Tuning up for Open, McIlroy grabs lead in St. Jude Classic
Rory McIlroy snapped his string of three straight missed cuts, shooting 5-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the PGA Tour’s St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. He is at 7-under 133.
McIlroy came to Memphis looking to tune up his game before heading to San Francisco for his U.S. Open title defense at The Olympic Club. He birdied three of his final four holes and had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys to match his lowest PGA Tour round this year.
Also: Se Ri Pak, playing in her first tournament since injuring her left shoulder in early April, shot 1-under 71 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y. She is at 3-under 141.
Bill Glasson shot a 3-under 69 to take a two-stroke lead over Russ Cochran after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala. Glasson is at 9-under 135.
Lee Westwood shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a three-stroke lead after the third round of the Nordea Masters in Sweden. He is at 16-under 200.
Clemens’ wife says she got HGH shot without husband present
Roger Clemens’ wife backed up her husband’s testimony that his former strength coach injected her with human growth hormone while the star pitcher was not present, contradicting the word of the coach who is the government’s key witness in the perjury case against Clemens.
Called to testify for the second day in Washington, D.C., Debbie Clemens told jurors she asked Brian McNamee to inject her with the drug in November 2000 in a "spontaneous, no-brainer kind of moment" after reading of the drug’s purported benefits in a newspaper article.
McNamee is the only witness to testify to firsthand knowledge of Clemens’ alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. McNamee has said he injected Roger Clemens numerous times and testified in May that Clemens was present when McNamee gave Debbie Clemens an injection.
Also: The words that two men spoke in a jail lockup nine months ago, unaware they were being recorded, came back to haunt them as they were ordered to stand trial in an attack on a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium in 2011.
In the 12-minute conversation, one man acknowledged he had attacked a Giants fan, and his cohort said he had no regrets about backing him up.
During a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles, Louis Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, were ordered to stand trial on charges of mayhem, assault and battery in the attack on Bryan Stow, a paramedic from Northern California who suffered brain damage and is permanently disabled.
Cody Regis had a three-run double in UCLA’s five-run sixth inning, and Adam Plutko pitched seven solid innings in the Bruins’ 6-2 victory over Texas Christian in Game 1 of the best-of-3 NCAA Super Regional in Los Angeles.
Sauter’s Texas fortune changes for better with Truck Series win
Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag again at Texas and this time got the NASCAR Truck Series victory.
Sauter passed teammate Matt Crafton for the lead with 22 laps left in Fort Worth, Texas, and became the seventh driver to win in the first seven races.
It was at Texas last June when Sauter pulled away on a final restart with two laps left before NASCAR black-flagged him. He took the checkered flag but was dropped to 22nd after going from the outside lane to inside in front of Ron Hornaday Jr. before crossing the start-finish line on the restart.
Sauter’s fifth career win came after he had finished 24th or worse in five of the six races this year.
Also: Alex Tagliani won the pole for the IndyCar Series race in Fort Worth, Texas, turning a lap at 215.691 mph to bump Dario Franchitti, who will start second after a 215.646 mph run.
All-Pro Rob Gronkowski agreed to a $54 million deal with the New England Patriots, the richest contract for a tight end in NFL history. The six-year deal includes $18.17 million guaranteed for Gronkowski, who set a league record for the position with 1,327 yards and 17 touchdown catches in 2011.
The judge overseeing Jerry Sandusky’s child sex-abuse case in Bellefonte, Pa., denied the defense’s request to have the charges dismissed against the former Penn State football coach, leaving all 52 counts intact with opening statements three days away.
Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez scored as the United States opened World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Fla. Gomez, who played at Las Vegas High School, scored in the 72nd minute to give the Americans the 3-1 lead.
Greece and Poland played to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the European Championship in Warsaw, Poland. Also, Russia defeated the Czech Republic 4-1 in Wroclaw, Poland.