Friday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 13 at 3:03 AM

BASEBALL

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez met Friday with Major League Baseball officials probing the distribution of banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The meeting took place before the New York Yankees third baseman's latest injury rehabilitation game in the minor leagues was rained out.

While A-Rod didn't speak with reporters Friday, the meeting was confirmed by a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

MLB investigators are probing the closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. Rodriguez has said he used PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has denied using them since. He was linked to Biogenesis in a report in January by Miami New Times.

NEW YORK (AP) — In his first game this season, Derek Jeter strained his right quadriceps in his third at-bat Thursday. He will miss the weekend series against Minnesota, and New York won't rule out a return to the disabled list.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs finalized their agreement third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in last month's amateur draft.

Bryant will receive a signing bonus of $6,708,400, the slot value for the selection and the highest amount in the two years since spending restraints began under baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

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PENN STATE

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Penn State could soon be paying out millions of dollars to victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky after disclosing it had tentative agreements with some of the young men who say he sexually abused them.

The school does not plan to comment on specifics until the deals are made final, which could happen in the coming weeks. University president Rodney Erickson called getting approval for settlement offers "another important step toward the resolution of claims from Sandusky's victims."

"As we have previously said, the university intends to deal with these individuals in a fair and expeditious manner, with due regard to their privacy," Erickson said in a statement issued after the university's Board of Trustees approved a settlement resolution.

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CYCLING

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France (AP) — Yellow jersey holder Chris Froome lost a chunk of his race lead but not enough to gravely endanger the Briton heading toward what is shaping up to be an intriguing finale in the Alps. The team of Alberto Contador dealt the former two-time champion back into the game, putting him close enough to Froome to make the last week interesting. A rear-wheel failure at the worst time dropped Alejandro Valverde from second place to nowhere. And Mark Cavendish got a 25th stage win to lift the British sprinter to a third-place tie on the all-time list of cycling's premier race.

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GOLF

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Defending champion Zach Johnson, Lucas Glover and rookie Patrick Reed were tied for the lead following second-round play at the John Deere Classic.

Johnson shot a 5-under 66 to maintain a share of the lead for the second day in a row.

Reed shot a 63 in the morning session, just one year after missing the cut at TPC Deere Run, while Glover finished at 9 under on Friday.

Australia's Matt Jones was a shot back at 11 under.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Allen shot a 7-under 63 and broke away from the pack for a 5-stroke lead after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open.

Allen was among seven players who shared the first-round lead at 3-under. He birdied five of the first eight holes and eagled the par-5 14th while shooting his best round of the year in hot, breezy conditions at the par-70 Omaha Country Club.

Allen's 36-hole lead is the largest in the event's 34-year history.

Rocco Mediate, at 5-under, is his closest pursuer. Mediate finished with 14 straight pars while shooting a bogey-free 67. Jeff Sluman, who also shot 67, is at 4-under after missing an 8-foot par putt on the 18th.

WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Catriona Matthew shot a 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Matthew's 15-under 127 at the tournament's midway point blew away her previous career-best 36-hole mark on tour by five strokes.

American Angela Stanford shot a 67 and was second, while Inbee Park, who is looking to win her fourth straight LPGA Tour event, had a 67 and was tied with three other players at 10-under. Ryann O'Toole (65), Anna Nordqvist (64) Belen Mozo (66), Chella Choi (65) and Meena Lee (66) were all 11 under.

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson endured frustrating second rounds at the Scottish Open as the tournament's headline acts were upstaged by some lesser-known players.

Chris Doak, ranked No. 341, was the surprise leader at the halfway stage of his home event after a second straight 66 left him at 12-under 132.

Matthew Southgate (64) was in a tie for second place with Ross Fisher (65), Peter Uihlein (66) and JB Hansen (65) a stroke back.

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Chad Collins missed a chance for the fourth 59 in Web.com Tour history, parring the final six holes for an 11-under 60 in the Utah Championship.

The 34-year-old Collins missed a 15-foot uphill birdie putt on the par-4 ninth, his last hole in the second round at Willow Creek Country Club. He had an eagle and nine birdies on the first 12 holes and matched the tour nine-hole record with a 27.

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AUTO RACING

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski turned a lap of 135.922 mph to set a track record and win the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski led a fast Friday on the track as nine drivers topped the previous track record held by Ryan Newman, who went 135.232 in 2011.

Jimmie Johnson joined Keselowski on the front row for Sunday's race, but Johnson flunked inspection because both sides of the front of his No. 48 Chevrolet were too low. He'll start in the rear, in the 43rd spot.

Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch now follow Keselowski, while Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, and Jeff Burton all topped Newman's record.

TORONTO (AP) — Dario Franchitti, fresh off his first podium finish of the year, carried that momentum into Toronto with a pole-winning run for the first of two races at Exhibition Place.

The four-time IndyCar Series champion was flawless in three rounds of qualifying to coast to the top starting spot at Toronto, 1.75-mile street track where Franchitti has three career victories. It's his fifth pole at Toronto and third on the season.

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TENNIS

Maria Sharapova says she and coach Thomas Hogstedt have decided to "part ways" after nearly three years working together.

On her personal website, Sharapova says Hogstedt will be unable to travel in the immediate future, and that they both agreed she should find another coach.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — John Isner continued winning tiebreakers and forced another tie after the match.

The two-time defending champion won the battle of the tallest players on the ATP tour, defeating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) to advance to the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

In the other quarterfinal match, No. 4 seed Lleyton Hewitt of Australia beat qualifier Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2.

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Top-seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci cruised into the semifinals of the Italiacom Open.

No. 1 Errani, who won the tournament in 2008 and 2012, beat seventh-seeded Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-4, 6-0. No. 2 Vinci won 6-1, 6-4 over fifth-seeded Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Fabio Fognini of Italy beat top-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup.

Second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany avoided a similar upset by beating Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-4 to advance.

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Top seeds Tomas Berdych and Nicolas Almagro were knocked out in the Swedish Open quarterfinals.

Unseeded Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands beat top-seeded Berdych 7-5, 7-5, while second-seeded Almagro was defeated by Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge placed his forefinger next to his thumb and told troubled LSU running back Jeremy Hill : "You are this far away from ruining your life."

In Hill's latest legal troubles, he admitted in state district court to punching a man in the head outside a bar in late-April. State District Judge Michael Erwin, however, allowed him to remain out of jail, on probation, after Hill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge. Still, Hill's legal problems are not over and his college football future remains in doubt.

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NBA

DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks rookie guard Shane Larkin will have surgery on a broken right ankle and is likely out until training camp in October.

The former Miami point guard, who was the 18th pick in last month's draft, sustained the injury Friday in the last practice before the team flew to Las Vegas for summer league games. The team said in a release the expected recovery time was about three months.

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SOCCER

LONDON (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan bought the English soccer club Fulham, becoming the sixth American owner among the 20 teams currently in the Premier League.

The deal between previous owner Mohamed Al Fayed and Khan for the sale of the London club was completed and approved by the Premier League. Financial details were not disclosed.

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SAILING

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Louis Vuitton is paying the America's Cup $3 million less than originally agreed to sponsor the challenger trials for sailing's marquee regatta because only three teams are entered.

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