SPORTS IN BRIEF
DECHAMBEAU-NA TIED WITH 2 OTHER PAIRS AT QBE EVENT
The teams of Bryson DeChambeau-Kevin Na, Brian Harman-Patton Kizzire and Emiliano GrilloGraeme McDowell shot 13-under 59 in scramble play Friday to share the first-round lead in the QBE Shootout in Naples, Florida.
LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau were two strokes back at 61 with Charley HoffmanGary Woodland and Charles Howell III-Luke List. Defending champions Steve Stricker and Sean’ O’Hair shot 62.
The teams will play modified alternate shot Saturday, and close with better ball Sunday.
Charl Schwartzel holed ● out from the fairway for an eagle on the 17th on his way to an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead after the second round of the South African Open in Johannesburg. The 2011 Masters champion moved to 12under overall and replaced overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen at the top of the leaderboard. Madalitso Muthiya (68) is second at 11 under.
Morgan top US player: Alex Morgan has been named U.S. Soccer’s Player of the Year for a second time after leading the national team with 18 goals in 19 games and helping it earn a spot in the World Cup next year in France. Defender Tierna Davidson, who started in her first nine national team appearances, was named Young Player of the Year. The 19-year-old’s college season at Stanford was cut short when she broke her ankle in September.
The defending champion
● United States is the top-ranked team for Saturday’s Women’s World Cup draw. Germany is No. 2 in the 24-team draw, followed by host nation France and England. Canada and Australia complete the list of top-seeded teams. The June 7-July 7 tournament will be played in nine cities in France with the final in Lyon.
Actor, football player Rossovich: Tim Rossovich, a consensus All-America defensive end at Southern Cal who played in the NFL before going on to an acting career, died Thursday in Sacramento, California, after a long illness. He was 72. Rossovich played at USC from 1965-67 and was co-captain of the 1967 national championship team. Rossovich was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
He played linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1968-71, getting named to the 1969 Pro Bowl. He also played for the San Diego Chargers in 1972-73 and Houston Oilers in 1976.