a pre­vi­ously an­nounced trip to China. The Ducks will play seven pre­sea­son games. Both teams will play the Golden Knights.

The Kings’ sched­ule in­cludes split­squad games be­cause of their league­pro­moted trip to China. The Kings will face the Van­cou­ver Canucks on Sept. 21 in Shang­hai and Sept. 23 at Beijing.

The first two claims in the NFL’s bil­lion-dol­lar con­cus­sion set­tle­ment were an­nounced, to­tal­ing $9 mil­lion in ben­e­fits. The U.S. Dis­trict Court of the East­ern Dis­trict of Penn­syl­va­nia over­see­ing the process was no­ti­fied Thurs­day through a joint sta­tus re­port filed by the class and the NFL that the claims were ap­proved. The names of the for­mer play­ers were not dis­closed as part of the fil­ings.

The pay­outs were for $5 mil­lion for a qual­i­fy­ing di­ag­no­sis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease), and $4 mil­lion for a qual­i­fy­ing di­ag­no­sis of chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy.

Ore­gon State pitcher Luke Heim­lich will not ac­com­pany the Beavers to the Col­lege World Se­ries. The 21-yearold left-han­der re­leased a state­ment say­ing he did not want to cre­ate a dis­trac­tion for his team af­ter it was re­vealed last week that as a teenager he pleaded guilty to mo­lest­ing a 6-yearold girl. The top-seeded Beavers open the CWS on Satur­day against Cal State Fuller­ton.

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