Three years after her last LPGA win, Creamer shares lead at Marathon Classic

Paula Creamer hasn’t won an LPGA Tour event in the past three years, but used the memories of the times she has triumphed to give her a lift Friday at Sylvanio, Ohio.

Creamer, who won the Marathon Classic five years ago when it was the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, shares the lead while top-ranked Inbee Park lurks two strokes back after the second round.

Creamer shot a 3-under 68 on Friday on the heels of an opening 66 to pull even with Alison Walshe and Spain’s Beatriz Recari at 8-under 134.



AHL: The Portland Pirates signed former Northeastern goaltender Chris Rawlings for the 2013-14 season.

Rawlings, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound native of North Delta, British Columbia, played one game for the Pirates last season, stopping 19 of 20 shots in 40 minutes against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the regular-season finale.

NHL: The Phoenix Coyotes signed forward Brandon Yip to a one-year, two-way contract. Yip had three goals and five assists in 34 games with Nashville last season.


PBC: Middleweight Russell Lamour of the Portland Boxing Club scored a first-round knockout over Aquilano Brandao of Worcester just 1:46 into the match at Salem, N.H., in a bout that was part of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” Lamour improves to 4-0 with two knockouts.



EFL: The Maine Sabers kick off their 2013 Eastern Football League season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Lowell Nor’easters in Lowell, Mass. The Sabers’ home opener is at 1 p.m. July 27 at Scarborough High School against the New Hampshire Wolfpack.

NFL: The San Francisco 49ers acquired cornerback Eric Wright in a trade with Tampa Bay that sends a conditional selection in the 2014 draft to the Buccaneers.

The Green Bay Packers signed safety Morgan Burnett, a third-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2010, to a contract extension.

The Browns signed rookie cornerback Leon McFadden and troubled defensive lineman Armonty Bryant to four-year contracts. Bryant was arrested on drunken driving charges shortly after he was drafted out of East Central (Okla.) University. Bryant also was arrested on a felony drug charge while in school.


GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Top-seeded Roger Federer struggled to a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 win over Florian Mayer and a place in the semifinals at Hamburg, Germany.


Also, Fabio Fognini of Italy beat Tommy Haas for the second time in two weeks to advance.

CLARO OPEN: Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa advanced to the semifinals at Bogota, Colombia, beating Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-3.

GASTEIN LADIES: Karin Knapp of Italy routed second-seeded Annika Beck of Germany 6-0, 6-1 at Bad Gastein, Austria, to reach her third semifinal of the season.

— From staff and news services

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