July 7, 2012 in Sports

Pettersen leads as Wie makes push

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Michelle Wie tries to coax her putt to drop on the ninth hole during the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open.
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Golf: Even as she climbed into the lead in the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Friday, Suzann Pettersen took some time to admire Michelle Wie’s big move into contention.

Pettersen, the Norwegian star ranked sixth in the world, shot a 4-under-par 68 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis., on Friday and moved to 5 under overall. But Wie was even better on the day, carding a 6-under 66 to move to 4 under and put herself in position to break out of a season-long slump.

Wie was tied with Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Open winner, one stroke off the lead.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., shot a 6-over 78.

• Woods misses cut at Greenbrier: Tiger Woods missed the cut in the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur springs, W.Va., by a stroke, following an opening 71 with a 69 to finish at even par.

Phil Mickelson also failed to advance to weekend play, shooting his second straight 71.

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson topped the leaderboard at 9 under when play was suspended because of darkness in the round that was delayed because of rain.

A dozen players were unable to complete the round.

• Kite, Cook share lead at First Tee Open: John Cook closed with a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 ninth at Del Monte for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with 62-year-old Tom Kite in the First Tee Open Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach, Calif.

Gay tops Gatlin in 100 at French meet

Track and field: Tyson Gay beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters at the Diamond League Areva meet in Saint-Denis, France, 12 days after losing to the 2004 Olympic champion in the U.S. trials. Gay dipped across the line in 9.99 seconds, 0.04 ahead of Gatlin.

Paul leaves first U.S. practice with injury

Basketball: Chris Paul was forced to leave the opening day of the U.S. men’s basketball training camp in Las Vegas to get an X-ray after hurting his thumb. The Americans don’t believe the injury is serious, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo calling it a tweak of a previous injury, and they hope Paul can practice today.

Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have all been forced to pull out already because of injuries, leaving the Americans with 15 players vying for 12 spots. The roster will be announced tonight.

LeBron James didn’t scrimmage so he could get some extra rest. Deron Williams sat out as planned because he still can’t sign his $98 million extension with the Nets, and top draft pick Anthony Davis remained sidelined with a sprained ankle.

The Americans will train at UNLV through Wednesday before closing this portion of their camp with an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

• Allen taking talent to Miami: Ray Allen told the Miami Heat that he intends to accept their contract offer and leave Boston after five seasons, even though the Celtics could pay him about twice as much as the reigning NBA champions will be able to next season. Miami could only offer Allen the mini mid-level, worth about $3 million for next season.

Kenseth wins pole position at Daytona

Auto Racing: Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth will start from the pole Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, where he’ll try to pull off a season sweep.

No driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 has won both NASCAR races at Daytona in the same season.

Kenseth turned a lap at 192.386 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford to earn the top starting spot for the first time this season.

Tony Stewart was second, turning a lap at 192.361 in a Chevrolet, but his time was thrown out by NASCAR after the session. NASCAR said an open cooling hose was found pointed inside the cockpit – the same violation discovered earlier after Austin Dillon’s pole-winning run in the Nationwide Series.

• Kurt Busch wins Nationwide race: Kurt Busch won a wild Nationwide race at Daytona International Speedway, holding off three challengers over the final hundred yards.

The race had several crashes that left less than half the field on the lead lap for a green-white-checkered finish.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second, followed by Michael Annett, Austin Dillon and Joey Logano. Danica Patrick was involved in one of the wrecks and finished 31st.

• Pit collision sends two to hospital: IndyCar driver Justin Wilson blamed a faulty transmission for causing an accident in pit lane that sent two crew members to the hospital during the first practice session for the Honda Indy Toronto.


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