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SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Laura Diaz got off to a surprising start at the Marathon Classic. Blaine Gabbert Jersey . Diaz shot a 9-under 62 for a four-stroke lead in Thursdays opening round. U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 73, 2008 Marathon winner Paula Creamer was at 72 along with another perennial contender at Highland Meadows, Morgan Pressel. The defending champion, Spains Beatriz Recari, and the worlds No. 1-ranked player, Stacy Lewis, a Toledo native, were well down the list at 1 under. "I definitely didnt have my best out there," Lewis said. Diaz sure did. "Im very happy to shoot 62; I would be lying if I said I wasnt," she said. "Its nice to get a good feeling after round one. To see the ball going in the hole, I think thats always a boost." Despite being winless in the past 12 years on the LPGA Tour, she stunned the field by birdieing her first five holes in a round that included nine birdies and no bogeys. She made a 30-footer on her fifth hole, the 14th. Then she stepped back and enjoyed the moment. "I kind of chuckled to myself -- well, out loud," she said. She had a chance at tying her career best of six consecutive birdies, but missed a 7-footer on the next hole. She added four more birdies the rest of the way to grab the big lead. Diaz, who won twice in 2002 and played on four U.S. Solheim Cup teams, has cut back on her competitive schedule in recent years while raising her two young children with her husband, Kevin Diaz. She hasnt finished inside the top 25 in a tour event since 2010. But she has regained a bit of her touch the past two outings, tying for 49th at the U.S. Womens Open at Pinehurst and then tying for 64th in Arkansas the following week. She then took off a few weeks to stay at home, watching her 8-year-old son Coopers swim meets. Daughter Lily, 4, hit the road with mom this week. "Ive been playing better this year than Ive played in the last four years, but Im still not where I would like to be," she said. "But its going in the right direction." Sharing second were second-year pro out of LSU Austin Ernst and Lee-Ann Pace, a South African who has won eight times on the Ladies European Tour. Leading the group of six players at 67 were Mo Martin and Lydia Ko. Martin stole the show at last weeks Womens British Open by capturing her first victory. She is still basking in the afterglow of that momentous win. "Im pretty tired and it still kind of feels like a dream," she said. "I was joking around with the trainers, saying, Can you massage here? Because my face hurts a little bit from smiling." Ko is a two-time winner of the Canadian Womens Open while an amateur who has already notched her first pro win this year on tour. Joining Martin and Ko at 4 under were Katie Burnett, Mariajo Uribe, Lindsey Wright and Marissa Steen. At 68 were 2012 Marathon winner So Yeon Ryu, Ai Miayazato, Julieta Granada, Ohio State grad Emma Jandel, Kelly Tan, Rebecca Lee-Bentham and Paola Moreno. Justin Bethel Jersey . Power had a two-lap average of 218.896 mph in qualifying Friday at the high-banked, high-speed 1 1/2-mile track for his 34th career pole. Markus Golden Jersey . After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91.Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - After a slow start, the Montreal Canadiens scored three unanswered goals to top the New York Islanders, 3-1, on Tuesday. Carey Price made 37 saves for the Canadiens, who have won five of their last six games. Montreal got second-period goals from Andrei Markov and Brendan Gallagher, and David Desharnais added an insurance marker late in the third period to seal the win. Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders 12 minutes into the game, but they did not light the lamp again as they lost their four-game winning streak. Chad Johnson got the start in net for New York and made 18 saves on 21 shots. The Canadiens needed 14 minutes just to get their first shot on goal, but the second period went much better. Montreal was able to tie the game six minutes into the middle period. With traffic in front of the net, Markov blasted a shot from the blue line past Johnson for the equalizer. Just five minutes later the Canadiens moved in front. On a 3-on-2, Gallagher dropped a pass off to Alex Galchenyuk and drove to the net. Galchenyuk set up Sergei Gonchar for a shot that was partially blocked, and Gallagher pounded the loose puck in the slot past Johnson for the 2-1 lead. Jared Veldheer Jersey. Late in the game the Canadiens added an insurance goal before New York could even get the extra attacker on the ice. In transition, Lars Eller found Desharnais cutting to the net, and Desharnais was able to redirect the pass past Johnson for the two-goal lead with 1:11 left in the game. The Islanders were buzzing early in the game, as they fired 11 shots on Price before Johnson had to make his first save. New York capitalized on that fast start with the first goal. After some strong skating through the neutral zone from John Tavares created a 2-on-1 rush, Okposo received Tavares pass and snapped the puck by Price for the 1-0 lead. Game Notes Price moved passed Ken Dryden for third-most games in Canadiens history by a goaltender ... Markov has two goals and four assists in a five-game point streak ... This was Markovs 800th NHL game, all with Montreal ... Galchenyuk has four goals and three assists in his four-game point streak ... 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