Lefty leads through 54
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has posted a record five runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open without winning the second Major of the year. He's put himself in position to end that drought.
Phil Mickelson carded three birdies on the back nine to close an even-par 70 that keeps him 1-under through three rounds at Merion Golf Club. Lefty went ahead with a birdie on 17 and stayed on top with a hard-fought bogey on 18, a hole that none of the 73 players in the field birdied on Saturday.
Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han), Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker are one shot back and one ahead of Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Billy Horschel.
Tiger Woods has played himself out of contention. He's 10 shots back following a 76, matching his worst U.S. Open round as a pro.
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Game 2 tonight
CHICAGO (AP) — Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals entered the midway point of the third period with the Chicago Blackhawks and visiting Boston Bruins tied 1-1.
Patrick Sharp put the Hawks ahead 11:22 into the game, and it remained 1-0 until Chris Kelly beat Corey Crawford with 5:02 left in the second period.
Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rash stopped 22 shots through 40 minutes for the Bruins, who are trying to even the series after blowing a 3-1 lead in a triple-overtime loss at Chicago in the opener.
Crawford made 11 saves during the first two periods for the Blackhawks.
More trophies doled out
UNDATED (AP) — Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) have earned more postseason honors from the National Hockey League.
Crosby is now a two-time winner of the Ted Lindsay Award as the outstanding player in the league as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association. Crosby tied Ovechkin for third in the NHL scoring race with 56 points and led the Pittsburgh to the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference.
Ovechkin was the recipient of the Hart Trophy for the third time as the player most valuable to his team. Ovechkin led the NHL in goals for the third time since the 2007-08 season.
Montreal's P.K. Subban (soo-BAN') received the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman.
Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus came away with the Vezina (VEH'-zih-nuh) Trophy as the league's top netminder.
Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO'-bur-soh) is the NHL's top rookie, earning the Calder Trophy.
Parker says hamstring injury is serious
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs guard Tony Parker says his sore right hamstring could tear "any time." He suffered the injury in the Spurs' lopsided win in the third game of the NBA Finals with Miami. Parker says that if it tears it would take about 10 days of rest to make it better. That said, he knows this isn't the regular season and that he doesn't have the time for any healing.
Despite the blunt assessment of his hamstring, Parker says he feels he's getting stronger and will be ready for Game 5 tomorrow night in San Antonio.
Report: New GM for Kings
UNDATED (AP) — Nuggets executive Pete D'Alessandro is on his way to Sacramento. A Kings spokesman has confirmed that D'Alessandro is taking over as their new general manager. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because there has not been a formal announcement yet.
D'Alessandro was executive vice president of basketball operations in Denver.
Bosox end Camden drought
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox will leave Baltimore with at least one victory.
The Bosox fell behind 2-0 in the first inning before homers by Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes (gohmz) carried Boston to a 5-4 win over the Orioles. John Lackey limited the Birds to a pair of runs and seven hits in seven innings to improve to 12-4 lifetime against Baltimore.
Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) smacked a two-run homer in the ninth for the Orioles, who had won five straight over the Red Sox in Baltimore. The O's had the tying run on base with one out in the ninth until pinch-runner Alexi Casilla (kah-SEE'-uh) was doubled off first for the final out.
Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a line drive in the fifth inning of the Rays' 5-3 win against Kansas City. The Rays announced Cobb suffered a mild concussion but remained conscious the entire time.
Luke Scott, Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria homered as the Rays won for the second time in seven games and send the Royals to just their second loss in 11 contests.
Also in the majors, Erick Aybar (EYE'-bahr) hit a solo homer and had two RBIs as the Angels dealt the New York Yankees their fifth straight loss, 6-2. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) added a pair of RBI singles and Tommy Hanson shut down the Yankees on two runs and five hits while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.
Texas has dropped 10 of 14 after Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus hit two-run homers in Toronto's 6-1 win over the Rangers. R.A. Dickey put 10 runners on base but allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings to pitch the Blue Jays to their fourth consecutive win.
Felix Hernandez struck out eight while scattering five hits in seven innings of Seattle's 4-0 shutout of Oakland. The game was scoreless until Henry Blanco hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to send Hernandez to his third straight win.
Freddie Freeman's walkoff single capped a two-run ninth that lifted Atlanta past San Francisco 6-5. B.J. Upton homered twice for the Braves, who trailed 5-4 until Justin Upton worked out a bases-loaded walk.
Washington blew an early 5-0 lead before Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the top of the ninth to lift the Nationals past the Indians 7-6 in Cleveland. Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond went deep off Scott Kazmir, who was tagged for five runs before leaving in the third inning.
Tyler Colvin hit a two-run homer while Colorado was putting together a six-run first in a 10-5 rout of Philadelphia. Pitcher Tyler Chatwood worked five innings and went 2-for-2 with an RBI single in his return from a triceps injury.
Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) singled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning before scoring the insurance run in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-3 verdict over Pittsburgh. Clayton Kershaw lowered his ERA to a National League-leading 1.84 but had to settle for a no-decision after holding the Pirates to a run and three hits in seven innings.
Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate and also tripled as St. Louis outscored Miami 13-7. Lance Lynn allowed a career-high seven runs in five innings but also hit a two-run single while improving to 9-1.
Trevor Plouffe (pluf) belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs as Minnesota doubled up Detroit 6-3. Samuel Deduno (deh-DOO'-noh) held the Tigers to two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Milwaukee is the last major league team to post a shutout now that Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter in the Brewers' 6-0 victory at Cincinnati. Juan Francisco hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, while Logan Schafer recorded his second straight three-hit game.
Scott Feldman hit an RBI single and allowed just one run and two hits in seven innings of the Chicago Cubs' 5-2 win over the New York Mets. Starlin Castro hit a two-run double while the Cubs scored three times in the eighth to beat the Mets for the second straight day.
Fourth-inning homers by Jason Castro and Chris Carter helped Houston beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3. Winning pitcher Lucas Harrell allowed seven hits and three runs with a season-high seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.
Cubs and Reds place players on the DL
NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder David DeJesus (deh-HAY'-zoos) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cubs after he sprained his right shoulder running into the center-field wall Friday night. The Cubs activated right-handed reliever Shawn Camp from the disabled list. He has 12 strikeouts and six walks in 16 2-3 innings this season in the bullpen.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have placed right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list with a sore pitching elbow. Broxton's elbow bothered him during the week. He had an ultrasound on Friday that found swelling in the elbow. He's replaced by right-hander Pedro Villarreal (vihl-uh-ree-AHL'), who was called up from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the month to make an emergency start.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — In the first game of the College World Series Mississippi State defeated Oregon State 5-4. Today's second game has Indiana playing Louisville.
Hunter-Reay wins in Milwaukee again
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay has won IndyCar's race at the Milwaukee Mile for the second straight year.
Hunter-Reay is the first driver to win back-to-back races at the Mile since Tony Kanaan (kah-NAHN') in 2006 and 2007.
Andretti Autosports has won five of the last nine races at the mile oval, although pole-sitter Marco Andretti had a tough finish. He led the first 62 laps before his day fell apart with an electrical issue.
IndyCar Series points leader Helio Castroneves (EH'-lee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehs) was second and followed by Penske Racing teammate Will Power