Friday’s Sports In Brief
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) Shinnecock Hills is no longer the only challenge at this U.S. Open.
On a course that can cause problems in any weather, where triple bogeys or worse have been recorded on all but six holes, perhaps the most daunting prospect going into the weekend is Dustin Johnson with a four-shot lead.
Johnson played smart on the few occasions he was out of position, holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh green and endured wind and two hours of rain in the morning for a 3-under 67. He was at 4-under 136, the only player still under par going into the weekend. Scott Piercy (71) and Charley Hoffman (69) were at even par.
Only six other players in the U.S. Open have led by as many as four shots after 36 holes. All but one – Tom McNamara in 1909 – went on to win.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) – The U.S. Open cut sliced off some huge names.
There won’t be an inspiring weekend return to the tournament for Tiger Woods, nor a fifth major championship for Rory McIlroy.
Jordan Spieth won’t get his fourth major, Martin Kaymer never contended for a third and Jason Day is going home without his second. Same deal for some other owners of one major title: Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley.
Four players ranked in the top 10 in the world won’t be around come Saturday, missing the cut of 8-over 148: No. 4 Spieth, No. 5 Jon Rahm, No. 6 McIlroy and No. 8 Day.
Shinnecock Hills beat them all.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – So Yeon Ryu birdied all five par-5 holes in a 5-under 67 to take the second-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic.
The sixth-ranked South Korean star played her final nine holes – the front nine at Blythefield Country Club – in 5-under 31 to top the leaderboard at 13-under 131. She rallied after making three bogeys in a five-hole stretch on her first nine.
Kelly Shon, tied with Ryu for the first-round lead after a 64, was four shots back at 9 under after a 71. Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko were 8 under, each shooting 67. Lexi Thompson, the 2015 winner, had a 70 to get to 6 under.
VISTA, Calif. (AP) – Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail after pleading not guilty to multiple counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.
The 34-year-old Winslow was ordered to return to San Diego County Superior Court on June 25 for a preliminary hearing.
If convicted, Winslow could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
His attorney, Brian Watkins, did not immediately respond to a message left at his office.
Prosecutors say Winslow began a crime spree last March that included rapes, kidnappings, indecent exposure and burglary and continued until just before his arrest this week.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving was suspended for four games Friday for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the second straight year the pass rusher is facing a ban to start the season.
The punishment announced by the league will not keep Irving from participating in training camp starting next month in California. The 24-year-old Irving’s four-game suspension to start last season was for violating league policy on performance enhancers.
Irving was away from the Cowboys most of the offseason tending to personal issues before showing up for the mandatory three-day minicamp that ended Thursday. He declined to go into details but did mention that he was solely responsible for the care of his 5-year-old daughter.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Kawhi Leonard’s time with the San Antonio Spurs may soon be over.
A person familiar with the situation says Leonard has told the Spurs that he would like to be traded this summer, the clearest sign yet that the relationship between the team and the All-Star is in disrepair.
The person said Leonard has decided that he is ”unhappy with the situation” in San Antonio. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the player nor the team commented publicly.
Yahoo Sports and the San Antonio Express-News first reported Leonard’s hope for a trade.
Leonard played in only nine game with the Spurs this past season because of a leg injury – officially described as right quadriceps tendinopathy, and the Spurs listed him as out on their injury reports for much of the year citing ”injury management.”
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were suspended for one game apiece by Major League Baseball because of a scuffle that followed a collision at home plate.
Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, announced the suspensions, along with undisclosed fines.
Chirinos was not in the Rangers’ lineup for a series opener at home against Colorado, and the team said he was serving his suspension. Kemp is appealing his suspension, and was in the lineup for Los Angeles’ game against San Francisco.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Coyotes have traded forward Max Domi to the Montreal Canadiens for Alex Galchenyuk in an exchange of young, talented players.
The 23-year-old Domi had been one of the cornerstones of Arizona’s rebuilding project since the Coyotes selected him with the 12th overall pick in 2013. The son of former NHL tough guy Tie Domi, Max scored 18 goals and had 34 assists as a rookie in 2015-16, but his production has dipped the past two seasons.
The 24-year-old Galchenyuk has been a steady scorer since Montreal selected him third overall in 2012. He has eclipsed 20 goals twice, including a career-high 30 in 2015-16. Galchenyuk had 19 goals and 32 assists last season.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – The Ottawa Senators have suspended Randy Lee, the assistant general manager facing a harassment charge from an incident during the NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine.
Lee is charged with second-degree harassment after allegedly making lewd comments and rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo, New York, on May 30. He has pled not guilty and is due in court on July 6.
General manager Pierre Dorion announced the suspension in a statement. Dorion said the suspension is effective immediately and applies to work with the Senators as well as the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, Ontario.
The move comes a week before the NHL draft in Dallas.
- Anna Nordqvist
- Caroline Masson
- Kelly Shon
- Lee-Anne Pace
- Lexi Thompson
- Lydia Ko
- Michelle Wie
- Sakura Yokomine
- Sandra Gal
- So Yeon Ryu