Guthrie shoots 65, tops BMW Masters
• Luke Guthrie took only 19 putts in his round of 7-under 65, giving Americans the top three spots on the leaderboard Thursday in the BMW Masters in Shanghai. John Daly, playing for the first time in nearly four months since surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow, relied on knockdown shots to cope with the wind for a 68. A shot behind was Peter Uihlein, a European Tour member who already has one win this year and is 10th on the money list. Rory McIlroy, equipped with a new golf ball, drove the ball beautifully in the blustery conditions and shot 71.
• Ryan Moore had 10 birdies in a 9-under 63 to take a 2-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Keegan Bradley opened with a 65 on Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club’s West Course in the event also sanctioned by the Asian Tour. Sergio Garcia was another stroke back.
• Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 to take a 3-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan. Americans Alison Walshe and Irene Cho, France’s Karine Icher and Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall were tied for second.
Suns forward gets 1-game suspension
• Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for elbowing the Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka in the face. Morris was ejected in the third quarter Tuesday night in the Suns’ 88-76 exhibition victory. He will sit out the Suns’ regular-season opener Wednesday night against Portland. The Suns waived guard-forward James Nunnally.
• The Toronto Raptors exercised third-year team options on the entry-level contracts of center Jonas Valanciunas and guard Terrence Ross, extending them through the 2014-15 season.
• Jim Lewis was hired by Georgetown as interim coach of the women’s team, replacing Keith Brown, who resigned after an investigation into players’ accusations of unprofessional conduct.
Newton’s TD passes lead Carolina to win
• Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the surging Carolina Panthers to a 31-13 victory over the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7). The Panthers (4-3) won for the fourth time in five games following an 0-2 start. They’ve won three in a row, with Newton throwing for 667 yards, six TDs and no interceptions. The Bucs, one of two NFL teams yet to win, have dropped the first seven games in a season for the seventh time in franchise history.
• Ohio State will host Atlantic Coast Conference power Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 next year instead of Sept. 20, as was originally scheduled. The change was made to accommodate ESPN.
Serena Williams advances in WTA
• Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Championships by sweeping Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-3 in Istanbul. Williams, the defending champion, won all three matches in her group without dropping a set. She’s bidding for her fourth title in the eight-women, season-ending tournament. Earlier, Li Na outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 for her second victory and eight-seeded Angelique Kerber upset No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 to remain in contention.
• NASCAR will require baseline concussion testing for its drivers starting next season. NASCAR had only recommended the testing this season, but indicated to drivers that a preseason baseline screening could become mandatory as early as 2014. The baseline test will be compared with test results taken after a driver has crashed to help diagnose a concussion.
• Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott was suspended indefinitely by the NHL and teammate Patrick Kaleta’s appeal to reduce his 10-game suspension was denied by Commissioner Gary Bettman.
• First baseman Chris Marrero was sent outright to Triple-A Syracuse by the Washington Nationals. Thursday’s move makes the former first-round pick a minor-league free agent after the World Series ends.
— From wire reports