Paula Creamer leads Evian Championship with 1st-round 64

Paula Creamer is leading a major tournament again, shooting a bogey-free, 7-under-par 64 Thursday in the sweltering first round of the Evian Championship in Evian-les-bains, France.

When the Pleasanton native last topped a major leaderboard, she won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open by four strokes to get her ninth title on the LPGA tour.

At the Evian Resort Golf Club, where she had a signature win as a teenager, the 32-year-old moved one shot clear after making her seventh birdie on the par-5 18th as temperatures rose to 95 degrees in the French heatwave.

“I feel really just in control,” said Creamer, now ranked No. 156 and whose last top-10 finish in a major and last tournament win were both in 2014. “It’s been several years where I felt like just all-in-all good in my shoes.”

At 6-under were Brittany Altomare, who earned a career-best runner-up finish in Evian in 2017, seven-time major winner Inbee Park, second-ranked Jin Young Ko, and Mi Hyang Lee.

• Jon Rahm matched his career low with an 8-under 62 in the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, taking advantage of nearly perfect greens to open a three-stroke lead in the World Golf Championships event.

Bubba Watson, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Smith and Shugo Imahira shot 65. Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter were among six players at 66.

• Four Americans — Wes Short Jr., Scott Dunlap, Scott Parel and Ken Duke — topped the Senior British Open leaderboard, together with England’s Paul Broadhurst, when first-round play was suspended because of fading light at Lytham St. Annes, England.

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Bucks sign

guard Korver

The Milwaukee Bucks signed guard Kyle Korver, one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history.

Korver, 38, was waived July 7 by Phoenix — which acquired him in a trade with Memphis — making him a free agent. Korver had been traded to Memphis by Utah, where he played most of last season.

Korver appeared in a combined 70 games with the Cavaliers and Jazz last season, averaging 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists and shooting 39.7% from 3-point range. The 2015 All-Star ranks third among all active NBA players in 3-point field-goal percentage (42.9) and ninth in NBA history.

• The Toronto Raptors signed Cameron Payne, a guard who played last season with Chicago and Cleveland, averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 assists and 17.8 minutes in 40 games last season.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues was awarded a one-year, $2 million contract following an arbitration hearing.

• The St. Louis Blues acquired Andreas Borgman from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jordan Schmaltz, a swap of young defensemen.

Track and field: Justin Gatlin remains on the fence on whether he will compete beyond his opening 100-meter run at the U.S. nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, finishing second in his first-round heat in 10.16 seconds.

He has an automatic bye to the world championships this fall in Doha as the defending 100 champion and needed to take just one trip down the track at nationals.

Thursday’s first day was devoted to preliminaries.

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