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Rose leads, Tiger makes cut

Justin Rose is atop the leaderboard at Aronimink after a bogey-free 6-under-par 64 on Friday to build a one-shot lead over Jason Day and Charlie Wi going into the weekend of the AT&T National. Defending champion Tiger Woods made the cut on the number at 3-over-par 147 after shooting an even-par 70 in the second round. The PGA of America said Friday that Woods was among the first four players to enter this PGA Championship this August. The others were Masters champion Phil Mickelson, U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and two-time PGA champion Vijay Singh.

Wargo, 67, shoots a 65

Tom Wargo and Russ Cochran shared the lead at 7-under 65 after the opening round of the Montreal Championship. The 67-year-old Wargo shot under his age for the first time in an official tournament.

Choi leads Farr Classic

Yeon Choi followed her opening 64 with a 4-under 67 to build a two-stroke lead through the second round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic at Sylvania, Ohio. Fellow South Korean Inbee Park shot a 66, Christina Kim had a 67 and Alena Sharp a 68 to share second place at 9-under 133.

NHLPanthers sign Higgins

The Florida Panthers signed Chris Higgins, of Smithtown, to a $1.6 million, one-year contract Friday, with plans to make him the second-line left wing behind David Booth on the depth chart. Higgins was Montreal's first-round draft pick in 2002 and had 72 goals for the Canadiens in his first three full NHL seasons. He's scored 20 goals in the three years since, splitting time with the Rangers, Montreal and Calgary. "It's a great opportunity to come down and prove myself again, " said Higgins. General manager Dale Tallon said: "He'll be a top-six forward on our team." - APBASEBALL

Lyle to manage Atlantic All-Stars

When the Atlantic League All-Star game returns to Suffolk County Sports Park on July 6, the former Yankee and current Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle, the all-time winningest manager in Atlantic League history, will lead the Freedom Division team. Butch Hobson of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will manage the Liberty Division. The Ducks' Bud Harrelson and Kevin Baez were named to Hobson's coaching staff.


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