Golf

Harrington surges ahead

Padraig Harrington shot a 6-under-par 65, his low score of the year, for a one-shot lead at 8-under in the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Tied for second were Jim Furyk (68), Carl Pettersson (68), Bubba Watson (65) and defending champion Retief Goosen (68).

Puyallup’s Ryan Moore (73) barely made the cut at 2-over for the tournament.

Davies up by 2 in Morocco

Wales’ Rhys Davies shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead at 13 under in the Trophee Hassan II event on the European PGA Tour in Rabat, Morocco.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen (64), France’s Thomas Levet (65) and Spain’s Ignacio Garrido (67) were tied for second place.

ETC.

The Thurston County Police Athletic League will hold the grand opening of its new boxing facility from noon to 5 p.m. today. The new gym is at Suite 2-3, 2948 29th Ave. in Tumwater, near South Puget Sound Community College. Hot dogs, chili and candy will be served. … Seventh-seeded Andy Roddick beat No. 18 seed Tommy Robredo of Spain, 6-3, 7-5, to advance to today’s semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Roddick will face No. 6 seed Robin Soderling, who defeated No. 4 seed Andy Murray, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Defending champion Rafael Nadal plays 20th-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia in the other semi. …

Olympic silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko will skip the World Figure Skating Championships in Italy after experiencing pain while landing a quadruple jump. … Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler signed a contract extension through the 2015-16 season. …Federal Way’s J.R. Celski fnished fourth in the 1,500-meter race at the short track speedskating world championships. … FIFA has lifted a ban on Iraq that excluded the country’s teams and officials from taking part in international soccer. … Former U.S. high school basketball star Jeremy Tyler quit Israeli team Maccabi Haifa and returned home, aborting a disappointing first pro season for the 18-year-old, 6-foot-11 forward.

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