Around The Nation (June 29): Four-way tie for lead after three rounds at AT&T National

By Doug Ferguson | Associated Press Published:

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GOLF

Driscoll, three others in tie at AT&T National

BETHESDA, Md. -- A triple bogey for Bill Haas. Double bogeys for Andres Romero and Roberto Castro. They still wound up in a four-way tie for the lead Saturday in the AT&T National with James Driscoll, whose third round was pleasantly dull by comparison.

Castro put the perfect finishing touch on this most wild day at Congressional when he hit his approach into the water left of the 18th green, and then chipped in for par from 80 feet to salvage an even-par 71 and keep a share of the lead.

Haas made nine birdies and had to settle for a 68, courtesy of two wedge shots that cost him four shots, including his triple bogey on the beastly 11th hole. Romero had a three-shot lead at one point, and then it was gone. He went from the water to a bunker on the 11th for double bogey and followed that with a bogey on the next hole. He made six pars the rest of the way for a 70.

Driscoll, meanwhile, motored along without too much excitement. He had a 68, the only player in the field to break 70 all three rounds. Coming off a bogey on the 15th, Driscoll though he might be headed for another with a poor tee shot. But he knocked a 4-iron out of the rough, barely got onto the green and rolled in a 25-foot birdie.

They were at 7-under 206, and more fun awaits Sunday.

"I think over four days here, every player is going to hit kind of a rough patch," Castro said.

Ten players were separated by four shots going into the final round, a group that includes 19-year-old Jordan Spieth. He had a two-shot lead after opening with two straight birdies, and then went through a stretch of missing five putts inside 8 feet on a four-hole stretch. One of them was a three-putt from 5 feet for double bogey on No. 8. Spieth had a 74, though he's still in the game, just three shots behind.

"A wild day," Castro said.

Jason Kokrak had a 70 and was one shot out of the lead, while Charlie Wi had a 29 on the front nine and shot 65 to finish two shots behind, along with Tom Gillis (66). Spieth was in the group at 209 with Brandt Snedeker, who had a 69.

FOOTBALL

Colts safety Lefeged arrested on gun charge

WASHINGTON -- Police say Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged (luh-FEHJ') has been arrested on gun-related charges after a traffic stop in Washington.

D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali says Lefeged was a passenger in a car that fled from police after a traffic stop for speeding early Saturday.

Court records show police smelled marijuana in the car and found a container of alcohol and semi-automatic pistol underneath the front passenger seat.

Lefeged was ordered held on a gun possession charge. Prosecutors aren't pursuing charges against another passenger in the car and police say the driver fled.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Lefeged, who grew up outside Washington, is entering his third NFL season.

The team says it's aware of reports of the arrest but won't comment until it has more information.

Funeral for Lloyd held after shooting death

BOSTON -- Hundreds of relatives, friends and well-wishers have wept together and hugged at the funeral of a semi-pro football player whose killing led to murder and weapons charges against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

The body of Odin Lloyd was found June 17 near Hernandez's home. Police arrested Hernandez on Wednesday and charged him with orchestrating the execution-style shooting.

Members of Lloyd's football team chanted his name Saturday as pallbearers placed his casket in a hearse outside Church of the Holy Spirit in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood.

Prosecutors allege Hernandez arranged the killing because Lloyd talked to the wrong people at a nightclub.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. Two other men are also in custody. Prosecutors say the three were with Lloyd shortly before his death.

BOXING

Nevada slashes fine for Chavez Jr. to 100k

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has slashed boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s fine over a failed drug test from $900,000 to $100,000.

Commission members took the action Friday after Chavez's attorneys argued the excessive fine violated the boxer's constitutional rights and negotiated to reduce it.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/19KNlVq ) the 27-year-old former WBC middleweight champion did not attend the meeting.

Chavez tested positive for marijuana after his first professional loss in Las Vegas on Sept. 15.

He was slapped with the $900,000 fine by the commission on Feb. 28 as a repeat offender of the panel's drug policy. Chavez had tested positive for diuretics in 2009.

He has served a nine-month suspension that was part of the original punishment and will return to the ring Sept. 7 against Brian Vera in Los Angeles.

BASKETBALL

Kentucky's Calipari drives pace car at race

SPARTA, Ky. -- The only thing threatening to keep Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari from driving the (fast) lane before Saturday night's NASCAR race was rain.

Initially slated to ride shotgun as the honorary pace car driver for the 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, Calipari was asked to drive the Ford Fusion leading the 43-car field to the green flag.

Calipari agreed and received crash-course instruction from Cup driver Kurt Busch, whose 90-mph splits in the rain around the 1.5-mile oval had the coach "white-knuckled" and holding on tightly on the passenger side. Fortunately for Calipari, he only has to drive a more comfortable 45 mph ahead of the field.

The question was whether Calipari's dream would be stopped by showers that threatened to delay the scheduled start.

"I just want the rain to clear so I can get out there and do a couple of laps," said Calipari, expressing confidence that it would.

Besides instruction from the 2004 Cup champion, Calipari got a specially-made racing jacket embroidered with the terms "eight-time" -- referring to Kentucky's eight national championships -- and his trademark "Refuse to Lose" slogan. Drivers also signed the jacket, which will be auctioned for charity.

"I did it like a driver would have," he said.

Calipari seemed happier at the prospect of being an active participant in NASCAR, a sport Calipari said he has followed since his days at the University of Massachusetts. The process involved going on the thrill ride of his life.

"When I went 45 (mph), I wasn't nervous," Calipari said, "but when he (Busch) was going 90 and 100 (mph) in that rain, all these grooves are great, I'm thinking, 'Oh, my gosh.'"

BASEBALL

A-Rod 'can't wait' for return to Yankees

Rodriguez didn't indicate when he will start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment or rejoin the big league team, saying Saturday he "can't wait to get back."

"So far, no issues," Rodriguez said. "I'm just working really hard. I'm having fun. It's exciting to be back on the field."

The All-Star third baseman is taking at-bats at the Yankees' minor league complex as he comes back from hip surgery in January. He also is fielding grounders, running the bases and doing sliding drills.

"I feel like my swing is definitely getting back to form," Rodriguez said. "(Defensively) moving better the last few days. Everything is coming along."

His rehabilitation became a point of contention in the past week.

Rodriguez posted Tuesday evening on Twitter that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehab games, an announcement that angered general manager Brian Cashman because Rodriguez has not been given the go-ahead by team doctors.

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