Henderson (63) leads by one in Michigan
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.