Hickson ties record to lead Maine Championship

John Hickson of Topsham shot a course-record 67 to lead after the first round of play in the State of Maine Championship at Sugarloaf Golf Club in Carrabassett Valley on Tuesday.

Jeff Seavey of Samoset Resort was one stroke back in second place in the two-day tournament.

Hickson’s 5 under tied Gerry DiPhilippo’s Sugarloaf record.

U.S. AMATEURS: Rico Hoey shot a 64 to tie for medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Newton, Kansas. Hoey, a California native who plays at the University of Southern California, shot a 7-under-par to go 8 under after two rounds of stroke play.

Doug Ghim, who is from Illinois and signed to play college golf at Texas, shot a 65.


ISTANBUL CUP: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark easily advanced to the second round at Istanbul, beating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-0, 6-0.

Second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy also won comfortably, beating Anna Tatishvili of the United States 6-2, 6-2 at the Koza World of Sport Complex.

Ana Konjuh of Croatia needed three sets to oust fifth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

HAMBURG OPEN: Dominic Thiem, an Austrian ranked No. 55, held off a match point and upset eighth-seeded Marcel Granollers 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the second round at Germany.

SWEDISH OPEN: Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit upset top-seeded Alize Cornet of France 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the first round at Bastad.


WNBA: Rookie Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream has the top-selling jersey in the WNBA. The No. 8 draft pick out of Louisville is ahead of Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock. Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury was the top seller last year

Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne is third on the list.


NORTH CAROLINA: Things just have not gotten easier for North Carolina and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham.

The school again spent the past year dealing with off-field issues, from the eligibility of a top basketball player to a long-running academic scandal and now a reopened NCAA investigation.

UNC finished 14th in the Directors’ Cup standings ranking the nation’s top overall sports programs, the first time in six years it failed to make the top 10.


MEMORABILIA: An autographed baseball glove that Lou Gehrig gave to a Connecticut man when he was a boy has sold at auction for $287,500 in Minneapolis. Howard Henderson, a 92-year-old Connecticut man, said the Yankee icon gave him the glove in the mid-1930s. It’s signed: “To Howard. I hope you have much luck with this glove as I did. Lou Gehrig.”

Gehrig and his wife were friends with Henderson’s father, Ray, a songwriter.

— From staff and news services