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Fred Funk leads Greater Hickory Classic

Fred Funk leads Greater Hickory Classic

CONOVER, N.C. (AP) Fred Funk took a one-stroke lead over Larry Mize in the Greater Hickory Classic on Saturday, shooting his second straight bogey-free 6-under 66.

``I really jump-started my round with a save on No. 2,'' Funk said. ``I drove it into the bunker and had to wedge it out for par. Then I made a 30-footer (putt) on the next hole (for birdie), and that got me going.''

The winner at The Woodlands in Texas in May for his seventh Champions Tour title, Funk has gone 42 holes without a bogey since the 13th hole Sunday in the final round of the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.

He also extended his run of bogey-free holes at Rock Barn to 66, beginning with the seventh hole of the second round of last year's tournament.

``I've missed quite a few chances where I could've had more birdies,'' said Funk, who has 10 birdies and an eagle in two rounds. ``I've played pretty solid ... but I'm not going to complain about a 66.''

Funk had six birdies Saturday, but spent most of the day tied with Mize for the lead until draining a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

``My only goal is to go out there, let it happen and not force the issue,'' said Funk, who shot 62 in the final round of last year's tournament to finish second. ``Someone can get on a run, because the greens are a lot faster and rolling really true. The scores are higher than they were last year.''

The 54-year-old Mize, a former Masters champion whose lone Champions Tour win came in 2010 in the Montreal Championship shot a 67.

``I played pretty solid yesterday, and I played pretty solid again today,'' said Mize, who overcame a bogey with six birdies, including three straight on Nos. 12-14. ``Obviously, I have to keep this up. Fred's going to be tough, and there are other guys out there as well.''

Defending champion Mark Wiebe, Chip Beck and Duffy Waldorf were four strokes back at 8 under. Beck and Waldorf shot 67, and Wiebe had a 69.

First-round leader Dan Forsman, struggling with back problems, was 7 under after a 72.

Bernhard Langer, who leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings and the tour's money list, shot 69 to finish at 5 under. Tom Lehman, who trails Langer by 69 points, fell to 2 under after a 74.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.

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Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.