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Sports briefs: Feb. 5


Gainey, Wilson lead at Phoenix; ex-Cat Holmes tied for fourth

Tommy Gainey and Mark Wilson topped the Phoenix Open leader board Friday, reaching 11 under before second-round play was suspended because of darkness in the frost-delayed tournament that will finish Monday. Gainey played nine holes in the second round, and Wilson finished 14.

Frost delayed play until just after 11 a.m. — 94 minutes after the scheduled start that was already nearly two hours later than normal. The delays over two days pushed more than half of the second round to Saturday. In announcing the Monday finish, PGA Tour officials said the cut will remain at the top 70 and ties.

Gainey birdied six of the final eight holes to take the first-round lead at 8-under 63, then had four birdies and a bogey on the first nine holes in the second round. Wilson, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii last month, opened with a 65 and was 5 under for 14 holes in the second round.

Geoff Ogilvy was third at 9 under with two holes left. Former Kentucky golfer J.B. Holmes was tied for fourth at 8 under through 12 holes. Phil Mickelson, on the leader board Thursday after a 67, didn't start the second round.

No. 1-ranked Westwood misses cut

Lee Westwood shot a 3-over 75 to miss the cut at the Qatar Masters on Friday, opening the door for Martin Kaymer to replace him at the top of the rankings. Austria's Markus Brier had a 66 to take a one-shot lead over South Africa's Darren Fichardt (68) after the second round. Westwood, who finished 4 over, replaced Tiger Woods at the top of the rankings in October. Kaymer could advance to No. 1 with a second-place finish. He shot a 70 and is 10 shots back. Sixth-ranked Paul Casey also missed the cut with a 75.

John Daly shot a 68 to finish eight shots behind Brier. Fellow American Steve Stricker had a 71 to trail the leader by 10 strokes.


Source: Guerrero, Orioles reach deal

A person with knowledge of the situation says free-agent slugger Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles. The person spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the deal will not be completed until Guerrero passes a physical. The 36-year-old Guerrero hit .300 with 29 homers and 115 RBI with the AL champion Texas Rangers last season, and almost certainly will become Baltimore's designated hitter.

■ The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a minor-league contract with 40-year-old outfielder Jim Edmonds on Friday that included an invitation to big-league spring training. Edmonds played with the Cardinals from 2000-07 and hit 241 homers, fourth on the franchise's career list. Edmonds split last season with the Brewers and Reds, batting .276 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI in 272 at-bats.

Andy Pettitte announced his retirement at Yankee Stadium, saying he no longer has the "hunger" to pitch another season. The 38-year-old left-hander said at a news conference that his body was in shape to pitch but "my heart's not where it needs to be." Pettitte is a five-time World Series champion who finished 240-138 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 major-league seasons, 13 with the Yankees.

Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy are set to lead the San Francisco Giants through 2012. The World Series champions exercised their contract options for the general manager and manager Friday, less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ex-Cat Leyritz to coach in minors

Former Kentucky player and New York Yankees World Series hero Jim Leyritz is the new pitching coach for the minor-league Newark Bears. Recently cleared of criminal charges from a fatal 2007 car accident, Leyritz will take over the pitching staff of the Can-Am League team for which he once played. The team is managed by Tim Raines, his former Yankees teammate. Leyritz played nearly nine years in the majors. He is best known for his three-run homer off Atlanta's Mark Wohlers in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series.

College Football

Guidry hired to run WKU's defense

Lance Guidry was named Western Kentucky's defensive coordinator, Coach Willie Taggart announced Friday. Guidry coached defensive backs at Miami (Ohio) the last two seasons and served as interim head coach for the RedHawks' 35-21 win over Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. The RedHawks ranked 29th in the nation in total defense this past season. "I look forward to the positive influence he will have on our football team," Taggart said.

Jacoby Brissett, the nation's top uncommitted quarterback recruit, announced Friday he plans to enroll this fall at Florida. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Brissett — who was wooed by countless schools, including Wisconsin and Miami, plus was recruited by North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams — does not plan to send in his letter of intent until Monday. Brissett completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,743 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2010.


Clijsters-Oudin to highlight Fed Cup

Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters will play Melanie Oudin on Saturday in the Fed Cup when host Belgium faces the United States in the best-of-five series. The United States, playing without the injured Williams sisters, has been the Fed Cup runner-up the last two years and hasn't won it since 2000 against Spain. Belgium would have been an even bigger favorite this week had Justine Henin not suddenly retired last week.


Goalie fight results in facial fractures

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out again, this time for four to six weeks because of broken bones in his face caused by a punch from Pittsburgh counterpart Brent Johnson. The oft-injured goalie was felled by a left hook above his right eye Wednesday night in New York's 3-0 loss at Pittsburgh. The Islanders said Friday the punch during the rare goalie fight caused facial fractures.

The last word

Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, on the weather conditions in Dallas this week as he prepares for the Super Bowl:

"I'm freezing. I woke up and thought I was in Green Bay again."