Around the Nation (May 10): Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer share lead at The Players Championship

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GOLF

Spieth goes bogey-free, ties Kaymer at The Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jordan Spieth made a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole to complete another bogey-free round and join Martin Kaymer in a share of the lead Saturday in The Players Championship.

Spieth was even more impressive as he got into trouble off the tee late in the third round. The 20-year-old Texan missed his last four fairways and saved par each time for a 1-under 71. Not since Greg Norman won The Players in 1994 has anyone played the opening three rounds without a bogey.

Kaymer missed a par putt from just inside 10 feet on the 18th hole for a 72.

They were at 12-under 204, three shots ahead of former Players winner Sergio Garcia (69) and John Senden (68).

HOCKEY

Bruins take 3-2 series lead over  Canadiens

BOSTON — Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored 22 seconds apart to help the Boston Bruins snap a five-year playoff power-play drought against Montreal and beat the Canadiens 4-2 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.

The Bruins lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with a chance to eliminate the Canadiens in Montreal on Monday night. Game 7 would be Wednesday night back in Boston.

Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson also scored, and Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston. He extended his shutout streak to 122 minutes, 6 seconds before Brendan Gallagher scored to make it 3-1 on a power play with 5:21 left in the second period.

Carey Price made 26 saves for Montreal. P.K. Subban had a late goal power-play goal.

The Bruins had not scored a power-play goal in the playoffs against the Canadiens in 39 tries over 14 playoff games dating to 2009.

BASEBALL

Former NBA star McGrady makes baseball debut

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Former NBA star Tracy McGrady allowed two hits and two runs in 12⁄3 innings in his debut for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old right-hander threw 35 pitches with 18 strikes and walked two against the Somerset Patriots.

He allowed a single in the first inning before former major leaguer Edwin Maysonet hit a solo homer off of him with one out in the second.

The 6-foot-8 McGrady played baseball until his senior year in high school when he transferred to a school without a baseball program. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and won two scoring titles.

Touchy subject: Hit or error when easy ball drops?

ARLINGTON, Texas — A strange play during Yu Darvish’s bid for a perfect game has started a debate around the majors on a most touchy subject.

As in, it is a hit or error when an easy flyball or popup falls between fielders and no one touches it?

For years, plays like that have routinely been ruled hits by the official scorer.

On Friday night in Texas, Darvish set down the first 20 Boston batters before David Ortiz hit a high flyball to right field.

Veteran outfielder Alex Rios and rookie second baseman Rougned Odor both were in position to catch it. Instead, they let it fall to the ground without touching it.

The longtime official scorer called it an error on Rios, and Darvish’s no-hit bid was intact.

Ortiz grounded a clean single with two outs in the ninth inning for Boston’s only hit.

BASKETBALL

Wizards PG Wall gets treatment for scratch on eye

WASHINGTON — Wizards point guard John Wall is expected to play in Game 4 against the Pacers on Sunday despite a scratch on his right eye.

Wall says Saturday he “could barely see” in the third quarter of Washington’s 85-63 loss to Indiana on Friday night. That gave the Pacers a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.

He was poked in the eye on a drive to the basket early in the second half. Teammate Bradley Beal says Wall “said a few times it was bothering him and that he couldn’t really see.”

Wall had seven turnovers, six assists and 15 points Friday.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman says he thinks Wall will be fine Sunday.

Wall wore a contact lens Saturday with a solution on it to help the eye.

SOCCER

Beckham presses forward with Miami stadium bid

MIAMI — Two months have passed since David Beckham announced his plans to start a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami. The plan has been almost universally accepted by every sector of the city.

What Beckham’s star power has not been able to attract: agreement on where to put the stadium.

Beckham and his team have set their sights on the Port of Miami. Nearly every portion of the island has been developed, with one notable exception: The southwest corner with a spectacular Miami skyline view.

The chief opposition to the plan is the Miami Seaport Alliance, a coalition of business and political leaders including Royal Caribbean Cruises. The alliance contends a stadium will pose a threat to cruise and cargo operations — concerns Beckham’s partners insist are unfounded.

TENNIS

Tennis Hall of Fame to launch $16M expansion

NEWPORT, R.I. — The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Rhode Island is set to break ground in the first phase of a major project to expand and upgrade its facilities.

The $15.7 million project will upgrade the museum with new technology and exhibitions, add additional tennis courts and facilities and improve campus-wide amenities, including the tennis stadium. The campaign also aims to revitalize the streetscape on nearby Memorial Boulevard.

Officials on Wednesday will launch the first component of the project that includes the development of a new tennis facility and a new building to house locker rooms, a fitness area, retail space and Hall of Fame offices.

Those scheduled to attend the groundbreaking ceremony in Newport include Gov. Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline and state Senate president Teresa Paiva Weed.

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