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Tiger, Toms and Furyk share lead at the US Open

After 36 holes of the US Open, Tiger Woods shares the lead with veterans David Toms and Jim Furyk. All three sit at one-under par, two shots better than a group of four that includes Graeme McDowell. In all, 17 players are within five shots of the lead including KJ Choi, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, and Jason Dufner. Notable lurkers include Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, Steve Stricker, and Nick Watney … all in a crowded group at 4-over.

The Olympic Club continues to claim victims. After Thursday’s first round there were just six of 156 golfers under par. At Friday’s half way point there were just three. Despite the course playing somewhat easier (73.8 Friday vs 74.8 Thursday) it was life and death for the 72 players that made the 8-over cut. Among those that did not … Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, and world No.1 Luke Donald. There were just six sub-par rounds shot on Friday, American Hunter Hamrick the best with a 3-under 67.

US Open highlights

MLB Diamond Dust

The New York Yankees won for the seventh straight time cooling of the Washington 7-2 at National’s Park. Curtis Granderson did the the damage with a double and his 20th homer of the season helping Phil Hughes to improve to 7-5 on the year. Nat starter Gio Gonzalez took the loss falling to 8-3.

St Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran joined some illustrious company becoming just the eighth player in MLB history to record 300 homers and 300 steals with his first inning theft of second vs Kansas City. Beltran joins Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, Steve Finley, and Reggie Sanders in the record books. He’s the first switch-hitter to accomplish the feat and Beltan is also third all-time in stolen-base percentage with 87.4%. The Royals beat the Crads 3-2.

Around the horn …. Josh Hamilton will spend the next 24 hours in the hospital with a stomach virus. Manny Ramirez asked for and was granted his release from the Oakland A’s. Ramirez signed a minor-league deal with Oakland on Feb. 20 and hit .302 with 14 RBI in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento. It’s no secret that the Red Sox are trying to trade Kevin Youklis but his $12 million dollar salary and current 0-21 slump has produced no takers.

France and England post Euro 2012 wins

In a wild day at Euro 2012, France beat the Ukraine 2-0 and England beat Sweden 3-2 in one of the more entertaining matches of the tournament. The French needed two second half goals after the match was delayed 57 minutes by a lightning storm in the area. Sweden joins Ireland as the only two teams officially eliminated from the quarterfinals. All four groups have now played two games and the format changes slightly in this round of the group stage with both games being played simultaneously so that no unfair advantage is gained by knowing the score of earlier finals.

In today’s Group A action, Russia is a full goal +125 favorite over Greece (-150), the total 2.5 with the over and under both -115. Host Poland is a money-line 190 favorite over Czech Republic (+155), the total 2.5 with the over -120. Both games start at 2:45 PM EST and can be seen on ESPN and ESPN II. Group A quarterfinal advancement scenarios. Russia will advance with a win or draw or a loss by less than six goals if Poland/Czech Republic tie. Greece and Poland will advance with a win or will otherwise be eliminated. The Czechs advance with a win or can advance with a draw if the Greeks beat Russia by six goals.

Pac-Man must pay shooting victims $11.6 million

Adam “dont call me Pac-Man” Jones won’t be making it rain any strip clubs anytime soon. A Nevada court has just ordered Jones to pay more than $11 million in judgements to two shooting victims of an incident outside a Las Vegas strip club in 2007.

As has been widely reported, the incident occurred when Jones “made it rain” on exotic dancers at the gentleman’s club. When the dancers went to pick up all the money Jones threw in the air, the football player got upset. A fight ensued, it spilled outside the Minxx and then a shooting (not by Jones) happened. Three people were shot, including two security guards, Aaron Cudworth and Thomas Urbanski. Cudword will receive $1.3 million and Urbanski, now a paraplegic as a result of the shooting, will be awarded $9.6 million.

Jones has been in the news this week for being invited to speak at the NFL’s rookie symposium.

Tony Parker hurt in Chris Brown/Drake nightclub brawl

You may have read where the entourages of rappers Chris Brown and Drake got into a brawl at a club in New York, reportedly over the singer Rhianna who both men had dated. Well, one of the five people hurt in the fight was San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker who suffered an eye injury.

“I was quietly with my friends when a fight broke out. Bottles started flying everywhere. I tried to protect my girlfriend and I got everything,” Parker said, wearing sunglasses to hide the wound.

“The cornea is affected. I cannot do anything for seven days. Wear a therapeutic contact lens and I get drops. I was lucky, that I almost had to get stitches,” he added.

Parker is expected to recovered enough to represent France in the upcoming London Olympics.

Free Plays

(MLB) Toronto (Romero) pick over Philadelphia (Lee) 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) NY Yankees (Pettitte)/Washington (Zimmermann) 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Shields) -125 over Miami (Sanchez) 7:15 PM EST

(MLB) LA Dodgers (Billingsley) -135 ChiSox (Humber) 10:05 PM EST