Woods shoots 65 at Bay Hill for share of 36-hole lead
Even when he was winning with regularity, Tiger Woods rarely made it look this easy at Bay Hill.
Woods ran off four straight birdies early in his round Friday, then made back-to-back birdies late in the afternoon for a 7-under 65, giving him a share of the lead with Charlie Wi in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was the first time in 30 months on the PGA Tour that Woods has been atop the leader board going into the weekend.
"It was a solid round of golf," Woods said. "I felt like I actually hit it better yesterday than I did today. I've made more putts today, for sure. I felt great over the putter. My speed was good. I left a couple putts dead short, right in the center of the hole. Actually, it really could have been a really low round. A lot of positives today."
Wi, the 54-hole leader at Pebble Beach this year, rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on his last hole for a 68 to join Woods at 10-under 134.
Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell had an eagle-par-birdie finish for a 63, while Jason Dufner extended his solid play on the Florida swing with a 69. They were one shot behind at 135.
Woods last had the 36-hole lead in any tour event at the Australian Open in November, and he tied for third. On the PGA Tour, go all the way back to the Tour Championship in September 2009 to find the last time he was atop the leader board going into the weekend.
"I want to win. Yes, absolutely," Woods said. "We've got a long way to go. It's not like it's over right now. We've got 36 holes to go."
■ Phillip Price of Wales shot a 6-under 66 Friday to lead the Hassan II Trophy by a stroke after strong wind and thunder delayed the start of the second round by 5½ hours. Price's last victory came at the 2003 European Open in Ireland. Italian teenager Matteo Manassero kept alive his hopes of qualifying for the Masters after a 70 put him at 5 under.
■ Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak after the second round of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Tseng, tied for the first-round lead after a 67, had a 9-under 135 total on La Costa's Legends Course.
■ In his first Champions Tour event this year, Tom Pernice Jr. was 7 under through 12 holes before play was suspended because of darkness at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. The 52-year-old Pernice has played eight PGA Tour events this season. Chien Soon Lu and David Eger — who won the inaugural tournament in 2010 — were a stroke back. Lu played 16 holes, and Eger completed 15.
Ex-Cat Tamme reunites with Manning
The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with tight ends Jacob Tamme, a former Boyle County and Kentucky standout, and Joel Dreessen. Tamme will be reuniting with Peyton Manning in Denver after spending four seasons with the Colts, who drafted him in 2008. Tamme has 92 career receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns.
■ The Green Bay Packers agreed to a two-year deal with veteran free-agent center Jeff Saturday, who had been the Colts' starting center since 2000.
■ Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber told the team's Web site he plans to retire. The 28-year-old's decision comes one day after Michael Bush signed a four-year, $14 million contract to be part of a backfield that includes Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte.
■ The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and offensive tackle Anthony Collins. Cincinnati also signed defensive end Derrick Harvey, a free agent who played for the Broncos last season.
Boston reliever Jenks charged with DUI
Authorities say Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. The Lee County Sheriff's Office says a deputy saw Jenks' SUV driving erratically early Friday in Fort Myers, Fla. Jenks has been released on bail. An arrest report says Jenks told the deputy he had taken "too many muscle relaxers." It also says Jenks told the deputy he hit another car at a strip club. Jenks faces DUI charges and a hit-and-run charge. Red Sox officials said they were aware of Jenks' arrest but declined further comment.
■ Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain dislocated his right ankle while playing with his son and had surgery Friday, General Manager Brian Cashman said. The accident at a play area that had a trampoline came two weeks after All-Star setup man David Robertson hurt himself moving boxes at home.
■ Veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster will make his second straight opening day start for the Chicago Cubs, facing the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg at Wrigley Field on April 5.
■ Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder and the St. Louis Cardinals' ace will be sidelined indefinitely. The team says there is no new nerve injury and the cervical disk injury that occurred earlier in spring training is a "non-issue."
Men's tennis team blanks Auburn
The seventh-ranked Kentucky men's tennis team swept No. 19 Auburn 4-0 at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Friday. Sophomore Anthony Rossi clinched the match with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback win over Auburn's Dan Cachrane. UK (17-4, 5-0 SEC) is 11-0 this season when it wins the doubles point.
U.S. routs Cuba in CONCACAF qualifier
Joe Corona scored three goals and the United States beat Cuba 6-0 Thursday night in the Americans' opening game of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. The U.S. Under-23 team will play Canada on Saturday night in the second of three games in the Group A round-robin tournament at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
The last word
Former Broncos tight end and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, via Twitter, after the Peyton Manning signing:
"I think Terrell Davis and I should round up the old gang and make a comeback."