Leish­man shoots 62 for BMW lead

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

The race to the FedEx Cup fi­nale got off to a blis­ter­ing start Thurs­day at the BMB Cham­pi­onship in metropoli­tan Chicago, with Mark Leish­man fir­ing a 9-un­der 62 to build a two-shot lead over Ja­son Day, Charley Hoff­man and Jamie Love­mark.

Jor­dan Spi­eth, a run­ner-up in the last two FedEx Cup play­off events to take over the No. 1 spot in the stand­ings, turned a wild tee shot into a birdie on the open­ing hole, added a 30-foot birdie from off the green at No. 5 and set­tled down the rest of the way for a bo­gey-free 65.

“I felt like I re­ally stole a few shots out of this golf course, which is rare to feel like you scored bet­ter than you played,” Spi­eth said.

Also at 65 was Rickie Flower, who birdied the first hole, bo­geyed the sec­ond and then had nine con­sec­u­tive pars and six con­sec­u­tive birdies.

Col­lege foot­ball

BOISE STATE SLIPS PAST NEW MEX­ICO » Jake Roh caught two touchdown passes and took a di­rect snap for a 6-yard TD run for Boise State, which pulled away in the fourth quar­ter to beat New Mex­ico, 28-14, in the Moun­tain West Con­fer­ence opener for both teams.

Mon­trell Cozart was 15 of 19 for 137 yards pass­ing and added 71 yards rush­ing, in­clud­ing a 28-yard TD run in the first quar­ter, for the Bron­cos (2-1), who were play­ing five days af­ter los­ing a triple- over­time heart­breaker at Wash­ing­ton State.

New Mex­ico ( 1-2) was forced to use third string quar­ter­back Coltin Ger­hart af­ter starter La­mar Jor­dan was knocked out late in the first half with a con­cus­sion.

Soc­cer

U. S. DROPS TO 28TH IN FIFA RANK­INGS » The United States has dropped two places in the FIFA rank­ings to No. 28 as it strug­gles to qual­ify for the World Cup.

In qual­i­fiers this month, the Amer­i­cans lost 2- 0 at home against Costa Rica and tied 1-1 at Hon­duras.

The United States is fourth in the CON­CA­CAF qual­i­fi­ca­tion stand­ings head­ing into the fi­nal two matches. If the Amer­i­cans can’t take one of the re­gion’s three au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion places for Rus­sia next year, they will have to face an Asian con­fed­er­a­tion team in Novem­ber.

Ger­many is at the top of the rank­ings, with Brazil sec­ond. Euro­pean cham­pion Por­tu­gal is up three places to No. 3, while Ar­gentina fell one to No. 4 and Bel­gium climbed four places to No. 5. HUERTA CAN JOIN U.S. WOM

EN’S TEAM » Sofia Huerta, a 24-year- old for­ward who had two goals in four ap- pear­ances for Mex­ico’s na­tional team, has been given ap­proval by FIFA to switch her af­fil­i­a­tion to the United States.

Huerta was born in Boise, Idaho, and played for Mex­ico at the 2012 Un­der-20 World Cup, which ne­ces­si­tated per­mis­sion from FIFA to change na­tions.

Huerta, who played at Santa Clara and has 18 goals in 60 games for Chicago of the Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League, is train­ing with the Amer­i­cans for ex­hi­bi­tions against New Zealand to­day and Tues­day.

Hockey

WILD, FOLIGNO COME TO TERMS » The Min­nesota Wild have agreed to terms with re­stricted free-agent left wing Mar­cus Foligno on a four-year, $11.5 mil­lion con­tract.

Foligno was ac­quired June 30 in a four-player, two- draft pick trade with Buf­falo. He had 13 goals and 57 blocked shots last sea­son for the Sabres while rank­ing fifth in the NHL with 279 hits. JETS SIGN LIT­TLE TO EX­TEN­SION » The Win­nipeg Jets and for­ward Bryan Lit­tle have agreed to a six-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with an av­er­age an­nual value of $5.29 mil­lion.

Lit­tle had 21 goals and 26 as­sists in 59 games for the Jets last sea­son. He has 184 goals and 248 as­sists in 672 ca­reer NHL games.

Pro bas­ket­ball

FOWLES EARNS WNBA MVP HONOR » Min­nesota Lynx cen­ter Sylvia Fowles was voted the WNBA’s most valu­able player.

Fowles av­er­aged 18.9 points, 10.4 re­bounds and 2.0 blocks to lead the Lynx to a 27-7 record and the top seed in the play­offs, where she scored 25 points Thurs­day night to lead Min­nesota to a 93-83 vic­tory and a 2- 0 se­ries lead over the Wash­ing­ton Mys­tics.

New York’s Tina Charles fin­ished sec­ond in the MBP vot­ing. Los An­ge­les Sparks star Can­dace Parker was third.

Obit­u­ary

ANTI- DOP­ING CRUSADER DIES AT 78 » Gary Wadler, 78, one of the strong­est voices in the fight against per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs in sports, has died of mul­ti­ple sys­tem at­ro­phy.

Wadler tes­ti­fied in front of Con­gress in the 1990s about the way dop­ing was un­der­cut­ting the Olympics and threat­en­ing the health of elite ath­letes and, po­ten­tially, those who tried to em­u­late them.

He chaired the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency com­mit­tee that con­sid­ers which sub­stances should be banned in sports, and was a lead­ing critic of the way Amer­i­can sports leagues, es­pe­cially the NFL and Ma­jor League Baseball, ran their anti-dop­ing pro­grams.

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