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Briefs: Oregon prep players hospitalized with painful arm swelling

Arjun Atwal shot a 65 for a 3-stroke lead at the Wyndham.  (Associated Press)
Arjun Atwal shot a 65 for a 3-stroke lead at the Wyndham. (Associated Press)

Football: Eighteen Oregon high school football players have been hospitalized after they experienced painful swelling in their arms during a fall camp.

Three of the McMinnville High School athletes required surgery this week. They were experiencing compartment syndrome, which led to triceps swelling and pain.

Authorities said the cause was not known, but the condition can be the result of exercise or the use of certain medications.

The players were at an immersion camp organized by first-year coach Jeff Kearin. All but one of the players who became ill worked out on Sunday at the high school’s wrestling room, where one player says the temperature reached 120 degrees.

Ten of the players remained hospitalized overnight Friday.

Senior linebacker and fullback Jake Montgomery, 17, worked out with the team Sunday and Monday. But early Tuesday morning he was awakened by pain.

“I saw my elbows disappearing,” he told the Oregonian newspaper.

McMinnville School District Superintendent Maryalice Russell said officials were investigating the outbreak.

Atwal takes 3-shot lead in Wyndham

Golf: Arjun Atwal built a three-stroke lead through three rounds of the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, N.C. He shot a 5-under 65 to reach 17-under 193, and he has either led or shared the lead after each of the first three days.

Scott McCarron closed his 63 with four consecutive birdies and was at 14 under along with Scott Piercy (64) and Lucas Glover (67).

Ferris graduate Alex Prugh shot a 67 and is seven strokes back.

• Lehman leads Tradition: Tom Lehman moved into position for his second Champions Tour major victory of the year, shooting a 3-under 69 at Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Ore., to take a two-stroke lead in the Jeld-Wen Tradition.

Inkster out, Miyazato leads: Less than a week after a rules violation cost Dustin Johnson his shot at the PGA Championship, Juli Inkster was disqualified from the LPGA Tour’s Safeway Classic at North Plains, Ore. when a television viewer spotted her breaking a rule.

The 50-year-old Hall of Famer was making the turn on the Ghost Creek Course at Pumpkin Ridge, but the No. 10 hole was backed up. During the 30-minute wait, she affixed a “doughnut” weight to her 9-iron and took some practice swings to stay loose.

Turns out that’s not allowed under rule 14-3.

The alert viewer informed tournament officials by e-mail.

Inkster was at 8 under heading into today’s final round, in a trio three strokes back of leader Ai Miyazato.

Miyazato shot a 5-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead at 11-under into today’s final round.

Fish, Federer make Cincinnati final

Tennis: Only one game away from a straight-sets defeat, Mardy Fish pulled out a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory over boyhood friend and high school teammate Andy Roddick in an all-American semifinal at the Cincinnati Masters at Mason, Ohio.

He’ll play second-ranked Roger Federer for the title. Federer beat unseeded Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-3 in an evening semifinal.

Rain postpones Rogers Cup: Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki led Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-0 in the Rogers Cup semifinals at Montreal when rain forced the postponement of the semifinal matches until today.

U.S. overcomes slow start, tops Lithuania

Basketball: The U.S. labored through a poor first period, hitting 3 of 21 from the field and making six turnovers, before settling down and feeding off the energy of its reserves to overcome Lithuania 77-61 in an exhibition at Madrid.

The U.S. plays defending world champion Spain today in a rematch of the 2008 Olympic final.

Kevin Durant led the U.S. with 15 points, while Linas Kleiza had 12 for Lithuania.

Power sets record with eighth pole

Auto Racing: Will Power set an IndyCar Series record with his eighth pole this season at Sonoma, Calif.

Power broke Helio Castroneves’ 2007 record.

Lochte wins 6th gold at Pan Pacific meet

Swimming: Ryan Lochte earned his sixth gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships, just missing lowering his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley at Irvine, Calif.

Debussy takes Arlington Million

Horse racing: Irish-bred Debussy won the Arlington Million at Arlington Heights, Ill., rallying to beat 2009 champion Gio Ponti by a half-length.

• Blind Luck wins Alabama Stakes: Blind Luck fought off Havre de Grace inside the sixteenth pole to win the $500,000 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a neck at Saratoga Race Course at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

• Evening Jewel wins Del Mar Oaks: Evening Jewel held off a late charge from Harmonious to win the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks at Del Mar, Calif.