Dustin Johnson has one-stroke lead in Shanghai
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.
Woods pleads guilty
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.
The judge warned him to stay out of trouble. ‘‘This particular plea agreement has no jail time on it. However, if you violate your probation in any significant way, I could revoke your probation and then I could sentence you to jail for 90 days with a fine of up to $500, is that understood?’’ Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo said. In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation and pay a $250 fine and court costs. He has already met some of the program’s other requirements, completing 50 hours of community service at the Tiger Woods Foundation, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said. Woods’s 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles both rank No. 2 all-time. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013.
NU stops UMass Lowell
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.
Federer in semifinals
Top-seeded Roger Federer was tested before beating 28th-ranked Adrian Mannarino, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals in Basel. A finalist in his last 10 appearances at his hometown event, Federer will play either David Goffin of Belgium or Jack Sock of the United States in Saturday’s semifinals. Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro will meet in the other semifinal. Second-seeded Cilic was on court for more than three hours to beat 100th-ranked qualifier Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4). Fourth-seeded del Potro needed two hours to win, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, against sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain . . . Caroline Garcia advanced to the semifinals at the WTA Finals in Singapore when top-ranked Simona Halep was beaten by Elina Svitolina. Garcia defeated Caroline Wozniacki, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5, in the early Red Group match, giving both 2-1 records. Wozniacki had already advanced, but Garcia had to wait. When Svitolina beat Halep, 6-3, 6-4, the top-ranked Romanian was eliminated and Garcia was through as the group winner. In the semifinals, Garcia will play Venus Williams and Wozniacki will face Karolina Pliskova.
Rizzo wins Clemente
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.
Swiss skier Lara Gut is set for an early return from a knee injury and plans to compete in Saturday’s World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria. Gut tore an ACL at the world championships in St. Moritz eight months ago. Her decision comes one day after Lindsey Vonn also announced her unexpected start in the season-opening race on the Rettenbach glacier. Gut won the event in 2013 and again last year. Vonn triumphed in 2011 . . . Brigham Young University and the NCAA are investigating whether a booster paid for Cougars basketball standout Nick Emery to travel to concerts and an amusement park and gave him a new car to use, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. BYU said in statements that it contacted the NCAA after receiving some kind of information and has hired a law firm that’s familiar with violations of NCAA rules to run its probe. Social media posts show Emery, 23, has traveled to Toronto and Southern California with Brandon Tyndall, an executive at travel company Fun For Less Tours and member of BYU’s booster organization, the Cougar Club. Emery has also been driving a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta leased by Tyndall. NCAA rules bar student-athletes from receiving money and other benefits from boosters . . . The Chicago Bulls exercised their fourth-year option on Bobby Portis, who was suspended for eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice on Oct. 17. The Bulls also picked up third-year options on guards Kris Dunn, from Providence College, and Denzel Valentine and fourth-year options on guards Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne. Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face as well as a concussion during the altercation with Portis He likely will need surgery . . . Detroit is honoring hometown boxing legend Joe Louis with a sprawling trails project to help connect the city’s neighborhoods to the riverfront. City officials announced the Joe Louis Greenway, a $235 million project featuring bike and pedestrian paths. Louis was born in Alabama and later moved with his family to Detroit. He claimed boxing’s heavyweight title in 1937 and held it for more than a decade. He died in 1981 . . .