Spieth looks to end victory drought at Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - If Jordan Spieth is going to end a victory drought that's approaching two years, the three-time major winner picked a good place to give himself a chance.

Spieth opened with a 5-under 65 at Colonial on Thursday in his second Texas homecoming in three weeks - coming off his best finish of the season at the PGA Championship - and trailed Tony Finau by one shot. Roger Sloan joined Spieth in the tie for second.

Back when he was collecting trophies regularly three years ago, Spieth won on the cozy course made famous by Ben Hogan, and that was between a pair of second-place finishes in Fort Worth. So when it comes to feeling good about his game, Spieth's in the right place, just a few miles from his hometown of Dallas.

But the former Texas Longhorn didn't necessarily have to be here, a week after tying for third at the PGA for his first top 20 this season.

"I didn't put it above or below any other week," said Spieth, whose last victory was the 2017 British Open. "I know my game has been progressing. I've been saying that for the last month or six weeks or so. Results just end up coming when I actually start playing better golf. Simply put, that's just what I've been doing."

Defending champion Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 74 with four bogeys on the back nine.

The other four players from the top 10 in the field also were over par: No. 7 Francesco Molinari (1-over 71), eighth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau (72), No. 9 Xander Schauffele (76) and 10th-ranked Rickie Fowler (74).

J.J. Henry, who played in college for Colonial neighbor TCU, and two-time Colonial runner-up Jason Dufner were among nine at 67. Ryan Palmer had the only bogey-free round on his home course, finishing at 68 with seven others.

Spieth kick-started his round by chipping in for birdie on the par-3 13th, his fourth hole of the round. He ended up with seven birdies in a span of 10 holes, the other highlight a 46-foot putt on No. 4.

PRO BASKETBALL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Durant won't be ready to play in time for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30.

The two-time reigning finals MVP has yet to return to on-court work while recovering from a strained right calf.

Big man DeMarcus Cousins might be healthy for Golden State's series opener against either Milwaukee or Toronto.

The team re-evaluated both players Thursday and they are expected to be ready at some point during Golden State's fifth straight finals.

NEW YORK (AP) - Breanna Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles tendon over the winter and is out for the year, a person familiar with the details said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because no official announcement has been made.

The league has no injury list for teams, so Seattle suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. The WNBA will pay Stewart in excess of the roughly $65,000 base salary she would have made with the Storm.

PRO BASEBALL

BALTIMORE (AP) - New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation.

The team announced it Thursday before the finale of the four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Sabathia pitched five innings against on Wednesday night and complained about knee soreness afterward.

He earned the victory despite allowing five runs and six hits. After the game, the 38-year-old Sabathia described it as "a shooting pain goes through every time that I land."

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