Pastoret advances to state semis: Marquette Catholic freshman Rose Pastoret defeated Park Tudor's Caroline Kittle 6-3, 6-2 in Friday's singles state quarterfinals at Park Tudor in Indianapolis.
"I just focused on my footwork and ground strokes so I could close the match cleanly," Pastoret said. "I didn't try to think about the what ifs or the future. I tried to take it one point at a time."
Several service breaks helped Pastoret (11-1) break away from a 3-3 tie in the first set and a 2-2 deadlock in the second set to claim the victory.
"I used to struggle a lot with return of serves so I practiced them a lot and the practice made me better," Pastoret said.
Pastoret will play South Bend St. Joseph senior Madelyn Yergler in this morning's semifnials with the winner advancing to the 1 p.m. final.
"I played her one time and she beat me so I know she's a good player," Pastoret said. "I'm going to try my best and play my game." -- Jim Peters
Two Oilmen drafted: NWI Oilmen infielder Jake Plastiak was taken in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres.
Plastiak, who just finished his senior season at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois, is deciding whether to sign with the Padres or attend Wichita State, according to Oilmen director of communications Brandon Vickrey.
Plastiak was the only current player in the six-team Midwest Collegiate League who was selected in the draft.
Former Oilmen infielder Marshawn Taylor was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also was selected in the 28th round.
Dustin Johnson shoots 7-under 63 to grab lead at St. Jude: Dustin Johnson wants to sharpen his game for the U.S. Open. Moving back to No. 1 in the world would just be a nice bonus because the only way he can do that before Shinnecock Hills is by winning the St. Jude Classic.
Johnson knows what he wants.
"I just want to win," Johnson said.
Johnson shot 7-under 63 for his lowest round this year and grabbed a one-stroke lead Friday after 36 holes at the St. Jude Classic. He had four of his seven birdies and an eagle on his back nine for a 29 and finished with a 10-under 130 total.
Ryan Blaum and Andrew Putnam each shot 64 and were tied second, and C.T. Pan (65) and Wesley Bryan (66) followed at 8 under.
Brandt Snedeker shot his best round this year with a 62 that was one stroke off the course record. He was at 7 under.
Irishman Seamus Power, who came in with a one-stroke lead, shot a 69 to reach 6 under. Defending U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka (69) was at 5 under, and Phil Mickelson (70) was at 4 under.
Langer takes 1-shot lead in Iowa: Bernhard Langer returned for a three-week break to shoot an 8-under 64 and take the first-round lead Friday in the PGA Tour Champions' Principal Charity Classic.
Langer closed the bogey-free round with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th at Wakonda Club. The 60-year-old German star took the brief break in part to attend his son's high school graduation.
"I think I have a pretty good idea now how to play the golf course," Langer said. "When I had to get up and down I got most of them up and down, and just bogey-free is always fun."
Glen Day and Woody Austin were a stroke back, and defending champion Brandt Jobe was at 66 with Jerry Kelly, Tom Lehman and Doug Garwood.
2-time champ Anna Nordqvist tied for ShopRite LPGA lead: Two-time champion Anna Nordqvist shot a 5-under 66 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Laura Diaz and Celine Herbin in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Nordqvist won the 54-hole event in 2015 and 2016 on Stockton Seaview's Bay Course and finished second last year. Teeing off Friday in the afternoon when the wind was stronger, the 30-year-old Swede closed her bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.
Kurt Busch wins pole at Michigan: Kurt Busch won his second NASCAR Cup Series pole of the season Friday in qualifying for Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway.
Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Kyle Busch and Harvick are 1-2 in the points standings and have won nine of the 14 races in the series this year.
It was the 24th pole of Kurt Busch's career. He posted a lap of 203.361 mph in his No. 41 Ford. He also started first in Texas in April and finished seventh in the race. He hasn't won this season but has seven top-10 finishes.
Kyle Larson, who has won the last three Cup races at Michigan, was 26th in qualifying.