Stroud, Fisher share Wyndham lead at 64
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher each shot 6-under 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Wyndham Championship.
Eight players -- defending champion Sergio Garcia, Matt Jones, Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Trevor Immelman, Morgan Hoffman, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda -- shot 65.
John Senden and Stuart Appleby were among the five players at 66 at the final tournament before the PGA Tour's playoffs begin next week.
It was the highest score for an opening-round leader since the tournament returned to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008.
Stroud had eight birdies during his best round of the year, which came at the Donald Ross-designed course that had vexed him through the previous five years.
Colt Knost (Garrettsville) shot a 1-under 69, while Ben Curtis (Kent State) shot a 1-over 71.
Medalists advance to round of 16 at U.S. Amateur
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Qualifying medalists Neil Raymond and Brady Watt advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club.
The pair tied for the lead in stroke play and moved on to play the next round Thursday afternoon. The semifinals are Saturday and 36-hole championship Sunday.
Raymond is bidding to become the first Englishman to win the Amateur since 1911. He defeated Zachary Olsen of Cordova, Tenn., 2 and 1.
Watt, trying to become the second Australian winner, beat Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga., 3 and 2.
Raymond moves on to face Australian Nathan Holman. Watt faces Canadian Charlie Hughes.
Also advancing was Stanford's Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind. He recently was selected to the U.S. Walker Cup team.
Grizzlies trade Greene to Celtics for Fab Melo
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Donte Greene to the Boston Celtics for center Fab Melo. The team announced the deal Thursday.
The 7-foot, 255-pound Melo played six games with the Celtics last season and averaged 1.2 points. He averaged 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and a league-high 3.1 blocks in 33 games for the NBA Development League's Maine Red Claws. Boston drafted the native of Juiz de For a, Brazil, with the 22nd pick overall in 2012 after he played two seasons at Syracuse.
The Grizzlies signed the 6-11 Greene on April 17 but did not appear in a game for Memphis. He has played 253 games over four seasons with Sacramento, averaging 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds. Greene missed most of last season recovering from a broken ankle.
Guards top list in another Mavericks makeover
DALLAS -- Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon are the new starting guards in another roster makeover for the Dallas Mavericks.
Both are signed to long-term deals, and their job is to maximize the final years of Dirk Nowitzki's career. Ellis and Calderon were introduced Thursday along with five other free agents.
The list includes two more guards in Wayne Ellington and Devin Harris, whose career started in Dallas. The other three are centers -- new starter Samuel Dalembert, returning player Brandan Wright and DeJuan Blair, who is coming over from the rival San Antonio Spurs.
Law could be trouble for brokers in Manziel case
If Johnny Manziel did violate NCAA rules by receiving money for signing autographs, a Texas law could put the people who allegedly paid him at risk of being sued by Texas A&M.
Christian Dennie, an attorney with Barlow Garsek & Simon in Fort Worth, Texas, writes the state of Texas passed legislation in 1987 to make "a person who violates a rule of a national collegiate athletic association ... liable for damages in an action brought by an institution."
Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA for receiving payment from memorabilia brokers for signing autographs.