Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Simpson posts a first-round 64 to take lead in Bridgestone Invitational
Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, shot a 6-under 64 in his first competitive round at Firestone Country Club to take a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. Henrik Stenson was alone in second with a 65.
Defending champion Keegan Bradley, plus Ryan Moore, Chris Wood and Tiger Woods were all two strokes off the pace at 66.
JUNIOR LEGION TOURNAMENT: Bailey Sawyer and Josh Richards scored on the same error to break a 1-1 tie as Westbrook (16-6) took a 4-2 win over Bruno's (16-5) in the opening game at Portland.
Westbrook plays South Portland in Friday's 11 a.m. winners'-bracket game, while Portland meets Lawrence in Saturday's 11 a.m. elimination game.
• Brian Currie's inside-the-park grand slam was the difference as South Portland (15-8) upset top-ranked Fairfield Post 14 (18-3), 8-5, at Portland.
South Portland, already leading 3-1, opened the fourth with walks to Alex Livingston, Aaron Radziucz and Eduardo Anzurez. Currie then followed with a drive over the center fielder's head for a 7-1 lead.
NECBL: The Sanford Mainers (20-23) managed just a single run in a 4-1 afternoon loss to the Newport Gulls (24-19) in Newport, R.I., then traveled to Groton, Conn., for a 5-3 win over the Mystic Schooners (21-22).
In the second game, Scott Heath's two-out single plated Tim Duggan with the tying run in the ninth. In the top of the 10th, Billy Bereszniewicz reached on an error for Sanford and advanced to third on Daniel Nevares' single before scoring the go-ahead run on another error. Anthony Papio then singled home Nevares.
WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ryan Lochte bounced back from a disappointing start to the world swimming championships with a victory in the 200-meter individual medley at Barcelona, Spain.
The U.S., however, settled for silver and bronze in the men's 100 free -- swimming's glamor event. Australia's James Magnussen rallied on the return lap to edge Jimmy Feigen and reigning Olympic champion Nathan Adrian.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN: Poland's Ursula Radwanska took advantage of Jelena Jankovic's poor serving for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win in the second round at Carlsbad, Calif.
Radwanska, at No. 39, has five top-20 wins this year.
CITI OPEN: In his first match since a semifinal loss at Wimbledon, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat American Ryan Harrison 6-1, 7-5 at Washington.
NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks signed second-round draft pick Nate Wolters. The 6-foot-4 point guard played four years at South Dakota State, where he holds school records for scoring (2,353 points), assists (663) and free throws made (644).
WNBA: Tina Charles had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun rallied from 16 points down and then held on to beat the Indiana Fever 70-64 at Uncasville, Conn.
-- From staff and news services