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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Five players including Tiger Woods are tied at the top of the leaderboard in the final round of the AT&T National tournament in Bethesda, Md., all of them 6 under par. The other leaders are Adam Scott, Hunter Mahan, Brendon de Jonge (deh-YAHNG') and Bo Van Pelt.

ATLANTA (AP) —Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg says he's feeling much better one day after lasting just three innings in the record-setting Atlanta heat. Thanks to a good night's sleep at the team hotel, Strasburg looked rested and relaxed in the clubhouse this morning. He had little reason to smile yesterday, when the National Weather Service reported that the city of Atlanta was broiling at an all-time high of 106 degrees.

NEW YORK (AP) — The wheeling and dealing is under way on the first day of free agency in the National Hockey League. Among the early transactions, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract. The club revealed the deal would pay the veteran $750,000 if he plays at the NHL level, $105,000 if he is in the minors.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants all have three starting players featured in the lineups for the Major League All-Star game a week from Tuesday in Kansas City. Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano (kan-OH') and Curtis Granderson of the Yankees will be starting for the American League and Buster Posey, Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval get the nod for the Giants. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions. Representing the Rangers are Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli.

HELSINKI (AP) — A French pole vaulter (Renault Lavillenie) scaled a world-leading 5.97 meters to retain his title at the European Championships today, beating a top-class field he will face again at the London Olympics. He was one jump away from losing his hold on the European title after two misses at 5.82, but he responded brilliantly.

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