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Updated: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:15:13 EST


Kaymer's in command

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) —Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur) still has a few more hours to sit on the comfortable six-shot lead he has at the U.S. Open before it's time to tee it up for another shot at Pinehurst No. 2.

That halfway lead ties the Open record co-held by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy who both went on to win the tournament.

Kaymer has built the lead by hitting 27 of 36 greens in regulation and 28 of 32 fairways. He has 18 one-putt greens and no three putts. And the German has just one bogey on his card for two rounds.

More hot, dry weather is on tap today, which perhaps could harden up those turtleback greens making them tougher to hold. That could open the door for Kaymer's challengers to close the gap.

U.S. Open rookie Brendon Todd will play in the final group with Kaymer.

Kevin Na and Brandt Snedeker are seven shots back in third place.


Back to work for Spurs, Heat

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs and Heat resume preparations for the NBA Finals after taking yesterday off. San Antonio took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series with two lop-sided wins in Miami. The Spurs can claim their fifth NBA title with a win in Game 5 tomorrow on their home court. If the Heat can extend the series, Game 6 would be in Miami Tuesday night.


Royals look for another win

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas City looks to continue its run at the top of the AL Central when it continues its series with the White Sox this afternoon. The Royals have won five in a row to move to within a game-and-a-half of foundering Detroit for the division lead.

The Braves and Nationals are deadlocked for the lead in the NL East heading into today's play. Atlanta hosts the Angels under the lights, while Washington continues its series in St. Louis. That one features a pretty good pitching match-up with Stephen Strasburg going for Washington against Shelby Miller in a meeting of 2009 first round draft picks.

Strasburg is 6-4 but has won three straight with a 1.42 ERA in those games. Miller is 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA against the Nationals.

Scott Kazmir has been sharp lately as he prepares to take the mound for AL West leading Oakland against the Yankees tonight. He's 7-2 but has gone 2-0 over his last three starts with a 1.21 ERA. The Yankees have won four in a row and head into the game trailing first-place Toronto by 3 1/2 games in the AL East.


Steelers great Noll dies

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll died in his home Friday night at age 82.

Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL's pre-eminent powers, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls.

Steelers owner Dan Rooney once called Noll one of the greatest coaches of all-time ranking him with the likes of George Halas and Tom Landry.

Noll's 16-8 record in postseason play remains one of the best in league history.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says Noll died of natural causes.


Two games on the schedule

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Play in the College World Series starts today with a pair of games. This afternoon, the Texas Longhorns are facing U.C. Irvine. Texas has 43 wins and 19 defeats while the Anteaters are 40-23.

The second game is being played this evening and has Louisville going against Vanderbilt. The Cardinals are 50-15 while the Commodores are 46-19.

This is double-elimination play with the other four schools in action tomorrow.


First round continues

UNDATED (AP) — This is Day 3 of the World Cup and play continues around Brazil in four locations. Today's matches begin with Greece taking on Colombia, then Costa Rica faces Uruguay, followed by Italy against England and Japan versus Ivory Coast.

The start of play for the U.S. is still two days away as the Americans will face Ghana on Monday.

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