06/21/2012 - Edmonton, AB (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Ryan Williams and Scott Harrington carded matching rounds of 7-under 64 on Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the ATB Financial Classic.
Defending champion Hugo Leon is one stroke off the lead at minus-6. He was joined there by Michael Gligic.
Darren Wallace and Wes Homan are two shots back at 5-under 66 at Windemere Golf & Country Club.
Williams was in the third group out off the 10th tee. He carded birdies on the 11th and 16th. Around the turn, he birdied the first, but gave that stroke right back with a bogey on the second.
The 31-year-old birdied three of four holes from the fourth to jump up the leaderboard. Williams posted his final birdie on the par-4 ninth.
Harrington was in the second group out off the first tee and was on fire from the start. He birdied three of the first four holes.
After a pair of pars, he drained five consecutive birdie chances from the seventh. Harrington moved to 9-under with a birdie on the par-five 13th.
However, he dropped shots at 14 and 18 to slip into a share of the lead.
Last year's runner-up Jose de Jesus Rodriguez carded a 4-under 67. He was joined in seventh place by Nico Geyger, Sebastian Saavedra, Creighton Honeck, Will Strickler, Dodge Kemmer, Joe Panzeri, Riley Wheeldon, Ryan Corbin, Steven Lecuyer and Chan Song.
NOTES: Both Williams and Harrington are looking for their first Canadian Tour victories...Two-time champion Dustin Risdon struggled to a 1-over 72 and is tied for 82nd place.
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky was hospitalized Monday for undisclosed reasons after Lincoln police responded to a call at his residence.
The Nebraska athletic department said in a release Monday that Lucky was admitted Sunday night.
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A nursing supervisor at the hospital said all questions about Lucky were being referred to the athletic department. The athletic department said there would be no further comment from the department or Lucky's family.
A Lincoln Police spokesman said officers responded to a call at Lucky's residence 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The spokesman said he didn't know Lucky's condition at the time he was taken to the hospital.
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Work left to do: Villanova, Syracuse, DePaul, West Virginia, Providence
Notre Dame and Louisville appear to have done enough to make the move, so we'll make them locks. The Cardinals, despite a modest RPI, are trending way up and have clinched at least a tie for third in the Big East, which should be more than enough with their pair of big road wins. Villanova got back to .500 and gets back to more solid footing. Syracuse got a very important road win and crippled a fellow contender in the process. West Virginia's fate could be in its hands Tuesday at Pitt.
Work left to do:
Villanova [18-9 (7-7), RPI: 21, SOS: 5] Pounded Rutgers to get back to .500. If Cats can get their last two (at UConn, vs. Syracuse), that should be enough with strong computer numbers and a host of wins away from The Pavilion. The Cats have beaten Texas and swept the Big 5 (never easy in Philly), but have a couple of losses to bubble teams (Xavier, Drexel), too. I still think they'll be OK, possibly even at 8-8.
Syracuse [20-8 (9-5), RPI: 53, SOS: 62] History says 10 wins will be plenty, but it might be hard for the Orange to get that last one with a final two vs. G'town, which is trying to win the league title, and at Villanova, which will be desperate for a W. The relative lack of nonconference heft and the weak computer numbers are still concerns, but the Orange have won four in a row and got a very, very big win at Providence on Saturday.
DePaul [16-12 (8-7), RPI: 54, SOS: 18] Beat Cincy and should get past South Florida to get to 9-7, but then what? They have beaten Kansas and Cal (right after the DeVon Hardin injury) earlier this season, but also have lost to Bradley and Purdue, among others. They'll likely need a couple of BE tourney wins, too, but we'll see ...
West Virginia [19-7 (8-6), RPI: 58, SOS: 125] The game at Pitt on Tuesday night could decide the Mountaineers' fate (barring a deep tournament run). They can still get to 9-7 in the Big East without it by beating Cincinnati, but the nine wins would be against UConn, Villanova, St. John's, South Florida, DePaul, Rutgers, Seton Hall twice and the Bearcats. Beating bubble foes is fine, but where's the beef? Outside of beating PG-less UCLA in nonconference play (still a top quality win), there's not a lot to fall back on (besides maybe NC State). WVU vs. Syracuse would be an interesting debate, as the teams don't play in the Big East regular season. WVU has the best win, but Cuse has played the much better schedule.
Providence [17-10 (7-7), RPI: 70, SOS: 33] The Friars likely saw their at-large hopes die at home in the four-point loss to Syracuse, barring an unexpected run to the Big East semis or more. The RPI, bad already, won't be helped by playing St. John's and South Florida in the final two league games.
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