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Defending champ Choi leads LPGA Malaysia

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Defending champ Choi leads LPGA Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Defending champion Na Yeon Choi took a two-stroke lead Friday in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a 4-under 67 to reach 10 under.

The U.S. Women's Open winner in July for her first major title and only victory of the year, Choi was 11 under after birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. The South Korean player bogeyed the par-3 17th and closed with a par at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

``I think I had a pretty good round,'' Choi said. ``I got two bogeys, but I think I'm still in pretty good position. I really like to play this golf course. I have a lot of confidence. I hit a lot of good shots with my irons. I really looked forward to this week, to get good results like last year.''

American Sydnee Michaels was second after a 65. The tour rookie had five birdies on the back nine in hot and humid conditions.

``I definitely got on a roll,'' Michaels said. ``I gave myself good birdie chances every time. I made the putts. So I was rolling the ball really well. ... It is really, really hot. But, I mean, I have my little sun umbrella, my compression sleeve, so I'm trying to manage.''

Norway's Suzann Pettersen shot a tournament-record 64 to match American Lizette Salas and Japan's Momoko Ueda and Mika Miyazato at 7 under.

``Yesterday felt like I just had to flush through a round of golf after a long week in Africa last week,'' Pettersen said. ``I've been feeling really good with my putter, starting in Alabama a couple, three weeks ago. It's just continuing. I feel like I can be aggressive, trust my instinct.''

The eight-time LPGA Tour champion is winless this year.

``This year has been kind of a little bit of an odd year,'' Pettersen said.

Salas had a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th in her 67. She used a 9-iron on the 130-yard hole.

``I'll take it,'' Salas said. ``It's only my third hole-in-one, first on tour. You don't get to hear that all too often, a hole-in-one in Malaysia. So that's pretty cool. I'm just having fun.''

Ueda also shot 67, and Miyazato had a 69.

Australia's Karrie Webb, tied with Choi for the first-round lead after a 65, had a 71 to drop into a tie for seventh at 6 under. American Paula Creamer also was in the group at 6 under after a 67.

Min Lee, the 17-year-old Taiwanese amateur who opened with a 66, was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after shooting a 73. She signed for a 4 on the par-4 13th, but made a 5. Lee also was disqualified last month for signing an incorrect scorecard after the Taiwan Amateur Championship, costing her a victory.

Michelle Wie was 5 over after a 72.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng followed her opening 78 with a 72, leaving her tied for 61st at 8 over among the 69 remaining players. The Taiwanese star has struggled after winning three times in the first five events of the season.

American Morgan Pressel was 68th at 20 over with rounds of 79 and 83.

The tournament opens the tour's four-event Asian swing. The HanaBank Championship is next week in South Korea, followed by stops in Taiwan and Japan.

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.

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That time new Wizard Troy Brown dunked on No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley

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That time new Wizard Troy Brown dunked on No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley

Back in high school, the newest Washington Wizard Troy Brown was an athletic freak. So much so that Brown dunked over the No. 2 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Marvin Bagley III.

Playing at Centennial High School from Las Vegas, Nevada, the 15th overall pick went straight at the dominating 6-11 Bagley and posterized the man.

Now from the other side: 

Although both were merely kids at the time (an each a few inches shorter), still you cannot question the confidence and athleticism of the Wizards' top pick. 

Heck, Brown is still athletic.

Now Oregon never got the chance to play Duke this past season, but Brown will get two chances for another poster on his wall with Bagley now on the Sacramento Kings. 

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