Reed fires 63 for lead
Patrick Reed ran off five straight birdies in the middle of his round on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course in La Quinta, Calif., on Thursday and finished the first round of the Humana Challenge with a bogey-free 9-under-par 63.
Ryan Palmer, Justin Hicks, Daniel Summerhays and Charley Hoffman shot 64. Palmer played the Palmer course, Hicks and Summerhays opened on the Jack Nicklaus course, and Hoffman, the 2007 winner, was at La Quinta Country Club.
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Kapalua winner Zach Johnson topped the group at 65. He played La Quinta.
Michael Putnam from University Place shot a 68 at La Quinta. Former Husky Richard H. Lee had a 73 at La Quinta.
Phil Mickelson didn’t have much success with his new driver in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in United Arab Emirates, failing to make a single birdie in a 1-over 73 to sit six shots behind the leaders.
Matthew Baldwin of England was tied for the lead with Romain Wattel of France and Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain after a 67.
Mickelson’s playing partner, Rory McIlroy, carded a 70. Sergio Garcia had a 76.
Coyotes shut out Canucks
Mike Smith stopped 28 shots for his first shutout of the season, Antoine Vermette had a power-play goal in the first period and the host Phoenix Coyotes beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0.
In a game full of penalties and killed power plays, the Coyotes got stellar goaltending and just enough offense.
Vancouver lost for the eighth time in nine games as an apparent goal from captain Henrik Sedin near the midpoint of the third was waved off after a replay review.
Jose Sulaiman, the longtime head of the World Boxing Council who promoted renowned fighters and introduced rules to protect boxers, died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 82.
The WBC confirmed his death, calling him the “father of boxing.” Sulaiman was inducted into boxing’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
Goalkeeper taken No. 1
Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake was the No. 1 overall pick by the hometown Union at Major League Soccer’s draft in Philadelphia. He is the first goalie to be selected No. 1.
The Union originally held the second pick but made a surprising draft-day trade with D.C. United to move up, giving up some cash in the deal.
D.C. United got the player it wanted with the second pick in California center back Steven Birnbaum, one of the most experienced players available. Another Cal defender — Christian Dean — was selected with the third pick by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Lionel Messi’s sixth multigoal game of the season led Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Getafe and into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals in a match marred by an ankle injury to Neymar.
Neymar left with torn tendons in his right ankle in the 22nd minute after his boot appeared to catch on the grass and he fell while dribbling toward the goal line.
Spurrier gets raise to $4M
South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier has received a one-year contract extension and a raise that will pay the coach $4 million annually and ties him to the school through 2018. Spurrier, 68, becomes one of the top 10 highest-paid coaches in the country.
Ecclestone will still run F1
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will keep running the sport despite going on trial for bribery in Germany. Ecclestone did, however, step down as a member of the board of directors pending the outcome of the trial.
Earlier, the Munich state court decided to send the 83-year-old Ecclestone to trial after his indictment last May for a $45 million payment to a German banker.
Shaun White earned his spot in the Olympics after winning a second slopestyle qualifying event in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., despite a nasty, face-first fall in the first contest.
• The United States men’s national soccer team will play an exhibition game in Ukraine on March 5, the only match before the start of the team’s pre-World Cup training camp in mid-May.
• World and European champion Spain remains No. 1 for the 29th consecutive month in the FIFA world soccer rankings. The top 25 was unchanged, with the U.S. at No. 14.
• Boston police have been investigating whether jailed former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez may have been the gunman in a 2012 double slaying, according to a search-warrant request. Hernandez already is awaiting trial on murder charges in a 2013 shooting near his home.
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