Taiwanese duo in front NIISATO, Gunma Pref. (Kyodo) Taiwanese veterans Huang Yu-chen and Tseng Hsiu-feng both carded 4-under-par 68s to share the lead after the first round of the Sankyo Ladies Open on Friday.Teeing off under clear skies, Huang made seven birdies, five of them coming in a front-nine 32, against three bogeys as she aims to go one better than her runnerup finish at last week’s Japan Women’s Open.Tseng, looking to end a two-year winless run, rolled in five birdie putts before three-putting for her only bogey on the 15th hole to join Huang atop the leaderboard.Takayo Bando finished the day one shot adrift after she birdied three of her first four holes en route to a 69 while Kasumi Fuji and Mayumi Hirase feature in a group of six players a further stroke back. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES MIYOSHI, Aichi Pref. – Eighth-year pro Satoru Hirota carded a sizzling 6-under-par 66 to soar to the top of the leaderboard for the first time in his career after the first round of the Georgia Tokai Classic on Thursday.The unheralded 29-year-old finished the day two shots ahead of Shingo Katayama. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
JaMychal Green, the pride of St. Jude, may be staying in the NBA a little longer.Green, about to finish his second 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, is expected to sign a three-year contract with the team Monday.The contract will cover the rest of this season and the next two years, according to reports.Efforts to reach Green were unsuccessful.Green made his NBA debut with the San Antonio Spurs in mid-January before going to the Grizzlies. He’s played in four games with Memphis.The 24-year-old was a Parade All-American and the state’s Mr. Basketball as a senior at St. Jude in 2008. He was an All-Southeastern Conference player during his four-year career at Alabama.
Ghana’s World Cup plans has been handed a major boost following the return to action of John Paintsil for the first time since breaking his ankle in December.The Fulham right-back started for the Cottagers for Sunday’s Premier League game against Everton.Paintsil, 28, played the entire duration of the game and his return to action will hand Milovan Rajevac more options ahead of the World Cup finals in South Africa.The Ghana international suffered a knee injury whiles playing Fulham in a London derby against Chelsea back in December.The injury prevented him from playing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in January.Source: Ghanafa.org