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GOLF Flores leads Open

Matt Kuchar ral­lied to make the cut in the RBC Cana­dian Open on Fri­day, a day af­ter fight­ing dizzy spells. Com­ing off a sec­ond-place fin­ish Sun­day in the Bri­tish Open, Kuchar shot a 4-un­der 68 to reach 5 un­der — leav­ing him seven strokes be­hind sec­ond-round leader Martin Flores at Glen Abbey in Oakville, On­tario. Flores shot his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 6-un­der 66. Gary Wood­land (63), Matt Ev­ery (68) and Bran­don Hagy (68) were a stroke back at 11 un­der. Vi­jay Singh, at 54 the old­est player in the field, had a 68 to join Kevin Chap­pell (69), Ryan Ruf­fels (67), Charley Hoff­man (66) and Harold Varner III (65) at 10 un­der. De­fend­ing cham­pion Jhonat­tan Ve­gas was 9 un­der af­ter a 69. Tag Rid­ings (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) is 8 un­der af­ter a 69. Ken Duke (Arkadel­phia, Hen­der­son State) is 8 un­der af­ter a 68. David Ling­merth (Ra­zor­backs) is 7 un­der af­ter a 70. Bryce Molder (Con­way) is four un­der af­ter a 69.

Kerr out front by 1

Cristie Kerr birdied three of the last six holes in strong wind Fri­day at Dun­don­ald Links for a 1-over 73 and a one-stroke lead in the Ladies Scot­tish Open at Irvine, Scot­land. Kerr played the first 11 holes in 4 over, with a dou­ble bo­gey on the par-5 third and bo­geys on Nos. 6 and 11. The 39-year-old Amer­i­can had a 5-un­der 139 to­tal. Hall of Famer Kar­rie Webb, a stroke ahead of Kerr af­ter a first-round 65, shot a 75 to drop to sec­ond. South Kore­ans Sun Young Yoo (69) and Sei Young Kim (72) were tied for third at 3 un­der. Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) is 4 over af­ter a 79. Gaby Lopez (Ra­zor­backs) did not make the cut.

Five share lead in Wales

Bern­hard Langer shot a 3-un­der 74 in rain and wind Fri­day at Royal Porth­cawl to hold onto a share of the lead at the Se­nior Bri­tish Open at Brid­gend, Wales. The 59-year-old Ger­man star was tied at 1 over with Amer­i­cans Tom Lehman (72), Steve Flesch (71) and Billy May­fair (72) and Ar­gentina’s Mauri­cio Molina (73). Amer­i­can Clark Den­nis (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) was 2 over af­ter a 72. Pe­ri­ods of steady rain and wind gust­ing over 35 mph sent the scores soar­ing, with the av­er­age score of 78.515 sec­ond only in tour­na­ment his­tory to the 80.118 in 2005 in the first round at Royal Aberdeen. The 36-hole cut came at 13 over, sec­ond

since the tour­na­ment be­came a PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons event to the 15 over in 2005. Tom Wat­son was tied for 20th at 7 over af­ter a 77. John Daly (Dar­danelle, Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) was tied for 45th at 10 over af­ter an 80. Glen Day (Lit­tle Rock) was 13 over af­ter a 75.

Landry leads

An­drew Landry ( Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) shot an 8-un­der 63 to take a one-stroke lead Fri­day af­ter the first round of the Dig­i­tal Ally Open at Over­land Park, Kan. The first round was de­layed un­til Fri­day be­cause of heavy rain in the area late Wed­nes­day night that flooded the course. Ni­cholas Thomp­son, Talor Gooch, Ben Tay­lor and Michael Gligic are tied at 7 un­der. Se­bas­tian Cap­pe­len (Ra­zor­backs) is tied in a pack at 6 un­der. Matt Atkins (Hen­der­son State) is 4 un­der. Austin Cook (Jones­boro, Ra­zor­backs) is 3 un­der. Zack Fis­cher (Lit­tle Rock) and Tay­lor Moore (Ra­zor­backs) are

each 3 un­der. Ethan Tracy (Ra­zor­backs) shot even-par 71.

Chesters ahead in Europe

Ash­ley Chesters carded a 5- un­der 67 to take the lead at 9-un­der in the sec­ond round of the Euro­pean Open at Ham­burg, Ger­many, which was sus­pended due to fail­ing light Fri­day. The 27-yearold, who also had a bo­gey- free round on the open­ing day, was tied with fel­low English­man Jor­dan Smith at 8-un­der when play was halted due to a heavy down­pour. Smith missed his last 11-foot par putt on the ninth hole when play re­sumed al­most four hours later, while Chesters shot his fifth birdie to take sole lead­er­ship. Sid­dikur Rah­man carded a 66 and was one stroke be­hind Chesters, along with de­fend­ing cham­pion Alexan­der Levy, Stuart Man­ley and Richard McEvoy, who all have to com­plete their sec­ond rounds this morn­ing. Jens Fahrbring was even with Smith at 7 un­der. Pep An­gles (Cen­tral Arkansas) was even af­ter 10 holes.

TEN­NIS Venus video re­leased

A po­lice of­fi­cer told ten­nis star Venus Wil­liams she likely caused a crash that fa­tally in­jured an el­derly man last month but didn’t cite her, say­ing it ap­peared the ac­tions of a third driver left her in a bad spot, a newly re­leased body cam­era video shows. The Palm Beach Gar­dens, Fla., po­lice video shows Wil­liams walk­ing un­in­jured and speak­ing calmly to of­fi­cers min­utes af­ter the June 9 crash. The video also shows the other ve­hi­cle’s pas­sen­ger, re­tired teacher Jerome Bar­son, 78, was con­scious, but bleed­ing and con­fused. It was later de­ter­mined he had a bro­ken spine and in­ter­nal in­juries. He died June 22. His wife, driver Linda Bar­son, told of­fi­cers she had a bro­ken arm. Se­cu­rity video re­leased ear­lier showed Wil­liams was driv­ing straight on a green light as she ex­ited her neigh­bor­hood but a car turn­ing left cut her off, forc­ing her to stop mid­way as she crossed a busy six-lane in­ter­sec­tion. When she restarted, her light had turned red and the Bar­sons’ light had turned green. Their Hyundai sedan plowed into Wil­liams’ Toy­ota Se­quoia SUV. The body cam­era video re­leased late Thurs­day shows Wil­liams, 37, lis­ten­ing in­tently as she sat in her SUV as Of­fi­cer David Dowling, the lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor, ex­plained to her why he be­lieved af­ter in­ter­view­ing her and wit­nesses that she was at fault but wasn’t go­ing to give her a ticket. “You had a green light, so you had the right of way when you started to exit but be­cause you got stuck in the mid­dle of the in­ter­sec­tion, you lost that right of way,” Dowling told Wil­liams. Linda Bar­son, he said, now had a green light “and had no way of know­ing that you were go­ing to come across.” Wil­liams asked Dowling, “In a sit­u­a­tion like that, what do you do? Be­cause you can’t back up.” Dowling replied, “Ex­actly. You just got stuck in a bad sit­u­a­tion there. I would just let the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies work it out. I am not giv­ing you a ci­ta­tion.” Palm Beach Gar­dens po­lice now say the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains open and no fault has been as­signed. Bar­son’s es­tate filed a wrong­ful death law­suit against Wil­liams on June 30, seek­ing un­spec­i­fied dam­ages. Wil­liams’ at­tor­ney, Mal­colm Cun­ning­ham, de­clined com­ment through his spokesman.

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