Sports Watch

Watson continues to amaze

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) - The improbable dream remains alive for Tom Watson.

The 59-year old experienced his way around Turnberry for the third straight day and leads the British Open. The 5-time champ who first won the event in 1975 and last won it in 1983, shot a 1-over 71 to lead by one-shot. Watson pulled in front with birdies on 16 and 17 to leave himself 4-under par for the 54 holes and front of much younger players. Matthew Goggin is 35 and Ross Fisher is 28. They share second after Goggin shot 69 and Fisher posted a 70. Fisher is an expectant father and is ready to leave the tournament if his wife goes into labor.

Lee Westwood and Retief (reh-TEEF') Goosen are in the hunt just two off the pace, while Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Stewart Cink (SIHNK) are three behind.

If Watson can hold on and hoist the Claret Jug one more time, he would tie the record for most British Open wins and become the oldest winner of a major championship.

Chalmers leads by two

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Greg Chalmers continues the hunt for his first win on the PGA Tour this afternoon at the U.S. Bank Championship. The Australian takes a two-shot lead into the third round over Jeff Klauk, Kris Blanks and Chris Riley.

Two AL division leaders get things started on the diamond

(AP) - The Yankees are hosting Detroit and Toronto is entertaining Boston in early afternoon starts on today's full major league schedule.

Other matinees in the junior circuit, have the Chicago White Sox hosting Baltimore and Oakland home to the AL West-leading L.A. Angels (4:10 p.m. Eastern)

Kansas City's Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) looks to get off to a good start in the second half. The right-hander lost his last two starts before the All-Star break and brings a 10-4 record into this evening's home game against visiting Tampa Bay.

The rest of tonight's AL schedule has Seattle playing at Cleveland and Texas hosting Minnesota.

National League play gets under way with a late-afternoon start between the Braves and New York Mets in Atlanta (4:10 p.m. Eastern). New York's Johan (YOH'-hahn) Santana will be in search of his 11th win of the season for the Mets, while Atlanta counters with Kenshin Kawakami.

Tonight in the senior circuit Adam Wainwright goes after his 11th win when he takes the mound for Central Division-leading St. Louis at home against Arizona. On the rest of the night schedule in the National League, Washington hosts the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh entertains San Francisco, Philadelphia plays at Florida, Milwaukee is at Cincinnati, Colorado plays at San Diego and the L.A. Dodgers entertain Houston.

Tigers' Zumaya to DL

(AP) - The Detroit Tigers have placed reliever Joel Zumaya on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Zumaya heard something pop in the shoulder shortly after giving a three-run homer to Mark Teixeira (teh-SHER'-uh) in last night's loss to the Yankees. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.94 ERA and one save in 29 games.

Elsewhere in the majors, the Red Sox recalled Jed Lowrie from the minors and he started at shortstop in this afternoon's game at Toronto.

Russian take 14th stage of Tour de France, Armstrong 8 still seconds back

BENSANCON, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong didn't lose any time to the overall leader at the Tour de France, but the 7-time winner did drop back a spot in the standings.

Russia's Serguei Ivanov won today's 14th stage while Italy's Rinadlo Nocentini (noh-chehn-TEE'-nee) retained the leader's yellow jersey. George Hincapie (hihn-KAP'-ee) moved into second place just five seconds off the pace with a strong push at the end of the stage. Alberto Contador is third, still six seconds back, and Armstrong is now in fourth place, eight seconds off the lead.

Woman dies on Tour when hit by police motorcycle

PARIS (AP) - Tragedy struck the Tour de France today when a woman was killed along the course for the 14th stage. She was struck by a policeman on a motorcycle while trying to cross the road.

Commander Christophe Blanc told France Info radio that the policeman was from a unit of the Republican Guard and could not avoid hitting the woman. The driver was helping supervise the race.

Aikman, Holtz among 2009 class

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman and ex-Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz are among the 21 individuals inducted in to the College Footbal Hall of Fame today.

Among the others are former Ohio State coach John Cooper, former Oklahoma State tailback Thurman Thomas and former Florida linebacker Wilber Marshall.

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