Day, Furyk tied for lead at The Barclays

DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Published:

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Jim Furyk was steady. Jason Day was wild. Both wound up with a share of the lead going into the final round of The Barclays.

Day lost his golf ball in a mound of high grass and took a double bogey on the par-5 13th. He also took four shots to get down from a bunker on the par-5 17th for a bogey. But the Australian made enough birdies for a 3-under 68.

Furyk played bogey-free Saturday at Ridgewood for a 69 and joined Day in the lead at 9-under 204.

But the final round of this opening FedEx Cup playoff event was wide open. Hunter Mahan made bogey on the last hole for a 68 and was one shot behind. Fifteen players were separated by three shots.

• Baseball

Red Sox sign Castillo: The Boston Red Sox have announced that they have signed Cuban defector Rusney Castillo to a seven-year contract Saturday.

Castillo appeared at Fenway Park on Saturday, wearing Boston Red Sox shorts and a T-shirt three hours before the game with the Seattle Mariners.

Tanaka feeling fine: Masahiro Tanaka says his injured elbow felt fine after facing batters for the first time in more than a month.

New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild and manager Joe Girardi were pleased with Japanese All-Star's 35-pitch effort Saturday morning. Tanaka has been trying to work his way back from a partial ligament tear in his right elbow rather than face season-ending surgery.

Machado out for the year: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado has decided to have season-ending surgery on his ailing right knee, leaving the Orioles without one of their best players as they try for their first division title in 17 years.

Machado hurt himself on an awkward swing against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11, crumpling to the ground in the batter's box. He tried rest in an effort to return to the AL East-leading Orioles this year, but he said the knee just isn't getting better.

Gomes on seven-day DL: The Cleveland Indians have placed catcher Yan Gomes on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Gomes, hit on the mask Thursday after a pitch deflected off Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki, was still experiencing symptoms after taking part in some light activity Friday and Saturday.

Nationals call up Schierholtz: The Washington Nationals have selected the contract of outfielder Nate Schierholtz from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to their top farm club.

Schierholtz, a .254 career hitter with 51 home runs and 224 RBIs in 776 games with the Cubs, Phillies and Giants, was signed to a minor league contract Aug. 18. He hit .192 with six homers in 99 games for Chicago before being designated for assignment Aug. 6.

• Football

Funeral set for Kent State player: Funeral services are set for a Kent State football player who was found dead in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment this week.

The university has said police believe 21-year-old Jason Bitsko passed away from an undetermined medical issue.

The Dayton Daily News reports visitation is scheduled for this afternoon and evening at the St. Peter Catholic Church family center in his hometown of Huber Heights, a Dayton suburb. The funeral is scheduled at the church Monday afternoon.

Mark transferring: Former Northwestern running back Venric Mark says he is transferring to West Texas A&M. ESPN reported Saturday that Ward wanted to be closer to his mother.

• Racing

Blaney steals Nationwide race: Ryan Blaney bolted past Kyle Busch on a restart with six laps remaining and won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night for his second career victory.

Blaney's victory was a surprise after Busch, seeking to become the first driver ever to win four consecutive races in the series on the 0.533-mile oval, had dominated, especially on restarts.

Power closing in on title: Will Power and Helio Castroneves both have been tantalizingly close to IndyCar series championships in recent years, only to miss out each time.

The teammates are atop the standings again with just two races to go, and Penske Racing president Tim Cindric cautiously anticipates Team Penske's first title since 2006.

• Elsewhere

U.S. basketball goes big: After years of ignoring size concerns by fielding teams with the best wing players in the world, the Americans decided this time around that bigger was better.

That meant keeping all the big men left on their roster, with Andre Drummond joining New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and Denver's Kenneth Faried.

The rest of the roster is: Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Houston's James Harden, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, Sacramento's Rudy Gay and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan.

Kvitova captures title: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to win her second Connecticut Open title in the past three years.

The No. 4 player in the world also won here in 2012 before losing in last year's final to Simona Halep. She did not drop a set in New Haven this week.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.