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Thomas six back at malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Justin Thomas, bidding to win his third straight CIMB Classic, managed 2-under 70 to sit six strokes behind leader Cameron Smith on Thursday. Smith opened with 8-under 64 and leads a U.S. PGA Tour event after the first round for the first time in 64 starts.

MORE GOLF: Sung Hyun Park shot 6-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead with Min-Sun Kim and Minjee Leein in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at Incheon, South Korea. Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome is four strokes back at 2-under 70.


M.J.: Super teams hurting league

Hornets owner Michael Jordan says that NBA stars ganging up and playing for super teams will hurt competitive balance. “I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan told Cigar Aficionado. “You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they’re going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.”


AUTOS: Portland International Raceway is back on the IndyCar Series schedule on Sept. 2, 2018, replacing Watkins Glen, N.Y. Races were held at the Oregon track from 1984-2007 under CART and Champ Car.

SOCCER: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the London club could sell star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in January to avoid the pair leaving for free next summer.

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