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By Associated Press


Furyk leads in the clubhouse, Hossler also contending

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 2003 champion Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) was still clinging to a one-stroke lead as the last few pairings made the turn in the second round of the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Furyk signed for a 1-under 69 today and is 1-under for the tourney. Tiger Woods was one stroke back with three to play, and David Toms was also even through 13 holes in his second round.

Seventeen-year-old amateur Beau Hossler briefly led the tournament and minus-2 until he carded two bogeys and a double-bogey in a five-hole stretch on the front nine. Hossler was three shots back with one hole to play.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy and top-ranked Luke Donald will likely fail to make the cut.


Dempster dominates again, Cubs beat Red Sox 3-0

UNDATED (AP) — Ryan Dempster and Steve Clevenger helped Theo Epstein's current club beat his old one this afternoon.

Dempster scattered four hits over seven innings as the Chicago Cubs blanked the Boston Red Sox 3-0. Dempster lowered his ERA to 2.11 and stretched his scoreless string to 22 innings. He was staked to a first-inning lead on Clevenger's two-run double.

Carlos Marmol preserved the shutout by getting Dustin Pedroia to hit into a game-ending force play at third with the bases loaded.


Rangers' Hamilton in hospital for intestinal virus

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is in the hospital because he has an intestinal virus.

The Rangers said Hamilton was being given fluids because of a virus going around in his family. He was expected to be released within 12-24 hours.

Hamilton and Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn share the major-league lead with 22 home runs.

Also in the majors, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kyle Drabek (DRAY'-behk) is facing the possibility of a second Tommy John surgery after an MRI today revealed a torn ligament in his throwing elbow. The former first-round pick underwent the procedure five years ago and left Wednesday's start against Washington in the fifth inning after a "popping" in the back of the elbow. He will get a second opinion on the elbow on Monday.

Major League Baseball has turned down the New York Mets' appeal of an official scoring decision during R.A. Dickey's one-hitter against Tampa Bay Wednesday night. The Mets were hoping MLB would change B.J. Upton's first-inning single into an error on David Wright at third base. Wright made a ninth-inning miscue in the same game, ending Dickey's string of consecutive scoreless innings at a team-record 32 2/3 innings.

The Atlanta Braves have recalled right-hander Kris Medlen from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated right-hander Livan Hernandez for assignment. The 37-year-old Hernandez was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA and one save with the Braves.


College baseball's best in the Heartland

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — College baseball's World Series has gotten under way in Omaha, Neb.

UCLA opened the event by blasting Stony Brook 9-1.

Arizona and Florida State will go at it in the nightcap.


Game 2 a ratings magnet

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The NBA Finals' Game 2 drew the highest preliminary television rating since 2004.

The Miami Heat's 100-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night on ABC earned an 11.8 overnight rating. The network says that's up 12 percent from last year's series between the Heat and Dallas Mavericks.

Game 2 of the 2004 finals between the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers drew a 12.3 overnight rating.

Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints owner Tom Benson has officially gained control of the New Orleans Hornets from the NBA.

The completion of the $338 million sale of the NBA club comes two days after the league's board of governors approved the decision to sell to Benson.


Sloan out of consideration in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) —Charlotte Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has notified the team that he has pulled out of the running for the head coaching position.

Sloan was one of three finalists for the job, along with Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder.


NFL being compliant

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has turned over some evidence to the four players suspended for the Saints bounty program. But lawyers for the players are seeking more information.

Current Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith, Green Bay DE Anthony Hargrove and Cleveland LB Scott Fujita will have their appeals heard Monday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL').

League spokesman Greg Aiello says the NFL has "followed the procedures set forth in the CBA on appeals of commissioner discipline."

Those procedures include the parties exchanging "copies of any exhibits upon which they intend to rely no later than three calendar days prior to the hearing."

Vilma has been suspended for the 2012 season, while Smith got four games. Hargrove is suspended for eight games and Fujita for three.


Armstrong's former team manager speaks out

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The team manager behind Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive Tour de France victories says he's innocent of doping charges raised by U.S. officials.

In a statement he posted on his website and Twitter, Johan Bruyneel (broo-NEEL') says he never participated in any doping activities and is dismayed by the charges.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is accusing Armstrong, Bruyneel and several others connected to the teams of participating in a doping conspiracy.

Bruyneel, who is currently manager of the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team, says he will cooperate with the USADA (yoo-SAH'-duh) investigation but is confident he and the others will be cleared of wrongdoing.

Armstrong insists he is innocent.


Franchitti fastest in qualifying

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Dario Franchitti has won the pole position for Saturday's IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile, and will lead the field to the green flag for the second year in a row.

Franchitti was fastest in Friday's qualifying session, turning a two-lap average of 168.737 mph to win the 27th pole of his IndyCar career. Franchitti won the Milwaukee race from pole position last year.

Justin Wilson, last week's winner at Texas, qualified second. Ryan Hunter-Reay (ray) was third, followed by points leader Will Power and Rubens Barrichello (behr-ih-KEHL'-oh).

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