Leaders have time on their hands
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With 18 holes to go on one of the toughest setups in recent U.S. Open history, this year's second major championship is still up for grabs.
Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell share a two-stroke lead over Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson (YAHK'-uhb-sihn) headed into final-round play in San Francisco (6 p.m. Eastern tee time).
The co-leaders are 1 under par after 54 holes on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club.
Both know how to get the job done. Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open and McDowell was the winner in 2010.
Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Blake Adams and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts (KOHL'-sartz) begin the day just three shots off the lead.
High school senior Beau Hossler is hanging in there. The 17-year-old Southern Californian is in a group of six golfers at plus-3.
And halfway co-leader Tiger Woods is part of a quartet that's five off the pace after a 5-over 75 in round three.
Lidge paying price for poor performance
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals designated struggling reliever Brad Lidge for assignment ahead of this afternoon's game against the visiting Yankees. The right-hander allowed three runs in Washington's 7-2 loss to New York in Friday's series opener and was the losing pitcher against the Yanks yesterday, giving up two runs in the 14th inning of a 5-3 defeat.
In some of today's other early starts, the Blue Jays are looking to complete an interleague sweep of the visiting Phillies, and the Reds are looking to pull off a sweep of the Mets in New York.
Elsewhere around the major leagues, we get word the Atlanta Braves placed right-hander Brandon Beachy on the 15-day disabled list with a sore pitching elbow ahead of today's game against visiting Baltimore. The major league ERA leader left last night's 5-0 loss to the Orioles in the fourth inning.
BASEBALL-COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Elimination game at CWS
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Stony Brook and Florida State play today's opener at the College World Series. Both lost their opener on Friday, so the loser of this one is gone from the double-elimination tournament.
The two teams that beat them, UCLA and Arizona, meet in the nightcap in Omaha.
Time to go
SAN DIEGO (AP) — LaDainian Tomlinson is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.
He was the NFL MVP in 2006 and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history,
The Chargers say Tomlinson will re-sign with the team and announce his retirement less than a week before his 33rd birthday.
Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and spent the first nine years of his career with the Bolts. He wore a New York Jets uniform the past two seasons.
Ambrose in unfamiliar spot
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Marcos Ambrose has the pole in a Sprint Cup race for the first time in his career and will lead the field to the green flag today at Michigan International Speedway.
Qualifying speeds were way up on the newly repaved two-mile oval, with 19 drivers surpassing 200 mph. Forth of them broke the previous track record of 194.232, set by Ryan Newman in 2005.
Heat have home-court advantage now
MIAMI (AP) — The Heat and Thunder return to the court for Game 3 of the NBA Finals tonight in Miami.
The Heat hopes to ride momentum from Thursday night's 100-96 victory in Oklahoma City that evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.
Games 4 and 5 also will be played in South Florida, with Games 6 and 7 in OKC, if needed.
Federer upset...Nalbandian DQd
HALLE, Germany (AP) —There was a stunning result of the ATP tournament final in Germany. Five-time champion Roger Federer got beat by German wild card Tommy Haas 7-6, 6-4. Haas is ranked 87th in the world, and at the age of 34 is the oldest player in the draw.
The second-seeded Federer was bidding for his fifth tour title of the season and his 75th overall.
LONDON (AP) — There was a bizarre ending to the final at Queen's Club. The match was halted abruptly when David Nalbandian (nal-BAN'-dee-uhn) injured a line judge, handing the title to Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch).
Nalbandian was leading 7-6, 3-4 when he kicked the small barrier surrounding the line judge in anger. A piece of the barrier then hit the line judge, causing bleeding on his left shin.
After checking on the line judge, the chair umpire decided to end the match.