Saturday, August 23, 2003

Toms, Riley atop NEC


Woods trails by 4; Curtis is 7 back

The Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio - Tiger Woods shot his worst score in 22 rounds at Firestone, and Chris Riley and David Toms pulled away with pars to share the lead going into the weekend at the NEC Invitational.

Riley and Toms each had a 3-under 67 and were the only players to break par among the final dozen who teed off late Friday afternoon.

They were at 7-under 133, one shot ahead of Fred Funk, who had a 62, and Vijay Singh.

Woods was four strokes off the lead after a 72 ended his streak of 13 consecutive rounds of par or better at Firestone, where he has won the last three times.

Steve Flesch of Union, Ky., was tied for 15th after at 138.

British Open champion Ben Curtis lost his share of the lead and was late for his wedding rehearsal dinner Friday night. But his 76 meant he would tee off at 11:40 a.m. today, and he should be to the church on time for his 5 p.m. wedding. Sergio Garcia, who shared the first-round lead with Curtis, also shot 76. Curtis and Garcia were at even-par 140.

LPGA TOUR: Meg Mallon shot a 6-under 66 and took a three-stroke lead over Kim Saiki and Janice Moodie after two rounds of the Wachovia Classic at Kutztown, Pa. Mallon was at 10-under 134.

CANADIAN TOUR: Michelle Wie, 13, struggled to a 7-over 79 for a 36-hole 9-over 153, missing the cut by five strokes in the Bay Mills Open Players Championship at Brimley, Mich., the final event of the Canadian Tour season, in Brimley. Wie, who played on a sponsor's exemption, will be home in Honolulu to start the ninth grade Monday.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bruce Lietzke, the only double winner on the over-50 tour this year, shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the Allianz Championship in West Des Moines, Iowa.

U.S. AMATEUR: Walker Cup team member Casey Wittenberg meets NCAA runner-up Lee Williams in today's semifinals at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. In the other semifinal match, David Oh, 22, of Cerritos, Calif., faces Nick Flanagan, 19, of Australia.

RENO-TAHOE OPEN: Tim Herron shot a 7-under 65 and his 10-under total gave him the clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed second round. About half of the 132-player field was unable to complete the second round Friday, including Kirk Triplett, who was 8 under.




FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL
Mason 30, Lakota West 6
Middletown 48, Withrow 0
McNicholas 38, Turpin 29
Indian Hill 13, Ross 0
Roundup of Friday night's other prep football games
Photo Galleries: Mason/LWest | Midd/Withrow | McNick/Turpin
Scores, how poll teams fared

OTHER PREP SPORTS HEADLINES
Crosstown Showdown: Anderson puts win streak on line
St. Ursula tops national poll; Ursuline defends state title
Cautious approach to hot-weather practices pays off
Friday's results
Prep sports schedule

REDS
Reds 4, Astros 3
A reeling club loses its leader
Graves will return to bullpen

BASEBALL NOTES, ROUNDUPS
Oakland's Mulder has fracture in right hip
NL: Pujols plays, but hitting streak ends
AL: Orioles end Yankees' seven-game win streak

BENGALS
Thornton seeks his own identity
Ex-Bears Frazier, Fisher to clash as coaches

NFL
Dallas' QB saga to end next week
Bettis in unfamiliar spot on Pittsburgh's bench
Cardinals 27, Bears 17
Dolphins 30, Falcons 21
Vikings 21, Raiders 6
Patriots 24, Eagles 12

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Clarett suspended indefinitely
No. 7 Kansas State set to open vs. Cal
QB LoVecchio finds new life with Hoosiers
Husker facing 21 days in jail

MOTOR SPORTS
Gordon wins pole at Bristol
Helton is happy with current job
Tracy misses Molson pole

TENNIS
Williams sisters both on sidelines

GOLF
Toms, Riley atop NEC

HOCKEY
ECHL players announce strike

BASKETBALL
Dennehy's dad sues Baylor

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