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Sports news briefs — Sept. 19

Compiled from wire reports

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tennis

Murray set to have minor back surgery

• Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will have minor surgery on a long-standing back problem and miss the rest of the season. A statement from his management company says Murray sought medical advice after playing on hard courts and clay this summer. He won Wimbledon in July for his second Grand Slam title. The statement released Thursday says the 26-year-old Murray’s “aim is to be fully fit for the new season.”

golf

Stenson shoots 64 for 1-stroke lead

• Henrik Stenson looked like he couldn’t miss Thursday in the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Stenson ran off five birdies over a six-hole stretch on the front nine at East Lake. His last birdie, a 5-iron from 223 yards to 4 feet on the par-3 18th hole, gave him a 6-under 64 and a 1-shot lead over Masters champion Adam Scott, who made six birdies in seven holes for a 29 on the back nine. Tiger Woods shot 73, matching his highest opening round of the year on the PGA Tour. He walked past reporters without comment.

• Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium took a share of the lead in the first round of the Italian Open in Turin, Italy. The Ryder Cup standout shot a 65 at the Golf Club Torino to join Ricardo Gonzalez and Maximilian Kieffer at 7 under.

other SPORTS

Vegas Vacation first in Little Brown Jug

• Vegas Vacation beat Urbanite Hanover in 1:50 to win the Little Brown Jug on Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. It was the second consecutive Little Brown Jug victory for trainer Casie Coleman, who won with Michael’s Power in 2012. Driver Brian Sears got Vegas Vacation to the front at the three-quarters mark in 1:22.0 and came home in 28 seconds to earn the two-length victory in the second leg of the 3-year-old pacing Triple Crown.

• Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA sped around San Francisco Bay to win Race 12 by 31 seconds Thursday and prevent Emirates Team New Zealand from sailing off with the America’s Cup. Shortly after Oracle’s big win, the race committee postponed a race for the fourth time in three days because the wind limit was exceeded.

• Authorities say an assistant softball coach at Michigan State died following a rollover crash on Interstate 96 near Lansing, Mich. State police say Charles Fobbs, 47, swerved to avoid traffic that slowed Wednesday night in Ingham County’s LeRoy Township, lost control of his vehicle and crashed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

• Croatia beat Ukraine 84-72 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to reach the semifinals of the European basketball championship for the first time in 18 years. Croatia will play either Lithuania or Italy.

— From wire reports


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