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Alison Walshe putts on the ninth green during the first round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Alison Walshe tees off on the ninth hole during the first round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Walshe beats heat in Marathon LPGA first round
SYLVANIA, Ohio – Alison Walshe, chasing her first victory in four years on the LPGA Tour, shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead yesterday after the opening round of the steamy Marathon Classic.
Walshe, in the top 20 on tour in putting statistics, needed only 22 putts to negotiate hot and humid Highland Meadows. Paula Creamer, the 2008 winner of what used to be known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, played later in the day and shot a 66 that left her tied with teenager Lexi Thompson and Canadian Jessica Shepley.
Top-ranked Inbee Park birdied her final two holes for a 67. Defending champ So Yeon Ryu had a 68, and Se Ri Pak, a five-time winner of the tournament, opened with a 69.
16-year-old Dou advances in Public Links
LORTON, Va. – China’s Dou Zecheng beat fellow 16-year-old Sam Horsfield of England, 1 up, yesterday in the U.S. Amateur Public Links to advance to the quarterfinals.
Dou took the lead with a par on the par-3 16th at Laurel Hill and matched Horsfield with a par on the par-4 and a birdie on the par-5 18th to close out the match.
Dou will face Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis. Niebrugge beat Canada’s Justin Shin, 5 and 3, in the third round.
The tournament is limited to players who don’t hold privileges at any course that doesn’t extend playing privileges to the general public. The 36-hole championship match is tomorrow.
Colts TE draws 8-game suspension from NFL
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended eight games without pay after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
League officials did not say yesterday what substance was found in Saunders’s test. He can practice with the team during training camp and can play in preseason games. He won’t be eligible again until Nov. 4.
Saunders had two receptions for 15 yards last season in Indy.
Warriors sign guard Douglas
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors signed free agent guard Toney Douglas to a contract.
The sides agreed to the deal last week and officially announced the signing yesterday.
Douglas played for the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings last season, averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 assists in 18.1 minutes per game. The 27-year-old guard gives Golden State some added backcourt depth to help alleviate the loss of Jarrett Jack, who agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal with Cleveland.
Magic sign free agent big man Maxiell
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic signed free agent big man Jason Maxiell, adding a veteran presence to an injury-depleted front court.
General Manager Rob Hennigan announced the signing yesterday.
The 30-year-old Maxiell comes from Detroit, where he appeared in 72 games last season. He was drafted in 2005 and has spent his entire eight-year NBA career with the Pistons. Maxiell averaged 6.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks last season.
L.A. Kings, Brown agree to 8-year extension
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Dustin Brown that will keep the team captain around through the 2021-22 season.
Brown had one year left on his current deal. He joins nine other Kings who have been signed to long-term deals, including Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll.
The Kings also announced yesterday that Rob Blake was hired as an assistant general manager for the team with which he starred for 14 seasons as its career leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman.
Avalanche, Duchene agree to 5-year extension
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a five-year extension with forward Matt Duchene that will run through the 2018-19 season.
The 22-year Duchene is coming off a season in which he dished out a team-leading 26 assists and tied for the squad’s top spot in scoring with 43 points.
Serena Williams cruises into quarters in Sweden
BASTAD, Sweden – Serena Williams cruised into the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open by beating Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion broke four times in the first set and twice in the second at the clay-court tournament. She had seven aces, while her opponent served nine double-faults. Williams ousted Tatishvili in the first round of the French Open in May.
The top-seeded Williams will face Lourdes Dominguez Lino today.
Flavia Pennetta advanced when second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania retired with an undisclosed injury. The Italian was leading 4-6, 7-5, 2-0 at the time.
Also in the second round, Richel Hogenkamp beat Lesia Tsurenko, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
Federer, Haas reach Hamburg quarterfinals
HAMBURG, Germany – Top-seeded Roger Federer cruised past Czech qualifier Jan Hajek, 6-4, 6-3, yesterday to reach the German Tennis Championships quarterfinals.
The four-time Hamburg champion is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon.
Federer won only three of 13 break points and needed six match points to close out the match.
Second-seeded Tommy Haas also advanced by beating Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, 6-2, 6-4.
Beck, Meusburger reach Gastein Ladies quarters
BAD GASTEIN, Austria – Annika Beck of Germany rallied to beat Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, yesterday and reach her fifth quarterfinal of the season at the Gastein Ladies.
The second-seeded Beck double-faulted five times in the opening set and saved 12 break points in total. She will play eighth-seeded Karin Knapp of Italy.
Also, 2007 finalist Yvonne Meusburger of Austria defeated third-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, 6-3, 6-3. Meusburger will play Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, who rallied from a set and a break down to beat Estrella Cabeza Candela of Spain, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beat sixth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa, 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, and will face Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in the last eight. Mayr-Achleitner became the third Austrian player after Meusburger and Lisa-Maria Moser to reach the quarterfinals by defeating Petra Martic of Croatia, 6-4, 6-4.