Friday's Sports In Brief
JUN 28, 2014 4:14a ET
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Tiger Woods was back. Just not for very long.
Woods missed a 36-hole cut for only the 10th time on the PGA Tour with a game that showed signs of rust from being out of competition for more than three months following back surgery on March 31. Right when he was poised to make a run, Woods made four straight bogeys on the back nine at Congressional to end any hopes of playing the weekend at the Quicken Loans National. He shot a 4-over 75 and missed the cut by four shots.
Marc Leishman of Australia turned potential bogey into unlikely birdie when he holed out from 127 yards on the par-5 ninth hole on his way to a 5-under 66 and a four-way share of the lead going into the weekend.
Oliver Goss, another Aussie who is making his second pro start, had a bogey-free 66 and joined Leishman at 6-under 136 along with Ricky Barnes (69) and Patrick Reed (68), who already has won twice this year.
Woods was 13 shots behind at 7-over 149.
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - Michelle Wie shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 in her first round since winning the U.S. Women's Open last weekend at Pinehurst, leaving her a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp in the NW Arkansas Championship.
Wie played the back nine in 4-under 31 at Pinnacle Country Club.
Sharp, the Canadian ranked 234th in the world, had only 27 putts in her opening 65. Mexico's Alejandra Llaneza matched Wie with a bogey-free 66.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, who played at the nearby University of Arkansas, was 2 over after four holes before recovering to finish with a 70.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Bernhard Langer overpowered vulnerable Fox Chapel for the second straight day, shooting a 6-under 64 to take the lead in the Senior Players Championship.
The 56-year-old Langer, a two-time winner this season on the Champions Tour, was at 11-under 129 after 36 holes as he searches for his first victory at the Senior Players after five top-10 finishes.
Doug Garwood, tied for the first-round lead, and Bill Glasson were two strokes back. Garwood birdied two of the last three holes, and Glasson had a 64.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Florida Panthers selected defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first pick in the NHL draft.
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Ekblad played for Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League. He is the first defenseman to go No. 1 since St. Louis took Erik Johnson in 2006.
Without a clear cut No. 1, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was open to trading the pick. In the end, he decided to take the 18-year-old from Belle River, Ontario, with the first selection.
The 29-year-old Kesler is a standout two-way center who has spent his entire 10-season career in Vancouver, compiling six 20-goal seasons and 392 points while playing an agitating physical style. The two-time U.S. Olympian won the Selke Trophy in 2011 as the NHL's best defensive forward.
The 26-year-old Neal had 27 goals and 34 assists in 59 games for the Penguins this season, which marked the sixth straight year he scored at least 20 goals.
Hornqvist, 27, had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season, which marked the fourth time in his career he reached the 20-goal mark. Spaling, 25, had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Johnny's gonna play and Johnny's gonna party.
Tired of scrutiny about how he spends his weekends away from football and drained by the spotlight that follows him, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he has no plans to tone down his lifestyle.
Speaking at a PLAY 60 event with other AFC rookies, Manziel said he's been bothered by recent criticism about his behavior.
Since being drafted by the Browns in the first round in May, Manziel's weekend adventures - hanging out poolside with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in Las Vegas, photographed on a swan raft while drinking champagne, shown in a video talking into a stack of money as if it were a phone - have added to the legend of Johnny Football.
Manziel understands it may not be a good look, but insists he's not a party animal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds have signed Cuban right-hander Raisel Iglesias to a seven-year contract.
Several media outlets reported the deal is worth $27 million.
The 24-year-old Iglesias will join the Reds organization once his visa problems are resolved.
Iglesias pitched for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba's National Series for three years, compiling an 8-12 record with a 3.47 ERA over 88 appearances, all but five in relief. He also pitched for the Cuban national team and appeared in the World Baseball Classic last year for Cuba.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Forward Zach Randolph has agreed to a contract extension with the Grizzlies.
Randolph's agent, Raymond Brothers, confirmed to The Associated Press in a text message a Yahoo Sports report that Randolph is exercising his $16.5 million option for the 2014-15 season and has agreed on a two-year extension worth $20 million.
Randolph averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds this season to lead the Grizzlies in both categories.