Roaring Again. A 66 on Saturday? A 31 on the back nine at Pebble Beach? Vintage Tiger Woods was back, at least for a day, at the U.S. Open: After bogeys on the second and third holes, Woods ripped off eight birdies, including one after the incredible shot on No. 18 seen above, to fire a six-under round that tied Phil Mickelson—who stagnated with a one-over 73—for the week's best round and move to one-under on the tournament. Unfortunately for Tiger, Dustin Johnson had his own 66, and staked himself to a three-shot lead on Graeme McDowell and a five-shot advantage on Woods. If Tiger's going to win another Open at Pebble, he's going to need some of the old red-shirt magic: He'll have to play fantastic golf and hope the leaders fall back to him. Reminder: Woods has never won a major without having at least a share of the lead after 54 holes. (Video via You Been Blinded.)
Jamel Turner's Awful Luck. I have to hope things even out for Jamel Turner soon, because the Ohio State recruit's luck of late has been downright depressing. Turner was shot and a 17-year-old woman he was with was killed in an incident in Youngstown, Ohio early Saturday morning. It's the second time in three months that Turner's been shot, and, given the scant few details currently available, Turner seems to have been caught up in a spurned boyfriend's revenge, and was shot five times. Hopefully, he can make a full recovery and don the scarlet and grey in the fall; Turner's already seen his fair share of trouble and then some. I hope he and the family that lost a daughter get some good fortune—and some hopes, prayers, and wishes—to balance that out.
Baseball Goes Bonkers. Drew Butera, a little-used rookie catcher who had under a .600 OPS in AAA, smacked a go-ahead home run—that was followed by a game-tying homer from Ross Gload—in the Twins' rally from five runs down in the ninth inning to beat the Phillies in extra innings. Manny Ramirez hit his first homer at Fenway since leaving the Red Sox, but Dustin Pedroia's two-out walk-off single carried the day for Boston. Eight of the 15 games on Saturday were decided by one run. And one of those—the absolutely mad game in Miami—was so fraught with oddities that it's getting its own post. So, yeah, madness reigned in MLB on Saturday.â†µ
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