Tiger Woods doesn't feel as though he's on a roll, but it sure seems that way.
Woods reached all the par 5s in two, had control of his irons, made one good escape from the trees and holed enough putts yesterday for a 6-under-par 65 that gave him an early one-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.
"Turned out to be a really nice day," he said.
Billy Andrade, inspired by watching fellow New Englander Brad Faxon win last week in Connecticut, holed an 8-iron from 156 yards for eagle on the 13th hole on his way to a 66, his best round since May. He was tied with Carlos Franco, Briny Baird and Steve Lowery.
Woods was more solid than spectacular on a gorgeous day on the TPC at Boston, but it served as an example of how comfortable he has become with changes to his swing. In his seven PGA Tour events since missing the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship in May, Woods has won twice and finished no worse than a tie for fourth. . . .
Sherri Turner and Tina Barrett shot 3-under 69s to move into a tie for the lead after two rounds of the LPGA State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill. . . .
Sergio Garcia shot a 6-under 65 for a three-stroke lead over Garry Houston after two rounds of the European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland. . . .
Hale Irwin and Dana Quigley both shot 6-under pars 66s to share a one-stroke lead over three players after the opening round of the Wal-Mart First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif.
* PRO BASKETBALL: Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a six-time NBA MVP and the leading career scorer in league history, has been hired by the team as a special assistant coach. Abdul-Jabbar, 58, played in the NBA for 20 seasons -- six with the Milwaukee Bucks and 14 with the Lakers. He scored 38,387 points before retiring in 1989. . . .
Free agent Michael Finley officially signed with the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. . . .
Restricted free agent guard Devin Brown has signed an offer sheet with the Utah Jazz, giving the San Antonio Spurs a week to match it. . . .
Lindsay Whalen scored 27 points, and Nykesha Sales grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the host Connecticut Sun to a 75-67 victory over the Detroit Shock and sweep its WNBA playoff series. . . . The Sacramento Monarchs got 13 points apiece from Ticha Penicheiro and Yolanda Griffith, and swept the visiting Los Angeles Sparks out of the WNBA playoffs, 81-63.
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