Former Stanford star Patrick Rodgers shot a 5-under 65 on Thursday and was tied for second place at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Defending champion Jonas Blixt shot a 64 at Old White TPC. The 2012 Frys.com Open winner began on No. 10 and had six birdies on his first nine.

Rodgers is looking to make his third straight cut since turning pro. He holed a 118-yard wedge for eagle on the par-4 first hole -- his 10th hole of the day. After the round, he was back on the driving range.

"Being a new pro out here, you're always trying to figure out and establish your routines," he said, "and mine is just kind of cool down after the round and working on the things I felt like I can improve."

Others at 65 included ex-Cal star James Hahn, Chris Kirk and D.A. Points.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson shot a 71.

  • Kevin Stadler shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead at the French Open in Aint-Quentin-En-Yvelines. U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer had a 72.

  • Fred Couples (back injury) and Craig Stadler (back) withdrew from next week's U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National (Okla.).

    NFL

    Miami defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended for the first four games of the season after testing positive for a stimulant prohibited by the NFL. In a statement released by the team, Jordan took "full responsibility" for the positive test. He was the third overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Oregon. As a rookie, Jordan had 26 tackles and two sacks. The suspension takes Jordan out of the Dolphins-Raiders game Sept. 28.


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  • Indianapolis backup receiver LaVon Brazill was suspended for the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

  • Seven retired players, including former Raiders and 49ers running back Rock Cartwright, are objecting to a proposed settlement of concussion claims, calling it a "lousy deal" for ex-players whose symptoms don't qualify them for compensation. The players' lawyers filed a motion in federal court in Philadelphia urging a judge to reject the settlement between the league and as many as 20,000 retired players. "The revised settlement is a great deal -- for the NFL and class counsel," who would get $112.5 million in attorneys' fees, the motion said. A revised settlement agreement filed last week removed a $675 million cap on damages.

    Colleges

    Northwestern urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize. In a brief filed just hours ahead of a deadline, the school laid out its opposition to student athletes forming a union.

  • Oklahoma added receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was dismissed by Missouri in April after three run-ins with police.

    Track and field

    In his return from a one-year doping ban, Tyson Gay was second to Justin Gatlin, who ran 9.80 seconds in the 100 meters at the Athletissima in Lausanne, Switzerland. Gay clocked 9.93.

    WNBA

    Courtney Paris had 12 points and 15 rebounds in Tulsa's 96-83 win over Connecticut. Chiney Ogwumike had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun. Ogwumike's sister Nneka had 21 points in Los Angeles' 70-56 win over Seattle.