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Associated Press

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 16 at 2:00 PM


Mickelson tops Open

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Could this be the day that Phil Mickelson finally exorcizes his U.S. Open demons? What better Father's Day and 43rd birthday present could he give himself?

Mickelson is in the best position heading into the final round of play at Merion, leading by one shot over Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) and former Masters winner Charl (SHAR'-ehl) Schwartzel.

Mickelson's Open woes are well chronicled and include a record five runner-up finishes. Among them is his final-hole collapse in 2006 at Winged Foot.

Lefty is trying to run his major championship totals to five by adding to three Masters wins and a PGA Championship title.

The 46-year-old Stricker is searching for his first major title and a win today would be a crowning achievement for the two-time PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.

England's Justin Rose and Luke Donald are also well positioned to contend for their first major championship, trailing Mickelson by just two shots.

There's a chance of rain in the forecast with the possibility of thunderstorms late in the afternoon.


Stefani aces No. 17 at Merion

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Shawn Stefani has aced the 213-yard, 17th hole at the U.S. Open. He becomes the first golfer to make a hole-in-one at any U.S. Open at Merion, which previously hosted four.

Stefani used a 4-iron to score his first hole-in-one in competition and second of his career.

He made golfing history when his shot bounced out of the rough and rolled some 50 feet toward the pin before falling in the cup.

Stefani raised his arms and hopped around the tee in celebration. He shot a 1-under 69 in the final round.

He signed his glove and a scorecard to donate to the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J. He declined a request to give up the ball.


Game 5 is set

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The tie in the NBA Finals gets broken tonight and the winner moves to the verge of claiming the league's title.

San Antonio hosts Miami in Game 5 of a title series that has yet to produce consecutive wins by either team.

Miami won Game 4, but the Heat haven't been able to win back-to-back games since closing out their second-round series and winning the opener of the Eastern Conference finals.

San Antonio's Tim Duncan says the final game of the series on the Spurs' home court is a must-win for his team. Otherwise, they'll be faced with the prospects of having to win the remaining two games on Miami's home court.

Of the 27 times the series was tied at 2-2, the Game 5 winner went on to win 20 of them.

The Spurs are concerned about the condition of Tony Parker's right hamstring. The star guard says it could tear at any time.


Kings to intro new GM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings will introduce Pete D'Alessandro as their new general manager Monday. The team formally announced the hiring of the former Denver executive Sunday.

D'Alessandro was executive vice president of basketball operations in Denver. The Kings went 28-54 last season. They have finished under .500 for seven straight seasons.


Cup series is Boston-bound

CHICAGO (AP) — The Stanley Cup finals are heading to Boston all tied up at a game apiece. The Bruins drew even with a 2-1 overtime win last night in Chicago on Danile Paille's (py-AYZ') overtime goal.

The series shifts to Boston for Game 3 Monday.


Padres making a move

UNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres start major league baseball's Father's Day play in rare territory. Thanks to a five-game winning streak the Padres are at .500 for the first time in two years. They'll try to get above the even mark for the first time since the finale of the 2010 season when they go for the sweep against Arizona today.

San Diego's 29-19 mark since April 24 is tied for the second-best record in the National League during that stretch, and has pulled them within three games of Arizona for first in the NL West.

Ian Kennedy will get the start for the Diamondbacks for the first time since he was at the center of a bench-clearing melee against the Dodgers Tuesday night. Kennedy is appealing the 10-game suspension he was handed for his role in the incident, and is able to play while that appeal is pending.

Scoring runs could be an issue for the Mariners and Athletics when they meet in Oakland today. The Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma has the second-best ERA in the majors at 1.79 and a 7-1 record. He has not allowed an earned run since the second inning on May 26 against Texas.

Bartolo Colon takes an 8-2 record into the game for the Athletics. He's 5-0 with a 0.75 ERA over his past five starts

The Athletics have widened their AL West lead to two games over slumping Texas, which has lost five in a row and 10 of 14. The Rangers' big culprit seems to be offense. They've scored just six runs in their last five games heading into today's game against Toronto.

The Yankees are suffering through a similar five-game losing streak as they head into today's play against the Angels in Anaheim. CC Sabathia (suh-BA'-thee-uh) will be trying to calm the Angels bats, which have exploded for 25 hits in the first two games of the series.

There are 15 games on the major league schedule today and tonight.


Cobb, Teixeira sidelined

UNDATED (AP) — Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb is expected to be released from a Kansas City hospital today after being struck in the head by a line drive in last night's win over the Royals. Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after the frightening incident and later diagnosed with a concussion. He texted teammates this morning that he has a headache but is expected to be released this afternoon.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (the-SEHR'-uh) is back in New York today having his injured right wrist checked out. He left yesterday's game with the Angels in the fourth inning after aggravating the injury. Teixeira is just 8 for 53 since coming off the disabled list on May 31 with a torn sheath on his right wrist. He missed the first 53 games of the season with the injury.


Racing at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson probably couldn't pick a better time than today to win his first race at Michigan International Speedway. The Sprint Cup points leader is running in the 400-miler around the two-mile Michigan oval. Johnson started the day 51 points in front of Carl Edwards, who was the pole-sitter for today's race.


Federer gets first win of season

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer has ended a 10-month winless drought by beating unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open. The top seed won the Wimbledon warm-up tournament for the sixth time and first since 2008.


Murray wins

LONDON (AP) — Top-seeded Andy Murray tuned up for Wimbledon by beating defending champion Marin Cilic (CHIH'-lihch) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to win the Queen's Club tournament for the third time. Murray will be trying to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.