Simpson Leads in Las Vegas
Las Vegas — Webb Simpson opened a four-stroke lead Friday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, taking advantage of perfect scoring conditions at TPC Summerlin.
Making his first start since helping the U.S. win the Presidents Cup, the 2012 U.S. Open champion shot an 8-under 63 to reach 15 under. He had nine birdies and a bogey — on the par-5 16th in his opening nine.
J.J. Henry followed his course-record 60 with a 71 to join John Senden, Jeff Overton, Chesson Hadley and Jason Bohn at 11 under. Bohn had a 64, Senden and Hadley shot 66, and Overton had a 68.
Langer Leads in N.C.
Conover, n.c. — Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole Friday for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead with Anders Forsbrand and Dick Mast in the Greater Hickory Classic.
Tie in S. Korea
Incheon, South Korea — Amy Yang overcame early jitters while playing in her home country, shooting a 5-under 67 Friday to finish in a four-way tie for the lead after the first round of the KEB HanaBank Championship.
Wozniacki in Semis
Luxembourg — Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Luxembourg Open. On a day full of three-setters, Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland beat second-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, and will face Annika Beck of Germany in today’s semifinals.
At Vienna, top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga outlasted Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) Friday to reach the semifinals of the Erste Bank Open. Tsonga will take on Robin Haase of the Netherlands for a place in Sunday’s final, while second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany faces Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic in the other semifinal.
Chaos at Grambling
Jackson, Miss. — Grambling canceled its football game against Jackson State after Grambling’s disgruntled players refused to travel to Jackson for the game today.
Friday’s apparent player boycott was the latest in three days of upheaval for Grambling’s proud program — which rose to prominence under coach Eddie Robinson. Several media outlets have reported that players did not attend practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of issues with program and school leadership.
Grambling (0-7) has changed coaches twice in about two months. Doug Williams was fired two games into the season and replaced by George Ragsdale, who was reassigned Thursday and replaced by Dennis “Dirt” Winston.
Player Found Slain
Detroit — A 20-year-old Eastern Michigan football player was found shot to death Friday in an off-campus apartment building in what authorities said was a homicide that could have been a robbery.
Police were investigating the slaying of junior wide receiver Demarius Reed, which came a day before a home game against Ohio University that will be played as scheduled. Reed was shot multiple times and personal items were taken, police said.
Reed’s body was found by his roommate about 7:15 a.m. in a hallway of the apartment building in Ypsilanti, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.
White Sox Land Cuban Slugger
Chicago — Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Abreu could play first base or serve as the designated hitter. He batted .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs at the World Baseball Classic last spring, and he defected over the summer.
Abreu joins a team that went 63-99 after finishing second in the AL Central.
The White Sox believe they can turn things around quickly because of their pitching, but defense and hitting were huge problems for them this past season.