Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a 20-foot birdie putt with darkness falling for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the rain-delayed Colonial.

Spieth just missed the green on his approach at the 18th hole, and putted from off the back right fringe. The closing birdie shortly after 8 p.m. put him atop the leaderboard with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa.

Spieth opened his bogey-free round with a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 1, then started the back nine with a 22-footer at No. 10. He had a great chance for another birdie on the par-3 16th, but his 4-foot try slid by the hole.

George McNeill and Ian Poulter, who shared the lead before his only bogey at No. 18, were a shot back at 65. Defending champion Adam Scott had a 72.

auto racing

Kenseth takes Coca-Cola pole

Matt Kenseth won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 on Thursday night. Kenseth turned a lap at 194.252 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format for his second pole of the Sprint Cup season.

Joey Logano will start alongside Kenseth on the front row Sunday night in the longest Sprint Cup race of the year. It is Logano's best qualifying effort ever at Charlotte.

Carl Edwards was third, followed by Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin.

... Ryan Briscoe will replace the injured James Hinchcliffe in the Indianapolis 500.


Bills' Dareus suspended 1 game

Buffalo star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will not play in the Bills' season opener after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The punishment stems from Dareus being charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by Alabama State Police on May 5.

... Hundreds of former players, and the widow of former Viking Charles Evans, have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams obtained and provided painkillers to players — often illegally — as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health. Former Vikings coach Mike Tice is among the defendants. ... Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting Alexander Bradley in the face.

around the horn

WNBA: New York Liberty guard Epiphanny Prince will miss perhaps the first month of the season to try to help Russia qualify for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Auto racing: Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, joining Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth.

minnesota scene

Gophers get quarterback

The Gophers landed a commitment from Tony Poljan, a 6-6, dual-threat quarterback from Lansing (Mich.) Catholic High School.

Poljan is a consensus three-star recruit who also had reported offers from Toledo, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

Poljan completed 65 percent of his passes last year as a junior, throwing for 2,802 yards and 34 touchdowns, and rushing for 1,017 yards and 22 touchdowns. He helped lead Lansing Catholic to the Division 5 state final. He was a first-team all-state selection and also an honorable mention all-state basketball playe


Golf: Former Gopher Robert Bell of Pierz, Minn., was among four U.S. Open local qualifiers at the Links at Northfolk in Ramsey. He shot a 3-under 69 to move on to sectional qualifying. Also advancing was Eric Rolland, Rogers (71).