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By Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Round three of the U.S. Open is under way, but the leaders still have hours to kill before heading back out at The Olympic Club (6:05 p.m. Eastern). Tiger Woods shared the top spot on the leaderboard with David Toms and Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) after two rounds, two strokes clear of four golfers at plus-1.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi (jer-AR'-dee) is giving a healthy Alex Rodriguez a day off just to rest up. New York's veteran third baseman wasn't in the starting lineup he submitted for this afternoon's game in Washington. The Yanks are riding a seven-game winning streak after capturing last night's series opener and hold a 1 ½-game lead over second-place Baltimore in the AL East.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Four more teams are getting ready for their opening game at the College World Series. Kent State and Arkansas play the opener of today's twinbill in Omaha (5 p.m. Eastern), while South Carolina and Florida get together in the nightcap for a rematch of last year's finals. Arizona and UCLA won their openers in the double-elimination tournament yesterday.

UNDATED (AP) — Four-time series champion Dario Franchitti (DAH'-ree-oh fran-KEE'-tee) stared today's IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile on the pole. Also on the track today — qualifying for tomorrow's Sprint Cup race is under way on the repaved surface at Michigan International Speedway.

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer will face wild card Tommy Haas in a bid to win the Gerry Weber Open for a record sixth time on Sunday. The 87th-ranked Haas surprised defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6, 7-5 in an all-German semifinal after Federer dumped Mikhail Youzhny (mih-KAYL' YOOS'-nee) of Russia 6-1, 6-4.

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