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Furyk rides hot play into clubhouse lead


Jim Furyk finished with five straight birdies to set the course record at Bellerive with an 8-under-par 62 in the second round, then followed with a 66 that put him at 12-under 198 and gave him the clubhouse lead at the BMW Championship in St. Louis. Camilo Villegas, who shot 66 in the morning for a one-shot lead through 36 holes, also was 12-under and had five holes left in the third round when play was suspended by darkness. He will have to return this morning to finish his round in a tournament twice interrupted by weather. Anthony Kim was at 9-under with one hole to play. Right behind at 8-under 202 was a group that included K.J. Choi (64) and D.J. Trahan (68). Phil Mickelson was at 7-under with two holes to play.

European Nykredit Masters:: Annika Sorenstam shot a 5-under 68 to trail Melissa Reid (66) by six shots after the second round in Helsingoer, Denmark. Sorenstam, in her final tournament in Europe, shared second place with Martina Eberl (73) at 7-under 139.

McLaren's Hamilton takes pole in Belgium

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Formula One points leader McLaren's Lewis Hamilton clinched the pole position for today's Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, ahead of his main challenger Felipe Massa, on a track that was supposed to favor the Ferrari car. Hamilton's McLaren teammate Heikki Kovalainen took third place on the grid, with Ferrrari driver and world champion Kimmi Raikkonen finishing fourth. "The team made no mistakes and I made no mistakes," said Hamilton after clinching his fifth pole of the season. "I'm more and more comfortable in the car." BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld was fifth, edging former world champion Fernando Alonso of Renault. Hamilton set a time of 1 minute, 47.338 seconds in the qualifying session at the 4.352-mile Spa-Francorchamps circuit, beating Massa by 0.34 of a second.

Ex-Bear Benson getting tryouts


Former Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson, released by the team June 9 after two alcohol-related offseason arrests, said he has a tryout with the Houston Texans this week, according to the Chicago Tribune. Benson said he also had a workout with the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago and that it "went well." Benson, the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft, said he believes teams are waiting for his legal matters to be cleared up before signing him.

Bills:: Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters has ended his holdout and reported to the team. Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said Peters reported and that questions about his physical and roster status won't be answered until after today's home game against the Seahawks. Peters, who wants a new contract, won't play today.

49ers:: Shaun Hill (Maryland) will be the backup quarterback against the Cardinals today after the 49ers added Alex Smith to their injury report, listing him as doubtful for game with another problem in his surgically repaired right shoulder. The 49ers said the injury occurred without contact during practice Friday. Smith, the former No. 1 overall draft pick, was expected to back up J.T. O'Sullivan, who beat out Smith for the starting job in training camp.

Cowboys:: Dallas signed receiver Mike Jefferson off its practice squad. Offensive lineman James Marten, a third-round pick in 2007, was released.

Cardinals:: Arizona placed center Al Johnson (knee) on injured reserve, sidelining him for the season. Center Pat Ross, who was elevated from the practice squad.

U.S. travels to Cuba, wins qualifying match, 1-0


Clint Dempsey scored late in the first half and the United States held on to beat Cuba, 1-0, in a World Cup qualifier, its first match on the Communist-run island since 1947. In the 39th minute, Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood) sent a pass into the box from midfield and Dempsey jumped up with two Cuban defenders, one of whom mistakenly headed the ball to Brian Ching. Ching held off a defender and dropped the ball to Dempsey, who scored from 12 yards out.

Miss Charm City wins Gin Talking Stakes

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Miss Charm City took the lead from Graceful Ginger as the pair went into the turn and won the $50,000 Gin Talking Stakes for Maryland-bred 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. Miss Charm City earned her second win in as many starts for trainer Carlos Garcia and jockey Horacio Karamanos. She completed the 5 1/2 furlongs over a sloppy track in 1 minute, 6.87 seconds, 6 3/4 lengths ahead of Lemeaskuaquestion, who edged Graceful Ginger for second. Miss Charm City paid $7.60.

Paralympics:: Swimmer Natalie du Toit led the South African team into Beijing's National Stadium, becoming the first person to carry a country's flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics and Paralympics. The 24-year-old amputee lost her lower left leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001. She competed in the 10-kilometer open-water swim at the Beijing Olympics last month and finished 16th of 25 swimmers. At the Paralympics, Du Toit will compete in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

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