Hometown star Jordan Spieth stays hot, 1 behind Tony Finau at Colonial

If Jordan Spieth is going to end a victory drought that’s approaching two years, the three-time major winner picked a good place to give himself a chance.

Spieth opened with a 5-under-par 65 at Colonial on Thursday in his second Texas homecoming in three weeks — coming off his best finish of the season at the PGA Championship — and trailed Tony Finau by one shot. Roger Sloan joined Spieth in the tie for second.

Defending champion Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 74 in Fort Worth.

The other four players from the top 10 in the field also were over par: No. 7 Francesco Molinari (1-over 71), eighth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau (72), No. 9 Xander Schauffele (76) and 10th-ranked Rickie Fowler (74).

• Tiger Woods has decided to play in the Memorial next week ahead of his next chance in a major. Woods is a five-time winner at Muirfield Village. The Memorial is two weeks before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

• Bronte Law chipped in for eagle on the par-5 third hole and shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the lead with Anna Nordqvist and Jennifer Song in the LPGA’s Pure Silk Championship at Williamsburg, Va.


U.S. eliminated from world hockey

Unbeaten Russia was just too much for the United States at the world hockey championship in Slovakia.

Nikita Gusev and Mikhail Sergachyov each had a goal and two assists in Russia’s 4-3 victory in the quarterfinals.

Brady Skjei, Noah Hanifin and Alex DeBrincat scored for the Americans.

Canada also advanced, but barely. Damon Severson tied the game with Switzerland at 2-2 with 0.4 of a second left on a goal confirmed by video review, then Mark Stone ended it at 5:07 of the 3-on-3 overtime off a pass from Pierre-Luc Dubois.

In the semifinals Saturday, Canada will face the Czech Republic, a 5-1 winner over Germany; and Russia will play Finland, a 5-4 winner in overtime over Sweden.

• An arbitrator upheld Slava Voynov’s one-season NHL suspension but is giving him credit for serving half of it in 2018-19. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman for the coming season and the 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence in 2014. Voynov played in Russia from 2015-18.

College basketball: Marta Sniezek announced her transfer from Stanford and is immediately eligible to play for national runner-up Notre Dame next season. The 5-foot-8 guard from McLean, Va., was injured and didn’t play last season for the Cardinal. Sniezek played in 108 games, starting 50 including 32 in her junior season when she averaged 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. She is a two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive Player.

Motor sports: Charlotte, N.C., native William Byron, 21, became the youngest driver ever to win the pole in the Coca-Cola 600, which is set for Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NFL: The NFL suspended Cincinnati Bengals guard Alex Redmond for the first four games of the 2019 regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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