Garrett Willis made the most of a sponsor exemption to his hometown event Thursday with five birdies on the back nine for a 6-under 65 that put him atop the leaderboard among early starters in the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Jeff Maggert, who got in as an alternate when Vijay Singh withdrew because of a back injury, had a 4-under 67. He was in a large group two shots behind with defending champion Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk, Carl Pettersson, Jonathan Byrd and PGA Tour rookie Rickie Fowler.
Puyallup’s Ryan Moore opening with an even-par 71.
Dougherty up by 1
Nick Dougherty of England had an eagle and five birdies on the back nine and finished with a 7-under 66 for the first-round lead at the Trophee Hassan II tournament in Rabat, Morocco.
Portland has been named the host city for the 2010 Skate America figure skating competition. The competition is scheduled for Nov. 11-14 at the Rose Garden, which also hosted the 2005 U.S. national championships. … Two days after joining the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks, Darryl Tapp signed a three-year contract. The 25-year-old Tapp will compete for a starting spot at left defensive end. The Eagles also released wide receiver Kevin Curtis and defensive end Darren Howard. … Michigan and Notre Dame will meet Sept. 10, 2011, in the first night football game at Michigan Stadium. … Jelena Jankovic rallied from a second-set deficit to beat Alisa Kleybanova, 6-4, 6-4, and reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. She will face Samantha Stosur of Australia.
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