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Ricky Barnes leads U.S. Open golf

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., June 20 (UPI) -- Ricky Barnes set a U.S. Open record Saturday by ending the second round with a 36-hole total of 8-under-par 132.

The former U.S. Amateur champion shot 5-under 65 at the water-laden Bethpage Black golf course in New York and led Lucas Glover (64) by one shot. He broke the record of 133 for 36 holes set in 2003 by Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh.

"Obviously at the beginning of the week you didn't think that score was out there (but) it's pretty cool," the 28-year-old native of Stockton, Calif., said.

His second round included nine birdies and one bogey. Glover held the lead Friday when play was suspended by darkness.

Former Masters champion Mike Weir, the first-round leader, shot even-par 70 Saturday and was alone in third place at 6-under 134.

Defending Champion Tiger Woods shot 1-under 69, but at 3-over 143, he trailed by 11 shots and barely made the 4-over 144 cut line. Among those missing the cut were former major winners Padraig Harrington (152) and Ernie Els (155).

The tournament was suspended Saturday before the third round got started. Tournament officials hope to resume play early Sunday.


Tursonov wins Eastbourne tennis tournament

EASTBOURNE, England, June 20 (UPI) -- Russia's Dmitry Tursonov won the AEGON International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, England, Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win over Canadian Frank Dancevic.

Tursonov overcame an 0-30 deficit at 3-4 in the first set and later captured a tournament title on a grass court surface for the first time in his career. He served 12 service aces to 10 for Dancevic.

Tursonov's sixth title overall was worth $100,000.

"I am definitely going to try to come out, unless I am going to be on crutches," the 26-year-old Tursunov said about his chances at Wimbledon next week, referring to his surgery last May to remove large bone spurs from his left ankle. It was taped before the second set tie-break.

The 126th-ranked Dancevic, 24, playing in a final for the first time, was seeking his first title.


Kevin O'Neill named USC basketball coach

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI) -- Southern California Saturday hired Kevin O'Neill to be its next men's basketball coach, succeeding Tim Floyd.

On June 9, Floyd sent a brief letter of resignation to Athletic Director Mike Garrett, officially ending a four-year coaching tenure at the Pac-10 Conference school.

O'Neill, 52, has 13 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and was interim head coach at Arizona in 2008 when Lute Olson took a leave of absence for personal reasons.

"We're thrilled to have Kevin O'Neill as our men's basketball coach," Garrett in a prepared statement. "Kevin is the consummate coach. He knows his Xs and Os, he's an excellent recruiter and he is very in tune with the academic side of a player's collegiate experience. He is prepared for this opportunity."

At the college level, O'Neill has a combined 171-180 record.

He was working for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and also coached the Toronto Raptors.


Nilsson has lead at Saint-Omer Open golf

LUMBRES, France, June 20 (UPI) -- Sweden's Christian Nilsson shot 6-under-par 65 Saturday and built a four-stroke lead after three rounds at the Saint-Omer Open in Lumbres, France.

Nilsson's 54-hole total, 11-under 202, leads England's James Morrison (70).

Nilsson's third consecutive birdie at the par-4 sixth was a huge factor in Saturday's round.

"Today's round was very satisfying, especially on the front nine," he said. "The key was probably my putting. I've putted well all week really, but today nearly everything I hit dropped in the hole."

Nilsson, the 478th ranked player in the world, shoots for his first European Tour tournament win Sunday.

Second-round leader Wade Ormsby (74) of Australia fell into a share of third place at 4-under 209 with first-round leader Fredrik Andersson Hed (71) of Sweden, Sion E. Bebb (67) of Wales and France's Jose-Filipe Lima (69).

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