Update on the latest sports
Oosthuizen joins Henley in US Open lead
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen (OOST’-hay-zehn) finished with two good par putts and joined Russell Henley atop the leaderboard at 4-under 67 after the opening round of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Oosthuizen was among 36 players who didn’t finish the round Thursday because of a 90-minute fog delay at the start of the championship.
The South African had a 25-foot birdie putt when play resumed Friday on the par-3 eighth hole. He ran that 8 feet by and holed the par putt. He finished with a long birdie putt up the ridge on the par-5 ninth that came up 4 feet short and made that.
Ten players broke 70 in the first round. They include Rikuya Hoshino, the 25-year-old who has won twice in the last two months on the Japan Golf Tour.
The average score for the opening round was 73.7.
Celtics’ send Kemba Walker, 16th pick to Thunder for Horford
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics are bringing Al Horford back, trading point guard Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City for the five-time All-Star on Friday in Brad Stevens’ first major move since he moved from the Boston bench to the front office.
Boston will also send the No. 16 overall draft pick and a 2025 second-rounder to the Thunder and receive 7-footer Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick in return.
Oklahoma City now holds 19 first-round draft picks over the next seven years.
Horford returns to Boston and gives the Celtics the frontcourt presence they’ve lacked since he left two seasons ago. The 6-foot-9 was forward was a member of the NBA All-Defensive team with the Celtics in 2017-18 while also posting the best assist numbers of his career.
Walker is guaranteed more than $73 million over the next two seasons. But after helping the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference finals in the NBA bubble last season, he was limited by knee injuries to 43 games in 2021. He missed the last two games of the first-round playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Top seeds 76ers, Jazz facing elimination
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s top playoff seeds, Philadelphia and Utah, are on the brink of being eliminated.
The 76ers have blown leads of 18 and 26 points in back-to-back losses to the Atlanta Hawks, who now lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 3-2. Atlanta, the No. 5 seed, can clinch the series at home Friday night after storming back for an improbable 109-106 win on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
The Clippers can win their semifinal series Friday at home against the Jazz, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead with a 119-111 Wednesday night despite playing without Kawhi Leonard, who was held out with a knee injury.
Pressure on Vegas with semifinal series shifting to Montreal
MONTREAL (AP) — The pressure is on the Golden Knights as they visit Montreal for the next two games in their Stanley Cup semifinal series, after splitting the first two in Las Vegas.
Vegas went into the series as a heavy favorite and easily won the opener. Then they were shut down at home by Carey Price and the Canadiens in Game 2.
It’s now up to coach Peter DeBoer and the Golden Knights to adjust to Montreal’s defense. The Canadiens are 9-1 this postseason when scoring first. They are 0-3 when allowing the first goal.
The Canadiens could be without their coach Friday night for Game 3. The team says interim coach Dominique Ducharme has been sent home and is isolating following irregularities in COVID-19 testing. His pregame news conference was canceled. Ducharme will undergo further tests before the game. The team says he received his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on June 9.
Ducharme was promoted to interim head coach from assistant after the firing of Claude Julien on Feb. 24.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO OLYMPICS
Top medical adviser says no fans would be safest for Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — The top medical adviser to the Japanese government says the safest way to hold the Tokyo Olympics is without any fans.
Fans from abroad have already been banned and organizers are to announce early next week if some local fans should be allowed. The Olympics open in just five weeks on July 23.
Dr. Shigeru Omi issued his suggestions in a report to the government and organizers, apparently putting him at odds with organizers and the International Olympic Committee. Reports suggest organizers want to allow up to 10,000 fans in some venues.
Ticket sales were to account for $800 million in income. Much of it will be lost and government entities will have to make up the shortfall.