NADAL GETS PAST ROSOL AT WIMBLEDON: Rafael Nadal came back to beat 52nd-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at Wimbledon, returning to the third round at the All England Club for the first time since 2011.
Three seeded men lost, including No. 13 Richard Gasquet, who wasted nine match points and was beaten by 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8. Winners included No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, No. 8 Milos Raonic, No. 9 John Isner and No. 10 Kei Nishikori among the men, and past champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova among the women.
Nadal's longtime rival, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, turned in a far more straightforward performance, delivering 25 aces in a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over 103rd-ranked Gilles Muller of Luxembourg to get back to the third round, too.
A RUDE WELCOME BACK FOR TIGER: Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than three months Thursday and said he felt "fantastic."
He was talking about his back, not his game.
One day into his most recent return from injury, that's what mattered to him.
Woods opened with two straight bogeys, made five more bogeys in a seven-hole stretch around the turn at tough Congressional and finally found his groove late in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National for a 3-over 74.
Woods was tied for 83rd — only 19 players had a higher score — and he will have to score better Friday if he wants to avoid missing the cut for the first time in two years.
Greg Chalmers finished with three straight birdies for a 66 and a one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson.
THREE PLAYERS SHARE LEAD AT SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP: Joe Durant, David Frost and Doug Garwood sprinted to the early lead at the Senior Players Championship, shooting 6-under 64 on Thursday at defenseless Fox Chapel.
Still drying out after days of steady rain, the par-70 layout in suburban Pittsburgh offered little resistance. Frost and Garwood breezed through their rounds without making a bogey, and Durant offset his lone bogey with seven birdies.
Bernhard Langer, Corey Pavin, Larry Mize, Steve Pate, Olin Browne, Bart Bryant, Peter Fowler and Wes Short Jr. shot 65. Colin Montgomerie, the Senior PGA winner last month, opened with a 5-under 30 on the front nine before fading to a 69.
Defending champion Kenny Perry, looking for his fourth major title in the last year, failed to take advantage of the prime scoring conditions. Playing his eighth tournament in nine weeks, Perry shot an even-par 70.
WIE RETURNS TO ACTION AFTER WOMEN'S OPEN VICTORY: Michelle Wie has enjoyed a week full of celebration and national attention since finally winning her first major championship in the U.S. Women's Open.
The most recognizable name in women's golf danced with her trophy and appeared on the morning television circuit, taking in the rewards after beating top-ranked Stacy Lewis by a stroke Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.
Wie will open play today in the NW Arkansas Championship. And she'll do it in former Arkansas star Lewis' backyard at Pinnacle Country Club.
Nine of the top 10 players in the world are entered in the $2 million event.
NHL SALARY CAP TO RISE: After a year of record revenues, the NHL salary cap is going up again.
The exact figure for the 2014-15 hasn't been set yet, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday following a meeting of the league's board of governors, but he hoped it would be worked out with the players' association in time for the start of the two-day entry draft today in Philadelphia.
The final number is expected to be in the high $60 millions or low $70 millions. That gives general managers a guideline as they head into the draft and the free-agent shopping season that begins on Tuesday.
Many team officials rushed out of the midtown Manhattan hotel where Thursday's meeting took place and headed to Philadelphia for the draft, which will open with the first round tonight and conclude with rounds 2-7 on Saturday. The Florida Panthers have the No. 1 pick.
Around the horn
Purdue Calumet exercise physiologist John Bobalik discusses how to fit regular exercise into busy schedules on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230).