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Rainy days and Mondays

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover are co-leaders of the 109th U.S. Open when it resumes Monday morning at Bethpage Black.

Barnes had a one-shot lead over Lucas Glover after 54 holes in the rain-plagued championship, but it didn't last long. Barnes had a bogey on the first hole, then hit his tee shot into gnarly rough on No. 2.

Barnes and Glover are tied for the overnight lead at 7-under par. That's five shots clear of everyone else, but there's a who's who of golfers chasing them.

Phil Mickelson, hoping to bring home the silver trophy to a wife battling breast cancer, is in a four-way tie at 2 under after playing two holes in par. David Duval, once the world's No. 1 who has fallen to 882 without a tournament win since 2001, is tied with Hunter Mahan, Ross Fisher and Mickelson five shots off the lead.

Mike Weir, a former Masters champion, is alone at 1 under through three holes of his final round.

Then there's Tiger Woods, who's not out of it. Woods starts Monday seven shots off the lead through seven holes as he tries for his 15th major title.

This is the first time in 26 years that the fourth round of the U.S. Open will spill into Monday. The final round resumes at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

Green's blast lifts Bosox...La Russa reaches milestone...Dodgers take Freeway Series

(AP) - One swing by Nick Green allowed the Boston Red Sox to take the rubber match in their 3-game set with the Atlanta Braves.

Green led off the bottom of the ninth with a homer to give the Bosox a 6-5 win over the Braves. The blast came a-half inning after Jonathan Papelbon (PAP'-ul-bahn) pitched into and out of a bases-loaded jam.

David Ortiz ripped a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who blew leads of 3-2 and 5-4 before taking the rubber match of the series.

In other interleague action:

The L.A. Dodgers beat the Angels 5-3 to take 2 of 3 in the Freeway Series. James Loney hit a two-run homer that was upheld by video review for the Dodgers, who improved baseball's best record to 46-24.

Lyle Overbay homered and drove in five runs as Toronto salvaged the finale of a 3-game set in Washington, 9-4. Ricky Romero gave up only two runs in seven innings to help the Blue Jays avoid becoming the first team to be swept by the lowly Nationals this season.

Tony La Russa claimed his 2,500th win as a major-league manager after watching Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) homer twice and drive in six runs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 12-5 rout of Kansas City. Pujols hit three homers and collected 10 RBIs as the Cardinals swept a 3-game set against their cross-state rivals. La Russa joins the legendary Connie Mack and John McGraw as the only managers with at least 2,500 victories.

Hanley Ramirez and Cody Ross homered, and the Florida Marlins held off a late rally to beat the struggling New York Yankees 6-5. The Yanks have dropped 4 of their last five. The Yanks fell four games back of Boston in the AL East.

Brandon Inge (ihnj) smacked a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers completed a 3-game sweep by downing Milwaukee 3-2. Justin Verlander gave up two runs over 7 2-3 innings after tossing a no-hitter in his previous start against the Brewers two years ago.

Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) scattered five hits over seven shutout innings to pitch the Chicago White Sox past Cincinnati 4-1. Buehrle has won 15 of his last 17 starts against National League competition.

Wandy Rodriguez claimed his first victory since May 20, allowing just two hits over seven innings of Houston's 4-1 win over the Twins. Jeff Keppinger had three hits, an RBI and a run scored to help the Astros win a series for the sixth time in seven tries.

Randy Wells pitched into the seventh inning for his first major-league win, holding Cleveland to two runs and five hits in the Chicago Cubs' 6-2 victory against the Indians. Geovany Soto homered, Jake Fox drove in three runs and Derrek Lee extended his hitting streak to 18 games to send the Cubs to their fourth straight win.

Brian Roberts singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles completed a 3-game sweep of the Phillies, 2-1 in Philadelphia. The Phillies absorbed their second straight home sweep despite the efforts of Cole Hamels, who struck out 10 over eight innings.

B.J. Upton belted a go-ahead two-run homer and tied a career high with four RBIs to lead Tampa Bay past the New York Mets 10-6. Carl Crawford and Gabe Kapler drove in two runs apiece while the Rays were handing the Mets their eighth loss in 11 games.

Randy Winn singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh after Barry Zito flirted with a no-hit bid in San Francisco's 3-2 decision over Texas. Zito's no-hit try ended when Andruw Jones launched a game-tying, two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

Kevin Correia (kohr-EE'-uh) struck out seven while giving up just a run and two hits over 6 2-3 innings to pitch San Diego past Oakland 4-1. Henry Blanco and Kevin Kouzmanoff (KOOZ'-mah-nahf) hit solo homers as the Padres won for only the second time in nine interleague games.

Arizona's Tony Clark dropped a routine throw to first base, allowing Ronny Cedeno to score the winning run for the Seattle Mariners with two outs in the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

The lone National League game had Colorado winning for the 16th time in 17 games. Clint Barmes (BAHR'-mehs) cracked a solo homer and had two RBI in the Rockies' 5-4 triumph against Pittsburgh. The Rockies rallied after Freddy Sanchez hit a two-run homer that put the Pirates ahead 3-0 in the second.

Sabathia has arm tightness...Matsuzaka on DL

(AP) - New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) left Sunday's start against Florida in the second inning due to tightness in his left biceps. He's listed as day to day and the Yanks say no tests are planned.

The Yanks were also without pitcher A.J. Burnett, who began serving a 5-game suspension for pitching high and tight to a Rangers batter after Texas pitcher Vicente Padilla twice hit Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh).

Also in the majors:

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona says it could be a few weeks before Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay maht-soo-ZAH'-kah) pitches for the team again. Matsuzaka went on the disabled list with a mild right shoulder strain after an MRI showed no structural damage. He's 1-5 with an 8.23 ERA this season.

Kahne ends winless drought for him and the King

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Kasey Kahne has snapped a 37-race winless streak by holding off Tony Stewart at Infineon Raceway for his first victory on a road course.

Kahne led the final 38 laps, holding off a final charge from Stewart on an overtime finish. The victory gives Richard Petty his first win as a team owner since 1999. Said the King in Victory Lane afterward: "I feel just as good as he does."

It's Kahne's first win since Pocono last June. Marcus Ambrose finished third, with Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Stewart's second place finish increased his overall Sprint Cup lead to 84 points over Jeff Gordon.

Franchitti repeats at Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) has won the Iowa Corn Indy 250, his second victory in two trips to Iowa Speedway. He took the lead with 50 laps to go and beat Ryan Briscoe by just over five seconds.

Briscoe finished second for the third straight race despite leading for 85 laps. He leads the driver standings by three points over Franchitti.

Vettel wins

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix, finishing 15.1 seconds ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber for his second Formula One victory of the season.

Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello was third, but teammate and championship leader Jenson Button finished a season-low sixth.

Having won six races out of 8, Button leads the standings by 23 points over Barrichello.

Wimbledon's fortnight begins

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam event on the tennis calendar, starts its two-week run at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club today. 2-time defending champion, Venus Williams, is seeking her sixth Wimbledon crown but doesn't begin play until Tuesday. Sister Serena Williams, the second seed, is playing Neuza Silva of Portugal in an opening day match.

Rafael Nadal, the top-seeded men's player, pulled out due to sore knees. So the highest seed in action opening day is second-seed Roger Federer, who plays Yen-hsun Lu.

Phelps sweeps in Montreal

MONTREAL (AP) - Michael Phelps swept both events he entered at the Canada Cup in his last two races leading up to next month's U.S. nationals.

Phelps won the 100-meter freestyle Sunday in the pool that hosted the 1976 Olympics after posting a personal best time there Saturday in winning the 100-meter butterfly.

The Montreal meet is Phelps' final tuneup for the U.S. nationals in Indianapolis July 7-11.

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