Matteson fires 61 for three-shot lead in John Deere
Troy Matteson made 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under-par 61 and a three-stroke lead over Ricky Barnes after the first round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied four of his first five holes. He almost holed out from a bunker on the par-4 ninth for a 60, but settled for par. The 32-year-old has missed the cut in 11 of 21 tournaments this year, and his best finish is a tie for 26th at the Honda Classic.
Robert Garrigus, among a group tied for third at 65, eagled the par-5 17th by hooking a 270-yard second shot around a tree to set up a 30-foot putt. Steve Stricker, seeking his fourth straight victory in the tournament, shot a 65 punctuated by an 80-yard wedge for an eagle on the par-4 14th.
Also: Francesco Molinari tied the best round in the Scottish Open’s 40-year history, shooting 10-under 62 in Inverness, Scotland, to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the European Tour tournament. Phil Mickelson had a 73 on a day he was supposed to be at the Vatican with his wife and daughter. He cut short his vacation to get more practice ahead of the British Open.
Former UNLV golfer Derek Ernst defeated Xander Schauffele of San Diego 5 and 4 in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah.
Pacers to send Collison to Mavs in three-player deal
The Indiana Pacers will trade point guard Darren Collison and wing player Dahntay Jones to the Dallas Mavericks for center Ian Mahinmi, according to Jones’ agent, Mark Bartelstein.
Collison lost his starting job to George Hill late last season after starting 135 games for the Pacers in two seasons. He averaged 13.2 points and 5.1 assists two years ago and 10.4 points and 4.8 assists last season. Jones, a defensive stopper, joined the Pacers for the 2009-10 season and started 31 games in three years. He averaged 5.3 points in 16.2 minutes last season.
Mahinmi, an athletic Frenchman, started 12 games for the Mavericks last season, averaging 5.8 points.
Also: The Charlotte Bobcats agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent point guard Ramon Sessions. The former UNR star will replace D.J. Augustin, whose qualifying offer was rescinded.
Elsewhere, the Atlanta Hawks signed guard Lou Williams, the Milwaukee Bucks re-signed forward Ersan Ilyasova and the San Antonio Spurs re-signed forward Boris Diaw.
Three NBA veterans – center Brendan Haywood of the Dallas Mavericks, forward Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers and center Darko Milicic of the Minnesota Timberwolves – were waived. All three clubs used the amnesty clause, a one-time provision allowing a team to let a player go without his remaining contract counting against the league’s salary cap or luxury tax.
Braves pitcher Sheets will make comeback Sunday
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Ben Sheets will pitch Sunday against the New York Mets, his first major league start since July 19, 2010. After that start, Sheets went on the disabled list for the seventh time in his career and underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and torn elbow ligament.
The Braves signed Sheets, who will turn 34 on Wednesday, to a minor league contract July 1. The four-time All-Star made two starts for Double-A Mississippi, going 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 2/3 innings. In eight seasons, the right-hander is 90-92 with a 3.79 ERA.
Also: New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee is scheduled for right shoulder surgery today to replace a portion of damaged artery. He is expected to miss the rest of the season. Gee, 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA this season, was released from a New York hospital Wednesday after undergoing a procedure to break up a blood clot in his pitching shoulder.
Investigators said there is not enough evidence to arrest San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval for an alleged sexual assault at a hotel near Santa Cruz, Calif. A 21-year-old woman who lives in Santa Cruz County filed a sexual assault complaint June 1.
The Texas Rangers’ contract with Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras was approved by Major League Baseball, which then suspended the 17-year-old player for providing a false date of birth. Beras’ deal reached in March included a $4.5 million signing bonus, but there were questions about his age and whether he was 17 and old enough to sign with a team. He is suspended until next July 1.
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion signed a three-year contract extension. The $27 million deal includes a $10 million club option for the 2016 season. The 29-year-old Dominican native is batting .295 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs this season.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to come off the disabled list today when the team opens the second half of the season at the Tampa Bay Rays. He has been out since hurting his right shoulder April 13 while trying to break up a double play.
Cleveland Indians left-hander Nick Hagadone will be out at least two months after having surgery for a broken left arm that the team said he injured in frustration last week after an appearance against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Minnesota Twins will reinstate closer Matt Capps today from the 15-day disabled list. He has been out for three weeks because of shoulder inflammation.
A longtime friend of Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp was convicted of 14 counts of fraud and identity theft in Los Angeles for running up about $30,000 on Crisp’s credit card without his permission. Marcus Andrews, 32, of Inglewood, Calif., faces two to 20 years in prison.
Frenchman wins Tour de France stage; Brit still leads
Pierre Rolland of France won the hardest Alpine stage in the Tour de France, and Britain’s Bradley Wiggins dusted defending champion Cadel Evans in the final climb to extend his overall lead after 11 stages.
Rolland gave the Europcar team its second straight stage win after the 92-mile ride in the Alps from Albertville ended with a grueling ascent to the ski resort of La Toussuire. Rolland won by 55 seconds, ahead of Thibaut Pinot of France and Christopher Froome of Britain. Wiggins leads second-place Froome by 2 minutes, 5 seconds.
Also: The Cleveland Browns took former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the NFL’s supplemental draft, the only player selected. Gordon was suspended for marijuana as a junior in 2011 at Baylor, then transferred to Utah but decided not to play. He caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010.
The NFL has filed a grievance with the players’ union asking suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to drop his defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell. The league claims the suit violates the collective bargaining agreement.
Kristen Saban, the daughter of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, is being sued by a sorority sister who claims the two got into a fight over a Facebook post after a night of drinking. The suit seeks an unspecified amount of at least $10,000. An attorney for Saban filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming the coach’s daughter acted in self-defense.
Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger will bring his own experts to the testing of his “B” urine sample. Under NASCAR’s drug testing policy, an individual can bring in experts for the second test. Allmendinger was suspended Saturday for failing a random drug test June 29.
Jockey Robby Albarado was convicted of assaulting his former girlfriend during a scuffle for his phone in April in Louisville, Ky. The jury recommended he pay a $500 fine but serve no jail time. Albarado has won more than 4,300 races, including the 2007 Preakness aboard Curlin.
Teemu Selanne agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks to return for his 20th NHL season. The 42-year-old could end up being the league’s oldest active player next season.