Bradley Leads in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Keegan Bradley is playing so well at the CIMB Classic that not even his beloved Boston Red Sox and the World Series can distract him.
Teeing off on Friday at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club while the Red Sox were playing St. Louis in Game 2 of the World Series in Boston, Bradley, a Woodstock, Vt., native, had seven birdies — five in a six-hole stretch on his back nine — and shot a 6-under 66 to open a four-stroke lead at 13-under 131.
Ryan Moore was second, following his opening 63 with a 72. Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud shot 69 to reach 8 under. Phil Mickelson was 3 under after a 70.
The tournament is an official PGA Tour event for the first time. The winner will receive a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.
LPGA Taiwan Championship
Yangmei, Taiwan — Suzann Pettersen had a hole-in-one and increased her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.
San Antonio — Kenny Perry birdied five of the first six holes and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship.
Nationals to Hire
90s Star as Manager
Washington — The Washington Nationals plan to hire Williams as their fifth manager since baseball returned to Washington, according to a person close to Williams and familiar with the situation.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo had been close to Williams since the early 2000s, when Rizzo served as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ scouting director and Williams was finishing his playing career as a power-hitting third baseman. Williams retired as a player in 2003 and has been a coach for the Diamondbacks the past four seasons.
Williams, 47, played 17 major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Diamondbacks. He began his post-playing career as a part owner and ambassador for the Diamondbacks. His only managerial experience is a stint in the Arizona Fall League last season.
Wizards, Suns Make Trade
Washington — Adding a front-court piece in hopes of finally returning to the playoffs, the Washington Wizards acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a multiplayer trade Friday.
Phoenix got injured center Emeka Okafor and a top-12-protected first-round draft pick in 2014 — giving the rebuilding Suns potentially four choices in the opening round.
The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Gortat averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last season. He is entering his eighth NBA season, and has averaged 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while playing for Orlando, Toronto and Phoenix.
Warriors Extend Bogut
Oakland, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors extended the contract of center Andrew Bogut.
Bogut missed 50 of 82 games last season, mostly because of soreness in his surgically repaired ankle. He also battled back and knee injuries while averaging a career-low 5.8 points to go with 7.7 rebounds, but he was at his best in the playoffs, making all the difference on defense to help the Warriors get to the second round.
S. Williams, Jankovic in Semis
Istanbul — Li Na reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships with a 6-2, 6-1 victory Friday over Victoria Azarenka, who was wincing in pain from a back injury that brought her to tears.
The fourth-seeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 in the season-ending tournament that features the top eight players in the world.
Defending champion Serena Williams will play Jelena Jankovic in the semifinal today.
Federer Wins in Quarters
Basel, Switzerland — Roger Federer raised his game to beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-3, 7-6 (2) Friday in the quarterfinals of his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament.
The sixth-ranked Federer was never threatened in the tiebreaker against No. 22 Dimitrov, who won his first career title last week in Stockholm.
Federer will face 40th-ranked Vasek Pospisil in the semifinals today.
NFL, Redskins Critics to Meet
Albany, n.y. — Oneida Indian officials who oppose the Redskins nickname as a slur will meet with NFL officials next week in New York City, a tribe spokesman said Friday.
The meeting agreed to by NFL officials earlier this month is scheduled for Wednesday in New York City, Oneida Indian Nation spokesman Brett Stagnitti confirmed to The Associated Press.
The upstate New York tribe and its leader, Ray Halbritter ,became prominent critics of the team’s name after funding a “Change the Mascot” radio ad campaign and a symposium in Washington on the harmful effects of the nickname.
Halbritter, whose tribe runs a large casino resort in Verona in central New York, says the name is degrading and has devastating effects, especially on younger Indians.
The tribe began pushing for a name change recently as the Washington Redskins faced fresh waves of criticism over their nickname. Even President Obama weighed in, saying recently he would “think about changing” the name if he owned the team.
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said he will never change the team’s name and Goodell has said that it is ultimately Snyder’s call.