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In brief: Kevin Na closes with ‘good bogey,’ leads wet Colonial

Kevin Na lines up a putt on the ninth hole on Friday at Colonial. (Associated Press)
Kevin Na lines up a putt on the ninth hole on Friday at Colonial. (Associated Press)
From Staff And Wire Reports

Golf: Kevin Na went without a bogey in the second round until his final hole Friday, finishing with a 4-under 66 for the lead halfway through soggy Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

Na had a 10-under 130 total for a two-stroke lead over Ian Poulter.

Na had 26 bogey-free holes in a row until his tee shot at No. 18 went into a rain-swollen drainage culvert and was swept away by flowing water. He two-putted from 20 feet after his approach to the back side of the green for what he called a “good bogey.”

Poulter had a 67. Boo Weekley was third at 7 under after a 69.

Masters champion Jordan Spieth was alone in the lead before losing four strokes in a two-hole span. He finished with a 73, nine strokes worse than his opening round that had him in a four-way tie on top. He was seven strokes back at 3 under.

Spokane native Alex Prugh shot a 69 to total 1-over 141 and make the cut on the line.

Lehman leads at Senior PGA Championship: Tom Lehman shot a 5-under 67 on the difficult Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to take the second-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship in French Lick, Indiana.

The 56-year-old Lehman birdied three of his first four holes and finished with six birdies and a bogey to reach 4 under. He had a one-stroke lead over playing partner Colin Montgomerie and Brian Henninger.

Lehman won the 2010 tournament in Colorado.

Montgomerie, the defending champion, had a 69, and Henninger shot 67.

Esteban Toledo was 2 under after a 68. First-round leader Massy Kuramoto had a 72 to drop to fifth at 1 under. Peter Fowler, Woody Austin and Jean Francois Remesy were even par. Fowler birdied the final hole for a 67, Austin shot 71, and Remesy 72.

McIlroy misses cut, Molinari leads at BMW: Rory McIlroy missed the cut in the BMW PGA Championship, shooting a 6-over 78 at Wentworth in the European Tour’s flagship event in Virginia Water, England.

The top-ranked Northern Irishman finished at 5-over 149, four strokes outside the cutline. He won two of his previous three events, taking the Match Play Championship in San Francisco on May 3 and the Wells Fargo Championship last week in North Carolina.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari topped the leaderboard at 10 under after a 69. South Korea’s Byeong Hun An was a stroke back after a 64.

American Pharoah gallops in Kentucky

Horse racing: Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah went out for his first gallop since winning the Preakness, covering 1 3/16 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez said the 3-year-old colt “didn’t seem like he was tired or anything.”

American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on May 2 and the Preakness last Saturday. He is preparing for the Belmont Stakes on June 6, when he will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

American Pharoah is expected to have two timed workouts at Churchill Downs before he’s sent to New York on June 3.

“It went very nice,” said Jimmy Barnes, trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant. “He’s perfect – just the way he always is – so we’ll gallop a little bit further maybe (Saturday), and then by Sunday we’ll be back to his normal gallop at a mile-and-a-half.”

Three of trainer Todd Pletcher’s Belmont contenders had workouts at Belmont Park on Friday: Carpe Diem, Madefromlucky and Materiality. Carpe Diem, 10th in the Derby, and Peter Pan winner Madefromlucky ran together and were timed in 59.01 seconds for five furlongs. Materiality, sixth in the Derby, covered the same distance in 1:00.04 under regular rider John Velazquez.

Stosur tops Stephens in Strasbourg semi

Tennis: Third-seeded Samantha Stosur advanced to her first final this season with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win over Sloane Stephens at the Strasbourg International in Strasbourg, France.

Stosur, a former French Open finalist, is hitting form at the right time, with the clay-court Grand Slam tournament starting on Sunday at Roland Garros. Next up for Stosur will be Kristina Mladenovic, who won an all-French semifinal when Virginie Razzano retired with an abdominal injury while trailing 6-3, 1-2.

Bellucci, Sousa advance at Geneva: Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil advanced to the Geneva Open final in Geneva and will play Joao Sousa of Portugal for the title.

Bellucci, twice a champion at Switzerland’s other clay-court event in Gstaad, eased past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-4.

The sixth-seeded Sousa beat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Though Sousa again won a third-set decider, it was less dramatic than his quarterfinal win over Spain’s Pablo Andujar when he saved four straight match points in a tiebreaker.

Contador crashes and loses lead to Aru

Cycling: Alberto Contador lost the overall lead of the Giro d’Italia to Fabio Aru after he was involved in a crash toward the end of the 13th stage in Jesolo, Italy, which was won by Sacha Modolo.

Aru escaped the crash which took out a number of cyclists just outside the final two miles to move 19 seconds ahead of Contador. Mikel Landa moved third, 1 minute and 14 seconds behind the Italian.

Had the incident happened further up the road, everyone would have been given the same time as crashes within a certain distance of the finish line are neutralized.

It is the first time Contador has lost the overall lead of a Grand Tour in his career.

Today could be the most important leg of the race, an unusually long individual time trial at 36.9 miles from Treviso to Valdobbiadene.

Rome mayor wants medals at Colosseum

Olympics: Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino is proposing that medal ceremonies be held at the Colosseum if Rome wins the bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Marino was meeting in Rome with IOC President Thomas Bach and bid committee officials, as well as Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Giovanni Malago, president of Italy’s national Olympic committee.

Marino said “we want to rebuild the arena of the Colosseum so that the athletes can be lifted in like the gladiators in the Roman times.”

Bach liked the idea, but joked “as long as the lions don’t then arrive.”

The bid committee is also looking into the possibility of having the finals of various sports at other historic locations, including the Circus Maximus.

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