Sports Watch

Barnes leads U.S. Open

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The second round of the U.S. Open is almost over despite a persistent rain at Bethpage Black.

Clubhouse leader Ricky Barnes completed a 5-under-par 65 this morning to move to 8-under, one shot ahead of Lucas Glover. Barnes has set an Open 36-hole scoring record with a 132 total, one stroke ahead of the old mark set by Jim Fuyrk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sing) at Olympia Fields six years ago. Barnes did it by hitting 31 of 36 greens while showing the form that earned him the 2002 U.S. Amateur title.

Glover was alone in second after firing a bogey-free 64 that left him at minus-7. He had a 20-foot birdie try on the final hole but hit it short, leaving him one shot off the tournament's single-round scoring record.

First-round leader Mike Weir followed his opening-round 64 with a 70 that left him two shots off the pace. David Duval, Azuma Yano and Peter Hanson were tied for fourth at 3-under.

Defending champ Tiger Woods likely will make the cut after following his 4-over 74 with a 69.

Phil Mickelson is at minus-1 at the midway point, completing an even-par 70 this morning.

The USGA was hoping to get the second round completed today, possibly even start the third round around 5:30 p.m., and then play tomorrow to crown a winner and continue the tradition of having the tournament end on Father's Day. That seems rather unlikely at this point with the National Weather Service forecasting up to an inch of rain for the area today.

Cubbies riding high

(AP) - Today's major league schedule has begun at Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs are hosting the Cleveland Indians. The Cubs are fresh off a wild 8-7, 10-inning victory in which they trailed 7-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Ted Lilly took a 7-4 record to the mound today for the Cubs against Tomo Ohka (TOH'-moh OH'-kah) of the Indians, who is 0-1.

The matchup of division leaders continues in Detroit with the Tigers hosting the Milwaukee Brewers (4:10 p.m.). Also later this afternoon, the New York Mets will host Tampa Bay and St. Louis plays at Kansas City.

Under the lights, it'll be Toronto at Washington, Philadelphia home to Baltimore, Atlanta at Boston, the New York Yankees at Florida, Minnesota hosting Houston, Cincinnati entertaining the Chicago White Sox, Texas at San Francisco, San Diego home to Oakland, Arizona at Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels hosting the L.A. Dodgers.

In the lone National League game, Pittsburgh visits Colorado.

Tigers promote Figaro, drop Sardinha

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have designated catcher Dane Sardinha (sahr-DEE'-nah) for assignment to make roster room for right-handed pitcher Alfredo Figaro, who is starting today against Milwaukee. Figaro was recalled from AA Erie, where he was 5-2 with a 4.10 ERA in 11 games. Sardinha batted .097 in 12 games with Detroit.

Royals demote Davies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals have altered their pitching staff today, sending struggling starter Kyle Davies to AAA Omaha and activating reliever Robinson Tejeda (teh-HAY'-dah).

Davies is 3-7 with a 5.67 ERA this season, allowing at least seven runs in 5 of his 11 starts. His demotion comes a day after he surrendered eight runs in just 2 2-3 innings in a 10-5 loss to the Cardinals.

Tejeda had been on the DL since May 23 with rotator cuff tendinitis. The right-hander had a 2.65 ERA in 12 appearances before the injury.

Trojans hire O'Neill to replace Floyd

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin O'Neill is the new men's basketball coach at Southern California, one year after serving as Arizona's interim head coach.

O'Neill takes over for Tim Floyd, who abruptly resigned June 9 amid allegations that he paid to have O.J. Mayo delivered to the Trojans. Floyd said he was quitting after four seasons because he no longer had enthusiasm for his job.

O'Neill is 171-180 in 12 seasons as a college head coach, including stints at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern. He takes over a program that has gone to the NCAA tournament the last three years.

Former Islander blueliner retires

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Former NHL defenseman Kenny Jonsson (YAHN'-suhn) has retired after 19 professional seasons, the last four in his native Sweden.

Jonsson registered 64 goals and 271 points in a 10-year NHL career spent mostly with the New York Islanders. He also helped Sweden win Olympic gold medals in 1994 and 2006.

Duke lacrosse team in Giuliani's corner

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani now has the backing of Duke lacrosse athletes in his lawsuit against the university.

Andrew Giuliani sued Duke last July, saying the school broke a contract with him when it dismissed him from the golf team. The News & Observer in Raleigh is reporting today that members of Duke's 2006 lacrosse team filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Giuliani's behalf, a month after a federal magistrate recommended the lawsuit be dismissed.

Becker, Tanasugarn win

DEN BOSCH, Netherlands (AP) - German qualifier Benjamin Becker has won his first ATP title, beating Dutch wild card Raemon Sluiter 7-5, 6-3 at the Ordina Open. Tamarine Tanasugarn (TAM'-ah-reen tam-ah-SOO'-gahrn) of Thailand became the first player to successfully defend the Ordina Open women's title by beating Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 7-5.

Vettel takes pole

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Sebastian Vettel will start from the pole for the British Grand Prix after setting the fastest lap time in today's qualifying. The Red Bull driver secured his third pole of the Formula One season by edging Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello (bahr-ih-KEH'-loh). Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber will start from third in tomorrow's race.

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