Kerr takes commanding lead at LPGA Championship
Cristie Kerr is halfway home to winning her second career major title, and she's making it look easy at the LPGA Championship.
Relying on her chipping and near-perfect putting to overcome several errant tee shots, Kerr shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a five-stroke lead at 10 under in Pittsford, N.Y.
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The 2007 U.S. Women's Open Champion opened the day in a three-way tie for the lead, then took control by consistently scrambling out of trouble to produce a bogey-free round. She birdied four of her last five holes to pull away.
Inbee Park, the 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion, and Mika Miyazato were tied for second at 5 under after 70s.
"I played awesome today," Kerr said. "I don't think anybody expected anybody to be in double digits after two days. But you know what, keep my head down and keep going."
■ Justin Rose shot an 8-under 62, birdieing five consecutive back-nine holes for the second straight day, to take a four-stroke lead over Kevin Sutherland in the PGA's Travelers Championship at Cromwell, Conn. Rose broke the tournament record for the first 36 holes, finishing at 14-under 126.
■ Wayne Levi shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over Brad Bryant and Dan Forsman in the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open at Endicott, N.Y. Mark Calcavecchia, vying to become just the 16th player to win his first start on the tour, was another shot back in a tie for fourth with defending champion Lonnie Nielsen, Fred Funk, Olin Browne and Blaine McCallister.
■ Wales' Bradley Dredge had two eagles in a round of 5-under to take a one-stroke lead in the BMW International Open at Munich. Ernie Els missed the cut when he failed to convert a 15-foot eagle putt on the last green.
Birmingham school system hires ex-judge to review Bledsoe case
The Birmingham, Ala., school system has hired a retired federal judge and his law-firm colleague to review the Parker High School academic records of Eric Bledsoe, the Kentucky freshman who was the 18th overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Birmingham Superintendent Craig Witherspoon said Thursday that retired U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon and attorney Mark White would investigate "facts and circumstances" regarding Bledsoe's grades and report their findings to the school board.
A New York Times report last month raised questions about Bledsoe's grades as a senior, which made him eligible for a scholarship at Kentucky. Bledsoe was picked by Oklahoma City in Thursday's draft and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Montoya tops Sprint Cup qualifying
Juan Pablo Montoya turned a lap of 132.337 mph and won the pole in Friday's qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the second straight time he'll start first at the track. Montoya won his first pole of the season after taking two last season.
Montoya laughed as he recalled his fast lap, which he thought wasn't enough to get him the pole. "I got sideways and got on the gas and I thought they were going to kill me," he said. "I'm about to press the button and say, 'Sorry guys, I got loose,' and they say, good job. I'm like, 'Oh, thank you.'"
College World Series
Homers help TCU stay alive vs. UCLA
Matt Purke and Tyler Lockwood held UCLA to four hits, and Taylor Featherston hit the biggest of Texas Christian's three home runs, leading the Horned Frogs to a 6-2 victory that keeps them alive in the College World Series at Omaha, Neb. TCU forced a second Bracket 1 title game on Saturday, with the winner going to the best-of-three finals beginning Monday. The unbeaten Purke set a school record with his 16th win of the season.
Giants rookie hurt in New Orleans crash
Chad Jones, a two-sport star at Louisiana State who was drafted by the New York Giants, underwent surgery in New Orleans for a broken left leg and ankle Friday following a dawn wreck in which his SUV smashed into a pole. It was not clear what caused Jones to lose control of his vehicle about 6 a.m. on a six-lane thoroughfare with a streetcar line on the west side of the city, police spokeswoman Shereese Harper said.
"The surgery was successful," said Jones' father, Al, on Friday evening. "The rehab is going to take a while."
Jones, a safety, was drafted in the third round. He was part of the Tigers' 2007 national championship team and was a left-handed relief pitcher — whose fastball surpassed 90 mph — for the 2009 LSU baseball team that won the 2009 College World Series.
■ Kara Patterson shattered the American record in the javelin, setting the mark with a toss of 218 feet, 9 inches at the USA Outdoor Track and Field championships at Des Moines, Iowa. Kim Kreiner set the old mark of 210-7 in 2007. Barbara Spotakova of the Czech Republic holds the world record of 237-1, which she set in 2008. ... Danielle Carruthers, a Paducah Tilghman graduate, was fourth in qualifying for the 100 hurdles finals, finishing second in her heat in 12.98 seconds. Lolo Jones had the best time, winning her heat in 12.82 seconds.
■ The Edmonton Oilers selected forward Taylor Hall with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft, finally ending a yearlong debate about the best 18-year-old prospects in hockey. The league-worst Oilers chose Hall over fellow Ontario Hockey League forward Tyler Seguin. Seguin was the league MVP last season, and Hall was the playoff MVP. The Boston Bruins took Seguin with the No. 2 pick.
The last word
Three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport overcame her butterflies and teamed with Bob Bryan to win in the first round of mixed doubles Friday at Wimbledon, beating Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Alla Kudryavtseva 7-6 (3), 6-3. It's Davenport's first tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open, when she reached the third round in singles and doubles.
"I was getting sick to my stomach before we went out there, like, 'What are we doing?' But I miss having a purpose at home on some days, so it was fun getting up to practice for this. ... It's a comeback, but it's not like a full-on comeback. It's doubles."