All Snedeker in British Open, MLB Diamond Dust, Friday all sports recap + Free Plays for Saturday, July 21, 2012

Snedeker a record -10 after 36, Tiger four back

Not bad for a guy who had never made the cut in any of his previous three British Opens. Friday, 31-year-old Tennessean Brandt Snedeker tied the course record with a six-under 64 to go along with a 66 on Thursday to take the lead at the halfway mark of the British Open. The 10-under 130 tied the mark for the lowest 36 hole score for the Open or any of the four majors. Thursday’s leader Adam Scott is just a shot back while Tiger Woods lurk four back after back-to-back 67s. Americans Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar made moves on Friday to get in the hunt at four-under. Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, and Luke Donald are also still in the mix. A total of 83 golfers made the three-over cut. Phil Mickelson failed to make the cut for just the fourth time in 19 British Opens after an abysmal +11 after two rounds.

Aspiring sports journalist among the victims in Colorado

One of the victims of the senseless shootings in Colorado was aspiring young sports broadcaster/blogger from Texas who was an intern at a Denver radio station. Jessica Redfield (real last name Ghawi) loved hockey and had been interning at 104.3 The Fan in Denver. She was also involved with an organization to collected and donated sports gear to under privileged children. In an ironic twist of fate, Jessica had survived a shooting in a mall in Toronto last month that killed one and left several others wounded.

Paterno statue decision to come this weekend

Penn State president Rodney Erickson will make a decision this weekend on whether the statue of Joe Paterno will be removed from the front of Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley. Friday, trustees reportedly discussed possibilities for the statue, including moving it from the stadium area to the library on campus that bears the Paterno name, or the Penn State All Sports Museum near the stadium. Paterno’s wife, Sue, visited the statue Friday, along with her son, David, and daughter, Mark Kay Hort. Former Penn State All-American and Paterno supporter Franco Harris was among the 100s that also stopped by the statue.

More bad news for Titans wide out Kenny Britt

Just days after undergoing a second-follow up procedure on his injured knees, Tennessee Titan wide out Kenny Britt was arrested for DUI in Fort Campbell, Kentucky early Friday morning. It was Britt’s eighth arrest since he was drafted first by the Titans and 30th overall in the 2009 draft. Britt missed the final 11 games of the 2011 season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. He’s had two follow up procedures since, one in April and one after the last Titan mini-camp. Britt was considered questionable for the start of the 2012 season.

MLB Diamond Dust

Highlighting Friday’s action in the MLB, Jim Thome hit career home run No.610 to pass Sammy Sosa and take over sixth on the all-time home run list. Thome’s shot came in the fourth inning of the Orioles 10-2 victory over Cleveland. It was Thome’s 189th career home at Progressive Field in Cleveland, formerly The Jake.

The A’s beat the Yankees 3-2 on a walk-off single in the ninth, their record 10th walk-off victory of 2012. Oakland has now won three straight and 11 of their L13 to climb to within a half game of the final wildcard spot. Tommy Milone struck out 10 Bombers in seven innings work picking up a no-decision. The Yankees Robinson Cano had two hits and has now hit safely in 23 straight games. It was the first time in 43 games that the Yankees failed to score three or more runs.

Free Plays

(MLB) Pittsburg (Burnett) -140 over Miami (Zambrano)

(MLB) San Diego (Wells) pick over Colorado (Francis)

(MLB) Baltimore (Tillman) +135 over Cleveland (Mcallister)

(MLB) Detroit (Porcello) +110 over ChiSox (Sale) 4:05 PM EST