August 4, 2012 in Sports

Furyk remains in first place at Bridgestone

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Jim Furyk is all smiles after shooting a second-round 4-under 66 at the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament.
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Golf: Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods each carried momentum into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. That meant the best 36-hole score for Furyk in his PGA Tour career, and the worst start for Woods in nearly fourth months.

Furyk had another good day with the putter, making a few birdies early and saving par from the bunker four times on the back nine at Firestone for a 4-under-par 66 and a two-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

It helped that Furyk opened with a 63 on Thursday afternoon, allowing him to turn around Friday morning and try to resume his good play. That’s what he did, starting with a tricky birdie putt on the second hole and following his lone bogey with a 20-foot birdie on the ninth.

Woods threw away three shots on the back nine Thursday, the last one a three-putt on the 18th hole for a 70. He started his second round by driving into a bunker and making a bogey on the 10th hole, and it never got much better. For the second straight day, he had to lay up with his third shot on the par-5 16th. And the low point of his putting woes came on the seventh hole, when he stuffed his tee shot inside 5 feet and three-putted for bogey.

Woods had a 72 and was at 2-over 142.

• Morgan shares lead in 3M Championship: Gil Morgan, 65, shot his age for a share of the first-round lead at the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn.

Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate and Peter Senior also shot 7-under 65 at the TPC Twin Cities.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot an even-par 72.

• Rocha leads Reno-Tahoe Open: Alexandre Rocha had seven birdies and an eagle to take the second-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open in Reno, Nev.

The 34-year-old Brazilian had 24 points in the Stableford scoring system that gives players eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.

• Jutanugarn, Shelton win Junior PGA Championship: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn defended her title in the Junior PGA Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., won the boys’ division.

The 16-year-old Jutanugarn, a 10-stroke winner last year, birdied the last four holes at Sycamore Hills for a 5-under 67 and 14-under 274 total, three strokes better than 15-year-old Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla.

Paterno family intends to appeal

College Football: Joe Paterno’s family plans to appeal the sanctions imposed by the NCAA against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

Family lawyer Wick Sollers in a letter sent to the NCAA said the Paternos would like to appeal the “enormous damage” to Penn State, the community, athletes and the late Hall of Fame coach. He died in January at age 85.

The NCAA did not return messages seeking comment on whether college sports’ governing body would consider such an appeal.

The family said the NCAA acted hastily and without regard for due process, and that it accepted the results of the school’s internal investigation without further review.

• Arkansas sets policies for troopers at sports events: A new policy unveiled bars Arkansas state troopers who work college sports events from accepting free tickets or other items if the value would exceed limits set by state law.

The policy comes several months after a trooper assisted former Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino following a motorcycle crash with his mistress and the subsequent revelation that the trooper had accepted gifts from the Razorbacks athletic program.

Under the policy distributed to officers, troopers must follow state ethics laws regarding gifts and can provide security only when they are on duty. They may be paid only their regular state wage and any token of appreciation must not be excessive.

Arkansas law generally forbids public employees, officials and other state workers from accepting gifts valued at more than $100.

UCI tries to block Armstrong charges

Cycling: The International Cycling Union (UCI) – cycling’s world governing body – is trying to block the case American anti-doping officials filed against Lance Armstrong, saying there may be a lack of due process and that witnesses were promised “advantages” in exchange for incriminating statements against the seven-time Tour de France winner.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought charges of performance-enhancing drug use against Armstrong in June, threatening to strip him of his victories.

A federal grand jury investigation of the cyclist ended four months earlier without any indictments.

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