SONOMA -- Eduardo Romero took the second-round lead in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday for a one-stroke advantage over Denis Watson and Jim Thorpe.
Romero, the Argentine star who won the 2006 JELD-WEN Tradition for his lone title on the 50-and-over tour, had a 12-under 132 total on the Sonoma Golf Club course.
Watson shot a 64. Thorpe, the 2003 and 2006 winner, had a 69.
Watson was four shots back after bogeying No. 14, but closed out the round with four straight birdies.
"My deal this year has been just give me a chance," said Watson, who missed much of 2006 after surgery on his right shoulder. "Let me get into contention, let me see if I've still got it. I was kind of cruising (today)." ...
Bob Estes and Tommy Armour III shot 5-under 68 to share the lead at 132 in the suspended second round of the rain-soaked Ginn sur Mer Classic in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Daniel Chopra was another stroke back after a 66 at Tesoro Club. None of the players with afternoon starting times finished -- 64 will complete the round this morning. ...
Suzann Pettersen holed a 115-yard wedge shot for eagle on the par-4 13th and birdied 18 to maintain a two-stroke lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand in Pattaya, Thailand. Chasing her third win in four weeks, Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 for an 11-under 133 total at Siam Country Club. Alena Sharp also shot 68 to hold the second spot. ... Atwater's Matt Hansen withdrew after a first-round 74 in the Nationwide Tour event in Miami.
This could be a Classic for the ages, even on a rainy day over a muddy track. Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Preakness winner Curlin and leading older horse Lawyer Ron top a star-studded field for today's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J, a race that will determine Horse of the Year honors.
The first two-day Breeders' Cup, featuring 11 races worth $23 million, began in the rain Friday with Maryfield the upset winner in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. With Elvis Trujillo aboard, Maryfield rallied from seventh over the sloppy track to defeat Miraculous Miss by a half-length. Nownownow won the $1 million Juvenile Turf, and Corinthian upset favorite Discreet Cat in the $1 million Dirt Mile. The eight traditional Breeders' Cup races are today, highlighted by the 1¼-mile Classic (2:35 p.m. PDT). Wet weather is again forecast.
Monta Ellis scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors blew a 23-point lead before Michael Pietrus hit a 3-pointer with 64 seconds left to help beat the host Los Angeles Clippers 109-103 on Friday night. Celebrating his 22nd birthday, Ellis added eight assists and eight rebounds in his second game of the preseason after missing the first five with a neck injury. Al Harrington scored 21 points for the Warriors, who finished their exhibition slate 5-2. ... Ronny Turiaf and Andrew Bynum each scored 18 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 101-97 in Las Vegas. John Salmons and Kevin Martin scored 22 points for Sacramento, which finished the preseason 3-5. The Kings led 82-76 with 9:48 left in the game, but the Lakers went on a 10-0 run and took the lead for good on a Coby Karl 3-pointer with 7:43 left. ...
Brian Winters is out as coach of the Indiana Fever despite leading the team to the WNBA Eastern Conference finals for the second time in three years. ... Former NBA player Eddie Griffin had more than three times the legal alcohol limit in his system when he crashed his SUV into a moving train and died this summer in Houston, according to an autopsy report.
No. 4-ranked Nikolay Davydenko, already at the center of a betting investigation, was fined $2,000 by the ATP for lack of effort Thursday at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. He lost 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 to Marin Cilic.
Carolina coach John Fox named 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Indianapolis. He got the nod ahead of David Carr, who is recovering from a back injury.
Bode Miller said Friday he expects to compete in the season-opening World Cup race Sunday in Soelden, Austria, despite a back injury.
Four-time U.S. champion ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto won the compulsories at Skate America on Friday with what they described as a "tight, disciplined" Austrian waltz. The Reading, Pa., event is the first Grand Prix competition of the season. Daisuke Takahashi (80.04 points) topped the men's short program, followed by Evan Lysacek (67.70) of the U.S.