NORTON, Mass. – Russell Henley made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch Sunday on his way to a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship going into a Labor Day finish loaded with possibilities.
And that includes Rory McIlroy.
Coming off a week that was pedestrian by his standards, McIlroy got right back into the mix at the TPC Boston with his power and great iron play for a 64, leaving him just two shots behind on a crowded leader board.
Henley was at 12-under 201. He will play in the final group with Billy Horschel, who birdied his last three holes for a 67.
Force earns win in Traxxas Nitro
In Clermont, John Force took home the Traxxas Nitro Shootout victory at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Force, a 16-time Funny Car world champ, earned $100,000 when he beat teammate Robert Hight with a 4.061-second run at 317.19 mph in a Ford Mustang.
Atlanta headed to late-winter slot
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s slot in NASCAR’s schedule is going from Labor Day weekend to late winter. Next year, Atlanta racing shifts to the second week in the schedule, right behind the Daytona 500.
Late pass wins Truck Series race
Bowmanville, Ontario, Ryan Blaney edged German Quiroga by 0.50 seconds to win the Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The win was Blaney’s first of the season and third of his career.
Grizzlies waive guard Franklin
Memphis waived guard Jamaal Franklin. who averaged 1.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 7.7 minutes in 21 games for the Grizzlies as a rookie last season. The Grizzlies selected the 6-foot-5 guard from San Diego State in the second round with the 41st overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Norwell’s Harnish recovering from hit
Norwell quarterback Piercen Harnish will be day-to-day this week as he recovers from a hard knock to the chest followed by difficulty breathing in the Knights’ 31-21 loss against Heritage on Friday. The team is off today, and Norwell has a JV game Tuesday, meaning the first hitting practice for the team is Wednesday, coach Jeff Miller said in a phone call and indicated that they will know more then. Norwell plays host to Carroll on Friday.
S. Carolina back reinjures ribs
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said 1,000-yard rusher Mike Davis was sort of doubtful to play against East Carolina this week because of bruised ribs he reaggravated.
Around the links
In Portland, Oregon, Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea’s I.K. Kim.
In Calgary, Alberta, Fred Couples won the Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic chipping in for eagle for a course-record 9-under 61 and beating Billy Andrade with a tap-in birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
In Turin, Italy, Hennie Otto of South Africa held on to claim a second Italian Open victory by two shots, while Stephen Gallacher came up just short of an automatic Ryder Cup spot after finishing third.
In Woburn, England, Colin Montgomerie successfully defended his Travis Perkins Senior Masters title, winning the European Senior Tour event by a tournament-record 10 strokes.
IPFW women notch first win
IPFW women rallied to won their first game of the season 6-4 against Northern Kentucky at Hefner Field. The Mastodons (1-2) scored five goals in the second half after entering the second half down 2-1. Gaby Romo scored an equalizing first-half goal after 30 minutes of play, only to have NKU (1-1-1) retake the lead 1:39 later. In the second half, Rachel Good, Taylor Pavlika, Lindsey Swope scored a goal a piece and Kallieanne Mogler scored two. Goalkeeper Sam Pavlika had 9 saves.
Mastodon men tie Western Michigan
IPFW men tied Western Michigan 2-2 to move to 1-0-1 for the season. Scott Williams scored first for the Mastodons 18 minutes after halftime. The Broncos (0-1-1) answered with two goals of their own to take a 2-1 lead. With 9 minutes left in the game, Jacob Murphy scored the equalizer for IPFW to send the game into two 10-minute periods of scoreless overtime.