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Sports briefs: Jan. 28

Golf

Stanley takes one-shot lead on Snedeker into the weekend

The tougher South Course at Torrey Pines suited Kyle Stanley just fine Friday in the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

Stanley overcame a double bogey early in his round by running off four birdies on the front nine for a 4-under 68, giving him a one-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker going into the weekend.

Snedeker, who first gained notoriety as a rookie at Torrey Pines when he shot 61 on the North Course, had a 64 on the North to make a swift climb up the leader board. He is coming off hip surgery at the end of last year and made his season debut at the Humana Challenge last week by getting into the hunt. He tied for eighth, and here he is again.

"I'm certainly surprised that I played this well this fast," Snedeker said. "Normally, it takes me a while to get the rust off."

Hometown star Phil Mickelson shot himself out of the tournament with a 77 on the South in the opening round, and didn't make nearly enough birdies on the North to make the cut. Mickelson had to settle for a 68.

Woods two shots back in Abu Dhabi

Tiger Woods moved into contention in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship with a 3-under 69 Friday in the United Arab Emirates. He had three birdies over five holes to finish two shots behind surprise leader Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.

Woods, who was three shots back after the first round, finished with a two-round total of 139. He started slowly, but made three birdies on the back nine. He dropped a shot on the 16th after an errant drive landed in deep rough.

Olesen (67) has a one-shot lead over three players including 18-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero (65). Woods is another shot back with six other players including Rory McIlroy (72).

UK Sports

Men's tennis cruises in ITA opener

Behind a dominating performance in singles, where the Cats took the first set in all four matches that were played, the seventh-ranked Kentucky men's tennis team defeated North Carolina State 4-0 in the opening round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend on Friday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. The victory advances Kentucky (5-0) to the second round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend, which is essentially the first and second rounds of the ITA National Indoor Team Championships. UK will face Tulsa (1-3) on Saturday at about 1 p.m.

Baseball

Ex-Legend Pence gets $10.4 million deal

Right fielder Hunter Pence and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed Friday to a $10.4 million, one-year contract. The deal was at the midpoint between the $11.8 million he had asked for in arbitration last week and the $9 million the Phillies had offered.

Pence, who starred for the Lexington Legends in 2005, hit .314 with 22 homers and a career-high 97 RBI for Houston and Philadelphia last season, when he made $6.9 million. He was acquired from the Astros on July 29.

A two-time All-Star, he led the Phillies in batting average (.324), on-base percentage (.394), slugging percentage (.560), hits (67) and total bases (116). Pence has a .292 average, 114 homers and 412 RBI in five seasons with Houston and Philadelphia.

Reds Caravan in Lexington on Sunday

The Reds Caravan will make its annual stop in Lexington on Sunday at the Shops at Lexington Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Scheduled to appear are Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, Reds Hall of Famer Lee May, catcher Tucker Barnhart, broadcaster and former pitcher Chris Welsh, Assistant GM Bob Miller and mascot Gapper.

The Caravan is open to the public and is free.

College basketball

Cremins takes medical leave of absence

The College of Charleston announced Friday that Coach Bobby Cremins is taking an indefinite leave of absence for a medical condition and will not be back this season.

Assistant coach Mark Byington will take over the team, which started the season 10-2 with wins over Clemson and Tennessee, but have lost six of its last eight.

The school did not specify Cremins' conditions or put a time frame on his return, and asked reporters to respect his privacy. Charleston Athletics Director Joe Hull did say Cremins' condition was not life-threatening.

NFL

Browns hire ex-Vikings coach Childress

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur hired former Minnesota coach Brad Childress as his first offensive coordinator on Friday. The move reunites two coaches who spent seven seasons together on Andy Reid's staff with the Philadelphia Eagles. Childress will take over a Browns offense that scored just 218 points last season, finished 29th in yardage, 28th in rushing and 24th in passing.

Joe Philbin was once hired by Mike Sherman in Green Bay. On Friday, Philbin returned the favor. The new coach of the Miami Dolphins hired Sherman as offensive coordinator, also adding Kevin Coyle as the team's defensive coordinator. Sherman joins Miami after four years as head coach at Texas A&M. Coyle has been a coach in Cincinnati since 2001, serving the last nine of those years as the Bengals' defensive backs coach.

Soccer

Win qualifies U.S. women for Olympics

The U.S. women's soccer team booked its way to the London Olympics on Friday night with a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, a game more suspenseful than most anyone expected. Tobin Heath scored in the 16th minute to give U.S. all the scoring it needed, and goals by Carli Lloyd (72nd) and Alex Morgan (89th) put the game away late in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the end, a speedy, unflappable quartet of American defenders — Kelley O'Hara, Rachel Buehler, Christie Rampone and Amy LePeilbet — combined with goalkeeper Hope Solo to keep Costa Rica out of the net. The U.S. will be the two-time defending champions in London, having taken gold in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008.

Figure skating

Zawadzki jumps out to early lead

Agnes Zawadzki beat out three former national champions to win the short program Thursday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. Zawadzki, who won the U.S. junior title in 2010, skated flawlessly while the rest of the top women faltered. Her score of 66.24 was more than three points ahead of defending champ Alissa Czisny going into the free skate late Saturday. Ashley Wagner was third. Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. champ, was fifth. Rachael Flatt, the 2010 winner, was ninth.

The last word

Golfer Vijay Singh holed out with a wedge for eagle on the par-5 18th on the South Course during the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Friday. A reporter wanted an interview on the shot, and Singh turned and said:

"It was a wedge, and it went in. What more do you need?"

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