IN BRIEF Reed’s 66 puts him atop leader­board in Nassau

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

A trop­i­cal breeze re­placed the rag­ing wind and made golf a lot eas­ier for Pa­trick Reed, Tiger Woods and just about ev­ery­one else Thurs­day in the Hero World Chal­lenge.

Reed took ad­van­tage of the back nine at Al­bany Golf Club in Nassau, Ba­hamas, for the sec­ond straight day. He was tied for the lead un­til mak­ing six birdies over his last 10 holes for a 6-un­der 66 that gave him a three-shot lead over U.S. Open cham­pion Gary Wood­land.

“It’s one of those golf cour­ses that when the wind lays down, it gives you op­por­tu­ni­ties to make birdies,” Reed said. “But when the wind starts blow­ing, the golf course can get re­ally chal­leng­ing. You need to give your­self as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as you can.”

Reed was at 12-un­der 132.

Woods, play­ing for the first time since he won in Ja­pan for his record-ty­ing 82nd ca­reer vic­tory on the PGA Tour, kept a clean card to match Reed’s 66 and re­main six shots be­hind. Un­like the open­ing round, when Woods started poorly and ended even worse to wipe out a good back nine, he played bo­gey-free and made up ground on the back nine.

■ Rookie Ras­mus Ho­j­gaard was among five play­ers tied for the lead af­ter the first round of the Mau­ri­tius Open. Ho­j­gaard, 18, hit a 6-un­der 66, in­clud­ing an ea­gle on the par-5 sev­enth, for a share of the lead along­side Bran­don Stone, Grant For­rest and French play­ers Ben­jamin He­bert and Ro­main Lan­gasque.

Base­ball: The Brewers ac­quired C Omar Nar­vaez from the Mariners for mi­nor-league P Adam Hill and a com­pen­sa­tion round pick in next June’s am­a­teur draft. Nar­vaez be­comes the Brewers’ re­place­ment for Yas­mani Gran­dal, who signed a four-year, $73 mil­lion con­tract with the White Sox. Nar­vaez, 28, was ex­cel­lent at the plate in his one sea­son with the Mariners, hit­ting 278 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs in 132 games . ... The Mets ac­quired OF Jake Maris­nick from the Astros for two prospects — LHP Blake Tay­lor and OF Kenedy Corona . ... LHP Tyler An­der­son has a $1,775,000 salary as part of his con­tract with the Giants and would earn $2,625,000 if he is healthy for most of the sea­son and pitches 130 or more in­nings. An­der­son’s deal, an­nounced Tues­day, in­cludes $500,000 in ros­ter bonuses and $350,000 in per­for­mance bonuses.

Soc­cer: Ma­jor League Soc­cer will try to reach an agree­ment for its 30th team to be in Char­lotte, N.C. Pan­thers owner David Tep­per made a pre­sen­ta­tion to MLS own­ers when they met in a ho­tel near the Brook­lyn Bridge. Tep­per would own the team, which would play at Bank of Amer­ica Sta­dium, home of his NFL fran­chise. MLS Com­mis­sioner Don Gar­ber all but con­firmed the ex­pan­sion fee will be $300 mil­lion . ... Ever­ton’s Marco Silva be­came the fourth Pre­mier League man­ager to be fired in­side the last three weeks. Silva was fired af­ter 18 months in charge, a day af­ter his team lost 5-2 at Mersey­side ri­val Liver­pool to slip into the rel­e­ga­tion zone in the Pre­mier League.

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