Friday’s Sports in Brief
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) On a soggy day at Valhalla, Rory McIlroy put himself in a familiar position – at the top of the leaderboard in the PGA Championship. For Tiger Woods, another major disappointment. He’s heading home for the weekend.
McIlroy started on the back nine after a 50-minute rain delay Friday, made a couple of early birdies, then claimed the outright lead for the first time when he rolled in a 30-foot eagle putt at the 18th hole.
McIlroy picked up two more birdies in his final three holes for a 4-under 67, good enough for a one-shot lead over Jason Day and Jim Furyk. Day turned in the best round of the day with a 65, and Furyk had a 68.
Rickie Fowler and Ryan Palmer were two shots back, with Fowler surging into contention again at a major by shooting 66. Phil Mickelson, who rolled in an 8-footer for eagle at the final hole for a 67, was just three shots back.
Woods struggled to his second straight 74 and failed to make the cut at a major for only the fourth time in his professional career.
College football and basketball players could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that may change the way the NCAA does business.
A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can’t stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit them from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA’s regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. The injunction she issued allows players at big schools to have money generated by television contracts put into a trust fund to pay them when they leave.
In a partial victory for the NCAA, though, Wilken said the body that governs college athletics could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as it allows at least $5,000 per athlete per year of competition. Individual schools could offer less money, she said, but only if they don’t unlawfully conspire among themselves to set those amounts.
That means FBS football players and Division I basketball players who are on rosters for four years could potentially get around $20,000 when they leave school. Wilken said she set the $5,000 annual threshold to balance the NCAA’s fears about huge payments to players.
MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) – Inbee Park took the second-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic, birdieing her first three holes Friday en route to her second straight 5-under 66.
Park finished on the front nine, adding birdies on the par-5 fifth and eighth holes in her bogey-free round at Blythefield Country Club. The third-ranked South Korean player won six times last year and took the Manulife Financial in June in Canada for her 10th LPGA Tour title.
Fourth-ranked Suzann Pettersen was a stroke back. The Norwegian player matched the course record with a 64.
South Korea’s Mirim Lee also shot 64 to reach 8 under.
South Korea’s Amy Yang was fourth at 7 under after a 67.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, a three-time winner this year, was even-par after a 72.
U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR
GLEN COVE, N.Y. (AP) – Canadian teen Brooke Mackenzie Henderson advanced to the U.S. Women’s Amateur semifinals on Friday, beating UCLA’s Alison Lee 1 up at Nassau Country Club.
The 16-year-old Henderson, the low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open, ended the match with a par halve on the par-4 18th. After Henderson won the par-3 16th with a par to take a 2-up lead, the 19-year-old Lee, from Valencia, California, cut it to one with a birdie win on the par-4 17th.
Henderson, from Smith Falls, Ontario, is trying to become the third Canadian winner in tournament history.
Henderson will face 16-year-old Hannah O’Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Arizona, a 5-and-4 winner over 21-year-old former Pepperdine player Grace Na of Alameda, California.
In the other semifinal, 16-year-old Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, will play 15-year-old Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California. Gillman rallied to beat 18-year-old Su-Hyun Oh of Australia in 20 holes, and Andrea Lee topped 14-year-old Eunjeong Seong of South Korea 2 and 1.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) – Tom Shields upset three-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps by a hundredth of a second to win the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships Friday night.
Shields touched in 51.29 seconds, tying for the second-fastest time in the world this year. Phelps was second in 51.30, losing for the second time in two events in the biggest meet since he launched a comeback in April.
Four of the seven quickest times in the world were recorded in the morning preliminaries, led by Phelps’ 51.17. But he couldn’t keep it together in the final against Shields, who won the 200 fly earlier in the meet.
Phelps is still likely to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships this month.
Tim Phillips was third in 51.54. Ryan Lochte finished fifth in 52.21.
TORONTO (AP) – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Rogers Cup semifinals with another upset victory, and Roger Federer was extended to three sets for the second straight night.
Tsonga beat eighth-seeded Andy Murray 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 on Friday in the hard-court event.
The second-seeded Federer beat fifth-seeded David Ferrer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the late match. Federer will play Feliciano Lopez, a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 winner over sixth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada.
In the other quarterfinal, seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov beat Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (6).
MONTREAL (AP) – Serena and Venus set up an all-Williams semifinal in the Rogers Cup.
The sisters advanced to their 26th career meeting Friday, both rallying to win their quarterfinal matches in the hard-court event. Serena beat Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, and Venus topped Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The 32-year-old Serena has won the last five matches against 34-year-old Venus to take a 15-10 edge. Venus, ranked 26th, last beat Serena in 2009 in Dubai.
In the other quarterfinals, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-2, and Ekaterina Makarova edged Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Serena, the defending champion, extended her Rogers Cup winning streak to 14 matches. Wozniacki, coming off a win at Istanbul, had won eight straight matches.