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Leader can win second B.C. Open

| Sunday, July 23, 2006

VERONA, N.Y. -- Gabriel Hjertstedt, bidding to become the third two-time winner of the B.C. Open, overcame two rain delays Saturday to shoot a 4-under-par 68 and take a one-shot lead after three rounds.

Hjertstedt was at 14-under 202. Joey Sindelar (1985, 1987) and Brad Faxon (1999, 2000) are the other two-time winners of the event, which is being dropped from the PGA Tour after this year.

Basketball

Shock 89, Sky 70 -- In Auburn Hills, Mich., Swin Cash, a McKeesport native, scored 13 of her 17 points in the first quarter to lead Detroit.

• Mercury 78, Sting 74 -- In Charlotte, N.C., Diana Taurasi scored 27 points, five in the final minute including the tie-breaking basket with 27 seconds to play, to lead Phoenix.

• Storm 91, Liberty 54 -- In New York, Iziane Castro Marques scored a career-high 26 points, and Lauren Jackson added 18 points and nine rebounds to help Seattle send the Liberty to their franchise-worst 10th straight loss.

• Sparks 73, Fever 68 -- In Indianapolis, Lisa Leslie scored 11 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead Los Angeles.

• Sun 79, Silver Stars 61 -- In San Antonio, Margo Dydek scored a season-high 18 points against her former team to lead Connecticut.

• Penn State guard Brianne O'Rourke had nine points, three assists, and three steals for the Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Foreign Tour team in an 84-52 victory over Horsholm, Denmark. O'Rourke, an Oakland Catholic graduate, has started in two of three victories on the tour. The team will play its final game Wednesday in Oslo, Norway.

Football

The Cleveland Browns signed first-round pick Kamerion Wimbley to a six-year, $23.7 million deal. The linebacker was taken 13th overall.

• Dallas tight end and two-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten agreed to a seven year, $29 million contract with the Cowboys.

Hockey

Islanders forward Mike York was awarded an $800,000 raise yesterday in salary arbitration, the first setback in the tenure of new general manager Garth Snow. His salary will be $2.85 million this season.

Soccer

David Flavius scored two goals and assisted on another, as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (6-4-6) defeated the Long Island Rough Riders (1-11-4) last night at Falconi Field. Nathan Salsi and Jean Robens scored the other Riverhounds' goals. Chris Robinson had four saves.

• Galaxy 1, Crew 1 -- In Columbus, Ohio, Peter Vagenas' goal in the 14th minute earned Los Angeles a tie against Columbus.

• Red Bulls 1, Wizards 0 -- In East Rutherford, N.J., Mike Magee scored in the 25th minute to give New York the shutout victory.

Tennis

Andy Roddick used his strong serve to overpower Robby Ginepri, 7-5, 6-3, and move into the final at the RCA Championships. Roddick will play James Blake for the title.

• Vera Zvonareva ended Serena Williams' run in her first tournament in six months, beating the seven-time Grand Slam champion, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, where she will meet fourth-seeded Katarina Srebotnik.

Off the field

Chicago Bears tight end John Gilmore, a former Penn State player, was arrested early yesterday and charged with marijuana possession and three other misdemeanors after allegedly refusing to leave a bar.

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