Henry shoots 60 for lead
J.J. Henry made a 50-foot eagle putt from the fringe on his final hole Thursday for an 11-under-par 60 and a one-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
Henry also had nine birdies in perfect conditions at TPC Summerlin en route to the lowest round of his career. The two-time PGA Tour winner broke the course record and was a shot off the event mark of 59 set by Chip Beck in 1991 at Sunrise Golf Club.
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Henry began play on No. 10, and birdied Nos. 12 and 15-17 on his first nine. He added birdies on Nos. 2, 4-6 and 8 before eagling the par-5 ninth for a career-best 7-under 28 on the front nine.
“I finally made some putts,” Henry said. “I’ve always felt like I’ve been a pretty good ball-striker, and when I make some putts I seem to climb the board.”
Argentina’s Andres Romero was second. He had two eagles in a 61, also his lowest PGA Tour score. James Driscoll, Jonathan Byrd and Jeff Overton shot 63. Webb Simpson had a 64.
Zach Johnson, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 11, opened with a 69. Defending champ Ryan Moore from Puyallup also shot 69.
Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor shot a 67. Former Husky Richard H. Lee had a 70. Former Husky Alex Prugh shot a 72. Michael Putnam from Tacoma and Andres Gonzales of Olympia had 73s.
Louisville starter suspended
Louisville starting power forward Chane Behanan was suspended indefinitely by the university for violating school policy.
Coach Rick Pitino said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Behanan, who played a key role in the Cardinals’ NCAA championship run last season, could possibly return in December.
World Cup seeding set
Belgium, Colombia and Switzerland will be three of the eight seeded teams at the World Cup because of their FIFA ranking.
FIFA decided this month the seven best-ranked nations would be seeded alongside host nation Brazil, which is ranked No. 11.
Longtime leader Spain, the defending World Cup champion, remains first in the rankings, followed by Germany and Argentina.
Colombia and Belgium are next despite not playing in the 2010 World Cup, which is still a factor in the rankings over a four-year cycle of results.
Uruguay, a semifinalist in 2010, is No. 6 but must still beat 70th-ranked Jordan in a two-leg playoff next month to enter the World Cup draw on Dec. 6 in Salvador.
Switzerland is seventh, its highest position since 1995.
The Netherlands is No. 8 and will be seeded if Uruguay is eliminated. Italy is officially tied at No. 8, though it trails the Dutch by decimal points. The United States remains at No. 13 despite two victories in qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama.
Anthony to test free agency
Carmelo Anthony said he plans to opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks next summer and test free agency.
“Does that mean I’m not coming back to New York? Not at all,” Anthony said. “But it is definitely an opportunity that I’m willing to explore and experience.”
Anthony, who led the NBA in scoring last season, has two years and about $45 million remaining on his contract, but he can terminate the deal at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season through a player option. If Anthony were to sign a new deal with the Knicks, even after testing free agency, he would be eligible for a five-year contract worth $129 million, according to NBA rules. The most he could sign for with another team is $96 million over four years.
The New Jersey Nets retired Jason Kidd’s jersey in a ceremony before their former star coached them against the Miami Heat in an exhibition game. Kidd arrived in New Jersey in 2001 and promptly led the Nets, who had been one of the league’s sorriest franchises, to consecutive NBA Finals. He played with them until he was traded midway through the 2007-08 season and is the franchise leader in numerous statistical categories.
• Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Sloane Stephens of the United States and Sabine Lisicki of Germany — the top three seeded players — won in straight sets to reach the Luxembourg Open quarterfinals.
• Favorites David Ferrer of Spain and Milos Raonic of Canada got past first-time opponents to reach the Stockholm Open quarterfinals.
• Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Daniel Brands of Germany 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
• Former Grand Slam champions Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Samantha Stosur of Australia made the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals in Moscow with straight-set victories to set up a rematch of last year’s semifinal.
• Andretti Autosport said it has re-signed Marco Andretti to drive the No. 25 next season with sponsorship from Dr Pepper Snapple Group.
• NASCAR indefinitely suspended Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, for violating its substance-abuse policy.
• IndyCar will compress its 2014 season into five months and end at Fontana on Labor Day weekend. The schedule does not include Brazil and Baltimore and adds the inaugural road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
• Michael Waltrip Racing picked Elliott Sadler to close out the season in the No. 55 Toyota while Brian Vickers is sidelined treating a blood clot.
• Needing a win to retain his European Tour card, Peter Hedblom of Sweden started in cool, calm fashion by shooting a 4-under 68 for a share of the lead with Jin Jeong of South Korea and two Australians after the first round of the Perth International in Australia.
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