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Brooks Koepka has second-round lead in Frys.com Open

He shoots a seven-under-par 64 on Friday to open a one-shot lead on Jason Kokrak.

October 11, 2013|Staff and wire reports

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After a year spent traveling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home.

In his first regular PGA Tour event, Koepka surged to the top of the leaderboard Friday in the Frys.com Open with a seven-under-par 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at CordeValle.

Kokrak, a runner-up at this event last year, hit a six-iron to the par-five ninth hole to within a foot for eagle and a 65.

Koepka, a 23-year-old Floridian, received a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour season opener between stops in Scotland and Shanghai. He had no status at the start of the year after failing to advance beyond the second stage of Q-school last year. Instead of trying to qualify for Web.com Tour events, Koepka packed his bags and passport for a 15-country journey that has served him well.

He won three times on the Challenge Tour to earn his European Tour card. He played the Dunhill Links in Scotland two weeks ago and in two weeks heads to the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

If he were to win the Frys.com Open, he would have a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

Koepka was at 11-under 131. Robert Garrigus (63) and Jim Herman (66) were two shots behind, while Camilo Villegas shot 66 and was another shot behind at 8-under 134.

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At 66, Larry Nelson shot his age for a share of the lead in the SAS Championship at Cary, N.C., while Nick Faldo withdrew after 12 holes because of an elbow injury suffered in the first round of his first regular Champions Tour event. Nelson, who was at 29 through the first nine holes, stayed at six-under to join Russ Cochran and Mark Mouland atop the leaderboard at Prestonwood.

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Ilhee Lee of South Korea kept her one-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur, and 18-year-old American Lexi Thompson shot an eight-under 63 to move within one stroke after two rounds. Lee was at 13-under 129.

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TENNIS: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic advance

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic won their quarterfinals at the Shanghai Masters in China. Nadal saved three set points in 20-minute, first-set tiebreaker against Stanislas Wawrinka before winning, 7-6 (10), 6-1. Djokovic needed nearly 21/2 hours to beat Gael Monfils, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4. In the semifinals, Djokovic will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Nadal will take on Juan Martin del Potro.

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Stefanie Voegele, ranked 58th, upset second-seeded Sloane Stephens, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5, in the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies tournament at Linz, Austria. Ana Ivanovic will take on Voegele in the semifinals. Top-seeded Angelique Kerber will play fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro in the other semifinal.

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Third-seeded Samantha Stosur reached the Japan Open semifinals at Osaka, beating Misaki Doi, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Stosur will play American teenager Madison Keys next.

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Tunisia's tennis federation ordered the country's top player, Malek Jaziri, to withdraw from a match because he was scheduled to play against an Israeli player at an ATP Challenger tournament in Uzbekistan. Arab countries have observed to varying degrees boycotts against Israeli athletes in protest over the situation of the Palestinians. The Associated Press reported that the Tunisian federation president could not be reached for comment.

ETC: San Jose's claims dismissed in A's relocation dispute

The city of San Jose's antitrust claims against Major League Baseball were dismissed by a federal judge, who allowed the city to pursue allegations of contract interference in connection with the Oakland Athletics' stalled relocation plans. The city filed the lawsuit in June, accusing MLB of conspiring to stop the team's proposal to move to a planned ballpark in downtown San Jose. MLB defines San Jose and its suburbs in Santa Clara County as the exclusive territory of the San Francisco Giants. U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Whyte rejected San Jose's contention that the antitrust exemption was limited to the player reserve system and ruled it includes MLB's "business interests," such as relocation issues.

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Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey had surgery on his broken right thumb, which was injured when it got caught in a car door. He'll be reevaluated in two weeks.

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler has been suspended three games for an illegal check Thursday to the head of San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl.

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Real Salt Lake defender Abdoulie Mansally has been suspended for two games for a serious foul in the 15th minute of a game against Dallas midfielder Jackson Goncalves. He will sit out on Oct. 19 against Portland and Oct. 23 against Chivas USA.

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Maria de Villota, a pioneering Formula One test driver who lost an eye and nearly died in a crash last year, was found dead Friday in a hotel room in Seville, Spain. She was 33. The autopsy showed "neurological damage" from that wreck likely caused her death, her sister Isabel said. The sister added that De Villota died in her sleep about 6 a.m. De Villota was the first Spanish woman to drive an F1 car.

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Frank Robinson, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson and Joe Morgan are expected to be among the former athletes competing in the inaugural Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational on Nov. 11 at Wilshire Country Club. The event supports the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Details: (949) 636-1977.

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The U.S. Olympic Committee board revised its non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation, a nod to its disapproval of the Russian anti-gay law recently passed by the Olympic host country.

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