Roush Fenway lands Ortho as sponsor

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Roush Fenway Racing has landed Ortho as a sponsor for “roughly half” of Greg Biffle’s races next season.

Biffle’s team is losing sponsor 3M after this season. It will run under the Ortho colors beginning next week in Atlanta.

The new paint scheme features images of red fire ants and the words “fire ant killer.”

He said having Ortho as a sponsor is fortunate because he often encounters fire ants when parking his motor home at race tracks in the South.

McCusker leads LGA Senior by four shots

St. Francisville — Robert McCusker of Baton Rouge fired a 3-under par 68 Friday to grab a four-shot lead in the second round of the Louisiana Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at The Bluffs Golf Resort.

McCusker started the second round two shots off the lead.

Tied for second at 1 over are Page Breaux of St. Gabriel and Bill Land of Lafayette.

The Bluffs played to a par of 72. The field was cut to the low 60 and ties after second round play on Friday. Saturday’s play will begin at 7:30 a.m. off the first tee, with the leaders teeing off last at 10:30 a.m.

The LGA also conducted a Super Senior Championship (65 years of age and older) over 36 holes, and Les O’Neal of Denham Springs won the Super Senior Championship. O’Neal shot 73-71 to finish at even par 144 for the Championship.

O’Neal won a playoff over Russ Gaudin of Baton Rouge who also finished at even par 144. The playoff was decided on the par 4 first hole.

O’Neal made par and Gaudin made a bogey.

‘Sideways rain’ no problem for Phelps

GOLD COAST, Australia — Michael Phelps added the “crazy, sideways rain” to the list of things he’s learning from in his comeback to international competition, handling the bad weather conditions without too much trouble Saturday to qualify for the 100-meter butterfly final at the Pan Pacific championships.

The morning after claiming his first gold medal — as part of a U.S. relay team — since returning to competitive swimming in April after 1½ years in retirement, the 18-time Olympic champion was back in the outdoor pool at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for the butterfly preliminaries.

The veterans on the U.S. team restored some order in the butterfly after some upsets at the nationals, with Ryan Lochte leading qualifiers into Saturday night’s final in 51.55 seconds and Phelps just two-hundredths behind him.

Kvitova, Rybarikova win in Connecticut semis

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the finals of the Connecticut Open for the third straight year, beating Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 on Friday.

She will face a close friend, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, for the title. The 68th-ranked Rybarikova beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-4 in the first semifinal.

Kvitova, ranked No. 4, bombarded Stosur with 11 aces, nine in the first set, improving to 5-0 against the Australian in hard-court matches.

“It was hard to pick up her serve,” Stosur said. “Certain big points, she’d go to my forehand, then my backhand, so that was difficult.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press