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Bradley, Mickelson Near Houston Lead

  • Phil Mickelson tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Phil Mickelson tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Phil Mickelson tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Phil Mickelson tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Keegan Bradley tees off on hole four during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Keegan Bradley tees off on hole four during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Keegan Bradley tees off on hole four during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Keegan Bradley tees off on hole four during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Matt Kuchar tees off on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Matt Kuchar tees off on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Matt Kuchar tees off on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Matt Kuchar tees off on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Keegan Bradley takes a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Keegan Bradley takes a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Keegan Bradley takes a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Keegan Bradley takes a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Rory McIlroy hits on the third hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Rory McIlroy hits on the third hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Rory McIlroy hits on the third hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Rory McIlroy hits on the third hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Keegan Bradley measures his shot on the fourth green during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Keegan Bradley measures his shot on the fourth green during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Phil Mickelson watches his drive on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Phil Mickelson watches his drive on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Phil Mickelson watches his drive on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Phil Mickelson watches his drive on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Phil Mickelson, right, smiles at his caddie Jim Mackay as he birdies on the fourth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Phil Mickelson, right, smiles at his caddie Jim Mackay as he birdies on the fourth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Phil Mickelson, right, smiles at his caddie Jim Mackay as he birdies on the fourth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Phil Mickelson, right, smiles at his caddie Jim Mackay as he birdies on the fourth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Keegan Bradley measures his shot on the fourth green during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Keegan Bradley measures his shot on the fourth green during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

  • Phil Mickelson tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Phil Mickelson tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Keegan Bradley tees off on hole four during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Keegan Bradley tees off on hole four during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Matt Kuchar tees off on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Matt Kuchar tees off on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Keegan Bradley takes a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Keegan Bradley takes a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Rory McIlroy hits on the third hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Rory McIlroy hits on the third hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Keegan Bradley measures his shot on the fourth green during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Phil Mickelson watches his drive on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Phil Mickelson watches his drive on the fifth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Phil Mickelson, right, smiles at his caddie Jim Mackay as he birdies on the fourth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Phil Mickelson, right, smiles at his caddie Jim Mackay as he birdies on the fourth hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
  • Keegan Bradley measures his shot on the fourth green during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Humble Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Humble, Texas — Phil Mickelson is among the leaders after shooting a bogey-free 4-under par 68 in his opening round of the Houston Open, showing no effects of the muscle pull that forced him to withdraw from last week’s Texas Open.

The five-time major winner, who practiced at Augusta National for two days this week in advance of the Masters, is three shots back of leaders Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman — both who shot 7-under 65.

Woodstock, Vt., native Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar lead a group of five golfers at 6 under after Thursday’s play. J.B. Holmes, Erik Compton and Jim Renner are also at 6 under, while 10 golfers are at 5 under.

Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, playing in the afternoon on the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, finished with a 2-under 70— five shots back of the lead. World No. 10 Dustin Johnson withdrew after an 8-over 80.

Feng Leads Kraft Nabisco

Rancho Mirage, Calif. — Michelle Wie let a couple of shots slip away late Thursday afternoon in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, leaving her a shot behind Shanshan Feng.

Tied for the lead after playing a four-hole stretch in 5 under, Wie lipped out a 3-foot par putt on the par-3 17th and settled for a 5-under 67 after her wedge approach released long on the par-5 18th.

Feng shot a 66 in perfect morning conditions at Mission Hills in the first major championship of the year. The 24-year-old Chinese player had seven birdies and a bogey.

Se Ri Pak birdied her final hole in the afternoon to match Wie at 67.

Tennis

Venus Williams Ousted

Charleston, s.c. — Venus Williams couldn’t dig herself out of a hole this time and lost to Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Williams had fought back in each of her first two matches to advance. She seemed to follow the same game-plan in this one, rallying from a set down to win the second set and lead 2-1 in the third.

That’s when the 20-year-old Canadian, took over, breaking Williams’ serve twice down the stretch including the final game.

Bouchard will next face second-seed Jelena Jankovic, the 2007 Family Circle champion who at No. 8 in world is the highest-ranked player remaining in the tournament. Jankovic defeated Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-1.

Others advancing included third-seed Sara Errani, who outlasted Peng Shuai, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5). Errani will play Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic, who topped Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1.

Sports Media

TV Director Grossman Dies

New York — Sandy Grossman, who directed a record 10 Super Bowl broadcasts and spent more than two decades in the TV truck working with announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden, has died. He was 78.

Grossman died Wednesday at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., of cancer, his son Dean said.

“He could just make magic,” Madden told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday.

Grossman also directed 18 NBA Finals and five Stanley Cup Finals. He won eight Emmys.

“He was a brilliant director and a thoughtful colleague,” Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said. “He mentored many of us here and throughout the sports TV industry, and we learned more from him than he could imagine.”

His innovations included using music to go into the break during basketball games. After Grossman played “The Hustle” by Van McCoy, his son recalled, sales of the song skyrocketed, so the musician sent him gold records as a thank you.

Visitors to his TV truck over the years included Richard Nixon and Oliver Stone, Dean Grossman said.

“If there wasn’t an envelope to push, Sandy would create one,” said former Fox Sports Chairman David Hill, a senior executive vice president for News Corp.

As Madden put it, “He had guts.”

With producer Bob Stenner, Grossman guided the celebrated partnership of Summerall and Madden, first at CBS then after their move to Fox. The understated style of Summerall, who died last April, paired with Madden’s booming enthusiasm became the soundtrack of the NFL’s expanding popularity.

“They created a behind-the-curtain team which equaled the legendary front-of-house team of Pat Summerall and John Madden,” Hill said. “Watch any NFL game, and you will see Sandy Grossman’s legacy. He was a legend.”

He embraced watching game film as a director before that was standard practice. Madden recalled how Grossman began isolating a camera on linemen so the analyst could delve into the nuances of the game.

All that preparation made Grossman like a successful defensive coordinator who’s ready to handle anything the offense brings, Madden said. In his case, that meant sharp, seamless broadcasts.

“I’ll see some old games he did, and they still hold up,” Madden said.

Grossman is survived by his wife of 51 years, Faithe, four children and eight grandchildren.