Day leads PGA, Koepka 1 shot back

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jason Day took his first step toward a return to the spotlight in the majors Thursday at the PGA Championship.

Brooks Koepka never seems to leave.

Day took advantage of a TPC Harding Park that never felt this accommodating during the practice rounds. With only a mild breeze and a welcome appearance by the sunshine, he finished his bogey-free round of 5-under 65 with an approach to 6 feet for birdie on No. 9, the toughest hole on the course at 518 yards.

76ers' Simmons may be out several weeks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia's Ben Simmons is seeking treatment options on his injured left knee, and the 76ers are unsure the extent of the issue or how many games the All-Star could miss.

Simmons left Philadelphia's game against Washington on Wednesday midway through the third quarter because of injury, officially diagnosed as a suffered a subluxation of the left patella. A subluxation is a partial and temporary dislocation; the patella is the kneecap. (MORE)

66 NFL players opt out of season

A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen.

Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday's deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, while those voluntarily opting out receive $150,000 as an advance against future salaries. (MORE)

Coaches' poll: Clemson, OSU, Tide 1-2-3

Clemson is No. 1 in the USA Today coaches' preseason poll for a second straight year.

The Tigers received 38 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Thursday. Clemson is seeking its third national title in five years after losing 42-25 to LSU in last season's championship game. (MORE)

Star PSU LB Parsons opts out of season

Penn State All-American Micah Parsons and two more college stars announced Thursday they are opting out of the coming college football season, which is in doubt because of the coronavirus pandemic, and looking toward the NFL draft.

Parsons made his announcement with a social media pos t as did Purdue receiver Rondale Moore a few hours later. The news about Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau was delivered by Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz, who found out about his sack leader skipping the season during a conference call with reporters. (MORE)

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