Leishman shoots 62 for BMW lead
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.