Finau Grabs Share of the Lead
Tony Finau had a 5-under 67 that turned out to be good enough for a three-way tie for the lead Saturday in the Hero World Challenge.
Tiger Woods is overdoing his role as gracious tournament host. He shot even-par 72 to be 18th in the 18-man field.
Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm each had a 69 on another day of warms and mild breeze at Albany Golf Club. They joined Finau at 13-under 203.
But the tournament is wide open, and more than one player referenced Rickie Fowler’s 61 last year to win. Gary Woodland had a 67 and, after being over par midway through the opening round, suddenly was just two shots behind.
As for Fowler, he had a 67 to pull within three shots.
Nylander back with Leafs
William Nylander’s contract impasse with the Toronto Maple Leafs has ended.
The restricted free agent signed a six-year deal Saturday, just before the 5 p.m. deadline. The deal is worth $10.2 million this season and $6.9 million a year the rest of the seasons.
Nylander, the Calgary-born Swede selected eighth overall in 2014, had to sign by the deadline to be eligible to play in the NHL this season.
He and the club had been at odds on the terms of a new agreement after his entry-level contract expired July 1, with negotiations stretching through the summer, into training camp and ultimately forcing the 22-year-old winger to miss 26 games. The son of former NHLer Michael Nylander remained in Europe during contract talks.
Franz conquers field
Max Franz of Austria conquered the snow and fog in Beaver Creek, Colo., for his first World Cup super-G victory.
Racing was delayed an hour as course workers cleared a considerable amount of snow from the track. With snowflakes still falling, Franz found just a little more speed in a tightly contested event.
He finished in 1 minute, 1.91 seconds, holding off Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland by 0.33 seconds. There was a three-way tie for third among Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Italy’s Dominik Paris. The trio was 0.41 seconds behind.
NFL fines Lawson
Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson was fined $33,425 for fighting by the NFL on Saturday.
Lawson was ejected from Sunday’s 24-21 win over Jacksonville for fighting with Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette was suspended for one game and will miss Sunday’s matchup with AFC South rival Indianapolis.
In Boston, Jordan Roland scored 24 points, Donnell Gresham added 21 with four assists and Northeastern pulled away in the second half to beat Eastern Michigan, 81-67, in the first meeting of the teams. ... In Elon, N.C., Tyler Scanlon scored a dozen points in the last three minutes as he and Max Mahoney finished with 18 points apiece and Boston University rallied past Elon, 65-58, wrapping up a six-game road trip and winning in North Carolina for the first time since 1997. ... Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, and top-ranked Gonzaga wiped out an early double-digit deficit and beat Creighton, 103-92.
The Bulldogs (8-0), who took over the No. 1 ranking this week after beating Duke in the Maui Invitational, overcame a boisterous crowd of more than 18,000 at the CHI Health Center to win in their first true road game. Norvell was held in check the first 20 minutes but came out strong after halftime as he did in last year’s win over Creighton in Spokane, Wash. ... In Albany, N.Y., Kevin Degnan scored 16 points, Jalen Pickett added 14 with eight assists and Siena held on to beat Harvard, 67-64, to end a four-game losing streak.
Danilo Djuricic’s 3-point play got the Crimson (4-4) within three with 15 seconds to go and then the Saints intercepted a pass, but Justin Massey’s 3-point try missed.