Ward second at Women’s Open

Golf: One more day like this, and Paula Creamer will no longer be the best LPGA golfer who hasn’t won a major. Wendy Ward (above) of Edwall, Wash., is one of those who will try and ruin those plans.

Creamer kept her game together as a dozen others were losing theirs on a grueling day at the U.S. Women’s Open on Saturday at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, taking a three-shot lead over Ward that she hopes will hold up in the final round.

Creamer, who has eight top-10 finishes in majors at age 23 but has yet to win one, is playing in only her fourth tournament since sitting out four months to surgically repair a hyperextended joint. The injury is so painful she limits her practice shots because she can’t stand the constant pounding of her golf club striking the ground.

Creamer, who played 29 holes Saturday, is 1 under for the tournament with five holes remaining in a third round that will be completed this morning. The 37-year-old Ward, a four-time LPGA Tour winner, has only No. 18 to play. Suzann Pettersen is four back with four holes to go.

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Weaver, Pargo compete well

Basketball: Former Washington State player Kyle Weaver, playing for Oklahoma City, and former Gonzaga player Jeremy Pargo, playing for Charlotte, completed play in the Orlando portion of the NBA Summer League.

Weaver started four games and averaged 34 minutes, 14.3 points, and 3.5 assists.

Pargo played in three of the five games the Bobcats played in Orlando, hitting a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot on a spin drive on Tuesday in his only start. Pargo averaged 19.7 minutes, 8.0 points and 5.3 assists per game.

These parents need coaching

Youth sports: Seattle Times sports writer Dwight Perry reports that there are “Two surefire signs that the end might be near.” His evidence:

• In Wilson, N.C., a father who showed up late to a Little League All-Star Game – and thus missed seeing his son play – has been charged with assaulting the coach because he refused to put the kid in the game again.

• Two parents are suing the Greater Toronto Hockey League for $25,000 because their son suffered “irreparable psychological damage” when he was cut from a team.

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