Mickelson Bursts Out to Lead in Mass.
Norton, Mass. — Phil Mickelson keeps saying how much he loves playing with Tiger Woods. He shot an 8-under 63 at the Deutsche Bank Championship to prove it.
In a feature grouping of the top three players in the world ranking, Mickelson turned in the star performance Friday morning with a front-nine 28 that allowed him to consider — but only briefly — another shot at 59.
By the end of the day, when he played a risky shot from deep in the trees on his final hole to salvage bogey, he was happy to have a share of the lead. Mickelson was tied with Brian Davis, who made a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole.
In January in Mickelson’s Phoenix Open victory, he lipped out a birdie putt for 59 and settled for a first-round 60.
Woods had a 68. Masters champion Adam Scott, rounding out the 1-2-3 pairing, struggled to a 73 and joked later that he rolled out of the wrong side of the bed.
Kevin Stadler birdied his last four holes for a 64. Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan and Roberto Castro shot 65.
Keegan Bradley shot a 69.
Hotel Fitness Championship
Fort Wayne, Ind. — Patrick Cantlay grabbed a share of the second-round lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, a week after the former UCLA star squandered a chance to wrap up a PGA Tour card.
Putnam had a 63, and Immelman shot 66.
Shaw Charity Classic
Calgary, Alberta — Rocco Mediate eagled two of the final four holes to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s inaugural Shaw Charity Classic.
The 50-year-old Mediate, the Allianz Championship winner in February in his first Champions Tour start, had an 8-under 63 at tree-lined Canyon Meadows. He played the final five holes in 6 under, making eagles on the par-5 15th and 18th and birdieing the par-3 14th and par-4 17th.
Portland, Ore. — Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum birdied three of her last four holes Friday to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Safeway Classic.
The 23-year-old Phatlum, winless in five seasons on the LPGA Tour, followed her opening 8-under 64 with a 66 for a tournament-record 14-under 130 total at rain-softened Columbia Edgewater.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, the 2011 tournament winner at Pumpkin Ridge, was a stroke back at 13 under after a bogey-free 63. Germany’s Sandra Gal was 12 under after her second straight 66, and countrywoman Caroline Masson was another stroke behind after a 64.
Grizzlies Cut Melo
Memphis, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies waived Fab Melo two weeks after sending forward Donte Greene to the Boston Celtics to acquire the Brazilian center.
The Grizzlies announced the move Friday.
The 7-foot, 255-pound Melo was the 22nd pick overall in 2012 after playing two seasons at Syracuse.
Bills Cut QB
Orchard Park, n.y. — The Buffalo Bills will head into the regular season short on experience at quarterback after trimming the roster on Friday.
They did, however, ensure that one key offensive player will remain in the mix.
On the same day the new-look Bills re-signed center Eric Wood to a four-year contract extension, Buffalo placed quarterback Kevin Kolb on season-ending injured reserve and released his potential replacement, Matt Leinart.
Kolb’s future was in doubt after suffering a concussion in Buffalo’s third preseason game. It was the third concussion of his seven-year career.
The Bills remain hopeful that first-round pick EJ Manuel will return from a left knee injury in time to start against the New England Patriots in Week 1 on Sept. 8. If Manuel is unable to play, the Bills will start undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel.
Busted For Doping
Colorado Springs, Colo. — The latest target on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s list: An 80-year-old weightlifter who was busted for steroids.
The agency that brought down Lance Armstrong announced a two-year suspension for Don Ramos of Colorado Springs, Colo., who tested positive for steroids while attempting to set a world record in his age group at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships in June.
USADA was contracted to test at the event for athletes 35 and older. The suspension means Ramos can’t compete again until July 2015.
Organizers of masters events have been cracking down on doping. Two years ago, USADA suspended nine masters athletes for positive tests, including one in his 50s and three in their 60s.
For 1 More Season
Anaheim, Calif. — Teemu Selanne says he’s returning to the Anaheim Ducks for his 21st and final NHL season.
The 43-year-old Finnish forward announced his decision Friday in a humorous video posted on YouTube by the Ducks.
Selanne is the 15th-leading scorer in NHL history with 1,430 points, and his 675 career goals are 11th-most in league history. He had 12 goals and 12 assists in 46 games last season.
Revolution 1, Toronto FC 1
Toronto — Andrew Wiedeman scored the tying goal off a scramble late in the first half to help Toronto FC to a draw against New England.
Wiedeman flicked home the equalizer past helpless goalkeeper Matt Reis, leaving New England (10-9-7) winless in seven trips to Toronto. It was the second straight 1-1 draw for Toronto (4-12-10), which is winless in its last four matches overall.
Diego Fagundez gave the Revolution a 1-0 lead in the second minute.