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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 9:01 PM


Day leads at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jason Day's birdie on the par-3 16h hole gives him a one shot lead after two rounds at the Masters. The Australian shot a day's bet 4-under 68 playing in the final group of the day to get to 6-under par. Day finished second in the 2011 Masters holding onto second place for the final three rounds.

Fifty-three year old Fred Couples continues to impress at Augusta National, shooting a 1-under 71 and that ties him for second with Aussie Marc Leishman.

Tiger Woods is in a group two shots back after a 71. He caught a bad break on the par-5 15th, when his approach hit the flagstick and deflected into the water. He had two bogeys in the last four holes.

Angel (AHN'-hehl) Cabrera who surged to a 3-under 69 with birdies on five of the last six holes and is in a group with Woods, as are Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker.

Chinese teen-ager Guan Tianlang (gwahn tee-ehn-LAHNG') was assessed a one-stroke penalty for slow play giving him a 3-over 75. But the 14-year old, who is the youngest to play at the Master made the cut and will play on the weekend.


Cubs rally for win

UNDATED (AP) — Starlin Castro's ninth-inning double gave the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 win over San Francisco. It helped the Cubs recover after almost giving the game away in the top of the inning.

Chicago led 2-0 heading into the ninth, but Brandn Belt's two-run double following an rbi single by Pablo Sandoval thrust the Giants in front.

Cubs pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro tied the game with a home run to lead off the ninth off Giants closer Sergio Romo, setting the stage for Castro's game-winning hit.


The game between Tampa Bay and the Red Sox in Boston has been postponed by rain. The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader June 18.


Greinke to have surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will need surgery to repair his broken left collarbone, and the team says he is expected to return in eight weeks.

Greinke was hurt Thursday night when San Diego's Carlos Quentin charged the mound after he was hit on the arm by a pitch.

The Saturday surgery will involve placing a rod in the clavicle to stabilize and align the fracture.

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner signed a $147 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers during the offseason.


Chisox put Beckham on DL

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have placed second baseman Gordon Beckham on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his left wrist. Beckham will have surgery early next week and is expected to miss approximately six weeks. He was injured during his second-inning at-bat on Tuesday against Washington and an MRI revealed the fracture.

Beckham is batting .316 in seven games.


Carrasco suspended 8 games

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians starter Carlos Carrasco has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for hitting the Yankees Kevin Youkilis with a pitch. Carrasco had just finished serving a five-game suspension for a 2011 incident when he drilled Youkilis in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 14-1 win on Tuesday, one pitch after giving up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') . Carrasco was apologetic following the game and said he didn't throw intentionally at Youkilis but slipped before hitting him in the left shoulder.

Cleveland optioned Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.


Pettitte pushed back

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees pushed back Andy Pettitte's next scheduled start a few days because the left-hander is experiencing back spasms. The Yankees said Phil Hughes will start Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles and Hiroki Kuroda will move back a day to get the ball in Pettitte's place Sunday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Pettitte should be ready Tuesday or Wednesday.


Gonzalez demoted

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays has sent right-hander Edgar Gonzalez to triple-A Buffalo on to make room on the 25-man roster for outfielder Casper Wells.

Wells was claimed on waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday and expected to report to the club in Kansas City before tonight's game against the Royals. In 93 games for the Mariners last season, Wells had a .228 batting average with 10 homers and 36 RBIs.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Alex Burnett was designated for assignment. He was claimed on outright waivers Friday by the Baltimore Orioles.


Kyle Busch edges brother for Texas pole

FT. WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Busch brothers will start side-by-side Sunday night in NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Kyle edged Kurt for the pole position.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson qualified seventh.


Crews gets nod

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis named Jim Crews head basketball coach, stripping his interim tag and making him the official replacement for Rick Majerus (muh-JEHR'-uhs), who died last December.

Crews led the Billikens to a 28-7 record, the most victories in school history. They were No. 13 in the final rankings.

Counting last season, Crews has been a college head coach for 25 years with a 382-355 record at Evansville and Army. This is by far his highest-profile job.

Crews had been doing TV work and youth coaching before joining the Billikens staff as an assistant for what he believed would be a one-year assignment before the 2011-12 season. He made a quick transition from assistant to interim head coach last summer when Majerus was hospitalized with heart problems.


Ole Miss extends Kennedy

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy has earned a raise and an extension to his contract through the 2017 season after leading the Rebels to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.

He'll earn a base salary of $1.8 million annually, which is a raise of $500,000 per year.

Ole Miss tied a school record with 27 wins this season and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament before losing to LaSalle. The 45-year-old Kennedy is 152-87 in seven seasons with the Rebels.


URI secures Hurley

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Dan Hurley has agreed to a contract extension with the University of Rhode Island. That would officially eliminate him from contention for the coaching position at Rutgers.

Hurley and Rhode Island began working on the parameters of the deal last week, and on Monday, Rutgers spoke with him. It seemed like a logical fit, as Hurley grew up in Jersey City, N.J., played at Seton Hall and was an assistant coach at Rutgers.

However, Hurley's Hall of Fame coaching father, Bob, would consider taking over the Rutgers basketball program on a caretaker basis for a year or two.

The 65-year-old St. Anthony High in Jersey City coach told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday that his wife, Chris, and his daughter, Melissa, have encouraged him to take the job if approached.

Rutgers fired coach Mike Rice last week after a video of him kicking and grabbing players while uttering anti-gay slurs became public.


Franklin leaving San Diego State for NBA

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin is skipping his senior season to enter the NBA draft. Franklin led the Aztecs in scoring and rebounding the last two years and helped them to three straight NCAA appearances and the first three NCAA tournament victories in school history.

He was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore.


Texas sophomore G Myck Kabongo declares for NBA

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas guard Myck Kabongo is skipping his final two seasons to enter the NBA draft.

Kabongo played just the final 11 games of his sophomore season after a 23-game NCAA suspension for accepting airfare and personal training instruction and lying about it to school officials. He led the team in scoring with just over 14 and a-half points per game.

The Longhorns finished 16-18 and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998.

In two seasons, Kabongo started 45 games and averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 assists per game.


Dates announced

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Holiday Bowl will be played Dec. 30 and the Poinsettia Bowl will be played Dec. 26.

Organizers for the two games played at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium announced the dates and times for their 2013 games on Friday.

The 36th Holiday Bowl, which will match teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12, will kick off at 10:15 p.m. EST.

The ninth Poinsettia Bowl will match a team from the Mountain West against Army if it is bowl-eligible or another team, and kick off at 9:30 EDT. The game is sponsored by San Diego Credit Union.


Myers out with injury

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will miss the rest of the season after breaking a bone in his leg during the team's 5-1 loss to Montreal last night. Myers has struggled with consistency at both ends of the ice while in the first season of a seven-year, $38.5 million contract he signed before the start of the 2011-12 season.

The injury also is the latest setback for a Sabres team that's in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a second straight season, and is already rebuilding for the future.