Molder, winless on PGA Tour, leads Houston Open by stroke

Bryce Molder birdied four of the final seven holes for a 6-under-par 66 and a one-stroke lead Friday after the second round of the Houston Open.

The 31-year-old Molder, winless in 88 career starts, had a 9-under 135 total. First-round co-leader Cameron Percy (69) and fellow PGA Tour rookie Alex Prugh (66) were tied for second.

Lucas Glover (68) had the first hole-in-one in the Redstone Tournament Course’s five-year tour history, using a 6-iron on the 199-yard 16th.

Also: South Korean Song-Hee Kim shot 4-under 68 to take the second-round lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif. Kim was at 7-under 137 in the season’s first major, leading major winners Cristie Kerr (67), Karen Stupples (69) and Lorena Ochoa (70) by one shot.


A-Rod: Doctor didn’t give him
performance-enhancing drugs

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez met Thursday with three officials from Major League Baseball near Tampa, Fla., and told them he didn’t receive performance-enhancing drugs from a Canadian doctor under investigation by federal and Canadian authorities.

Details, including Rodriguez’s denial, were disclosed by a person familiar with the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Canadian doctor, Anthony Galea, said last month that he prescribed only anti-inflammatories to Rodriguez. Galea, who faces four charges in Canada related to human growth hormone and Actovegin, said he treated Rodriguez after he had hip surgery in March 2009.

Also: Right-hander Jon Rauch was named the Minnesota Twins’ closer. Rauch, the tallest pitcher in major league history at 6 feet 11 inches, is replacing four-time All-Star Joe Nathan, who is out for the season following elbow surgery.

Scott Feldman, who in less than a year has gone from long reliever to Opening Day starter, agreed with the Texas Rangers on a three-year contract worth almost $14 million.

Infielder Hank Blalock, a two-time All-Star, did not make the Tampa Bay Rays’ Opening Day roster and will try to sign with another team. If he doesn’t, he will report to the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate.

Former pitcher Mike Cuellar, a Cuban who won 185 games and had four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles in which he won 20 or more games, died Friday of stomach cancer in Florida. He was 72.

Umpires Ed Montague, Randy Marsh, Rick Reed and Charlie Reliford, who had combined for 110 years of major league experience, have retired. They have been replaced as crew chiefs by Brian Gorman, Tom Hallion, Jeff Kellogg and Jerry Layne.


Bryant signs extension with
Lakers for almost $90 million

Guard Kobe Bryant signed a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, the only team he has played for in his 14-year NBA career.

The extension is worth almost $90 million. Bryant will make $27.4 million in 2011-12, $30.2 million in 2012-13 and more than $32 million in the final year, when he will be 35. He is making $23 million this season and is due $24.8 million next season.

Also: Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing game officials and for using inappropriate language during a postgame interview Wednesday.

Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal said he will skip his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. The 6-9 forward averaged 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds this season.

Purdue coach Matt Painter signed a new contract through the 2016-17 season. The deal is worth $1.3 million in base salary, plus up to $1 million in incentives.


Cowboys release tackle Adams,
safety Hamlin, save $13 million

The Dallas Cowboys released five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams and Pro Bowl safety Ken Hamlin, two years after both signed six-year contracts. The moves save the club $13 million for the 2010 season.

Adams, who has played his entire 12-year career with the Cowboys, was due a $2.5 million roster bonus in June and a $5 million base salary. Hamlin’s base salary was to be about $5.5 million.

Also: The Cleveland Browns acquired cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong from the Philadelphia Eagles for linebacker Alex Hall and their fourth- and fifth-round picks in this month’s NFL Draft.

In other Browns news, star nose tackle Shaun Rogers was charged with a fourth-degree felony of carrying a concealed weapon. He tried to carry a .45-caliber semiautomatic in his carry-on luggage Thursday at Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland.

Running back Willie Parker and the Washington Redskins agreed to a one-year contract that could be worth $3.1 million. Parker played his first six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Free-agent kicker Jay Feely and the Arizona Cardinals agreed to a two-year deal, ending Neil Rackers’ seven-year stint with the team. Feely spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets.

San Diego Chargers running back-kick returner Darren Sproles signed his one-year contract tender worth $7,283,000.

A Florida woman suing Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes over an alleged assault at a nightclub now wants to press charges. In a lawsuit filed March 24, the woman said Holmes and a police officer intimidated her so she wouldn’t press charges.

Coach Bobby Hauck completed his first recruiting class at UNLV, signing Brett Boyko from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Boyko (6 feet 7 inches, 288 pounds) will play offensive tackle. He was a defensive lineman his sophomore and junior seasons and played quarterback last year. Boyko also visited Eastern Washington and Montana State.


Roddick rallies to beat Nadal,
will play Berdych in title match

Andy Roddick beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the final of the Sony Ericsson Open at Key Biscayne, Fla.

A near-capacity crowd included Tiger Woods’ wife, Elin, and their son, Charlie.

The sixth-seeded Roddick advanced to the final for the first time since winning the championship in 2004. He will play 16th-seeded Tomas Berdych, who beat fifth-seeded Robin Soderling, 6-2, 6-2.

Also: Erin Andrews has been receiving death threats in a stream of e-mails to a media outlet, an attorney for the ESPN reporter and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant said.

Attorney Marshall Grossman said the media outlet, which he did not identify, had received at least a dozen e-mails since September threatening Andrews. The e-mails were at first sexual, but the most recent were explicitly violent and “threatened Erin with murder,” Grossman said.

Kyle Busch raced to his first NASCAR victory as a team owner, dominating the Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville, Tenn., for his 17th career Camping World Trucks Series win. Kevin Harvick was second behind Busch, who led 131 of 150 laps.

Johnny Tapia, a former five-time world champion boxer, has been jailed again in Albuquerque, N.M., for failing a drug test while on release as part of a community custody program. A Detention Center spokesperson said Tapia, 43, tested positive for cocaine and was returned to jail Thursday.

Blind Luck overtook Tidal Pool in the stretch to win by 2½ lengths in the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Blind Luck, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, finished in 1:42.56 and paid $3 and $2.20.

Donn Roach struck out 16 to set a College of Southern Nevada record, leading the second-ranked Coyotes to a sweep of Salt Lake Community College, 10-2 and 7-0. Roach (7-1) allowed three hits and walked one in his nightcap victory. Marvin Campbell had five RBIs on the day for CSN (29-5, 16-2 SWAC).

UNLV’s baseball team was handed a 7-3 loss by New Mexico at Wilson Stadium. The Lobos broke open a scoreless game with a five-run fourth inning. Drew Beuerlein homered and had three hits for the Rebels (16-11, 2-3 Mountain West Conference). Brandon Bayardi also had three hits. The teams conclude their three-game series at 1 p.m. today.

UNLV’s softball team rallied for seven runs in the eighth inning to gain a 9-8 victory over Idaho State in Brigham Young’s Pre-Conference Tournament at St. George, Utah. Marissa Nichols ignited the comeback with a bases-loaded triple after Idaho State scored six runs in the top of the inning. UNLV (21-14) scored the tying and winning runs on wild pitches.

UNLV’s men’s golf team was 11th after two rounds of the 16-team ASU Thunderbird Invitational at Tempe, Ariz. Led by Eddie Olson at par 142, the Rebels were at 7-over 575, 21 strokes behind leader Arizona.

The 29th-ranked UNLV women’s tennis team beat Brigham Young 4-3 at Provo, Utah, for its first road victory. Aanna Maskaljun and Adrienn Hidvegi each won in singles and doubles for the Rebels (15-3, 2-1 MWC).

UNLV’s men’s tennis team suffered a 4-3 home loss to Texas Christian in its MWC opener. Mehdi Bouras won in singles and doubles for the Rebels (10-8).

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