GOLF

Haas shoots 64 to grab lead in Phoenix Open

Bill Haas played a five-hole stretch in 5 under and shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Haas birdied Nos. 12 and 13, made a 20-footer for eagle on the par-5 15th and hit to 3 feet to set up another birdie on the par-3 16th, the stadium hole that tripped up Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. Haas added birdies on Nos. 2 and 4 and parred the final five.

Fowler bogeyed the 16th in a 66 that left him tied with Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chris Kirk and Chesson Hadley.

Thomas shot 68. He birdied Nos. 13-15, then made a messy double bogey on 16 and bogeyed the par-4 17th.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Chris Paisley shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot clubhouse lead over David Horsey after a weather-interrupted first round of the Maybank Championship at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Play was suspended for almost two hours due to the threat of storms, and 40 players will need to return Friday morning to complete their rounds.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, is one stroke off the lead in Barwon Heads, Australia, Despite not practicing because an airline problem delayed the arrival of her clubs.

Beth Allen, a Scotland-based American, is in front after a 6-under 67.

BASKETBALL

G LEAGUE: Despite 29 points from Anthony Bennett and Devin Williams’ fifth straight double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds) the Maine Red Claws lost Wednesday night’s game in California, 119-98, to the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Maine dipped below .500 at 16-17. Santa Cruz is 18-15.

Daniel Dixon added 21 points for Maine.

WNBA: Renee Montgomery, who won two WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx, signed a multiyear contract with the Atlanta Dream.

Montgomery, a nine-year veteran, was a part-time starter for Minnesota’s championship team last season.

The Los Angeles Sparks re-signed guard Odyssey Sims for a second season.

Sims averaged 15.9 points and 3.6 assists during the Sparks’ playoff run last year after being acquired from Dallas in exchange for two picks in the 2017 league draft.

AUTO RACING

FORMULA ONE: Formula One has made two changes to the weekend time schedule for its 21 races this season.

The races will all start at 10 minutes past the hour, with most of the European events beginning at 3:10 p.m.

F1 says the decision was made to better suit television schedules because “broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour, hence missing the tension and emotion that characterize the minutes before the start of each grand prix.”

The weekend timetable at European and Brazilian races will also be shifted back an hour in a bid to help attract a larger television audience.

F1 says “other minor adjustments have been made in order to avoid clashes with other major sports events like the FIFA World Cup.”

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