Sports briefs | Manatee High's Gianna Tomeo wins Utah Junior Open by six shots

HERALD STAFF, WIRE REPORTSJuly 5, 2013 

Golf: Manatee's Tomeo wins Utah tourney

SYRACUSE, UTAH -- Manatee High rising junior Gianna Tomeo shot a pair of 72s and eased away from the field for a six-shot victory in the girls 15-18 division of the Utah Junior Open Big I qualifier on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The victory advances Tomeo to the Big I national tournament Aug. 6-10 at Pinehurst in North Carolina. She also gained an exemption for the National Optimist Tournament from July 30-Aug. 3 at PGA National in West Palm Beach.

ELSEWHERE -- Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner each shot an 8-under 62 to share a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Webb Simpson and Jin Park were close behind after 64s. Daniel Summerhays, Tag Ridings, Steven Bowditch and Neal Lancaster were another shot back. ... Anders Hansen of Denmark shot a 5-under 66 to lead by a stroke after the first round of the French Open in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.

College football: UF QB Driskel signs with Bosox

GAINESVILLE -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel could take a swing at another sport.

Driskel announced Thursday that he has signed with the Boston Red Sox, who selected him as an outfielder in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft last month, but said he is committed to finishing his college career with the Gators and pursing an NFL job.

Driskel has thrown for 1,794 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons, one as a full-time starter. The junior from Orlando also set a single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (177).

Cycling: Greipel wins 6th stage; Impey leads Tour

MONTPELLIER, France -- Stage 6 of the 100th Tour de France was a textbook demonstration of teamwork.

Like playing pass the parcel, an Australian deliberately handed over the race lead to help a South African teammate and friend become the first rider from that country to wear the famed yellow jersey.

And Andre Greipel, who won the stage with a fierce finishing sprint, owed a debt of gratitude to teammates who plied him with drinks all afternoon, ferrying bottles back and forth from cars at the back of the race, so he didn't melt in the scorching sun.

"Room service," the big German said light-heartedly.

As the new leader of cycling's showcase race, Daryl Impey can look forward to some first-class treatment, too. Being the first South African to wear the yellow jersey "will definitely change my life," he said.

NHL: Giroux signs eight-year deal with Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux isn't leaving Philadelphia any time soon, Danny Briere is heading home to his native Quebec and Patrik Elias is staying in New Jersey.

And leave it to the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars to steal the headlines by completing a blockbuster trade a day before the start of the NHL's free agency period. In exchanging seven players, the rebuilding Stars acquired forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley in exchange for veteran forward Loui Eriksson.

The trade should be a benefit to the Bruins in their approach to free agency. They were able to clear about $4.75 million in space under the salary cap, which they can use to add and re-sign players.

A person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press that Giroux had agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth more than $64 million.

ELSEWHERE -- Paul MacLean, the NHL's coach of the year, has signed a three-year extension with the Ottawa Senators.

NBA: Hawks, Korver agree to deal

ATLANTA -- A person with knowledge of the deal says the Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement to re-sign guard-forward Kyle Korver to a multiyear deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

Korver averaged 10.9 points per game and ranked second in the NBA by making 45.7 percent of his 3-point shots. Korver also had reported interest from Brooklyn, Milwaukee and San Antonio.

ELSEWHERE -- A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent forward Earl Clark. ... The Charlotte Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz, said people familiar with the situation.

Soccer: FIFA imposes home-match ban on Iraq

ZURICH -- Iraq has been declared off-limits again for international exhibition soccer games amid a wave of deadly bombings.

Soccer's governing body says it wrote to the Iraqi Football Association and confirmed "the suspension to authorize international friendly matches in the Iraqi territory."

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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