Curtis regains his form, storms to the front of Texas Open field before wind starts

Ben Curtis shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Friday in the Texas Open before storms brought afternoon wind to San Antonio, leaving the former British Open champion two strokes ahead at 10 under when the second round was suspended because of darkness.

David Mathis was second after a 67, and Cameron Tringale and Matt Every were 7 under. Every was lining up for an 11-foot birdie chance on No. 17 when he walked off the course. The lead is the first for Curtis through 36 holes since 2010.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Brad Bryant and Tom Purtzer teamed up for a 12-under 60 to take the first-round lead at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf championship in Savannah, Ga. Michael Allen and David Frost, Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran, Jeff Sluman and Brad Faxon, and Bruce Fleisher and Tom Jenkins all were two strokes back at 62 in the best-ball event.

LPGA: Ai Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the LOTTE Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii. The seven-time tour winner is at 10 under. Cristie Kerr and Azahara Munoz were second.


WRESTLING: Forty-year-old heavyweight Rulon Gardner ended his comeback bid a day before the U.S. Olympic team trials. Gardner didn’t show up to weigh in in Iowa City, Iowa, ending his quest. Gardner said in a statement released by USA Wrestling that he was within five pounds of reaching the 264.5-pound limit for his weight class.

GOLF: A land dispute is threatening construction of the golf course for the 2016 Summer Games, when the sport is to be played at the Olympics for the first time since 1904. Sao Paulo city officials might have to find a new site, meaning the project would start from scratch and possibly not be ready on time for test events in 2015.


PENN STATE: The Penn State official who briefly took over as athletic director following the sex abuse scandal is no longer working at the school. The Centre Daily Times first reported Mark Sherburne’s departure Thursday night and said he was fired Wednesday. A university spokesman said Friday in an email to The Associated Press that Sherburne no longer works there.


MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Novak Djokovic dropped serve four times before beating Robin Haase 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals, saying he had thought about pulling out of the event following his grandfather’s death. Playing the day after his grandfather died, the top-ranked Djokovic looked distracted at times against Haase.

FED CUP: With her eye on the Olympics, Serena Williams is joining the United States for a Fed Cup playoff against Ukraine in Kharkiv. The best-of-five series on clay begins today and Williams faces 17-year-old Elina Svitolina in the second singles match. Williams, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, needs to play twice in the Fed Cup in 2012 to be considered by the U.S. Tennis Association for the Olympic team.

— From staff and news services