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Dustin Johnson was handed a new putter 15 minutes before he teed off and shot a 9-under 63 on Friday in Shanghai for a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka at the HSBC Champions. Johnson birdied his last four holes at Sheshan International using a TaylorMade Spider with a different insert. He was on the range when he got the new putter, rapped a few shots on the practice green and then made just about everything he looked at. Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world and winner of the HSBC Champions four years ago, was at 13-under 131. Koepka birdied his first two holes and two of his last three holes for a 68. Justin Rose shot 68 and was four shots behind . . . Shanshan Feng had three birdies before a lengthy rain delay and three more after it, shooting a 6-under 65 to take a one stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA’s Sime Darby in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Feng, a two-time champion from China, managed to stay steady on both sides of the nearly four-hour interruption to lead at 11-under 131. Madelene Sagstorm (66) is in second place, followed by Cristie Kerr (63) at 133.
Tiger Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion program in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., five months after he was found passed out in his Mercedes with prescription drugs and marijuana in his system. Woods, 41, spoke only briefly during a hearing at a Palm Beach County courthouse, answering questions from a judge about his plea agreement. Prosecutors dropped his driving under the influence charge.
Adam Gaudette notched a hat trick and Ryan Ruck made 23 saves as visiting Northeastern beat 17th-ranked UMass Lowell, 3-1. Jeremy Davies assisted on all three goals for the No. 20 Huskies, and Dylan Sikura added two assists. Connor Sodergren scored for UMass Lowell . . . Ben Mirageas and Erik Foley scored goals as 11th-ranked host Providence edged No. 19 Boston College, 2-1. Hayden Hawkey made 24 saves for the Friars. Connor Moore scored for BC, and Joe Woll stopped 34 shots . . . Jake McLaughlin had a goal and an assist as UMass rolled over Merrimack, 4-0, in Amherst. Nick Rufo and Philip Lagunov each added two assists for the Minutemen. Matt Murray record the shutout with 24 saves.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was named the 2017 winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s biggest honor for sportsmanship and community involvement. Rizzo, a cancer survivor, was 18 years old in 2008 and in the Red Sox minor league organization when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He went through six months of chemotherapy, at the same time his grandmother was dealing with breast cancer, and six more weeks of treatment before doctors told Rizzo he was clear of his cancer. In 2012, he started the nonprofit Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families struggling with the disease . . . Billionaire Joseph Tsai has agreed to purchase a 49 percent stake of the Brooklyn Nets from Mikhail Prokhorov, with the option to become controlling owner in four years, a person with knowledge of the details said. The franchise is being valued at $2.3 billion under terms of the agreement, the person told AP . . . Overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who also won the slalom World Cup and world title last season, is the recipient of the Skieur d’Or-Serge Lang Trophy as skier of the year, voted by the international association of ski journalists. Shiffrin, from Vail, Colo., is the third American to win the award and succeeds six-time men’s overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who won the award the past two years. Earlier American winners were Lindsey Vonn in 2009 and Bode Miller in 2005.
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