Johnson fires 65 for lead
Dustin Johnson shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
Hunter Mahan had the lead before a double-bogey 6 at No. 18. With a 66, Mahan was tied for second with Harris English, Tim Wilkinson and Robert Streb.
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Adam Scott was tied for 64th at 71 after his first round as the No. 1 player in the world. Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner this season, was in the group at 67.
Former Husky Richard H. Lee and Michael Putnam from University Place each shot a 70. Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor had a 73.
Rory McIlroy, still coping with his breakup from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, shot a 4-under 68 to open the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England.
McIlroy, who said he still hasn’t turned on his phone, trails leader Thomas Bjorn by six shots. Bjorn set a course record with a 10-under 62.
Catriona Matthew took the first-round lead in the Airbus LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala., holing a bunker shot for an eagle and finishing with an 8-under 64.
Charley Hull had a bogey-free 65 in the afternoon. Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, No. 4 Suzann Pettersen and South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji shot 66.
Former Cougar Kim Welch shot a 71. Former Husky Louise Friberg had a 75.
Joe Durant birdied his final hole for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Dan Forsman, fighting an arthritic left hip, opened with a 66, and Brad Faxon had a 67. Mark Brooks and P.H. Horgan III shot 68, and two-time Senior PGA winner Jay Haas and Colin Montgomerie were in the group at 69.
Rick Fehr from Redmond and Jeff Coston of Blaine each shot a 75.
George limited in practice
Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Paul George is feeling better after being diagnosed with a concussion.
It is still uncertain whether he will be ready to play Saturday night in Miami when the Eastern Conference finals resume with the series tied 1-1.
Indiana’s two-time All-Star wore a red jersey and was limited to noncontact drills.
Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams will have surgery on both ankles, which have plagued him the past two seasons.
Thomas leads Hall class
The late great Derrick Thomas was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, highlighting a class of 14 players that also included LaDainian Tomlinson, Sterling Sharpe and Tony Boselli.
Others: Joe Hamilton, Willie Roaf, Dre Bly, Dave Butz, Shane Conlan, John Huard, Darrin Nelson, John Sciarra, Leonard Smith and Wesley Walls.
The two coaches who will join the Hall of Fame are Mike Bellotti, who led Oregon from 1995 to 2008, and Jerry Moore.
Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. Johnson turned a lap at 194.911 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR’s knockout qualifying format for his first pole of the Sprint Cup season.
Brad Keselowski will start alongside Johnson on the front row Sunday night in the longest Sprint Cup race of the year. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was third, followed by Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer.
Ollie agrees to contract
Connecticut men’s coach Kevin Ollie agreed to a $15 million, five-year contract with the national-champion Huskies, the university announced.
The 41-year-old coach has been linked to several NBA job openings, including with the Lakers and Cavaliers.
• Canada lost in the quarterfinals at a fifth consecutive ice hockey world championship in Minsk, Belarus, when Finland scored late to win 3-2. Defending champion Sweden beat Belarus 3-2 to set up a semifinal against Russia. Finland will play the Czech Republic in the other semifinal.
• Denver police issued an arrest warrant for Broncos safety T.J. Ward on an assault charge stemming from a fight at a strip club May 9.
• Top-seeded John Isner of the United States lost 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6) to Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the Open de Nice quarterfinals in France as both players wasted match points.
• Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic upset top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to make the Nuremberg Cup semifinals in Germany.
• Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who plays for Liverpool, had surgery on his left knee but is expected to recover in time for the World Cup.
• Rigoberto Uran of Colombia won the 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Barolo and took the overall lead.
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