Lindberg hits birdie putts of 40 and 50 feet for a two-stroke lead in Toledo Classic

Pernilla Lindberg excelled on the greens, holing two long birdie putts of 40 and 50 feet and adding three 25-footers in a round of 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead Thursday after the rainy opening round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic at Sylvania, Ohio.

The 26-year-old Swede, a former Oklahoma State player, hasn’t finished in the top 10 of an LPGA event in her three years and 36 starts as a pro.

Two shots back were Angela Stanford, Japan’s Mika Miyazato, South Korea’s Chella Choi, LSU grad Meredith Duncan, Thailand’s Numa Gulyanamitta and France’s Karine Icher.


BASKETBALL: Marquette has reported a possible rules violation with the men’s basketball program to the NCAA. The school did not disclose the nature of the violation.


FCBL: The Brockton Rox (30-23) beat the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (23-30), 6-2, in a regular-season finale in Brockton, Mass.

Jason Vosler and Grayson Porter each had a hit and a run scored for the Tide, while Matt Verrier and Chris Bernard each had a hit and an RBI.


NHL: New Jersey signed forward Bobby Butler to a two-way contract. The former New Hampshire player had six goals and 10 assists in 56 regular-season games for Ottawa last season. In four seasons at UNH, he had 61 goals and 60 assists in 153 games.

Toronto signed forward Tyler Biggs to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 19-year-old from Loveland, Ohio, was Toronto’s first-round draft pick in 2011 and played for Miami University last season.


NBA: Minnesota’s second-round draft pick Robbie Hummel said he will play in Europe with a Spanish team rather than the NBA next season. Hummel starred at Purdue and was its top player until tearing the ACL in his right knee twice in one year.


ROGERS CUP: Roberta Vinci routed former champion Ana Ivanovic 6-0, 6-0 in the second round in Montreal.

Carla Suarez Navarro upset Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, while No. 10 Marion Bartoli advanced with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Shuai Peng.

Andy Murray pulled out of the third round of the tournament with a knee injury.

WESTERN AND SOUTHERN OPEN: Rafael Nadal dropped out of the tournament in Cincinnati because of a knee problem that also forced him to miss the Olympics.

Nadal won the French Open for a record seventh time at the start of the season, but has been bothered by a problem with the tendon in the knee for weeks.

AGASSI’S HONOR: Andre Agassi will be the 2012 inductee into the U.S. Open Court of Champions in New York. Agassi, 42, who won the U.S. Open twice, will be inducted at Arthur Ashe Stadium before the men’s final Sept. 9.

— From staff and news services