Mika Miyazato takes early lead in NW Ark.

ROGERS — Mika Miyazato fired a 6-under 65 on Friday to grab a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Miyazato, last year’s Safeway Classic winner, shared second at this event last year behind winner Ai Miyazato, who is no relation.

Angela Stanford, the 2009 runner-up, and So Yeon Ryu opened with rounds of 5- under 66 at Pinnacle Country Club and they share second.

Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are among 10 players tied for fourth at minus-4.


Miss. State advances to CWS championship series

OMAHA, Neb. — Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run homer to fuel Mississippi State’s 4-1 victory over Oregon State on Friday at the College World Series.

C.T. Bradford added a pair of hits and drove in the other run for the Bulldogs, who await the winner of the later UCLA/North Carolina tilt in the best-of-three games championship series.

Kendall Graveman tossed 5 2/3 innings of effective ball, scattering four hits and one run for the win.

Andy Peterson’s sixth-inning RBI single was all the offense for the Beavers, who had scored just two runs in their last two games after an 11-4 blowout decision over Louisville.

Reports: Warrant issued for Patriots’ Hernandez

BOSTON — A warrant for the arrest of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has reportedly been issued.

According to ABC News and FOX-25 in Boston, the arrest warrant is for obstruction of justice involving the murder investigation of Odin Lloyd.

Lloyd was found dead near Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Mass., on Monday night. Police have already met with Hernandez twice during the early stages of the investigation.

On Thursday, FOX-25 cited a law enforcement source as saying that Hernandez and Lloyd were with two other men at a bar in Boston on the night of the homicide and left together in a vehicle driven by Hernandez. The report said it is still unclear as to what happened afterward.

Watson grabs lead at Travelers Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. — Bubba Watson carded a 3-under 67 on Friday to jump into the top spot at the Travelers Championship.

Watson finished 36 holes at TPC River Highlands at 10-under-par 130.

Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington shot matching 4-under 66s to move into a share of second at 8-under, while Tag Ridings tied the low round of the day with a 5-under 65 to move into a tie for fourth at minus-7.

— Staff and wire reports