Sports Watch

Martin wins at Chicagoland, splits $1 million bonus with Gordon

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Mark Martin has won his series-leading fourth Sprint Cup race of the year, with a victory at Chicagoland Speedway. It's the 39th career win for the 50-year-old Martin, who led for 195 laps of the 400.

Jeff Gordon's hard-charging finish got him second place.

Martin and Gordon are Hendrick Motorsports teammates and earned a $1 million bonus. The teammates also grabbed the top two spots at the other LifeLock sponsored race in June, setting up the shot at the big cash prize.

Kasey Kahne (kayn) finished third, followed by Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Ninth-inning magic for the champs...A-Rod hits a pair in Yanks loss

(AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies had their early season problems winning at home. Not anymore.

The Phils rallied with five runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun Pittsburgh 8-7. The Phils are 8-1 on their current homestand before closing out the first half of the season in Sunday's finale before the All-Star break.

The rally started when Matt Stairs led off with a pinch-hit homer. Ryan Howard tied the game with a three-run shot, his 22nd of the season.

Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL' ih-BAHN'-yehz), playing in his first game after missing 20 with a groin injury, then hit a ground-rule double to center. After an intentional walk and an infield single loaded the bases, Paul Bako's single drove in the winning run.

In the rest of the NL:

Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight day, Justin Miller pitched solidly after an injury forced starter Matt Cain out and the San Francisco Giants held on to beat the San Diego Padres 2-1. One night after Jonathan Sanchez pitched a no-hitter, the Giants beat the Padres for a third straight game. Cain, the Giants' All-Star pitcher with 10 wins, left after getting hit by a line drive on his pitching elbow.

J.J. Hardy hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3. Frank Catalanotto homered for the Brewers.

The lowly Washington Nationals rapped out a season-high 21 hits and mauled Houston 13-2. Josh Willingham homered twice. He, Nick Johnson and Adam Dunn hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning.

Jeff Francoeur (fran-KOOR') had a two-run single in his Mets debut and Johan Santana pitched seven sharp innings in New York's 4-0 victory over Cincinnati. The Reds lost outfielder Jay Bruce who suffered a broken wrist trying to make a sliding catch.

The Chicago Cubs' Ted Lilly allowed four hits and a run in eight strong innings to earn his 100th career victory as the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2. Lilly, the Cubs' lone selection to the All-Star game, improved to 9-6 in his last start before the break.

All-Star Justin Upton matched a career high with four hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Florida Marlins 5-1. The D-Backs have won 7 of 8.

Jair Jurrjens (JAH'-ree JUR'-jehnz) pitched six strong innings and singled twice to drive in a run and score a run in the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 win over Colorado.

In the rest the AL:

Boston stretched its lead in the AL East to two games over the Yankees by outslugging Kansas City 15-9. Kevin Youkilis hit a pair of home runs. David Ortiz and Jason Varitek also went deep for the Sox.

Mike Napoli (NAHP'-uh-lee) hit a go-ahead two-run double during a seven-run fifth inning and added a solo homer in the seventh in the Los Angeles Angels' 14-8 win over the New York Yankees. Alex Rodriguez homered twice for the Yankees, increasing his career total to 570 and putting him in 10th place on the all-time list.

Seattle beat Texas 4-1, dropping the Rangers a half-game back of the Angels in the AL West race. Rob Johnson homered for the Mariners.

The Chicago White Sox held off Minnesota 8-7. Jim Thome (TOH'-mee) drove in four runs to offset two home runs by ex-teammate Joe Crede (KREE'-dee) for the Twins.

Carl Pavano allowed two runs in eight innings and the Cleveland Indians edged Detroit 5-4. Travis Hafner drove in a pair as the Indians snapped the Tigers' 3-game win streak.

Rajai Davis and Adam Kennedy each hit two-run homers in the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2.

Baltimore edged Toronto 4-3 in 12 innings on Melvin Mora's first home run in 50 games.

Kerr leads by one

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Cristie Kerr (kur) has a two-shot lead over Eun Hee Ji through three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open in Bethlehem, Pa. Kerr fired a 1-over 72 for a 2-under total, making her the only player below par in the tournament.

Paula Creamer (KREE'-mur) began the day just one shot back before shooting an 8-over 79.

Stiles leads, Stricker on fire

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Darron Stiles is the leader after the second round of the PGA's John Deere Classic in Illinois. Stiles fired a 6-under-par 65 that puts him 13-under for the tournament.

Steve Stricker is alone in second at minus-10 following a 61, tying the course record at the TPC Deere Run.

Friday's rainout forces the field to play 36 holes Sunday.

Price is right in Minnesota

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) - Nick Price fired a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead entering Sunday's final round of the 3M Championship in Minnesota. Price is 11-under for the tournament.

Gene Jones and Andy Bean are one shot back. Bernhard Langer is two off the lead.

Peirsol sets 200 backstroke world record

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Aaron Peirsol has broken the world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis.

The Olympic silver medalist touched in 1 minute, 53.08 seconds. That edged Olympic champion Ryan Lochte who owned the previous mark of 1:53.94 set in Beijing.

It was Peirsol's second world record in three days. He reclaimed his 100-meter backstroke record last Wednesday.

Cullen Jones broke the American record in the 50-meter freestyle.

Armstrong still third

SAINT-GIRONS, France (AP) - 7-time champion Lance Armstrong was still in third place when he got off his bike following the eighth stage of the Tour de France.

The 37-year-old Armstrong is eight seconds behind Rinaldo Nocentini, who finished in a pack with Armstrong and Alberto Contador, who is six seconds off the lead.

Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez won the 110-mile trek along three big climbs.

Bryan brothers keep U.S. Cup hopes alive

POREC, Croatia (AP) - The U.S. is still alive in the Davis Cup quarterfinals following a doubles victory by the Bryan brothers. Bob and Mike Bryan cruised to a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Croatia after Mardy Fish and James Blake dropped their singles matches.

Fish and Blake need to win their matches Sunday for the U.S. to advance. Fish was a late addition to the team after Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick bowed out due to injury.

Franchitti has the pole

TORONTO (AP) - Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) has won the IndyCar Series pole for Sunday's Honda Indy on the street course in Toronto.

Franchitti claimed his third pole by covering the circuit in just over one minute to beat Team Penske's Will Power for the top spot.

Graham Rahal (RAY'-hawl) was third, followed by Justin Wilson, Canadian Alex Tagliani and rookie Mike Conway.

Webber has F1 pole

NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) - Red Bull's Mark Webber has earned the pole for Sunday's German Grand Prix, just ahead of Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello. Webber secured his first career pole with a fastest lap of 1 minute, 32.230 seconds around a slippery Nuerburgring circuit. Formula One points leader Jenson Button will start third as he seeks his seventh victory in nine races this season.

Haiti ties U.S. 2-2

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Stuart Holden scored in the first minute of second-half injury time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie with Haiti in the Americans' final first-round game at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Lesnar defends title

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Brock Lesnar defended his heavyweight title at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 100 with a second-round stoppage of Frank Mir.

Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight title in a unanimous decision over Thiago Alves. Dan Henderson KO'd Michael Bisping with a single punch in a middleweight upset.

Gatti found dead in hotel room

SAO PAULO (AP) - Former junior welterweight boxing champion Arturo Gatti has been found dead at age 37.

A police investigator tells The Associated Press that Gatti's body was discovered in his hotel room at a Brazilian tourist resort, where he had arrived Friday with his wife and son. A spokeswoman for the state public safety department says there were no bullet or stab wounds on Gatti, but police did find blood stains on the floor.

Brazilian police say it's unclear how the Canadian died. One investigator calls it "all very strange."

Gatti, 1 of boxing's most exciting fighters, retired in 2007 with a career record of 40-9 and 31 knockouts.


Thousands attend McNair funeral

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Steve McNair has received 1 of the biggest funerals in Mississippi history.

Over 4,500 people paid their respects to the former NFL quarterback, who was shot and killed by his girlfriend in a murder-suicide one week ago. McNair's wife and mother received a police escort into Reed Green Coliseum on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Former NFL quarterback and Mississippi resident Brett Favre (fahrv) sat a few rows behind the McNair family. Titans coach Jeff Fisher and quarterback Vince Young, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis and Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler also attended. Fisher was flanked by Young as he led the congregation in The Lord's Prayer.

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