Sabbatini shoots 64 to take lead at RBC Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Rory Sabbatini shot a 7-under 64 for his lowest round ever at Harbour Town Golf Links and a two-stroke lead Thursday in the RBC Heritage, with top-ranked Dustin Johnson five shots behind.

The talk leading up to the tournament was of the return of Johnson, the South Carolina native who grew up about three hours northwest of here yet had not played in the Palmetto State's lone PGA Tour stop since 2009. But it was Sabbatini who quickly moved to the top in perfect, windless conditions on what's typically one of the most wind-swept layouts of the year.

Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley and John Huh shot 66s. Johnson had a run of four straight birdies in the middle of his round, but ended up with a 69. He was tied for 20th.

Sabbatini, starting on No. 10, birdied four holes on his front nine. He made a 52-foot putt on the par-3 14th and put his approach on No. 18 - the Pete Dye course's signature hole with the lighthouse in the backdrop - to about 7 feet to set up another birdie.

"I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it's key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole," he said.

Sabbatini, the last of whose six PGA Tour wins came in 2011, kept up the strong play with three more birdies coming in. He closed the round with consecutive birdies on his final two holes, the eighth and the ninth.

"All things considered, the course is probably as easy as I've ever seen it play," Sabbatini said.

PRO BASKETBALL

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando Magic fired coach Frank Vogel, one day after the team wrapped up its sixth consecutive losing season.

Vogel was with the Magic for two years, going 54-110. He came to Orlando after six seasons with Indiana, where he won 250 regular-season games and got the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals in three consecutive seasons. But with the Magic, he went 29-53 and 25-57.

Vogel had one year left on his contract with the Magic.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Lindsay Whalen is going to be busy this year: She was hired as the women's basketball coach at Minnesota, her alma mater, and will continue to play for the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.

The 13-year WNBA veteran said becoming coach and being a Gopher again "is a dream come true."

The WNBA regular season begins in early May and runs through mid-August. The Gophers won't open their season until October.

Whalen, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, announced in February that she was retiring from international competition after first joining the U.S. team in 2002.

The Hutchinson, Minnesota, native finished her career as Minnesota's all-time points leader, along with being second all-time in assists and third in steals. Whalen led the Gophers to their only Final Four in 2004. She replaces Marlene Stollings, who left Minnesota after four years to take over the program at Texas Tech.

BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly and the Yankees' Tyler Austin were suspended by Major League Baseball for their roles in Wednesday's brawl between the AL East rivals at Fenway Park.

Kelly was suspended for six games and Austin received a five-game penalty. Each player appealed his punishment and remains eligible to play until the process is complete.

Kelly, Austin, Boston manager Alex Cora and New York third base coach Phil Nevin also were fined. Four players on the disabled list also were fined for entering the field during the skirmish: Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, and Red Sox infielders Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia, and Marco Hernandez.

GOLF

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Tiger Woods filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015.

The USGA said Woods officially entered, four days after he tied for 32nd in the Masters. Even exempt players have to formally enter the U.S. Open.

Woods hasn't played the U.S. Open since he missed the cut at Chambers Bay with rounds of 80-76.

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