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Sports News Summary: Fleetwood, Thomas and Poulter set second-round pace

Owens will be inside McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn., giving his speech in front of an audience admitted for free.


Reuters 04 Aug 2018, 04:56 AM

Fleetwood, Thomas, and Poulter set the second-round pace

Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas plundered Firestone Country Club to join Ian Poulter in the second-round lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Friday as Tiger Woods lurked five shots behind. Englishman Fleetwood carded seven birdies to match his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, a seven-under-par 63, while American Thomas drove the ball superbly for a 64 that included seven birdies in a 10-hole stretch.

Ankiel, 39, aiming for a comeback as a reliever

Rick Ankiel hasn't played in the majors since 2013 and hasn't pitched since 2004, but he's reportedly hoping to defy both of those things and make a comeback. Ankiel, who turned 39 in July, would like to return as a reliever, according to a Yahoo Sports report.

Tennis: Nishikori nemesis Zverev reaches semi-finals, Murray withdraws

Top seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev overcame Kei Nishikori to win their rain-delayed Citi Open quarter-final in three sets on Friday after Andy Murray withdrew from the tournament citing fatigue. Zverev bounced back after dropping the opening set to overhaul the seventh-seeded Japanese 3-6 6-1 6-4, eliminating him from the tournament for the second consecutive year.

Golf: Baddeley takes lead after second round of Barracuda Championship

Aaron Baddeley leaped in front of first-round leader Ollie Schniederjans to take the edge after the second round of the Barracuda Championship in Reno on Friday. Baddeley made six birdies, including one on the 18th hole, to reach 26 points in the modified Stableford scoring event.

Bulaga off physically unable to perform list, available for Packers' practice

Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Friday, almost nine months after tearing his right ACL. "He just passed his physical today, so Bryan Bulaga will practice in a limited return mode," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

Fleetwood, Thomas, and Poulter set the second-round pace

Tiger Woods teased his fans with a hot start to his second round at the Bridgestone Invitational on Friday but could not maintain the run in a slightly disappointing day at a venue he has all but owned. Rory McIlroy also had his issues, misjudging several wedge shots but at day's end, both he and Woods were within striking distance at the World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio.

Tennis: Konta crashes out in Silicon Valley, Azarenka retires hurt

Serena slayer Johanna Konta was sent packing from the Silicon Valley Classic on Friday when she suffered a 7-6(4) 6-3 quarter-final loss to fourth seed Elise Mertens. The Briton had opened the tournament with a bang on Tuesday when she shocked 23-times grand slam champion Serena Williams 6-1 6-0, the worst loss of the American great's career.

Ohio State's Meyer: I 'failed' in denying prior knowledge about fired assistant

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on Friday issued his first extensive statement regarding the domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith, two days after the university placed Meyer on paid administrative leave. In the statement posted to his Twitter account, Meyer said that he "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" at both Ohio State and Florida when learning of any incidents involving players, coaches or staff members. But Meyer also acknowledged he "failed" in addressing questions about an alleged 2015 incident involving Smith during Big Ten Media Days last week, and said, "I apologize for the way I handled those questions."

McGregor to fight undefeated champ Nurmagomedov in UFC return

The fight is on! Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon when he fights undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 6, the UFC announced on Friday.

No regrets: Owens ready for his Hall of Fame induction in Chattanooga

The Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions will take place on Saturday and Terrell Owens will be approximately 600 miles away. Instead of standing at a podium in Canton, Ohio being applauded by his peers, Owens will be inside McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn., giving his speech in front of an audience admitted for free.

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