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Europe takes early lead in Solheim Cup

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Europe takes early lead in Solheim Cup

Europe took an important step Friday toward winning the Solheim Cup on American soil.

Carlota Ciganda salvaged a par after a ruling that took about 30 minutes as she and Suzann Pettersen rallied to win a key fourballs match that staked Europe to a 5-3 lead in . Stacy Lewis was on the losing end of that match. She got into a heated discussion with a rules official as a long day at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., was winding down.

Pettersen and Caroline Hedwall won both their matches for Europe.

Michelle Wie displayed a solid short game and Cristie Kerr came to life with her putter to help the Americans keep it close.

It’s the second straight time that Europe has led after the opening day, winning in 2011 in Ireland. It has never won the Solheim Cup away from home.

Reed surges with 64

PGA Tour rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over John Huh after the second round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

With wife Justine serving as his caddie, Reed had an 11-under 129 total at Sedgefield.

Olympia’s Andres Gonzales was tied for 22nd at 3 under. Former UW players Chris Williams and Richard H. Lee missed the cut, as did Seattle’s Jeff Gove.

Perry has 1-shot lead

Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.

Seattle native Rick Fehr was tied for fifth at 67.

Auto racing

Logano takes the pole for Sprint Cup race

On another record-setting day at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Joey Logano raced to one of the fastest qualifying speeds in NASCAR history in .

Logano won the pole at 203.949 mph Friday in his No. 22 Ford, breaking the track record set by Marcos Ambrose last year. Ambrose’s mark of 203.241 came on the first Sprint Cup weekend on a newly paved surface at MIS. His record lasted 14 months.

Logano’s speed was the ninth-highest by a NASCAR pole winner — and the fastest since Bill Elliott set the record of 212.809 at Talladega on April 30, 1987.


Brady just fine, shines in Patriots’ wins

Tom Brady put to rest worries about his knee. His nearly perfect arm was never a concern.

Two days after spraining his left knee, the New England star completed his first 11 passes before missing his last one and threw his first touchdown pass to new top wide receiver Danny Amendola. Brady played the first two series, then rested as the Patriots beat visiting Tampa Bay 25-21.

In another game, Drew Brees passed for 202 yards and a touchdown while leading five scoring drives as host New Orleans beat Oakland 28-20.


Djokovic stunned by Isner

Novak Djokovic dumped another pressure-packed shot into the net and stood in place for a moment, stunned by another upset in Cincinnati.

It’s the only place where he can’t win.

Top-ranked American John Isner ended Djokovic’s attempt to make ATP history Friday, beating the No. 1 player 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open.

Djokovic has never won in Cincinnati, the only Masters event that has eluded him during his career.

Stosur splits with coach

Former U.S. Open tennis champion Samantha Stosur has split with coach David Taylorand says Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molikwill fill in on an interim basis.

Stosur won the U.S. Open in 2011, beating Serena Williams, and was a French Open finalist in 2010.

Track and field

Felix injured in the 200

American Allyson Felix fell to the track with a torn hamstring as Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 200-meter race in the World Championships in Moscow.

Felix, the Olympic champion in the event, was at the far end of the stadium being tended to by medical personnel, while Fraser-Pryce dropped to the track in celebration.

Felix had to win three medals — one in her signature event, the 200, along with maybe two more in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

“I’m extremely devastated,” Felix said in a statement. “I was really hoping to go out there and put together a great race.”

Fraser-Pryce as she won in 22.17 seconds.


Grant Holman threw a no-hitter to lead Chula Vista, Calif., past Grosse Pointe, Mich., 3-0 on Friday in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

The 6-foot-4, 166-pound Holman struck out 13 in seven innings, throwing the first extra-inning no-hitter in the LLWS since 1979

• Nike Inc. co-founder Phil Knight has asked Gov. John Kitzhaber not to consider him for a spot on a new governing board for the University of Oregon.

• A fifth Vanderbilt football player has been indicted for his alleged role in the rape of an unconscious student on campus. Metro Nashville Police say 21-year-old Chris Boyd gave another defendant advice on how to cover up the crime. Vanderbilt released a statement saying he had been suspended from the team pending further review. Four other players already have been dismissed.

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