Snedeker avoids bogeys, leads Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Brandt Snedeker played bogey-free at tough Spyglass Hill on Friday for a 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Ted Potter Jr. in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Hunter Mahan was among those one shot behind. With one more round, the leaderboard is a big traffic jam.

Snedeker has been runner-up the last two weeks — four shots behind Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, four shots behind Phil Mickelson in Phoenix. Woods is not playing this week, while Mickelson stumbled down the stretch at Spyglass Hill for a 71 and was six shots back.

JOBURG OPEN: Trevor Fisher Jr. shot a 9-under 62 and Richard Sterne had a 65 to share the lead after two rounds at Johannesburg.

ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP: Bernhard Langer and Tom Pernice Jr. each shot a 6-under 66 to tie for the first-round lead at Boca Raton, Fla.


SOFTBALL: Jean Stevens went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs as Maine won its opener 9-1 over North Carolina Central at Spartanburg, S.C.

Kristen Koslosky added three hits for the Black Bears while Beth Spoehr struck out five for the win.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Kayte Holtz collected her fifth career hat trick to lead Bowdoin to a 6-1 win over Hamilton at Brunswick.

The Polar Bears improved to 15-4-2 (9-3-1 NESCAC) while the Continentals dipped to 11-9-1 (5-7-1).

Holtz has 10 goals this season and 65 for her career.


WORLD CUP: Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany bounced back from a disappointing World Cup season to win the women’s super-combined at the skiing world championships at Schlamding, Austria.

American Julia Mancuso, runner-up to Hoefl-Riesch in the 2010 Olympic race, finished eighth, 3.33 seconds off the winning time.


VTR OPEN: Rafael Nadal continued his comeback in another test of his sore left knee, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at Vina del Mar.

Nadal had not played for seven months until he took the court earlier this week. In four matches, he has yet to lose a set.

OPEN SUD DE FRANCE: Frances Richard Gasquet beat ailing countryman Julien Benneteau 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 at Montpellier, France, to reach his second semifinal of the season.

Gasquet, seeded third, will next play Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

ZAGREB INDOORS: Top-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia ousted Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 7-6 (5) to set up a semifinal against defending champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia at Zagreb, Croatia.


NASCAR: Cotton Owens was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame at Charlotte, N.C., by David Pearson, the driver who won him a title and was a devoted friend long after their racing careers.

Owens died at age 88 in June, weeks after learning he had been voted into the Hall of Fame’s fourth class.

— From staff and news services