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GOLF

Stenson opens with 64 to take lead at
Tour Championship; Woods struggles to 73

ATLANTA – Henrik Stenson looked like he couldn’t miss yesterday in the Tour Championship.

Tiger Woods didn’t make a thing.

Stenson ran off five birdies over a six-hole stretch on the front nine at East Lake. His last birdie from 4 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Adam Scott. Stenson and Scott only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.

Woods missed a short birdie putt on his opening hole that set the tone for the day. He was the only player in the 30-man field to go without a birdie. It was only the seventh time in his PGA Tour career that Woods had no birdies. He opened with a 73.

SAILING

Oracle stays alive as America’s Cup plods along

SAN FRANCISCO – Oracle Team USA remains alive in an America’s Cup that continues to plod along because of a convergence of wind, tide and safety concerns.

Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA sped around San Francisco Bay to win Race 12 by 31 seconds yesterday and prevent Emirates Team New Zealand from sailing off with the America’s Cup.

With the Kiwis at match point, Oracle Team USA responded with a dominating performance to pull to 8-2. Oracle Team USA needs seven victories to keep the oldest trophy in international sports at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Race 13 was delayed because the wind kept popping above the limit of 20 knots. The breeze died down and the pre-start sequence began, but then the wind spiked with about a minute to go before the start and the race was called off.

Organizers will try to get in Race 13 – and a Race 14, if necessary – today.

NFL

Browns sign running back McGahee

BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns signed free agent running back Willis McGahee, giving them a capable veteran after trading Trent Richardson.

The 31-year-old McGahee, who spent last season with Denver, passed his physical yesterday as the Browns were practicing. He brings much-needed experience after the Browns dealt Richardson to Indianapolis on Wednesday. It’s not yet known if McGahee will play Sunday when the Browns visit Minnesota.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, McGahee led the Broncos with 731 rushing yards last season.

NFL

Steelers’ Haley, Brown content to move on

PITTSBURGH – For the record, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said yesterday that there was no sideline confrontation between he and star receiver Antonio Brown on Monday night in Cincinnati.

There’s been speculation that Brown – unhappy with the number of times passes were thrown in his direction during the first half of the Steelers’ 20-10 loss to the Bengals – initiated an argument with Haley that remained an issue into the next day. Brown said he wasn’t complaining. He just “went to the person who controls the scheme of the game to see what he could do.”

Haley tabled the issue yesterday, as Pittsburgh (0-2) prepares for Chicago (2-0).

“There’s no problem whatsoever between he and I,” Haley said. “And I didn’t see anything different in that game interaction-wise between he and I.”

BASEBALL

Astros catcher Castro has knee surgery

CLEVELAND – Houston Astros All-Star catcher Jason Castro had a cyst removed from his right knee and is expected to begin offseason workouts soon.

The team announced Tuesday that Castro would miss the remainder of the season because of discomfort in his knee. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and surgery was performed yesterday in Houston.

Castro batted .276 with 18 homers and 56 RBI, all career highs, in 120 games.

BASEBALL

Fatal fall at Turner Field ruled suicide

ATLANTA – Authorities in Atlanta said the death of a man who fell over a railing at Turner Field was ruled a suicide.

Investigators with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said yesterday that they discussed the death of 30-year-old Ronald Lee Homer Jr. with his family last week before releasing their findings to the media.

The police said Homer died after falling about 85 feet from a walkway on the fourth level of the baseball stadium after a rain delay in an Aug. 12 game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. The police have said Homer, of Conyers, Ga., landed in the players’ parking lot.

Investigators said they couldn’t disclose additional details about Homer’s death.

WNBA

L.A.’s Parker wins MVP for second time

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker won the WNBA MVP yesterday, making her the fifth player in league history to receive the award twice.

Parker accepted the trophy from league President Laurel Richie before the Sparks took on the Phoenix Mercury in the opener of their Western Conference playoff series. She also earned $15,000.

Parker edged out Minnesota’s Maya Moore and Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history. Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189. It’s the closest the top two players have been in the voting since Sheryl Swoopes edged Lauren Jackson by two points in 2005.

Parker and Moore each received 10 first-place votes from the 39-member national media panel.

The 27-year-old forward averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists in helping the Sparks (24-10) finish second in the West.

TENNIS

Murray to have surgery for back problems

LONDON – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will have surgery on a long-standing back problem and miss the rest of the season.

“The aim is to be fully fit for the new season,” said a statement released by Murray’s management company yesterday.

The third-ranked Murray will miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London from Nov. 4-11, along with the Masters events in Shanghai and Paris in October. There are 13 tournaments left on this year’s schedule.

Murray has had problems with his back before this year, but the injury flared up at the Rome Masters in May, forcing him to pull out of the French Open that month.

He returned to win grass-court titles at the Queen’s Club and Wimbledon, where he beat Novak Djokovic in the final to become Britain’s first male singles champion at the All England Club in 77 years.

Defending champion Murray lost in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open two weeks ago.

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