In-Kyung Kim shoots a 7-under 65 for three-stroke lead

Seven years after missing a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation and losing in a playoff, In-Kyung Kim was back on top at the ANA Inspiration leaderboard.

The 30-year-old South Korean shot a 7-under-par 65 in mostly calm morning conditions Friday in Rancho Mirage (Riverside County) to take a three-stroke lead over Katherine Kirk into the weekend in the first LPGA Tour major of the year.

“Every stage, every passage of life has meaning to it and serves some purpose to it,” Kim said. “I’m just here doing my best.”

• First-round leader Si Woo Kim used a late-round hole-in-one to build a four-shot lead at the halfway point of the PGA Tour’s Texas Open in San Antonio. Kim, after a 6-under 66, was at 12-under 132.

Elsewhere

Columbus clinches

Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout and the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets clinched the last playoff spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

• In other NHL games, Patrick Kane scored twice, helping host Chicago pound Dallas 6-1. … Korbinian Holzer scored his first NHL goal in just over two years as host Anaheim beat Los Angeles 5-2.

Football: Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has agreed on a five-year, $105 million deal with the Cowboys, a contract that includes $65 million in guaranteed money. Lawrence, 26, is coming off consecutive seasons of double-digit sacks.

• The Raiders signed former Stanford safety Jordan Richards, who spent last season with Atlanta after playing his first three NFL seasons with New England.

The Raiders also signed defensive end Alex Barrett, who had been playing with San Diego in the Alliance of American Football.

• The 49ers signed Barrett’s former AAF teammate, defensive lineman Damontre Moore. Over his six-year NFL career with the Giants, Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys and Raiders, Moore had 63 tackles and 10 sacks. He appeared in two games with the Raiders last year.

• Wide receiver Seth Roberts, released by the Raiders on Thursday, agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

• The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed backup offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb, who started 16 games for the Raiders in 2015.

• Minnesota Vikings cornerback Holton Hill was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Motor sports: Chase Elliott earned his first NASCAR pole on a short track with a fast lap at 131.7132 mph around Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in qualifying for Sunday’s Food City 500. He edged teammate William Byron for the top starting spot and an all-Hendrick Motorsports front row for the race.

Tennis: Madison Keys beat top-seeded Sloane Stephens for the first time in four career meetings, winning 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2 to reach the Volvo Car Open semifinals in Charleston, S.C. Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki also advanced, beating Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-2.

Baseball: Will Matthiessen drilled a run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, leading No. 2 Stanford (20-3, 7-0 Pac-12) to a 3-2 victory over top-ranked UCLA (21-6, 7-3). The Bruins had tied the score by scoring twice in the top of the ninth.

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