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Mickelson, Horschel still share lead after second roundd

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — No one challenged overnight co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel as they completed the darkness-suspended second round of the U.S. Open.

Nearly half the field had to return this morning to finish up in a continuing backlog created by rain delays Thursday.

Five-time runner-up Mickelson pulled even with Horschel just before play was halted last night. Mickelson rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt from the edge of the 18th green for his only birdie of the day. That completed a 2-over 72 that tied Horschel's 36-hole score of 1-under.

The co-leaders will tee off in the final group of the day alone, sporting a 1-shot lead over Luke Donald, Steve Stricker and Justin Rose.

Seventy-three players made the cut at 8-over. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy start third round play four shots back and will be playing in the same threesomes.

Round three is set to begin at 12:28 p.m., Eastern from the first and 11th tees.

Gorgeous weather is forecast with sunny to mostly sunny skies, temperatures peaking in the low 80's and no chance of rain.


Game 2 tonight

CHICAGO (AP) — The Bruins and Blackhawks get back to action in the Stanley Cup finals tonight after two well-earned days off. And it's likely both teams would like to decide Game 2 in regulation, after Chicago's thrilling triple-overtime win Wednesday.

Boston is going to be looking to regroup after coughing up a two-goal lead in the third period, then failing to cash in a number of chances in the overtime periods that could have wrested the home ice advantage from the Blackhawks.

The Bruins Nathan Horton is expected to be a game-time decision after suffering an upper body injury in the Wednesday marathon. He practiced with the team Friday and appears to be ready to go.

Chicago will be looking to get a pair of its big guns untracked. Captain Jonathan Toews (TAYVS) has just one goal in the postseason. Other than a hat trick in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Patrick Kane also has been under-producing.


Zimmerman goes for 10

UNDATED (AP) — Washington's Jordan Zimmerman tries to join the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright as the only 10-game winners in the majors. The Nationals right-hander takes a 9-3 record and 2.00 ERA to the mound against the Indians in Cleveland tonight.

Two pitchers are poised to join the nine-win club on today's schedule. Mike Minor gets the start for Atlanta at home against San Francisco. The left-hander is 8-2 with a 2.44 ERA. He's 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA over his last seven starts.

St. Louis has scheduled Lance Lynn against the Marlins in Miami. He's 8-1 and in search of his ninth win of the season for the second time. The right-hander settled for a no-decision the last time out.

The best pitching match-up, on paper, takes place at Tampa Bay where the Rays host Kansas City. Jeremy Guthrie is 7-3 for the Royals, while Alex Cobb is 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA. Cobb is making his first start since coming off the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother.

Under-supported Clayton Kershaw tries to keep the Dodgers in another game when he starts against Pittsburgh. The left-hander is just 5-4 this season despite a 1.88 ERA. Kershaw is winless in his last four starts with two no-decisions. Rookie Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut when he starts in place of the injured A.J. Burnett on. Cumpton is 4-4 with a 3.41 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

Nine of the 15 games on the schedule as set for this afternoon.


Play begins

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Indiana makes its debut in College World Series in a match-up that brings to mind a basketball national championship meeting, not baseball.

The 48-18 Hoosiers take on 51-12 Louisville. Indiana is the first Big Ten team in 29 years to reach Omaha. Louisville is making its second appearance in the title tournament. The Hoosiers won two of the three regular-season games between the two.

Third seed Oregon State takes on Mississippi State in the first game on the schedule. The Ducks are 50-11, the Bulldogs are 48-18.


Andretti has the pole

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — This week's IndyCar race is taking place tonight in suburban Milwaukee. Qualifying for the pole took place yesterday with Marco Andretti finishing in front. He will start from the first row along with Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe.


Federer reaches final

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer has rallied past defending champion Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final of the Gerry Weber Open. Federer is seeking his first title of the year and his sixth at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

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