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Kuchar leads The Barclays

Matt Kuchar made the most of his short day at The Barclays, the first of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments.

Kuchar didn’t tee off until Friday afternoon at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., and knew he had no chance to finish. He was at 10-under par with five holes remaining in his second round at the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.

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Gary Woodland (7-under 64 Friday) and Webb Simpson (66) were tied for second at 9 under.

The top 100 players in season points after The Barclays advance to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.

Kyle Stanley (67) of Gig Harbor was tied for 15th place at 5 under and Ryan Moore (72) of Puyallup was tied for 30th at 3 under.

Those with scores higher than par are projected to miss The Barclays cut, a group that includes ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (69) at 2 over.

The PGA Tour website has a projected FedEx Cup points feature. As of Friday night, Stanley was 46th in projected points, Moore was 55th and Lee was 96th.

Tiger Woods, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, was tied for 15th place with five holes left in his second round. He is dealing with back pain.

Park, Kerr share lead

Top-ranked Inbee Park of South Korea shot a 5-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead with playing partner Cristie Kerr (66) of the United States in the Canadian Women’s Open at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, Alberta.

They were at 8-under 132 for 36 holes.

Auto racing

Hamlin heads qualifiers

Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 128.969 mph to top qualifiers for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start in seventh at the Irwin Tools Night Race on the 0.533-mile track. Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in 29th.

Meanwhile, Kyle Busch won Friday’s Food City 250, a NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Bristol. Busch has nine Nationwide victories this year and a series-record 60 in his career.

Kahne finished eighth.


Meminger, 65, is found dead

Dean Meminger, a guard who helped the New York Knicks win the 1973 title, was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room. He was 65.

New York City police said hotel staff found Meminger unconscious and unresponsive inside a room and emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead. Police said the cause of death has not been determined.

Golden State adds a Curry

Seth Curry, an undrafted guard from Duke, is getting a chance to join older brother Stephen Curry with the Golden State Warriors. Seth Curry signed a non-guaranteed contract.


Sky secures playoff berth

Sylvia Fowles scored 14 points to lead Chicago to an 82-64 victory over the visiting New York Liberty, clinching the Sky’s first playoff berth in the franchise’s eight-year history.

Courtney Vandersloot, a former standout at Gonzaga and Kentwood High in Covington, had 10 points and a game-high seven assists for Eastern Conference-leading Chicago (19-8).

In other league games, host Washington beat Atlanta 74-64 and Tulsa beat visiting San Antonio 73-67.

College football

Winston is Florida St. QB

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher officially named redshirt freshman Jameis Winston the starting quarterback.

Winston takes over for EJ Manuel, who was selected in the first round of this year’s NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills.


New Zealand has 5-1 edge

Emirates Team New Zealand has an opportunity Saturday to wrap up a spot in the America’s Cup match against defending champion Oracle Team USA.

The Kiwis cruised past Luna Rossa of Italy to take a 5-1 lead in the best-of-13 Louis Vuitton Cup finals on San Francisco Bay. Two races are scheduled Saturday.

The best-of-17 America’s Cup starts Sept. 7 on San Francisco Bay.


• BMC cyclist Tejay van Garderen, who was born in Tacoma, won the individual time trial in Vail, Colo., to extend his lead after five stages of the seven-stage USA Pro Challenge.

Teammate Mathias Frank of Switzerland is in second place, 1 minute, 30 seconds behind.

Van Garderen covered 10 miles in 25:01 and won the stage by four seconds over Andrew Talansky of the Garmin-Sharp team.

• Defender Hunter Jumper scored in the 13th minute to give the host Chicago Fire a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory over Sporting Kansas City.

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