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SYDNEY, Australia—Marcus Fraser of Australia shot a second consecutive
3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian Open on
Friday. Percy Harvin Elite Jersey . Fraser had five
birdies and two bogeys to move to 6-under 138 at The Lakes. Fellow Australians
Brendan Jones (71) and first-round leader John Senden (73) were tied for second.
Englishman Justin Rose was in a group tied for fifth at 3-under after a 73,
while Adam Scott shot 71 and was five strokes behind Fraser. Tom Watson shot a
68 Friday after his first-round 78 and made the cut with one stroke to spare. He
was joined by playing partner and defending champion Greg Chalmers, who shot 75
Friday. “I hate missing cuts, I really do,” said Watson. “That means youve
failed.” Chalmers said he would be hard-pressed to win his third national Open
after failing to capitalize on good scoring conditions in the morning. “Three
par-5s on the back nine and I bogeyed two of them. Thats not going to work if
you want to have a good score out here,” he said. “I guess Im going to get to
play on the weekend so I get to go out and shoot a low score, but certainly Im
probably going to start a long way back.” Fellow two-time champion
Robert Allenby (6-over) didnt qualify after a 77, nor did new U.S. PGA Tour card
winner Steven Bowditch (9-over) after a 76. Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old
Chinese amateur who will play in next years U.S. Masters, improved on his
opening 82 to shoot 70 Friday, but also missed the cut. Fraser is playing for
the seventh consecutive week—in his seventh country. Hell travel to Malaysia
next week to see if he can win the Asian Tour money title—he is currently
second—making it eight tournaments in a row. His grueling late-season
schedule began in Malaysia in late September followed by China (the HSBC
tournament), the Singapore Open, the Hong Kong Open, the European Tours
championship in Dubai, then a failed attempt to secure a 2013 U.S. PGA Tour card
in California last week. On Thursday, Fraser was 3-over after 10 holes but
staged a remarkable turnaround—he birdied Nos. 11-14, then holed his tee shot
at the par-3 15th for an ace. “To have one go in like that, it turned the round
and the tournament around from where I was,” Fraser said. And hes keen to go
even better on the weekend. “Ive been playing so much I feel like Im going with
the flow a little bit,” Fraser said. “Playing week-in, week-out youre going
through the same routine every day and it feels like another golf tournament. At
the same time it is the Aussie Open. Definitely its the pick of the bunch of the
eight weeks for me.” Alan Page Jersey . Martinez, a first baseman
in the majors for 16 years, has been a New York Yankees special assistant and
worked an analyst for the YES Network. Jared Allen Vikings Jersey . When asked
Wednesday if it was money well spent, Smith said it was, because the play helped
his team. He said he wasnt asking for any help from his teammates to pay the
fine. Early in the second quarter of the Sept. http://www.minnesotavikingsgears.com/percy-harvin-jersey/
. “Golden is coming for your job!” Back on a roll heading into their bye week,
Wilson isnt the only one throwing touchdowns for the Seahawks. Jared Allen Elite Jersey . —The Boston
Celtics made it official: Kevin Garnett is coming back as part of the teams
efforts to keep key pieces after losing Ray Allen to the Miami Heat. Christian Ponder Authentic Jersey . But the
score wasnt important. What was important was the fact pitching coach Bill
Pulsipher got nine innings of work from six different pitchers and manager Rick
Forney got another good look at a handful of young players fighting for the few
available jobs on the Goldeyes roster.SEATTLE—Randy Johnson says no one other
than his wife truly understands how special Seattle is to him. Its where he
became the most feared left-handed pitcher in baseball and helped save the
franchise from moving with the Mariners stirring run to the playoffs in 1995.
But his departure in 1998, when Johnson was distracted by a contract dispute and
claims he was purposely tanking his season, still bothers him even as he returns
to Seattle this weekend to be inducted into the teams Hall of Fame, along with
former catcher Dan Wilson. “The one thing that bothered me when I Ieft here was
when people thought that I wasnt trying my hardest,” Johnson said. “That as an
athlete that bothered me a lot. Ill be the first to say I didnt play well, I
didnt pitch well. Did it distract me? Absolutely.” Johnson spoke Friday
afternoon following a luncheon on the turf at Safeco Field where he and Wilson
will be honoured before Saturdays game against Kansas City. Johnson never played
at Safeco Field in a Mariners uniform but was largely responsible for the 1995
season that ultimately was the catalyst for the team staying in the Pacific
Northwest and one of the finest stadiums in baseball being constructed. Its the
departure from Seattle that still eats at Johnson, especially when fans
occasional bring up the 1998 season. Johnson was in the final year of his
contract with Seattle and admits he was distracted by the talks surrounding a
new deal that dragged on through the season. Johnson went 9-10 with a 4.48 ERA
with Seattle before being traded to Houston, where he closed the season 10-1. “I
also wanted to stay here, and that needs to be cleared up, too. I never wanted
to leave,” Johnson said. “I didnt mean to get off on that, and hopefully no one
will even write about that, because today and tomorrow are special days. But it
bothered me when I left here. Seattle means so much to me. It really does. Jared Allen Black Jersey. ” While most of his
individual and team success came after Johnson left the Mariners, it was in
Seattle that he transformed from a lanky project with a cannon arm into a
left-hander no one wanted to face. “My time here was a lot like the Seattle
weather,” Johnson said. “When you woke up in the morning if it was a nice day
that was the day I struck out 15. If you woke up and it was raining outside that
was the day I was walking seven and I couldnt get out of the third inning. All
anyone wants is some consistency. You want to see the sun every once in a while
here in Seattle and all I was ever searching for was consistency and being
competitive and it took time.” Johnson, who is second in baseball history with
4,875 strikeouts, pitched for the Mariners from 1989-1998, compiling a 130-74
record. He won the Cy Young Award in 1995 when he went 18-2 with a 2.48 ERA,
although arguably his finest season was 1997 when he won 20 games and had an ERA
of 2.28. He threw the first no-hitter in Mariners history in 1991, but there are
two moments of the Seattle chapter in his career that stick out: the 1993
All-Star game and 1995 AL Division Series. In 1993 Johnson struck out John Kruk
during the All-Star game in Baltimore, but only after firing a fastball over the
head of the Phillies slugger. That strikeout of Kruk, along with Johnson killing
a bird with a pitch during a spring training game, remain the lighter moments of
his career. But more serious was Johnsons performance in the 1995 ALDS against
the New York Yankees. Johnson threw seven innings and struck out 10 in a Game 3
win that avoided elimination for the Mariners. He then came back with nearly
zero rest and threw three innings of relief and got the victory in the decisive
Game 5. “I have too many memories here and thats why Seattle has always been
near and dear to me,” Johnson said. ’ ’ ’ 

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