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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 am

Briefs

Thomas struggles in Malaysian tourney

Staff, news services

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Justin Thomas made a rocky start in his bid to win a third successive CIMB Classic when he managed only a 2-under-par 70 to sit six strokes behind leader Cameron Smith on Thursday.

Thomas has thrived under sweltering conditions in Kuala Lumpur in the last two editions to rank No. 4 in the world but stuttered in his final nine holes after erring with two bogeys.

Smith, an Australian, posted a blemish-free round of eight birdies, including five on the front nine for a 64.

“The putting was easy actually,” Smith said.

He's chasing his second title of the year after winning the Zurich Classic in April.

BASKETBALL

Auburn receives subpoena

Auburn says it has received a federal grand jury subpoena in the bribery case against basketball associate head coach Chuck Person. The university confirmed that in response to an open records request from The Associated Press. Oklahoma State provided AP and other media outlets with a copy of the subpoena it received in the widespread corruption case, prompting Auburn to acknowledge that it has also gotten one. Meantime, a federal judge in New York refused to impose bail for James Gotto, an Adidas representative embroiled in the bribery scandal. And former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans was freed on $100,000 bond at the same hearing.

'93 SAC champs plan reunion

There will be a reunion for the 1993 South Side boys basketball team at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in the high school media center. It is the 25th anniversary of the team that went 25-2, won the SAC and participated in the semistate. The team's players, coaches and managers will be recognized.

GOLF

Rookie shares LPGA event lead

In Incheon, South Korea, Sung Hyun Park birdied her last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship as the South Korean bolstered her bid to win LPGA rookie of the year and player of the year. Park was tied for the first-round lead with Min-Sun Kim and Minjee Lee.

Six share lead at Italian Open

In Monza, Italy, defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari was among six players who shared a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Italian Open. Jamie Donaldson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Eddie Pepperell, Matt Wallace and Alexander Bjork also shot 7-under 64s Thursday at the Golf Club Milano.

HOCKEY

City native on ECHL roster

Fort Wayne native Ian Harris is starting the ECHL season on the roster of the Brampton Beast, for which he played last season, though he's on injured reserve. Jackson Leef, another Fort Wayne player, had been in camp with Brampton but is with Evansville of the Southern Professional Hockey League now.

SOCCER

US loses gamein U17 World Cup

The United States stumbled to a 3-1 loss to Colombia in its final group-stage game at the Under-17 World Cup in India and will play Paraguay, Germany or Iran in the second round next week.

Swiss open criminal case

Swiss federal prosecutors announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain. The office of Switzerland's attorney general says the investigation concerns bribes offered to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group.

TENNIS

Nadal wins 14th match in row

In Shanghai, Rafael Nadal won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1.