Kiwi Lee makes strong start

Kiwi Danny Lee made a strong start to the Fed Ex Cup playoffs with an opening round four-under 67 at the Northern Trust event.

Lee sits in a share of fourth place, one shot behind a trio of leaders in Jamie Lovemark, Kevin Tway and Vaughn Taylor. The Kiwi had three birdies on the back nine, after beginning his round at the 10th hole, and moved to five under with an eagle at the par five third hole. However he dropped a shot with his only bogey of the round two holes later.

Lee, who came into the tournament in 103rd place on the Fed Ex Cup standings, needs to be within the top 100 to advance to the next tournament. — NZ Herald

Ko shoots six-under 66

Lydia Ko rode a hot start to shoot a six-under 66 in the first round of the CP Women’s Open in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The Kiwi opened her round with three straight birdies and was five-under through seven holes to sit in third place. Ko, a three-time winner of the tournament, is two shots behind leaders Ariya Jutanugarn and Mariajo Uribe who both opened with eight-under rounds of 64. — NZ Herald

Root signs for Sydney Thunder

LONDON — English test captain Joe Root will hone his Twenty20 game after signing on for a stint in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder.

The 27-year-old will join countryman Jos Buttler for the first half of the BBL season during a six-week window between the England team finishing their tour of Sri Lanka and starting a series against the West Indies.

Root joins the Thunder with an international T20 average of 35.77, including an unbeaten 90 runs against the West Indies earlier in the year. — AAP

Zidane eyes United job

LONDON — Zinedine Zidane has been reported in the British press as telling friends that he expects to be offered the Manchester United job if Jose Mourinho is sacked.

Mourinho is facing the biggest test of his time in charge at United after a turbulent summer that has left him at odds with Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward and record signing Paul Pogba.

The 55-year-old faces a crucial game at home to Tottenham on Monday night as he tries to prevent the current problems at United escalating into a full-blown crisis. — AP

Grass may not be greener

SYDNEY — Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has justified his surprise decision to leave Red Bull for Renault next year by saying he simply needed a change of scenery — but team mate Max Verstappen was not convinced.

“If it is a change of scenery, I’m not sure if it’s the best scenery to go to,” the 20-year-old Dutchman said. — AP

Kiwi Lee makes strong start

Kiwi Danny Lee made a strong start to the Fed Ex Cup playoffs with an opening round four-under 67 at the Northern Trust event.

Lee sits in a share of fourth place, one shot behind a trio of leaders in Jamie Lovemark, Kevin Tway and Vaughn Taylor. The Kiwi had three birdies on the back nine, after beginning his round at the 10th hole, and moved to five under with an eagle at the par five third hole. However he dropped a shot with his only bogey of the round two holes later.

Lee, who came into the tournament in 103rd place on the Fed Ex Cup standings, needs to be within the top 100 to advance to the next tournament. — NZ Herald

Ko shoots six-under 66

Lydia Ko rode a hot start to shoot a six-under 66 in the first round of the CP Women’s Open in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The Kiwi opened her round with three straight birdies and was five-under through seven holes to sit in third place. Ko, a three-time winner of the tournament, is two shots behind leaders Ariya Jutanugarn and Mariajo Uribe who both opened with eight-under rounds of 64. — NZ Herald

Root signs for Sydney Thunder

LONDON — English test captain Joe Root will hone his Twenty20 game after signing on for a stint in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder.

The 27-year-old will join countryman Jos Buttler for the first half of the BBL season during a six-week window between the England team finishing their tour of Sri Lanka and starting a series against the West Indies.

Root joins the Thunder with an international T20 average of 35.77, including an unbeaten 90 runs against the West Indies earlier in the year. — AAP

Zidane eyes United job

LONDON — Zinedine Zidane has been reported in the British press as telling friends that he expects to be offered the Manchester United job if Jose Mourinho is sacked.

Mourinho is facing the biggest test of his time in charge at United after a turbulent summer that has left him at odds with Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward and record signing Paul Pogba.

The 55-year-old faces a crucial game at home to Tottenham on Monday night as he tries to prevent the current problems at United escalating into a full-blown crisis. — AP

Grass may not be greener

SYDNEY — Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has justified his surprise decision to leave Red Bull for Renault next year by saying he simply needed a change of scenery — but team mate Max Verstappen was not convinced.

“If it is a change of scenery, I’m not sure if it’s the best scenery to go to,” the 20-year-old Dutchman said. — AP

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