Illinois Gold Fastpitch holding tryouts
The Illinois Gold Fastpitch travel softball program will have tryouts today at Davis Junction Fields, 103 W. Lincoln Ave. in Davis Junction.
Tryouts for 10-18U will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with check-in at 5 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, 10-12U tryouts will run from 9 to 11 a.m.; tryouts for 14-18U will be from noon to 2 p.m. Check-in for both age groups will be at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., respectively.
The 18U team coached by Derron Sellers will have additional tryouts from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at Westside Park, 700 W. North St., Polo.
Go to leaguelineup.com/illinoisgoldfastpitch and select the form tab at the top of the page to pre-register.
Crimson Tide sit atop preseason poll
Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll.
The Crimson Tide received 61 of 65 first-place votes from the coaches, with three going to No. 2 Clemson and one to No. 3 Ohio State.
Georgia is No. 4, followed by Oklahoma. Washington debuts at No. 6, and Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State and Auburn round out the top 10.
The Big Ten has five teams in the top 14 of the poll, with Michigan State at No. 12 and Michigan at No. 14. The Big 12 has only one top-15 team, but No. 16 TCU, No. 20 West Virginia, No. 21 Texas and No. 25 Oklahoma State all made the rankings.
UCF, the lone FBS unbeaten from 2017, comes in at No. 23.
Lee leads after first round of Women’s British Open
No. 8-ranked Minjee Lee shot a 7-under 65, including a right-to-left putt for eagle from 25 feet on the par-5 15th hole, to lead by one stroke after the first round of the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham on Thursday.
Mamiko Higa was a shot behind after a 66, while five players – Georgia Hall, Teresa Lu, Park Sung-hyun, Lee Mi-hyang and Pornanong Phatlum – were a further stroke back.
Jutanugarn shot 71, while second-ranked Inbee Park dropped had a 76.
Michelle Wie withdrew midway through her first round because of a right hand injury.
Poulter leads starstudded field in Ohio
Ian Poulter fired an 8-under 62 Thursday at Firestone County Club in Akron, Ohio and held a one-shot lead after the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational.
Rickie Fowler and Kyle Stanley each had a 63, while Jon Rahm, Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay were another shot behind. Seven players were in the group at 65, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jason Day.
Tiger Woods settled for a 66.
Jordan Spieth salvaged a 71. Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1 player coming off his third victory this year at the Canadian Open last week, managed a 69. British Open champion Francesco Molinari had a 70.