Sports briefs: Dick Mast leads Champions Tour event in Montreal
golf • Dick Mast took the first-round lead Friday in the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship, shooting a 3-under 69 in windy conditions on La Vallee du Richelieu's difficult Rouville Course in Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
The 62-year-old Mast, winless on the 50-and-over tour, had five birdies and two bogeys. He birdied the first three holes before the wind picked up.
It is the first time Mast has had an outright lead in 165 Champions Tour starts.
Kenny Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, opened with a 70 on the tree-lined layout.
Jay Don Blake, of St. George, was tied for 16th place at 73.
Knicks guard Smith suspended 5 games
Basketball • New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended without pay for five regular-season games by the NBA on Friday for violating the anti-drug program.
Smith, coming off offseason surgery on his left knee, will sit out the first five games for which he is eligible and physically able to play.
• Geno Auriemma is back as coach of the U.S. women's basketball team. USA Basketball announced that the Connecticut coach will guide the Americans toward the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He'll be the first repeat coach for the U.S. women's team, which has won five straight Olympic gold medals.
From wire report
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