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US veteran Jim Furyk fired a bogey-free seven-under 63 on Friday to seize a share of the Canadian Open second-round lead alongside Tim Petrovic with home hope Graham DeLaet lurking. Petrovic joined Furyk on 10-under 130 with a four-under par 66, while DeLaet, like Furyk, matched the Royal Montreal Golf Club's Blue Course record with a 63 for 132. DeLaet shared third place on eight-under with American Kyle Stanley, who posted a 67. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell carded a 65 for 133, heading a group that also included American Justin Hicks (67), Scott Brown (66) and Andrew Svoboda (66).
For America's team of LPGA stars at the International Crown, winning twice Friday after a humbling start was nice, but handshakes with US Olympic swim star Michael Phelps were priceless. Phelps, whose record haul of 22 Olympic medals includes 18 golds, greeted Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis at the eighth hole of their 2-up triumph over Spain's Azahara Munoz and Carlotta Ciganda in the eight-team global match-play event. "I have to say that the highlight of the day was shaking Michael Phelps's hand," Creamer said. "Yeah, Michael Phelps, I almost fell over."
(Reuters) - Canada's Graham DeLaet has his sights set on ending one of golf's oldest title droughts, and was in "a great position" just two shots behind leaders Jim Furyk and Tim Petrovic after the Canadian Open second round in Montreal. No Canadian has won the country's national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954, and DeLaet will start the weekend within striking distance after reeling off nine birdies in a seven-under-par 63 on Royal Montreal's Blue Course on Friday. Not since Mike Weir led at the halfway mark 10 years ago has a Canadian been so well-placed after two rounds. Left-hander Weir went on to lose to Vijay Singh in a playoff.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three months after coach Mike D'Antoni resigned, the struggling Los Angeles Lakers are expected to offer former player Byron Scott the job, multiple media outlets reported on Friday. According to ESPN and the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have begun contract negotiations with Scott and are likely to reach an agreement within the next few days. Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant 'Showtime' era in the 1980s and has worked as a head coach in the league for 13 years, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As expected, star running back Marshawn Lynch failed to show for the first day of Super Bowl champion Seattle's pre-season training camp over contract issues. Seahawks general manager John Schneider addressed the situation on the team's flagship radio station without saying whether the team was willing to satisfy Lynch's demand to restructure the last two years on his contract. Lynch ran 301 times for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns, last season to help Seattle reach the Super Bowl, where they routed Denver 43-8.
Sakura Yokomine sank a 15-foot par putt at 18 to complete an astonishing fightback and keep Japan undefeated and atop the field Friday at the LPGA International Crown matches. Standing 6-down with seven holes to play, Yokomine and Ai Miyazato rallied to split two points with Australia's Katherine Kirk and Lindsey Wright. Mika Miyazato and Mamiko Higa also rallied in a 3-and-2 win over Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee. Thailand were next on five points and Taiwan, South Korea and the United States all had four points entering Saturday's final four-ball matches.
(Reuters) - NBA All-Star guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards has been added to the U.S. national team roster following the withdrawal of Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, USA Basketball announced on Friday. "We are excited that John is now able to participate in our training camp. He had an outstanding season with the Wizards and was a strong performer for us at last year's national team mini-camp," USA Basketball chief Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.
NBA All-Star guard John Wall was added Friday to the US squad for a pre-World Cup training camp while Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Lakers withdrew from 2014 national team duty. Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball's managing director of the national team, made the announcement, which comes three days before the start of training camp in Las Vegas on Monday.
(Reuters) - Tony La Russa, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, believes there is room in the Hall for tainted stars from the so-called Steroids Era. Pitcher Roger Clemens and sluggers Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire should be included in the shrine as stars of their generation, attached with an asterisk to note the questions that surround their achievements, former manager La Russa told ESPN. Those players deserve recognition as the best of their time despite being linked to performance enhancers, said La Russa, who will join five other new inductees at Cooperstown this weekend. “If you were a Hall of Famer during that period as far as your pitching and playing, I would create some kind of asterisk, where everybody understands that, ‘Look, we have some questions, but you were still the dominant pitchers and players of your time,'” said La Russa.
Englishman David Horsey picked up four birdies over his final six holes to move two shots clear after the second round of the Russian Open on Friday. The 29-year-old, who hasn't tasted a European victory since Morocco three years ago, carded a 68 to follow his opening round 65, as he carries a narrow advantage into the weekend over Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters. He is now 11 under par on the par 72 Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club. Scotland's Pete Whiteford, who has missed the cut at his last eight tournaments, lies in third place and four shots back after a one under par 71 that at one point saw him four over par for the day.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge refused to toss out murder and firearms charges against ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in last summer's killing of a semi-professional soccer player. Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh in a ruling late Thursday rejected the defense's argument that prosecutors lack probable cause to charge Hernandez in the execution-style slaying of Odin Lloyd, 27, near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Boston. Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including five counts related to illegal firearms possession. A tight end and one of the league's top franchises, Hernandez had been a rising NFL star before he lost his $41 million contract with the New England Patriots.