West Virginia (AFP) - Vijay Singh, seeking his first PGA title in nearly four years, fired an opening-round seven-under par 63 on Thursday to grab the Greenbrier Classic lead while Tiger Woods struggled. Three-time major champion Singh, who has not won since the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship, birdied his final four holes to stand atop the leaderboard, one stroke ahead of Americans Jeff Maggert, Jonathan Byrd and Martin Flores. Singh, who turns 50 next February, shocked even himself with his round. "I don't know where that came from. I have been playing pretty good golf for a while but just never got any scoring going," Singh said.
NEW YORK (AFP) - Jason Kidd, second on the NBA's all-time list for steals and assists, has agreed to terms to leave the Dallas Mavericks and join the New York Knicks, the New York Daily News reported on Thursday. NBA teams cannot sign free agents until July 11 but talks could begin July 1 and a series of deals have already been reported, including an offer to Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin by Houston worth about $US30 million over four years. The Knicks have the right to match the deal in order to keep Lin and could do that and have Kidd serve as a mentor to the young talent, but Kidd would also be a key backcourt figure if the Knicks decide to let Lin leave.
Pitcher in All-Star
NEW YORK (AFP) - Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese were added to next weeks' Major League Baseball All-Star game on Thursday as a result of fan balloting. The annual on-line Final Vote campaign allows fans to decide upon the last roster selection for the National and American League All-Star teams, who will meet in the 83rd annual mid-season classic next Tuesday at Kansas City. Darvish, a 25-year-old Japanese right-hander, led from start to finish to join the American League squad, which will be guided by Rangers manager Ron Washington. Darvish will become the eighth Texas player on the AL roster.
Top to 2nd last
SAINT-QUENTIN (AAP) - The Tour de France has taken its pound of flesh from Australian first timer Jonathan Cantwell. A day after the 30-year-old was on top of the world with his sixth placing in stage four, Cantwell was nursing horrible injuries thanks to a crash near the end of stage five. He finished the stage second-last out of 194 riders. "It's amazing 1 day on a high, next shithouse," Cantwell tweeted.
Myles ruled out
SYDNEY (AAP) - Nate Myles has been ruled out of the Gold Coast side for Saturday's NRL clash against the Warriors at Skilled Park. The Wally Lewis medal winner for Queensland's player of the series in their 2-1 State of Origin victory, Myles suffered a sternum injury in the Maroons' 21-20 win on Wednesday night. "Nate wont play. He copped a pretty bad knock on his sternum," Titans coach John Cartwright said in a statement on Friday.
Eels to miss Hayne
SYDNEY (AAP) - Struggling Parramatta are expected to be without Jarryd Hayne for up to two weeks after the NSW winger suffered a foot injury in the warm-up before the State of Origin decider. Hayne revealed he suffered an injury to the cuboid bone on the underside of his foot in the lead-up to Origin III and aggravated it in the frantic final minutes of an epic contest as NSW desperately sought a match and series victory. "I did it in the warm-up and it became worse in that last play," Hayne told reporters at Sydney Airport on Thursday as the NSW team returned from Brisbane.