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Stricker overtakes Goydos

Steve Stricker shot a 66 Friday to take the 36-hole lead in the John Deere Classic at Silvis, Ill. Paul Goydos, who had sent a buzz through the golf world by shooting only the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history on Thursday, shot a 68 to trail Stricker, the defending champion, by a shot.

Rain delays Women's Open

Heavy rain that began with 100 of the 156 golfers still to begin or complete the second round caused play to be suspended for the day in the U.S. Women's Open at the Oakmont Country Club. Play will resume at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Oakmont Country Club, with the third round to begin with threesomes teeing off at 2:30 p.m.


Lance looking at mountain move

Lance Armstrong has his mind on the mountains. The seven-time Tour de France champion is in 18th place after Friday's sixth stage, which was won by Mark Cavendish for his second straight sprint-finish victory at Gueugnon. Overall race leader Fabian Cancellara was 41st. Armstrong may make a move in the climbs. Saturday's seventh stage is a 103-mile route along six low- to mid-grade climbs. But the first real shakeout of climbers' legs looms in Sunday's stage, featuring two tough climbs with an uphill finish into the Morzine-Avoriaz ski station. "I would look for more animation and more attacks on Sunday," Armstrong said.


Betting on match is scrutinized

Tennis officials are assessing reports of irregular betting on a first-round match between Richard Bloomfield and Christophe Rochus at the Hall of Fame grass-court tournament in Newport, R.I. Online gambling exchange Betfair told The Associated Press on Friday that Tuesday's match attracted an unusual $1.5 million in wagers and was the subject of dramatic price movement. Britain's Bloomfield won the match 7-6 (1), 6-3. Bloomfield, ranked No. 552, was rated even money against his 160th-ranked opponent. In the hours before the match, the odds on Bloomfield winning shortened to 1-4. After he won the first set, the odds shorted to 1-8. - AP


Thorp winner play for AIC

Terrell Williams, the 2008 Thorp Award winner from Hempstead, has signed to play for American International College this fall. Williams, 19, spent last year at St. Thomas More preparatory school in Oakdale, Conn., where the running back worked on his grades in order to attain NCAA eligibility. He was named post-graduate athlete of the year at the school after successful football, basketball and lacrosse campaigns, and he made the honor roll for the third and fourth marking periods.


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