=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Thursday, April 24th ===
=== Phelps falls to Lochte in comeback meet ===
Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Phelps finished second to fellow
American Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly final at the Arena Grand Prix
on Thursday night.
Lochte took home first place in the final with a time of 51.93 seconds. Phelps
finished the race in 52.13 seconds in his first meet since retiring after the
2012 London Olympics.
The world record holder in the distance, Phelps started the day with a win in
his preliminary heat. He finished with a time of 52.84 seconds, just .10
seconds faster than Lochte.
Phelps, 28, is also scheduled to compete in the 50-meter freestyle in Mesa,
though he has pulled out of the 100 free.
He retired after winning six medals in London, saying he wanted to see more of
the world than its hotels and swimming pools.
But the layoff lasted just 20 months before USA Swimming said last week Phelps
would be in the Mesa field.
Three of Phelps' record 18 Olympic gold medals came in the 100 fly. He has a
record 22 Olympic medals overall.
=== Yanks' Pineda suspended 10 games ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Major League Baseball issued a 10-game
suspension to New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda on Thursday.
Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox for using
an illegal substance.
The Red Sox asked to have Pineda checked in the second inning and umpire Gerry
Davis touched a brownish substance on the pitcher's neck before ejecting him.
Pineda later admitted his mistake, saying he was using pine tar for a better
grip on the ball after not using it in the first inning when he allowed two
"I don't feel the ball," Pineda said about why he used the pine tar. "I don't
want to hit anybody."
Earlier this month in a start against Boston, cameras showed Pineda with a
similar substance on his right hand and before the Red Sox could ask umpires
to check, the pitcher's hand was clean.
Pineda held Boston to one run over six innings in that 4-1 Yankees win. Red
Sox manager John Farrell said the team had a "heightened" awareness for
"I could see it from the dugout," said Farrell after the game. "It was
confirmed by a number of camera angles in the ballpark. And given the last
time we faced him, I felt like it was a necessity to say something."
Pineda, at the time of the first incident on April 10, said the substance was
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team was unaware that Pineda went to the
mound for the second inning on Wednesday with the pine tar.
"I don't think he's trying to do anything to cheat," Girardi said after
Wednesday's game. "I think he's trying to just go out there and compete. It's
unfortunate it happened, but we'll deal with it and we'll get through this.
It's a little bump in the road and we'll be alright."
The 10-game suspension will likely mean that Pineda will miss two starts. He
is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts this season.
Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta was hit with an eight-game suspension for having pine
tar on his glove in June 2012.
=== Yankees' Nova to undergo Tommy John surgery ===
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova will
undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure on Tuesday of next week. The
recovery time is approximately 12-to-18 months.
Nova has been sidelined since Saturday when he exited his start against the
Tampa Bay Rays after feeling discomfort in his right elbow in the fifth
inning. An MRI revealed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.
The right-hander went 2-2 with an 8.27 ERA over four starts this season.
=== Red Sox activate Victorino ===
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder Shane
Victorino from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Alex Wilson to
Victorino sat out the first 22 games of the season due to a strained
right hamstring. He's in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale
against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
The 33-year-old veteran batted a career-best .294 with 15 homers and 61 runs
batted in last season, his first with the Red Sox.
=== Trumbo lands on DL with stress fracture ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo
has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a stress fracture in
his left foot.
The move is retroactive to Tuesday, April 22.
Trumbo last played on Monday against the Cubs and underwent an X-ray on
Tuesday before returning to Phoenix for further tests. An MRI exam revealed
the fracture, along with plantar fasciitis, which he has been dealing with
since spring training.
In 21 games this season, Trumbo is batting .210 with seven homers and 19 runs
batted in. He is tied for the NL lead in home runs and second in RBI.
Arizona acquired Trumbo in December from the Angels as part of a three-team
deal with the Chicago White Sox. He spent his first four big league seasons
with the Angels and posted career highs of 34 homers and 100 RBI last year.
The Diamondbacks recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno to
fill the vacant roster spot. Kieschnick was claimed off waivers from San
Francisco on April 4 and was hitting .281 in 18 games for Reno. He hit .202 in
38 games for the Giants last year.
=== Cubs place Ruggiano on DL ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Justin
Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list Thursday due to a left hamstring strain.
Ruggiano suffered the injury during Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Arizona
Diamondbacks. He was hurt while trying to make a catch in the ninth inning.
For the season, Ruggiano is batting .229 with one home run and six RBI.
The Cubs also recalled left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and right-handed
pitcher Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-handed pitcher
Blake Parker to Iowa.
=== White Sox activate Beckham ===
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox have activated second
baseman Gordon Beckham off the 15-day disabled list.
Beckham began the campaign on the DL because of a strained left oblique that
he suffered in mid-March. He appeared in 12 games with Double-A Birmingham
during a rehab assignment.
The 27-year-old veteran played just 103 games last season because of a broken
hamate bone in his left hand that sidelined him for most of the first two
months. He hit .267 with five homers and 24 runs batted in last year.
Chicago opened a roster spot for Beckham after Wednesday's game in Detroit by
optioning pitcher Charlie Leesman to Triple-A Charlotte.
=== Padres 3B Headley leaves game ===
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - San Diego Padres third baseman Chase
Headley left Thursday's tilt with the Washington Nationals in the second
inning with a strained right calf.
Headley missed a majority of spring training with the same injury.
He entered Thursday's game hitting just .188 with two homers and seven RBI.
=== Conley wins Sportsmanship Award ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has
been named the winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award.
Conley is the first Grizzlies player to receive the honor. He garnered 77 of a
possible 334 first-place votes and 2,335 total points in balloting from NBA
The NBA will make a donation of $10,000 on behalf of Conley to the charity of
his choice, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Conley was one of six finalists, one from each division. The other finalists
were Boston's Jeff Green, Chicago's Mike Dunleavy, Phoenix's Channing Frye,
Portland's Damian Lillard and Washington's Bradley Beal.
Green finished second in the balloting with 65 first-place votes and 1,971
The trophy is named after former Detroit Pistons star Joe Dumars, the initial
winner in 1995-96, and is given to a player who reflects the ideals of
sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- in amateur and
=== McRoberts fined $20K for hard foul on James ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA has fined Charlotte Bobcats forward
Josh McRoberts $20,000 for his hard foul on LeBron James in Game 2 of the
Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
McRoberts' personal foul was upgraded to a Flagrant 2 after the league deemed
Thursday that he made "unnecessary and excessive contact" when he elbowed
James in the neck as the Heat star went up for a basket with 50 seconds left
in the game.
The foul left James visibly shaken and he made 1-of-2 foul shots for the last
of his 32 points.
Miami held on for a 101-97 win to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
=== Mason to start Game 4 for Flyers ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve
Mason will be the starter for Friday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference
quarterfinals against the New York Rangers.
The club confirmed the switch from Ray Emery on Thursday.
Mason left his club's 4-3 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on
April 12 at the second intermission with an upper-body injury and did not
return. Late in the period, Pens forward Jayson Megna pushed Philly defenseman
Andrew MacDonald into Mason, with the latter sprawled out in his crease for
several moments before returning to action.
The exact nature of Mason's malady was not specified, although it kept him out
of action until the late stages of Tuesday's 4-1 Rangers' win in Game 3.
Subbing for Emery, he stopped all three shots faced in 7:15 of action.
Mason last started a postseason contest on April 23, 2009, giving up six goals
on 41 shots as the Red Wings finished off a sweep of the Blue Jackets with a
6-5 decision in Columbus.
Emery went 1-2 with a 3.49 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in
the series' first three contests.
=== Lightning G Bishop to have wrist surgery ===
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Thursday
that goaltender Ben Bishop will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in
his right wrist.
Though no definite time was established, the team expects the procedure to
take place next week.
Bishop missed the last three games of the regular season and all of the
Lightning's four-game, opening-round loss to the Montreal Canadiens after
suffering a wrist injury on April 8 against Toronto.
Anders Lindback earned the start in all four games against Montreal, with
Kristers Gudlevskis making one relief appearance.
Bishop, 27, posted a 37-14-7 record in 63 games this season with a 2.23 goals-
against average and a .924 save percentage.
=== Bergeron, Kopitar, Toews named Selke Trophy finalists ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Forwards Patrice Bergeron of the Boston
Bruins, Anze Kopitar from the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the
Chicago Blackhawks were named the finalists for the Frank J. Selke trophy as
the league's best defensive forward on Thursday.
Bergeron helped the Bruins record the second lowest goals-against in the NHL
and lowest in the Eastern Conference at 2.08. He won a league-high 1,015
faceoffs, ranked second in plus-minus with a career-best plus-38 while racking
up 30 goals and 32 assists in 80 regular-season contests. The 28-year-old
native of Quebec won in 2012 and was runner up to Toews last season.
Kopitar, a Selke finalist for the first time in his career, spent more time on
ice over the course of the season than any other forward except Pittsburgh's
Sidney Crosby. His 53.3-percent faceoff success rate on draws and plus-34
rating given his 164-plus minutes logged while his team was shorthanded aided
the NHL's top defense and rightfully gained recognition as the first Kings
player to gain a Selke nod.
Toews continued to be defensively responsible when logging the most time of
any Chicago forward (20:28) per contest, placing second on the club at plus-26
and fifth in the NHL with 884 faceoff wins and overall win percentage (57.2).
The 25-year-old Blackhawks captain also recorded his most points (68) since
netting 76 in 2010-11.
The Selke will be presented, along with the other NHL awards, in Las Vegas on
=== Cooke issues statement on suspension ===
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke issued an
apology less than 24 hours after the NHL slapped him with a seven-game
suspension and hours before Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals was
set to begin.
"First and foremost, I want to say that I'm disappointed and sorry that Tyson
Barrie can't play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight. I wish that he could.
Unfortunately, it was not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee. It was
my intent to finish my check.
"Playoffs are a hard and physical time and it's my job to be physical. I've
led my team in hits in all three games and it's an intense time. I've led my
team this year in hits and in this series," said Cooke, who read from a
"Since March 20, 2011, I've been a changed player. I've approached the game
differently, I think differently about the game. The stats that I've collected
over those three seasons prove that I'm a changed player and the plays that I
make and the plays that I don't make prove to that point as well. At the end
of the day, this situation was not my intent."
Cooke was only assessed a minor for kneeing Barrie just over two minutes into
the second period of Monday's 1-0 Minnesota victory in Game 3, but Barrie was
later diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and is scheduled to
miss 4-to-6 weeks.
The 35-year-old winger has been suspended six previous times for various
offenses during his 15-year NHL career, with the last being a blatant elbow to
the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh which drew a 17-game ban (10
regular-season games and the entirety of the Penguins' first-round series
against Tampa Bay) three years ago.
"We were very confident the league would make the right decision in that
case," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy offered before a morning skate at the Xcel
Energy Center. "No matter how many games, that does not replace the player.
Tyson is very valuable to us, very important to us, and it doesn't matter if
it's five games, 15 games, 20 games -- we won't play with Tyson tonight and
that's what we're thinking."
=== Zetterberg in, Howard out for Red Wings in Game 4 ===
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings announced just before
the start of Thursday's Game 4 that captain Henrik Zetterberg is back in the
lineup, while goaltender Jimmy Howard is out against the Boston Bruins.
Zetterberg has missed Detroit's last 30 games with a back injury, which caused
the Swedish winger to leave one game into the Sochi Olympics. He had surgery
to repair a herniated disc on Feb. 21.
Howard was a late scratch with the flu, paving the way for the 29-year-old
Jonas Gustavsson to make his first career playoff start.
Howard posted a 25-save shutout in Detroit's Game 1 victory, but has allowed
six goals on 62 shots over the last two games, leading to consecutive setbacks
for the Red Wings.
Gustavsson went 16-5-4 over 27 games with the Red Wings during the regular
=== Habs sign Carr, Crisp to contracts ===
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens announced
Thursday the signings of forward Daniel Carr to a two-year contract and
forward Connor Crisp to a three-year deal.
Carr completed his senior season at Union College as a national champion,
leading the Dutchmen in scoring with 50 points (22G, 28A) in only 39 games. He
posted five assists in four NCAA Tournament contests.
The 22-year-old departs college having racked up 78 goals and 79 assists in
160 appearances over four years with the program.
Crisp, 20, accumulated 28 goals and 27 assists along with 120 penalty minutes
over 67 games for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL this season, before finishing
the year with Hamilton in the AHL, collecting two goals in seven contests.
Crisp was a third-round selection by the Habs in the 2013 draft.
=== Patriots sign LB Hull ===
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots have signed
linebacker Josh Hull to an undisclosed contract.
Hull spent the 2013 season with Washington and recorded 14 tackles in 11
The 26-year-old Penn State product played his first three NFL seasons with the
St. Louis Rams. He has 25 tackles in 39 NFL games.
=== Trufant retires as a Seahawk ===
Renton, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Trufant, who spent 10 seasons with the
Seattle Seahawks, announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday.
Trufant re-signed with the Seahawks on Wednesday so he could retire as a
"I'm not sad," Trufant said. "It's just a chapter that's closing. This is a
happy time. I'm excited to see what comes next."
Trufant, 33, a Washington State product and first-round draft pick in 2003,
played in 12 games in his final season in 2012, starting just two. He signed
with Jacksonville in May of last year, but was released before playing in a
regular season game with the Jaguars.
A 2007 Pro Bowl selection, Trufant started 125 games with the Seahawks and
finished his career with 638 tackles and 21 interceptions. He returned two
interceptions for touchdowns and also recorded 113 passes defensed, two sacks,
five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
=== Cowboys add QB Hanie ===
Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Cowboys signed quarterback Caleb
Hanie to a one-year contract on Thursday.
The signing of Hanie gives the Cowboys three quarterbacks behind starter Tony
Romo, who is coming off back surgery. Kyle Orton was Romo's backup last year,
and Dallas signed Brandon Weeden last month.
Hanie, a Dallas native who went to Forney High School, played in 10 games with
the Bears from 2009-11, throwing for 679 yards with three touchdowns and 10
The 28-year-old Hanie has spent time with the Broncos, Ravens and Browns since
leaving the Bears in 2011.
=== Colorado's Dinwiddie declares for draft ===
Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie will
forego his final season of eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft.
Dinwiddie, Colorado's leading scorer as a junior at 14.7 points per game,
missed the final 18 games of the season after undergoing surgery to
repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. The Buffaloes suffered with
Dinwiddie out of the lineup, finishing with a 23-12 mark after a 14-2 start.
Dinwiddie announced his intentions at a press conference on Thursday.
In three years in Boulder, Dinwiddie averaged 13.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and
2.6 assists per contest. He is projected to hear his name in the second round
of June's draft.
=== Nadal reaches Barcelona quarters ===
Barcelona, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal
eased into the quarterfinals at the $2.55 million Barcelona Open tennis event.
The world No. 1 and reigning three-time titlist recorded his 41st consecutive
match win at this tournament by cruising past Croat Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-3 on
the red clay at Royal Barcelona Tennis Club.
The reigning French and U.S. Open champion Nadal beat Nicolas Almagro in last
year's third straight all-Spanish Barcelona finale and the two compatriots
will clash again here in Friday's quarterfinals.
A sixth-seeded Almagro erased 11th-seeded fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco
6-3, 6-3 on Day 4. The 2010 Barcelona champion Verdasco was a clay court
titlist in Houston two weeks ago, when he beat Almagro in a final in
In other action involving top-five seeds, No. 4 Japanese star Kei Nishikori
handled Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 6-0, 6-4 and No. 12 Croat Marin Cilic
outlasted No. 5 Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5) in 2 hours,
In other play involving seeds, No. 9 Latvian Ernests Gulbis doused Spaniard
Albert Montanes 7-5, 6-1 and No. 10 German Philipp Kohlschreiber dismissed
Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-3.
Additionally, Colombian Santiago Giraldo overcame Austrian qualifier Dominic
Thiem 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 and Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili erased Spanish wild card
Inigo Cervantes 6-4, 6-2. The 55th-ranked Gabashvili stunned four-time
Barcelona runner-up David Ferrer on Wednesday.
Friday's other quarterfinals will pit Nishikori against Cilic, Gulbis versus
Gabashvili and Kohlschreiber against Giraldo.
This week's winner will earn $580,000.
=== Radwanska, Sharapova land in Porsche quarters ===
Stuttgart, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and
two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova were among Thursday's second-round
winners at the $710,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
The Polish star Radwanska rolled past Italian Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2, while
the sixth-seeded former world No. 1 Sharapova continued her winning ways in
Stuttgart with a 6-4, 6-3 handling of fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
on the indoor red clay at Porsche Arena.
Radwanska and Sharapova will clash in Friday's quarterfinals. The Russian is a
dominant 8-2 in their lifetime series, including a 2-0 mark on clay.
Sharapova beat Chinese stalwart Li Na in last year's marquee Porsche finale.
Upsets came when former Stuttgart champion Svetlana Kuznetsova vanquished
second-seeded world No. 5 Romanian Simona Halep 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) and nifty
Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro cut down fourth-seeded German favorite Angelique
Kerber 7-5, 6-4. The two-time major champion Kuznetsova captured this German
event back in 2009.
Also, fifth-seeded former top-ranked Serbian star Jelena Jankovic came from
behind to beat capable Italian Flavia Pennetta 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and ninth-seeded
former world No. 1 Serb Ana Ivanovic got past German wild card and 2011
Stuttgart champion Julia Goerges 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Jankovic, who was the Porsche titlist in 2009, will face Russian Alisa
Kleybanova in the round of eight.
The other quarterfinals will pit eighth-seeded former French Open runner-up
Sara Errani, of Italy, against Suarez Navarro and Ivanovic versus her fellow
former French Open champ Kuznetsova.
The 2014 Stuttgart champ will claim $135,000 and a Porsche 911 Carrera sports
=== Monfils reaches quarters; Youzhny ousted in Bucharest ===
Bucharest, Romania (SportsNetwork.com) - Third-seeded French star Gael
Monfils reached the quarterfinals, while second-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny
came up a second-round upset victim Thursday at the $590,000 BRD Nastase
Tiriac Trophy tennis event.
Dutchman Robin Haase rolled past Youzhny 6-3, 6-3, while Monfils mauled
Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-3 on the red clay at BNR Arenas.
Also on Day 4, Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu pasted Romanian wild card Marius
Copil 6-3, 6-2 and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin overcame Romanian qualifier
Adrian Ungur 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Rain delayed the start of play for more than three hours Thursday.
Friday's quarterfinals will pit top-seeded Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov
against Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky; Monfils versus his fellow countryman
Mathieu; fourth-seeded Bucharest stalwart Gilles Simon against reigning
champion Lukas Rosol; and Istomin versus Haase. Simon is a three-time
Bucharest titlist and 18-2 lifetime at this tournament. Rosol beat Spaniard
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in last year's Bucharest finale.
This week's winner will collect $106,725.
=== Meusburger into Marrakech QFs ===
Marrakech, Morocco (SportsNetwork.com) - Third-seeded Yvonne Meusburger was
an easy second-round winner Thursday at the $250,000 Marrakech Grand Prix
The Austrian Meusburger spanked Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-0, 6-2 on
the red clay at the Royal Tennis Club.
Meusburger's quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be Swiss Romina Oprandi.
Also on Day 4, Oprandi held off Spanish qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 6-2,
5-7, 6-2, Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor drilled qualifier and fellow Spaniard
Lara Arruabarrena 6-1, 6-2 and Slovenian Polona Hercog bested Belgian Alison
Van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4.
The other quarterfinals will pit top-seeded Slovak Daniela Hantuchova against
sixth-seeded Chinese Peng Shuai, fifth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza versus
Israeli Shahar Peer and Hercog against Torro-Flor.
The 2014 Marrakech titlist will claim $43,000.
=== Djokovic to become a father ===
Belgrade, Serbia (SportsNetwork.com) - Novak Djokovic and his fiancee, Jelena
Ristic, are expecting a child, as the former world No. 1 star made the
announcement via Twitter.
The six-time Grand Slam champion tweeted: "Jelena is pregnant!!!We will be
The sex of the baby and/or the due date have not been revealed.
The couple dated for eight years before getting engaged last September.
The 26-year-old Djokovic, who recently titled at Indian Wells and Miami, is
currently taking some time off to heal a wrist injury.
=== Martin shoots 62, claims early lead in New Orleans ===
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Martin fired a course-record, 10-
under 62 on Thursday to claim a 2-stroke lead after the opening round of the
Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Martin has made just two cuts in his last nine events, but finished in third
place on both of those occasions.
"Everything was working well," Martin said about his round. "I felt like I was
managing my game well and I was hitting shots where I was looking. I think
(the wind) was a little bit of a factor, but when I was into the wind I played
a little more conservative and I took advantage of the holes that were
Andrew Svoboda carded an 8-under 64 at TPC Louisiana to sit alone in second
place, while Peter Hanson and Seung-Yul Noh shot matching 7-under 65s to share
Michael Thompson, Chad Collins and Erik Compton are tied for fifth place at 6-
Martin raced out of the gate with back-to-back birdies at the first and
second, and then capped another pair of gains at the fourth and fifth with a
putt from 27 feet.
He converted two more birdies from inside 10 feet at the seventh and eighth to
make to turn at 6-under.
Martin stayed hot with consecutive birdies at the 10th and 11th to meet
clubhouse leader Svoboda at minus-8. He soon pulled ahead with a 20-foot
birdie putt at the 13th.
His chances at shooting 59 went by the wayside with three straight pars from
the 14th before he moved to 10-under with a chip-in birdie from 55 feet after
missing the green at the par-3 17th.
He parred the last to close out his record-setting round.
"I got off to a good start and just kept it rolling," said Martin. "It was one
of those days where it went just like you drew it up."
Svoboda opened his day with a 13-foot birdie at the first and later converted
a short birdie at the eighth to reach 2-under.
He then caught fire around the turn, rolling in four birdies in a five-hole
stretch from the 10th, all of which came from inside six feet.
After parring the 15th and 16th, Svoboda birdied the 17th and 18th to end at
Hanson posted six birdies, an eagle and a bogey to earn his share of third
place, while Noh had seven birdies during his bogey-free round.
NOTES: The previous course record was 8-under 64 and was shared by nine
people, including defending champion Billy Horschel ... Martin's previous low
round on the PGA Tour was a 7-under 65 at the Humana Challenge in January ...
The first-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win in New Orleans in two of
the last four years ... Horschel shot a 2-over 74 during his first round and
sits in a tie for 114th place.
=== Quiros, Dyson share lead at China Open ===
Shenzhen, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Alvaro Quiros and Simon Dyson both
posted rounds of 5-under 67 and share the lead with the first round of the
China Open suspended due to darkness.
Quiros and Dyson both have six wins on the European Tour.
Defending champion Brett Rumford shot 4-under 68 at Genzon Golf Club and was
joined in third place David Horsey, Adrian Otaegui and Tyrrell Hatton. Il-hwan
Park and Alexander Levy also stand at minus-4, but have one more hole to play
in their first round.
Ian Poulter and Peter Uihlein are among 11 players that carded 3-under 69s.
Nacho Elvira was also minus-3 through 17 holes.
Henrik Stenson, the highest-ranked player in the field at world No. 3, carded
a 1-under 71 and is tied for 38th. Jason Dufner stumbled to a 1-over 73 and
was tied for 69th.
Quiros, who hasn't won on the European Tour since the 2011 season, got off to
a quick start with birdies on the first and second. He remained at minus-2 as
he finished his front nine with seven consecutive pars.
The Spaniard stumbled to a bogey on the 10th. After a pair of pars, Quiros
made eagle on the par-5 13th and followed with a birdie on the 14th to move to
Quiros parred three in a row before converting a birdie effort at the 18th.
"It was a good round of golf. It was a bit of a shame on the last par-5
because I was half a meter away from having a great chance to make another
eagle, but I ended up on the lip of the bunker and had to settle for a chip
and two putts," Quiros stated. "You can't see it yet on the rankings, but I
have been playing better. The Middle East swing was a good three weeks for me
then I had a good result in Joburg and the last couple of weeks have been
Dyson, who is also winless since the 2011 season, started on the back nine and
posted his first birdie at the 12th. He parred four in a row from the 13th
before converting back-to-back birdie chances at 17 and 18.
The 36-year-old faltered to a bogey on the first, then bounced right back with
birdies on two and three to get to 4-under. He reeled off five pars in a row
before dropping in a birdie try at the ninth, his last.
"I started on the 10th today and the first nine holes I played was the best I
have played for quite some time. I really didn't miss a shot," said Dyson. "I
missed two fairways just, and didn't miss a green so gave myself a lot chances
which is always nice and then I managed to make a couple of birdies on the
other side for a tidy 5-under. It was a good start and very pleasing."
NOTES: The five players that did not complete their first round will resume
their rounds at 7:20 a.m. local time on Friday, which is 7:20 p.m. ET Thursday
... Raphael Jacquelin, who opened with a 69, would have been the first-round
leader if he hadn't found water off the tee on No. 15, which led to a
=== Three share WNB Golf Classic lead ===
Midland, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Rod Pampling carded a 6-under 66 on Thursday
to claim a share of the lead of the WNB Golf Classic.
Pampling, who is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, was joined by Andrew
Putnam and Trevor Murphy atop the leaderboard at Midland Country Club.
Panama Claro Championship and El Bosque Mexico Championship winner Carlos
Ortiz shot a 5-under 67 to earn a tie with Len Mattiace, Travis Bertoni and
Sebastian Vazquez for fourth place.
If Ortiz can go on to win this event, he will earn an automatic promotion to
the PGA Tour.
Four-time Web.com Tour titlist Hunter Haas was among nine players tied for
eighth at 4-under 68.
Pampling was the lone member of the leaders to tee off with the morning wave
and he opened his round with a pair of pars before rolling in back-to-back
birdies at the 12th and 13th.
He then converted birdies at the 15th and 17th around a bogey at the 16th to
make the turn at 3-under.
Pampling cruised through his inward nine with birdies at the first, fifth and
eighth to claim the clubhouse lead at minus-6.
"If you hit it high with the wind as strong as it is the ball's going to get
caught in it, so I'm just pegging it down low and let it roll," Pampling said
about playing in the winds that gusted as high as 30 mph. "I think you really
have to work out where the ball is going to end, which is hard when the ball
is rolling 50 yards."
Putnam also started on the back nine and birdied the 10th. After parring his
next six holes, he added another gain at the 17th.
He caught fire around the turn with four birdies in a five-hole stretch from
the first to jump to 6-under and traded a bogey at the seventh with a bogey at
the eighth to finish there.
"Six-under in that wind was unreal," said Putnam. "We saw that the wind was
going to die down this afternoon and we were kind of fist-pumping inside."
Murphy parred his first three holes before converting consecutive birdies at
the fourth and fifth.
He reached 3-under with a birdie from just off the green at the eighth, and
closed his bogey-free round with birdies at Nos. 10, 15 and 17 to also finish
NOTES: Pampling, who is making his 68th career start on the Web.com Tour,
holds the first-round lead for the first time ... Murphy is making his first
start on tour since 2012 on a sponsor's exemption ... Brett Stegmaier withdrew
after the first round. He carded a 10-over 82.
=== Icher leads suspended Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic ===
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Karine Icher carded a 6-under 66 on
Thursday to grab the lead of the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic before
play was suspended for darkness.
There was a two-hour fog delay prior to the start of the first round, which
eventually caused the suspension.
"I think the strategy on this golf course is to stay short of the hole. It's a
tough golf course, especially with the wind and temperature," said Icher. "You
try to get to stay warm and try to catch the right wind and you go with it
and make some putts."
Lydia Ko, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Ilhee Lee, Jenny Shin and Maria McBride shot
matching 4-under 68s to share second place at Lake Merced Golf Club, while
world No. 3 Stacy Lewis was among five players tied for seventh at 3-under 69.
Lewis was joined by Morgan Pressel, Christel Boeljon, Hyo Joo Kim and Mo
Carlota Ciganda had the best score of the 24 players left on the course when
play was halted and was 2-under through 14 holes. Play will resume at 10 a.m.
Icher started on the back nine and quickly got on the board with back-to-back
birdies at the 10th and 11th.
After parring the next two holes, she converted birdie efforts at the 14th and
16th to make the turn at 4-under.
Icher added another gain at the second and later closed out he bogey-free
round with a birdie at the ninth to reach 6-under and claim the clubhouse
"It was just a good day," Icher said. "I'm happy about that. I stayed
confident all through the round."
Ko, who was celebrating her 17th birthday, bogeyed the first, but got that
shot right back with a birdie at the second.
She reached red numbers with a birdie at the sixth, and later rolled in back-
to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th to move to 3-under. Ko added birdies at
the 14th and 16th around a bogey at the 15th to finish at 4-under.
Lee posted four birdies during her bogey-free round, while Schreefel and Shin
countered a lone bogey with five birdies to earn their share of second place.
McBride had seven birdies and three bogeys during her up-and-down round to
also finish at 4-under.
NOTES: This event is co-sanctioned by the Taiwan LPGA ... Ko was named one of
Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday ... Icher is seeking
her first career LPGA Tour victory.
04/25 00:31:44 ET