Update on the latest sports
Kisner shoots 66 to take early lead in British Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) – Kevin Kisner took advantage of light winds and warm temperatures to shoot a 5-under 66 and take the early lead in the British Open.
The American needed only 22 putts as he made his way around the Carnoustie links, where wispy rough and fast fairways made for low scores among the early groups.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth was contending for the lead until a late stumble left him six shots behind Kisner. Spieth dropped four shots to par on the final four holes, finishing with a 1-over 72.
Spieth is trying to become the first champion to repeat since Padraig Harrington won at Carnoustie in 2007 and again at Royal Birkdale the next year.
Danny Willett, who hasn’t had a victory since surprisingly winning the Masters in 2016, shot a 69. Phil Mickelson opened with a 73.
Tiger Woods has begun his round with a birdie. Woods teed off to a rousing ovation on the first tee, wearing a pair of kinesiology tape strips on the back of his neck because of soreness. He fired an iron down the crispy fairway and a wedge that settled 8 feet left of the cup that he made for birdie.
The last time he was seen at the British Open, Woods shot 75 at St. Andrews to miss the cut.
F1 champion Lewis Hamilton signs new contract with Mercedes
HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) – Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has finally signed a new contract with Mercedes.
After months of deliberation and stalling, the four-time F1 champion penned a new deal with Mercedes until 2020. No figures were given in a Mercedes statement on Thursday, but it is reportedly estimated at 40 million pounds ($52 million) per year.
Mercedes has won the past four drivers’ and constructors’ championships – with Hamilton clinching three of them – but this season is testing the Silver Arrows team.
Hamilton trails Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel by eight points, and Mercedes is 20 points behind Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.
The 33-year-old Hamilton has won 65 races – 44 of those with Mercedes – and secured 124 career podiums. He is the F1 record holder with 76 pole positions.
Clemson’s Brownell gets 6-year, $15 million contract
UNDATED (AP) – Clemson coach Brad Brownell has received a new six-year contract that will pay him $15 million through 2024.
The school’s compensation committee of the board of trustees approved the deal Thursday for Brownell, who reached the round of the 16 in the Tigers’ first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years.
Brownell has spent eight seasons at Clemson. His previous contract was through 2021 and paid him $1.8 million a year.
Clemson went 25-10 this past season. It was picked to finish 13th in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll, yet ended the year tied for third. Clemson followed that up with its deepest run in the NCAA tournament since 1997 when it blew out Auburn 84-53 in the second round before falling to Kansas.
In other college basketball news:
– Duke’s basketball team will be the subject of an all-access show. The eight-episode series titled “Earn Everything” was announced Thursday by the school, and it will document the Blue Devils as they prepare for the 2018-19 season and will be released in the fall. It will follow the players and coaches from their arrival on campus this summer, through next month’s exhibition tour in Canada and into the preparations for the Champions Classic season opener against Kentucky in November. The series will air on ESPN Plus, which will broadcast the three exhibition games in Canada.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NORTH CAROLINA-NCAA
UNC: School reports secondary NCAA violations in football
UNDATED (AP) – North Carolina has reported secondary violations to the NCAA within the football program involving multiple players.
In a statement Wednesday night, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the NCAA has deemed the violations to be secondary in severity and that the school has “taken appropriate disciplinary action.” The statement didn’t specify the nature of that action or the violations.
Team spokesman Bobby Hundley said the violations involve multiple players, but wouldn’t specify a number. When asked about possible suspensions, Hundley said “specifics have not been finalized” and didn’t elaborate further.
WRAL TV in Raleigh first reported that the school has self-reported the violations to the NCAA, citing anonymous sources.
FIGURE SKATER KILLED
Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten killed
MOSCOW (AP) – Prosecutors in Kazakhstan say Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten has been killed, and they are treating the case as murder.
Kazakh news agencies report Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who tried to steal a mirror from his car. Doctors in the city of Almaty say he died in hospital there. He was 25.
Born in Kazakhstan to a family of Korean descent, Ten won bronze at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, becoming Kazakhstan’s first medalist in figure skating. He also won the Four Continents championships the following year, and was a world championship silver medalist in 2013.
Ten struggled with injuries in recent years and could manage only 27th at the Olympics in Pyeongchang in February.
Ted Williams’ Mexican-American heritage explored in PBS film
ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A new film explores the life of baseball legend Ted Williams and his struggles with his Mexican-American heritage and his volatile relationships with family and the press.
The upcoming PBS “American Masters” documentary on the former Boston Red Sox slugger uses rare footage and family interviews to paint a picture of a complicated figure who hid his past but later spoke out and defended black players.
The last major league baseball player to hit over .400, millions of fans idolized Williams for his superb slugging skills and John Wayne-like persona as a foul-mouth outdoorsman.
Director Nick Davis says Williams kept his Mexican-American heritage a secret at a time when there were no black players in the major leagues.