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AKRON, Ohio -- Golf in Ohio must bring out the best in William McGirt.One month afte
AKRON, Ohio -- Golf in Ohio must bring out the best in William McGirt.One month after his first PGA Tour victory at the Memorial, McGirt looked just as good two hours up the road at the Bridgestone Invitational. In his World Golf Championship debut, he opened with six birdies and finished with a 45-foot par for a 6-under 64 and a 3-shot lead.An Ohio sweep? That has happened only four times, and McGirt made a strong guess at the answer.Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods and Tiger Woods? he said. That would be pretty special company.He left out Greg Norman in 1995 (Memorial and World Series of Golf). But that makes it no less a select group.McGirt had some decent company behind him after an opening round of warm sunshine and fast conditions at Firestone. Jason Day, the worlds No. 1 player, was among three players at 67, while Jordan Spieth?managed to post a 68, despite having only one birdie attempt (he missed) in his first 10 holes.I wasnt supposed to shoot 2 under today, Spieth said.U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson had a U.S. Open kind of round -- 15 pars, two birdies and a bogey -- for a 69. His big celebration was walking off the 11th green to learn his alma mater, Coastal Carolina, had just won the College World Series for its first national title. His golf wasnt bad, considering he didnt practice much last week while celebrating his first major (and 32nd birthday) in The Bahamas.I didnt expect a whole lot today, Johnson said. I always expect to play well, but this golf course is playing tough.Only 17 players of the 61-man field broke par. The first round ended with only 58 players.Daniel Berger withdrew after his opening tee shot with a shoulder injury. Brooks Koepka withdrew after 13 holes because of an ankle injury. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, playing at Firestone for the first time since 2009, withdrew after a 78 because of what was described as a torn labrum.The field was missing Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Danny Willett, among several European Tour players who opted to play the French Open this week.McGirt had never played in a WGC until he became eligible with his playoff victory at Muirfield Village a month ago. He showed up at Firestone on Sunday, played nine holes and rode in a cart on the back nine.I fell in love with the place because length is not everything out here, McGirt said. You have to drive it in the fairway. You have to drive it in the correct spots in the fairways to be able to attack pins. I love it because you cant stand up there and just hit it as hard as you want, go find it and hack it on the green. Its an old, traditional-style golf course, which I absolutely love. I dont know, maybe its something with Ohio I like.The most peculiar round belonged to Spieth, who said he has been in a lull the past month as he searches for something in his swing, particularly his wedges. It had the look of a score closer to 74 or 75, except the former Masters and U.S. Open champion kept hanging in there with pars. One shot hit a tree and bounced forward over the water into a bunker. He whiffed on a 7-iron that left him a tough pitch, but he managed to save par from 8 feet.He ended the front nine with par-saving putts from 20 feet and 25 feet. It wasnt until the 15th hole that he had back-to-back birdie putts, and he started converting them. He holed the last four.Im really just searching for something that isnt far off, thats real simple, Spieth said. It really is only taking place on my scoring clubs, but thats where you need them. Its close. Its almost there. And when it clicks, were definitely in business, the way the short game is.Emiliano Grillo and Jimmy Walker?were at 67 with Day, while Spieth was joined by Rickie Fowler, Anirban Lahiri and Charley Hoffman.Day said he felt a burden lifted when he made his announcement to not play in the Olympics because of Zika concerns, but he didnt think that equated to his golf. It was a tidy round with only one bogey and four birdies and a pair of tough par saves from a bunker on No. 9 and behind the green on the par-5 16th.It was just kind of a weird feeling of a day where I kind of made some good pars, kept the momentum going and all of a sudden I shot 67, Day said. Ive just got to keep grinding until Sunday is over. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Super Bowl Jersey . U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield in Manhattan agreed that lawyers on both sides could make their formal requests by Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled for a day earlier. 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Junior Alexa Filley recorded her third triple-double of the season, finishing with 10 kills, 42 assists and 10 digs. Junior libero Jesse Earl earned her fourth double-double as she tied a season-high with 29 digs and dished out 13 assists. Sophomore Brenna McIlroy led the Tigers with 18 kills and added 10 digs for her ninth double-double this year.Freshman Gwyn Jones chipped in 14 kills for the Tigers, while senior Breanna Barksdale had nine and junior Macy Reece finished with seven.Defensively, juniors Kelly Stewart and Tate Pember also had double-digit dig performances as Stewart finished with 12 and Pember had 10. The Tiger defenders at the net came away with 12 blocks on the day as Barksdale tied a career-high with eight. Filley had four blocks, while Reece finished with three.Lexi Thompson and Kate Gibson led the Rebels (14-11, 3-9) with 18 and 16 kills, respectively. Setter Aubrey Edie had 47 assists and 15 digs, while libero Caroline Adams totaled 18 digs on the day.Tough serving from Earl led to an early 6-1 advantage in the first. Ole Miss responded with a run to come with one at 7-6 before a kill from Jones and an Earl service ace led to a 15-10 Auburn lead. The Rebels came out of a media timeout and chipped away at the Tiger lead, eventually tying it up at 21-all.dddddddddddd. Ole Miss went on to take the set, 25-23.The teams battled back and forth to open set two. Tied at 12, a six-point Tiger run pushed the home team to an 18-12 advantage and Rebel attack errors gave Auburn set point at 24-16. Barksdale sealed the set with a kill, 25-16.The third stanza was one of long runs for the Tigers as the team opened with a 4-0 lead and pushed to a 13-5 advantage. Kills from Jones and Barksdale put Auburn up 20-11 and a Rebel error made it set point, 24-16. Ole Miss held off the Tigers for a couple of points, but a Barksdale kill put Auburn up 2-1 with a 25-19 set win.A kill from Filley and a service ace by McIlroy highlighted the opening to the fourth as the Tigers went up 6-2. The Rebels used a run midway through the set to tie it up at 12-all and a pair of three-point Ole Miss rallies made it 22-18 in favor of the visitors. Ole Miss sent the match to the fifth with a 25-21 win.The Rebels carried their momentum into the final frame and forced an Auburn timeout with a 6-2 lead. An Ole Miss kill made it 11-7 before a kill from McIlroy and aggressive serving by Earl led to a 6-0 Auburn run, giving the Tigers a 13-11 advantage. Another McIlroy kill put Auburn at match point and McIlroy gave AU the win with her 18th kill of the day, 15-13.Auburn hits the road again for a Wednesday night match at rival Alabama. The Tigers and the Tide face off at 5 p.m. CT on ESPNU in Tuscaloosa. ' ' '

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