Johnson, Goydos tied for Pebble Beach lead; Holmes 3rd
Dustin Johnson and Paul Goydos could not be any more different, which is why it was so odd to see them atop the leader board Saturday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with identical scores.
On their birth certificates, Goydos is 20 years older. On the tee, Johnson is 48 yards longer.
Johnson is tall and athletic. Goydos is ... not.
Johnson overpowered Spyglass Hill for an 8-under 64 that included two eagles. Goydos poked his way along the splendid coastline of Pebble Beach and birdied two of the last three holes for an 8-under 64.
Nothing separated them on the scoreboard, which is all that matters. They were at 18-under 196, four shots clear of anyone else heading into the final round.
"His game is a little different from mine," said Johnson, who will try to become only the fifth back-to-back winner of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and the first in 20 years. "And he finds a way to get it done."
J.B. Holmes and Bryce Molder each had a 68 at Spyglass Hill, while Matt Jones had a 66 on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula. They were tied for third at 14-under 200.
David Duval had a 67 and was tied for seventh. Phil Mickelson had a 69 at Pebble Beach and was eight shots out of the lead.
U.S. Open planning a late finish
The U.S. Open is planning for prime time finish this year. Mike Davis, the senior director of rules and competition for the USGA, said Saturday evening that the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach will be televised until 11 p.m. EST on Saturday, with a 10 p.m. EST finish for the final round. The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach for the fifth time on June 17-20.
Couples up by three at Champions event
Fred Couples is in position for his first Champions Tour victory. He'll have to hold on to the lead at the ACE Group Classic at Naples, Fla., for at least 23 holes on Sunday to do it. Couples sank a 48-foot putt from well off the green on No. 12 for eagle, then made a 12-footer for birdie on No. 13 to reach 9 under before second-round play was called because of darkness Saturday. Dan Forsman is in second place, three shots back at 6 under. The two shared the first-round lead at 4 under after finishing their first rounds earlier Saturday.
Cervantes hits two homers to lift softball
Sophomore Brittany Cervantes smacked a pair of home runs to lead the UK softball team to a 5-1 victory over Western Michigan Saturday morning in Tempe, Ariz. The multi-home run game is the first of Cervantes' career and the first for a UK player since Brooke Marnitz had two against Western Kentucky in 2006 . Cervantes led the team with 10 home runs in her freshman season and already has three in four games this year. Senior Molly Johnson hit her second homer of the season Saturday. Kentucky improved to 3-1 with the win.
■ Lindsey Gray was hired as an assistant coach for the UK volleyball team. Gray spent last year as the recruiting coordinator for the College of Charleston. She is a 2008 graduate of Georgia Tech, where she was an all-conference player.
Dementieva ousts Oudin in Paris
Top-seeded Elena Dementieva rallied to defeat Melanie Oudin 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday and reach the final of the Open GDF Suez for the second straight year. Dementieva will face Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, who upset second-seeded Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal. After winning two Fed Cup matches to give the United States a 4-1 win over France last week, Oudin defeated three players with higher rankings in Paris.
Track and field
Spearmon injured in Arkansas meet
U.S. sprinter Wallace Spearmon Jr. was injured Saturday in a 200-meter race at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas. The Fayetteville, Ark., native pulled up in the final strides of the race with an apparent hamstring injury. Spearmon finished with a time of 21.17 seconds, second in his heat behind Baylor senior Trey Harts (21.00). Spearmon declined comment afterward. Spearmon was originally scheduled to run the 400-meter race and the 60-meter preliminaries on Friday, but he was scratched in both races. Running on his home track, Spearmon was leading the race and looked to be challenging the world's fastest time of 20.69 in the 200 this year before the injury.
Waves injure 13 spectators at surf contest
Despite big wave warnings, two walls of water caught dozens of spectators off-guard and knocked them to a rocky beach as they watched a Northern California surfing contest Saturday, leaving some with broken bones but sparing them from being pulled into the ocean. Thirteen people swept from a seawall had significant injuries, including broken legs and hands, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Battalion Chief Scott Jalbert. Jalbert estimated "a couple hundred" people were on the seawall at the southern tip of Mavericks Beach when the waves struck, upstaging the Mavericks Surf Contest, which draws some of the world's top surfers.
Rays trump Upton in arbitration hearing
Tampa Bay defeated outfielder B.J. Upton during salary arbitration, leaving the Rays 5-0 in cases that have gone to hearings. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Upton received a raise from $435,000 to $3 million this year rather than his request for $3.3 million. Upton hit .251 with 11 homers, 55 RBI and 42 steals last season, a slight decrease from his production the previous year.
Ex-Terps star Dixon fails drug test
Former Maryland star and NBA player Juan Dixon tested positive for the steroid nandrolone, his Spanish team Unicaja announced. Dixon gave the drug test in Greece in November, before he joined the Malaga-based team, Unicaja said on its Web site. Dixon was informed of the positive result several days ago and the International Basketball Federation decided to suspend him Friday. His suspension is indefinite. Dixon, who won an NCAA championship with Maryland in 2002, played for Washington, Portland, Toronto and Detroit in the NBA.
Slain Olympian's wife arrested
Authorities said they have arrested the wife of an Olympic medalist who was gunned down in his Southern California back yard last summer. Oxnard, Calif., police said in a written statement that 52-year-old Jane Laut was arrested Saturday in connection with the homicide of her husband, shot putter David Laut, and is being held in Ventura County Jail on $3 million bail. David Laut — a bronze medalist at the 1984 Olympics — was shot several times in the head on Aug. 28. Police at the time said he was fatally shot after confronting intruders. Jane Laut's attorney told the Ventura County Star that she wrestled the gun from her husband and shot him in self-defense after he threatened her and their son.
The last word
Carl Edwards always has his cell phone handy, given that wife Kate's due date for the couple's first child is Wednesday. Edwards will race in the Daytona 500 on Sunday:
"No news is good news, I guess. I should be hoping for a childbirth, but ... Monday would be great. She's got her legs crossed and I've got my fingers crossed."