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Friday's Sports In Brief
July 20, 2013, 3:16 am

GOLF

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) On a punishing day at Muirfield - the course with a reputation as the fairest links of them all - leave it to Miguel Angel Jimenez, who enjoys the simple pleasures in life to make such a demanding test at the British Open seem like just another round of golf.

Zach Johnson lost the lead with a three-putt from 10 feet. Brandt Snedeker took four putts from 15 feet. Tiger Woods played well enough to be only one shot behind and rarely smiled.

Jimenez, with his frizzy red hair bunched into a ponytail, made his way around Muirfield with only two bogeys for an even-par 71 that gave him a one-shot lead over Woods, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson going into the weekend. Trying to become the oldest major winner, Jimenez was at 3-under 139.

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Paula Creamer shot a 3-under 68 for a share of the Marathon Classic lead with Alison Walshe and Spain's Beatriz Recari at 8-under 134.

MADISON, Miss. (AP) - Vaughn Taylor, Fabian Gomez, Paul Stankowski, Troy Matteson and Kyle Reifers and Daniel Summerhays shared the lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship when second-round play was suspended because of darkness in the rain-plagued event.

LORTON, Va. (AP) - California junior Michael Kim and Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge each won two matches in hot and humid conditions at Laurel Hill to advance to U.S. Amateur Public Links final.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) - Zachary Olsen shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the 107th Southern Amateur.

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien had an eagle and three birdies to take a two-point lead after the first round of the American Century Championship.

COLLEGES

CHICAGO (AP) - Attorneys suing the NCAA over its handling of head injuries asked a federal judge to let them expand the lawsuit nationwide to include thousands of plaintiffs in a case they contend could change college sports forever.

The motion seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where the original lawsuit was filed two years ago on behalf of several former athletes, including former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington. His attorney, Joseph Siprut, said he doesn't want to see the demise of college contact sports, including football, but safety is paramount.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina athletic officials have ordered a company that makes designer mouth guards to stop using a Tar Heels basketball player to promote its brand.

The university has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Iceberg Guards about rising senior guard Leslie McDonald, who until recently had been listed on the company's website as a user of its products. It's the second off-court issue involving a UNC player the school has faced this offseason, following leading scorer P.J. Hairston's June arrest on a misdemeanor drug charge while driving a rental vehicle. That vehicle was linked to a man with a criminal history - who also has a business connection to one of the founders of Iceberg Holdings LLC.

CYCLING

LE GRAND-BORNAND, France (AP) - The difficulty of Stage 19 made Chris Froome "quite nervous." Once he got through it with his big race lead intact, the British rider finally started to allow his mind to fast-forward to the finish on Sunday.

Victory is so close he can almost taste it. The last Alpine stage on Saturday - 77 miles in the mountains towering above the limpid waters of Lake Annecy - won't be enough for second-place Alberto Contador to puncture Froome's cushion of more than five minutes. In all but name, the 28-year-old is champion of the 100th Tour and knows it.

DENVER (AP) - Two men have been charged with directing threats toward U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart in the aftermath of USADA's decision to strip cyclist Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles.

One indictment, unsealed Thursday, alleges that Gerrit Keats of Clearwater, Fla., threatened Tygart via interstate communication in October.

The other, unsealed Friday, makes the same charge against Robert Hutchins of Sandy, Utah.

That indictment says Hutchins made the threat last Aug. 23, the same day Armstrong announced he wasn't going to fight the USADA sanctions for doping.

Keats was arrested Thursday in Clearwater and Hutchins on Tuesday in Salt Lake City. Both are scheduled to make appearances in federal court in Denver on July 29.

TENNIS

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) - Top-seeded Roger Federer struggled for a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 victory over Florian Mayer and a place in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships.

Federer is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon.

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) - Serena Williams easily won her Swedish Open quarterfinal, breaking Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain three times in each set of a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Third-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic defeated Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-3, while home favorite Johanna Larsson beat Mathilde Johansson of France 6-1, 6-3. Italy's Flavia Pennetta beat France's Virginie Razzanno 6-1, 6-3 in the last quarterfinal on clay.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Hometown favorite Alejandro Falla upset top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the Claro Open Colombia semifinals.

NFL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have acquired cornerback Eric Wright in a trade with Tampa Bay that sends a conditional selection in the 2014 draft to the Buccaneers.

The teams announced the deal Friday, one week after Wright was arrested in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge. He was released after posting bond.

Last season, Wright was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy in his first - and only - season with the Bucs. He signed a five-year, $35.3 million contract with Tampa Bay after a strong season in Detroit, and in 10 games last year, Wright finished with 37 tackles and one interception.

TRACK AND FIELD

MONACO (AP) - Justin Gatlin of the United States proved that he will be the toughest rival for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt at next month's world championships by running 9.94 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Herculis meeting.

Gatlin held off a challenge from fellow countryman Dentarius Locke, who finished 0.02 seconds back. French champion Jimmy Vicaut took third in 9.99.

SOCCER

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Tito Vilanova is stepping down as Barcelona's coach following a recurrence of throat cancer, just a month before Lionel Messi and his teammates begin the defense of their Spanish league title.

Club president Sandro Rosell told a hurriedly called news conference at Barcelona's training facility that Vilanova will be unable to stay on as coach while he gets treatment.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Bert Trautmann, a former German World War II prisoner of war who became Manchester City's goalkeeper and helped the team win the FA Cup despite a broken neck for the last 17 minutes of the 1956 final, has died, the German soccer federation said. He was 89.

The federation said Trautmann died in La Llosa, near Valencia, Spain, where he lived. Trautmann's wife Marlies told the federation he died Friday morning.

HOCKEY

NEW YORK (AP) - After weeks of tough negotiations, the NHL and its players reached a deal with the International Ice Hockey Federation to put the season on hold again so the game's biggest stars can compete next year in the Sochi Olympics.

Putting a stop to another season one year after the damaging lockout created a shortened, 48-game campaign was hardly an optimal plan for the NHL. But an agreement was made to allow the top players to take part in the Olympics for the fifth straight time.

AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems, nearly two months after a Fox Sports cable snapped and injured fans and damaged some cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ten people were injured during the Coca-Cola 600 when part of the drive rope landed in the grandstand. Three people were taken to hospitals, and were checked out and released soon after.

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