Johnson sets course mark on way to share of lead

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson made two eagles in a span of seven holes, shot 31 on the back nine Friday and set the course record at Carmel, Indiana, with a 9-under 63 that gave him a share of the lead with Roberto Castro in the BMW Championship.

Johnson didn’t even know he set the course record until Tony Pancake, the golf director at Crooked Stick, congratulated him.

“I guess no one was ever better than 63,” Johnson said with a shrug and a smile.

EUROPEAN: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot his second straight 5-under 66 to take the lead in the KLM Open at Spijk, Netherlands, one shot ahead of playing partner Joost Luiten, who was one of the three players tied for second.


WORLD CUP: Patrick Kane and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist to help the United States beat Canada 4-2 at Columbus, Ohio, in an exhibition game before the World Cup of Hockey.

The teams will play again Saturday night in Ottawa, Ontario.

NHL: The Edmonton Oilers signed veteran forward Kris Versteeg to a professional tryout contract.


HALL OF FAME: Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal headlined the 10-member class that was enshrined at Springfield, Massachusetts. One of the most star-packed classes, it also featured international star Yao Ming, WNBA great Sheryl Swoopes, Coach Tom Izzo, and owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

Fighting tears throughout his extended speech, Iverson thanked former Georgetown coach John Thompson “for saving my life.”

NBA: The Cleveland Cavaliers said guard Iman Shumpert was arrested last month on suspicion for driving under the influence.


2024 GAMES: A proposed national referendum on Budapest’s bid to host meets the initial, formal legal requirements, Hungarian election authorities said.

The National Election Committee now has until Oct. 6 to carry out a full inquiry on the question asking citizens whether they want Parliament to repeal the law about bidding for and hosting the Olympics. Critics say the Olympics are too expensive with a large risk of corruption.


FOOTBALL: Alabama doubled offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s salary for this season, from the $714,00 he made last year to $1.4 million.

Kiffin was the only returning assistant who didn’t get a raise. He had been receiving a buyout after being fired as the head coach at Southern Cal.


SPANISH VUELTA: Chris Froome took a big bite into Nairo Quintana’s lead by winning an individual time trial at Calpe, Spain, with two days remaining in the race.

Froome, the Tour de France champion, reduced Quintana’s lead of 3 minutes, 37 seconds entering the 19th stage to 1:21.


FIFA INVESTIGATION: Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is now facing a bribery case.

Plus, the FIFA ethics committee said it opened formal proceedings against Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and former finance director Markus Kattner over million-dollar payments in their contracts — some of which were approved by other senior FIFA officials.

– Staff and news services