ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Phil Mickelson made his first birdie on his last putt. Billy Horschel never missed a green. It was all they could do to barely break par against Merion, which is turning out to be the real star of this U.S. Open.
Nearly half the field did not finish the second round when it was suspended by darkness. Moments after the horn sounded to stop play, Mickelson opted to finish his round and drilled a 20-foot birdie putt for a 2-over 72. That gave him a share of the clubhouse lead with Horschel, who made it as easy as possible by hitting every green in regulation for a 67.
They were at 1-under 139.
Even with the round not finished, it was becoming clear that this U.S. Open might be up for grabs until the very end. Tiger Woods, who grimaced with every shot out of the rough because of pain in his left elbow, was at 3-over 143 and still very much in the game.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Major League Baseball came down hard on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, handing out eight suspensions and a dozen fines as punishment for a bench-clearing brawl.
Yet even with Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy getting 10 games and infielder Eric Hinske five for their roles in Tuesday's fight, it might not be enough to quell the lingering hostility between the NL West rivals.
"No, it's not over yet, not at all," said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, given a one-game ban. "I don't think anybody thinks it's over."
Kennedy's suspension is the longest handled out by the league for on-field conduct since Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett was handed a 10-game suspension for an incident with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on May 20, 2006.
Belisario served a one-game suspension on Friday night for "aggressive actions," while Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell and infielder Skip Schumaker appealed the two-game suspensions they received from MLB Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr.
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly and Arizona's Kirk Gibson were given one-game bans, while Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire must sit two games. Bench coach Trey Hillman filled in for Mattingly on Friday night when Los Angeles played at Pittsburgh while Arizona bench coach Alan Trammell took over for Gibson in San Diego.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, and the star shortstop could miss up to six weeks because of a broken rib.
Team spokesman Nick Piburn said an MRI taken Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture. Tulowitzki was injured earlier in the day while diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed hitting and fielding drills Friday for the first time since mid-April, a day after receiving medical clearance to increase his rehabilitation program for a broken left ankle.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sarah Thomas is on her way to becoming a female official in the NFL and it could happen as early as the 2014 season.
Thomas spent three days at the Indianapolis Colts' three-day minicamp this week. The league says she could be the first to come through its officiating development program and then handle games.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kellen Winslow Jr. turned a three-day tryout into another chance at reviving his NFL career.
The former Pro Bowl tight end was signed to a one-year deal by the New York Jets after a solid performance during the team's minicamp this week.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills signed rookie quarterback EJ Manuel to a four-year contract worth $8.9 million.
The team announced the signing, and a person familiar with the deal revealed the terms speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Bills did not release any details of the contract. The person said the contract includes a $4.84 million signing bonus.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wide receiver Victor Cruz signed his $2.879 million tender with the New York Giants.
Two people familiar with the contract told The Associated Press on Friday that the restricted free agent with three years in the NFL had signed the tender while he works on a long-term deal with the Giants.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Miami Heat star Chris Bosh was fined $5,000 for flopping during Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
The play happened midway through the second quarter with the Heat leading 41-32.
CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the NHL's best defensive forward, and Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators is the league's coach of the year.
The 25-year-old Toews was third in the NHL with a plus-28 rating in 47 games in the regular season. The center also was a finalist for the award after the 2010-11 season.
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron also was up the award. Toews and Bergeron are competing in the Stanley Cup finals.
The Lady Byng trophy for the NHL's most sportsmanlike player went to Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis for the third time in four seasons.
Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the general manager of the year, and Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding won the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance.
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ATLANTA (AP) — Ex-WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an argument and shooting in November.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and other charges. The 35-year-old was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine under the plea agreement.
Holdsclaw was arrested after the confrontation in Atlanta with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy, who told police she was Holdsclaw's ex-girlfriend. Authorities said Holdsclaw broke Lacy's car windows with a bat and then fired a shot into it. No one was injured.
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer cruised past Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-0 to reach the Gerry Weber Open semifinals, recording his second career double bagel and teaching a painful lesson to a player trying to serve and volley on grass.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Daniela Hantuchova rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and advance to the semifinals of the grass-court Aegon Classic.
LONDON (AP) — Two-time former champion Andy Murray edged Benjamin Becker 6-4, 7-6 (3) to reach the semifinals at Queen's Club.
FIFA ruled that male head covers are acceptable to wear during matches, a decision that goes against the ban on turbans imposed by the sport's provincial governing body in Quebec.
LA PUNT, Switzerland (AP) — Rui Costa of Portugal won the seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse in a late sprint, while Mathias Frank retained the overall lead.