Update on the latest sports

June 17, 2017 - 2:55 pm


US Open filled with limitless possibilities, few stars

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Anything is possible at the U.S. Open, where the third round began with a four-way tie for the lead and 18 players separated by three shots.

Charley Hoffman is joining the jam-packed crowd near the top of the leaderboard. He opened with two birdies to move into a four-way tie for second at 6 under, one shot back of the lead.

Others making big moves in early play are Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn), who ran off four birdies on the front nine and made the turn at 4-under par. Amateurs Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ are also in the mix.

Leaders Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kah), Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood have yet to tee off.

The top three golfers in the world, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, aren't playing. They all missed the cut.


Rain delays start of third round

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The third round of the LPGA Meijer (MY'-ur) Classic is underway in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after rain and wet grounds delayed the start by two hours.

Brooke Henderson starts play with a two-stroke lead. The 19-year-old Canadian finished the second round with a 4-under 67 that put her 12 under. Lexi Thompson, 2016 runner-up Carlota Ciganda and Mi Jung Hur start the day tied at 10 under.


Coyotes trade goalie Mike Smith to Flames

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have traded longtime starting goaltender Mike Smith to the Calgary Flames.

Arizona received a conditional 2018 third-round pick, defensive prospect Brandon Hickey, and the rights to pending unrestricted goaltender Chad Johnson. The teams announced the trade Saturday prior to the NHL's trade freeze for the Vegas expansion draft.

The 35-year-old Smith has been the Coyotes' starter for the past six seasons and helped them reach the 2012 Western Conference final. Last season he was 19-26-9 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

In 11 seasons with the Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, Smith has a 2.70 GAA and .913 save percentage. He has two years remaining on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $5.67 million.


College World Series starts

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The College World Series gets started this afternoon in Omaha, Nebraska, with top-seeded Oregon State playing Cal State Fullerton. Tonight, LSU plays Florida State.

Oregon State comes into the double-elimination tournament 54-4 and on a 21-game winning streak. The Beavers already are considered one of the greatest college teams of all time. They won the Pac-12 by six games, the largest margin since the conference ended divisional play in 1999, and outscored three regional opponents 27-3 as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers then cruised to a two-game sweep of Vanderbilt in super regionals.

Now comes the hard part — finishing the job on the college game's grandest stage at TD Ameritrade Park.


Louisville's Brendan McKay wins Howser player of year award

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Pitcher-first baseman Brendan McKay of Louisville has won the Dick Howser Trophy as the top player in college baseball.

McKay, the fourth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, was honored at a ceremony Saturday by the Howser Trophy committee and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The pitcher-first baseman from Darlington, Pennsylvania, was chosen national player of the year by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and Baseball America, and a three-time winner of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

McKay, who will be the starting pitcher in Louisville's College World Series game against Texas A&M on Sunday, is 10-3 with a 2.34 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 104 innings. He's batting .343 with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs.


Cincinnati celebrates hometown star Pete Rose with statue

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds are celebrating the unveiling of hometown star Pete Rose's statue.

Baseball's all-time hits leader is still banned from major league baseball for betting on games, but the Reds have been allowed in recent years to recognize his on-field accomplishments. Rose was inducted into the team's hall of fame last year.

A viewing party Saturday takes place at The Banks entertainment area next to Great American Ball Park before the unveiling. On-field ceremonies before the Reds game with the Los Angeles Dodgers also are part of the observance.

Rose's statue joins those of Big Red Machine teammates Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez, among other Reds greats, outside the park. All three are expected at Saturday's ceremony.


Kiwis beat Oracle in America's Cup opener in Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Skipper Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won Race 1 of the 35th America's Cup by 30 seconds.

They benefited from an error by skipper Jimmy Spithill of two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA on Saturday and then survived a dramatic slowdown. Spithill was over the starting line early, forcing him to drop two boat lengths behind to clear the penalty.

The Kiwis' 50-foot catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped across the turquoise waters of the Great Sound. But the Kiwis came off their foils during a difficult maneuver and slowed dramatically in light, shifty wind, losing half their lead.

Race 2 is to follow.


Putin watches as Russia kicks off Confederations Cup with a win

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Host nation Russia beat a poor New Zealand team 2-0 on Saturday to open the Confederations Cup with a win that was all but demanded by Vladimir Putin.

Russia's president was in the new $750 million stadium in his native St. Petersburg to see forward Fyodor Smolov's 69th minute goal add to an own goal by New Zealand defender Michael Boxall in the 31st.

Putin this week demanded better results from the 63rd-ranked Russia team and for the players to perform like warriors. They hardly needed to be in dispatching No. 95 New Zealand, which seemed to find the world stage too big.

Russia's win eases the pressure on its second game, against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Moscow on Wednesday. The European champion opens its Group A program on Sunday against Mexico in Kazan.

New Zealand is now without a win in four trips to the Confederations Cup, and next plays Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi.

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