Henrik Stenson won his way to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, and apparently that was the hard part. The easy part for him: playing the course.

Stenson, two years after a wire-to-wire win at East Lake, shot a 7-under 63 Thursday and took the lead in the Tour Championship.

Stenson didn't finish in the PGA Tour's top 30 last season so he didn't get to play East Lake. Thursday he played the front nine in 29, on his way to a two-stroke lead over Paul Casey.

"I wanted to get out of the blocks quickly, and I surely did," Stenson said.

High school football

Accused coach resigns

An assistant football coach accused of instructing two players to hit a referee during a high school game in Texas has resigned, school officials said.

Assistant Mack Breed told players to retaliate against an official in the closing minutes of John Jay High School's game earlier this month. The players had told their coaches earlier in the game that referees had been directing racial slurs at them. Robert Watts, the referee who was hit, denied using any racial slur.


Lawyer in Kane case steps down

The lawyer of a woman accusing Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane of sexual assault abruptly quit the case Thursday night, saying he's no longer comfortable representing the woman because of how her mother reported finding an evidence bag that once held the woman's rape kit.

Thomas Eoannou told reporters he doesn't believe the story he was told, that the bag was found by the woman's mother between her front doors. The discovery opens up the possibility that evidence was tampered with.


Bosh says he's cleared to play

After sitting out the second half of last season because of blood clots on a lung, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh confirmed he has received medical clearance to return.

He said he is off blood thinners and took a gene test that indicated he is not at a high risk for recurrence.

"I feel I'm in pretty good shape and ready to attack training camp," he said. "I would rather be doing that than having tubes in my chest."

Lakers pick up World Peace

•The Los Angeles Lakers added veteran forward Metta World Peace on a one-year deal. He won a championship with the Lakers in 2010, when he was known as Ron Artest, but has been out of the NBA since February 2014.


Seattle's Loyd is rookie of year

Jewell Loyd, who left Notre Dame early to enter the WNBA and be drafted first by Seattle, was honored with the league's rookie of the year award Thursday.

Loyd, a 5-10 guard, averaged 13.6 points and 2.6 assists per game and received 21 votes from a panel of 39 writers and broadcasters.

AlsoThursday, Seattle won the draft lottery for the second consecutive year and with it the right to pick UConn star Breanna Stewart.


Tennis: Top seed Tomas Berdych crashed out of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open in his first match, losing 7-6 (5), 6-4 to Simone Bolelli.

Harness racing: Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio, edging Lost for Words in the third leg of the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacing triple crown.