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NORTON, Mass. Kevin Walter Jersey . —Rory McIlroy and
Tiger Woods played together in the opening two rounds of the season in Abu
Dhabi. They were together again for the opening two rounds at Bethpage Black for
the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The idea is to get them together with a
trophy on the line. Both took a step in that direction Saturday in the Deutsche
Bank Championship. McIlroy went from one extreme to another on par 5s just 30
minutes apart—a 4-iron into 10 feet for eagle on No. 18, a 5-wood in the
water for bogey on No. 2—but steadied himself for another 6-under 65. Woods,
playing in the afternoon, had three birdies on the opening six holes until he
could no longer get a putt to drop. He made birdie putts of 30 feet and 15 feet
late in the round to salvage a 68, which left him only two shots behind. In
between was Louis Oosthuizen, the former British Open champion with one of the
purest swings in golf. Oosthuizen had four 2s on his card of 65, and goes into
the third round just one shot behind and in the final group with McIlroy.
“Everything seemed to work pretty well out there,” McIlroy said. “I felt like I
drove the ball a bit better today and hit more fairways, which gave me some more
opportunities to make birdies. And I was putting well enough to take a few of
those. Yeah, pleased with where I am and looking forward to the weekend.” The
weekend is half over, as this FedEx Cup playoff event is known for its Labor Day
finish. There remains plenty of work to be done, especially with nine players
separated by only three shots going into the weekend. Ryan Moore had a 68,
playing the front nine in 1 over, and joined Woods at 10-under 132. Woods missed
out on a chance to be paired with McIlroy on Sunday when he missed the fairway
on the par-5 18th, laid up short of the marsh and came up just short of the
green and its front hole location. He had to get up-and-down for par. Even so,
this Labor Day weekend could bring another heavyweight bout, the likes of which
the Deutsche Bank Championship has seen before in its 10-year history. The TPC
Boston is where Woods and Vijay Singh had a memorable battle on Labor Day in
2004, when Singh won to replace Woods at No. 1 in the world. Two years later,
Woods closed with a 63 to rally from a three-shot deficit against Singh. And in
the first year of the FedEx Cup in 2007, it was Phil Mickelson who played three
rounds with Woods and wound up beating him by two shots. “I think if you look at
the overall list of champions here, theyre all big hitters,” Woods said in an
effort to explain why the Deutsche Bank Championship provides such great
theatre. McIlroy, who won the PGA Championship by a record eight shots at Kiawah
Island three weeks ago, looked comfortable on the smoother greens of TPC Boston
and had only one bad spell of back-to-back bogeys on his back nine. Woods came
out firing in the afternoon with back-to-back birdies, only to get slowed
quickly with a bogey from the bunker on No. 3 and going bunker-to-bunker on the
fourth hole when he scrambled for par. He got back with a shot into 3 feet on
the sixth for birdie, but he couldnt take advantage of several shots in the 12-
to 15-foot range. It looked as though it was getting under his skin, but all he
had to do was think back to that opening round of 64. “Youve got to let it
balance itself out because I made everything yesterday,” he said. “Today was one
of those days where I had some good looks, missed them, but didnt feel like I
was really rolling it correctly. Then I figured something out, and then from
then on, I poured it pretty good.” First-round leader Seung-yul Noh (71),
Jason Dufner (66) and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (65) were among those at
9-under 133. Rickie Fowler made a clutch putt on his final hole, a 4-footer for
par that gave him a 72. It looked even more significant at the time because it
assured he would make the cut, giving him two more days to make an impression on
Davis Love III before he announces his four captains picks for the Ryder Cup on
Tuesday. Hunter Mahan had a 72 to end his untimely streak of two missed cuts,
boosting his hopes of getting one of the four picks. Dustin Johnson also stayed
in the mix, going into the weekend only five shots out of the lead.
Brandt Snedeker had only three pars in 12 holes, then settled down for a 70 and
was at 3-under 139. McIlroy wasnt much of a factor in the opening playoff event
last week at Bethpage Black, where the greens were baked out by sunshine and
nearly dead by the third round, making it difficult to score. The greens have
been pure at the TPC Boston, and it showed in the scoring. Then again, he didnt
have to make putts from very far. McIlroy made three birdies from inside 10 feet
—one of them a tap-in on the 14th—and he seized the lead on the par-5 18th.
Even though the pin was to the front of the smaller, treacherous green, there
was enough wind in his face that he could get 4-iron in the air and have it land
softly. It rode a gentle slope to about 10 feet away and he made the eagle putt.
After an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 1, McIlroy was poised to get some separation
on the field until he tried to hit a high cut with a 5-wood on the par-5 second.
He pushed it too far, into the water, and made bogey. “That was a really tricky
little pin position there on the second,” he said. “If you lay up, youre going
to have to hit a really good shot to get it close to try and make birdie. Im
sure it played a little easier yesterday, but youll probably see just as many
bogeys as you do birdies there today.” On the next hole, his long putt from the
fringe was weak and came up 8 feet short, and he missed that for another bogey.
But that was that. He followed with back-to-back birdies to get back to 12
under, and made a 12-foot par putt on the eighth to keep from dropping another
shot. McIlroy attributed the improvement from last week to one thing. “My
putting,” he said. “I wasnt very comfortable on the greens at all last week.
They werent the best surfaces. I think everyone saw that. This week, the
surfaces are much better, and it gives you a little more confidence that you can
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Canada (FRC). Cecile, a second-year recreation and leisure student from Azilda,
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career in the Warriors regular season finale, a 48-29 home win over Windsor,
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starting safety Jairus Byrd is expected to play at Cleveland (0-2) on Sunday
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18-year-old Ohio high schooler with the 50th pick in the 2012 draft earlier this
month.Raymond Felton is returning to New York, calling into question whether the
Knicks plan to re-sign fellow point guard Jeremy Lin. Feltons agent confirmed a
Yahoo Sports report Saturday that Felton would be signed and traded by Portland
to New York. Lin has signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, and the
Knicks have repeatedly said they would match any offer for their breakout star.
But with the third year of the contract worth about $15 million, they can
certainly pass now after signing Jason Kidd and getting Felton back. Felton
played well in half a season in New York, averaging 17.1 points before the
Knicks sent him to Denver as part of the package for Carmelo Anthony in February
2011. He struggled this season with the Trail Blazers, scoring 11.4 points per
game on 40.7 per cent shooting and briefly losing his starting job. Still, he
was considered an option as a veteran backup to Lin if the Knicks didnt get
Steve Nash or Kidd. They signed Kidd, and still pursued Felton. Now the question
is where will Lin play next season. Coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that Lin
would not only be back but would enter next season as the Knicks starting point
guard. He then signed his offer sheet worth about $25 million for three years
Friday and the Knicks have until 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday to match the offer,
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Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been
announced. The Knicks already lost one guard Saturday when they elected not to
match the offer Landry Fields signed with Toronto, worth around $20 million over
three years. The second-round pick from Stanford had been a starter during his
two seasons with New York. “I want to thank ALL the Knick fans out there for
their support over the past two years!” he wrote on Twitter. “Much love and
respect, you will be missed.” It would be more surprising if the Knicks passed
on matching Lins offer. The undrafted guard from Harvard emerged as the starter
in February and averaged 17.9 points in 27 games before needing surgery to
repair torn knee cartilage. The leagues first American-born player of Chinese or
Taiwanese decent became one of the teams most popular players and helped the
Knicks draw huge TV ratings locally and in Asia. His merchandise sold heavily,
making it unlikely the Knicks would want him to leave. But with Kidd and Felton,
they have two veterans who would be respected by the Knicks frontcourt trio of
Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire and Felton had
good chemistry in the pick-and-roll offence and neither has been as good since
without the other. ’ ’ ’ 

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