Golf: When the rain stopped, Stacy Lewis wondered if she was in the U.S. Open or the twilight zone.
By the time the strange ordeal was over Friday, she had lost her lead and was barely hanging onto her cool.
Going for her second major of the year, Lewis made a bogey and double-bogey shortly after a 66-minute rain delay and the lead she held through almost the entire marathon day at the U.S. Women’s Open in Colorado Springs, Colo., turned into a two-shot deficit to I.K. Kim.
Kim was at 4-under par with four holes to play when the second round was suspended by darkness. Lewis, who had led by as many as four shots earlier in the day, was tied for second with Wendy Ward (Edwall, Wash.) at 2 under with two holes left.
Only 33 of the 156 players made it through their second round, with 66 never teeing off.
Among those were amateur Amy Anderson, who played six holes early in the morning to close her first round and finished the day in the three- way tie for second at 2 under.
Another shot back is Paula Creamer, along with Karrie Webb, who is in a group of four at 1 under who hadn’t teed off.
• Putting guides Reavie to top: Chez Reavie shot a 9-under 62, relying on his putter to claim a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the John Deere Classic at Silvis, Ill.
Steve Stricker shot a 64 to finish at 12 under in his bid for a third straight victory in the tournament. Steve Marino (66) also was 12 under.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot 65 to move into a tie for eighth at 133. Alex Prugh (University of Washington/Ferris High) is tied for 50th at 137 after a 68.
• Cochran leads after first round: Russ Cochran made six consecutive birdies and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the Champion Tour’s First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Calif.
David Eger is one shot back at 66, followed by Brad Bryant, Morris Hatalsky and Jim Thorpe at 67.
Report claims injuries force Yao to retire
NBA: Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is retiring, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.
The 7-foot-6 Chinese star, plagued by lower-body injuries in the second half of his career, has informed the league office that his playing career is over, the website reported.
The Rockets declined to comment on the report because of the lockout, and the NBA has not received official retirement paperwork from Yao.
Court throws out order to lift lockout
NFL: The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a judge’s order lifting the NFL lockout, handing the league a victory as players and owners spent another day negotiating.
The ruling was issued shortly after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith opened a second straight day of labor talks at a law firm in Manhattan.
Keselowski wins first Nationwide of year
Auto racing: Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, stretching his fuel over the final 67 laps to pick up his first win in the series this year.
Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler.
• Rain cancels qualifying: Kyle Busch will be on the pole for the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, grabbing the top spot after rain washed out qualifying and the starting order was based on practice times.
Juan Pablo Montoya will start second in tonight’s 400-mile race and Kurt Busch will be third.
NCAA accepts West Virginia’s sanctions
Miscellany: The NCAA said it has accepted West Virginia’s self-imposed sanctions that include two years’ probation for major rules violations under former coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart.
• Lopez, Ferrer give Spain 2-0 Davis Cup lead over U.S.: Andy Roddick couldn’t stem Spain’s march to a 2-0 lead over the United States in their Davis Cup quarterfinal, losing 7-6 (11), 7-5, 6-3 to David Ferrer after Feliciano Lopez dispatched Mardy Fish.
Lopez twice let Fish rally back from match point in the fifth set before winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 8-6 in the first match.
• Bolt zips to victory: World-record holder Usain Bolt cruised to an easy victory over European champion Christophe Lemaitre in the 200 meters at the Areva meet at Saint-Denis, France.
The Jamaican clocked 20.03 seconds, well off his record of 19.19 set at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.
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