Patrick Cantlay’s string of birdies has him in five-way tie atop PGA leaderboard

Patrick Cantlay ran off four straight birdies at the midway point of his round Friday and got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 ninth to cap off a 6-under-par 65 and be part of a five-way for the lead going into the weekend in Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at Las Vegas. Martin Laird hit his second shot into 4 feet for eagle on his closing hole at the ninth for a 63. Peter Malnati made a 15-footer for eagle from the fringe on No. 9 to close out his 62. They joined Cantlay at 14-under 128, along with Brian Harman (63) and Austin Cook (65). US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who opened with a 62, was one shot behind at the TPC Summerlin.

Patrick Cantlay with a golf club: Patrick Cantlay hits from between the trees during the second round in Las Vegas.

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Patrick Cantlay hits from between the trees during the second round in Las Vegas.

Kim takes lead at Women’s PGA Championship

Sei Young Kim birdied five of the final six holes for a 5-under-par 65 and the second-round lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Newtown Square, Pa. Kim, who sits at 4-under 136 overall, closed with a 6-under 29 on the front nine, tying Karrie Webb (2001) and Sarah Kemp (2011) for the lowest nine-hole score in the tournament. A 10-time LPGA Tour winner, Kim is looking for her first major victory. Jennifer Kupcho (65), Danielle Kang (69), Carlota Ciganda (69), and Anna Nordqvist (68) were a stroke back. Nelly Korda, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, dropped out with a back injury after she shot a 71 in the opening round. ANA Inspiration winner Mirim Lee also withdrew because of an injury … English golfer Matt Fitzpatrick shot 7-under 65 at the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England, leaving him tied for the second-round lead with Shane Lowry (65) at 12 under overall at the PGA European Tour’s signature event. The pair is a stroke clear of Tyrrell Hatton (67).


Shiffrin’s World Cup return delayed by bad back

Mikaela Shiffrin postponed her return to World Cup skiing for at least another month, pulling out of next week’s season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria with a back issue. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time overall World Cup champion, who hasn’t raced in nearly nine months, said she tweaked her back while skiing last week. The next races on the World Cup calendar are two parallel slaloms on Nov. 13-14 in Lech, Austrian. Shiffrin has struggled with back issues before but never sat out a World Cup race for that reason. Shiffrin has not raced since picking up her 66th career victory at a super-G in Bulgaria on Jan. 26. She returned home and took a five-week break following the death of her father in early February. Then, the remainder of the season was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Federica Brignone ending Shiffrin’s thee-year reign as overall champion.


Mavericks’ Porzingis has knee surgery

Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis had surgery to address a lateral meniscus injury in his right knee, and the team said there was no timetable for a return. The 7-foot-3-inch Porzingis was hurt in the opener of a first-round playoff series against the Clippers in August. He played the next two games before being sidelined the remainder of a series won in six games by the Clippers. Porzingis averaged 20.4 points and 9.5 rebounds in his first season with Dallas. He missed all of 2018-19 after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in February 2018 with the Knicks.


Saturday’s Rapids-Galaxy game postponed

The match between the Colorado Rapids and the LA Galaxy scheduled for Saturday was postponed after a Rapids player tested positive for the coronavirus. It is the fourth Rapids match to be postponed because of positive tests for COVID-19. The last time Colorado played was a 5-0 win over San Jose on Sept. 23. Twelve staff members and five players have tested positive since Sept 24 … Hosts Brazil and Colombia beat two of the weakest South American teams to score their first wins in the opening round of World Cup qualifiers. Brazil easily beat Bolivia, 5-0, in rainy Sao Paulo, while Colombia scored all of its goals in a 3-0 victory in the first half in Barranquilla.


ECHL will have split season for 2020-21

The ECHL announced a split-season plan for its 2020-21 season, with both the league’s New England representatives in line to begin play on Jan. 15, 2021. The 26-team league said 13 teams will begin a 72-game season on Dec. 11, and 12 others will begin a 62-game one on Jan. 15 “upon jurisdictional approval.” The Maine Mariners and the Worcester Railers are scheduled to participate in the second half of the split season. The Atlanta Gladiators announced Oct. 1 it would voluntary suspend operations for this season. Boston’s affiliate in the ECHL since 2015, Atlanta plans to return in 2021-22. Any players on its roster not signed with the Bruins have been made free agents for the season.


US champs Chock and Bates out of Skate America

Two-time US ice dance champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates withdrew from Skate America scheduled for Oct. 23-25 in Las Vegas. The pair cited the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on their training and preparation, saying they will focus on the 2021 US Figure Skating Championships scheduled for Jan. 11-17 at San Jose, Calif. … University of Nevada senior defensive tackle Christopher Green, who was expected to start this season, was among 28 suspects arrested in Reno as part of a week-long human-trafficking sting led by the FBI, authorities said. Green was being held in the county jail without bail on suspicion of engaging in solicitation for prostitution of a child, and attempted child abuse, neglect, or endangerment. The Wolf Pack opens at home Oct. 24 against Wyoming … The Mercedes team found a second coronavirus case among its staff at the Eifel Grand Prix in Nurburg, Germany, and flew in six emergency replacements ahead of Sunday’s Formula One race. Championship points leader Lewis Hamilton and fellow driver Valtteri Bottas have minimum exposure to the other team staff, team principal Toto Wolff said … French cyclist Arnaud Démare earned his second straight stage win in the Giro d’Italia in another mass sprint at the end of the mostly-flat 89-mile seventh leg from Matera to Brindisi. Italy. Portugal’s João Almeida held onto the overall leader’s pink jersey with a 43-second lead over Spain’s Pello Bilbao.

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