Janzen qual­i­fies

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Two-time cham­pion Lee Janzen qual­i­fied for the U.S. Open for the first time since 2008 with scores of 69-68 at Pur­chase, N.Y., one of eight 36-hole qual­i­fiers across the coun­try. At Jupiter, Fla., Luke Don­ald avoided a play­off by one shot and qual­i­fied with rounds of 72-68. Also qual­i­fy­ing were two-time cham­pion Retief Goosen at Mem­phis, Tenn., and 15-year-old Cole Ham­mer at Dal­las. From New­port Beach, qual­i­fiers in­cluded 2012 Open con­tender Beau Hossler. Among the no­table play­ers to miss were David Ling­merth, who had won the Me­mo­rial on Sun­day; Steve Stricker and Vi­jay Singh. Fred Cou­ples with­drew be­fore play be­gan.

Jeff Blashill will be in­tro­duced as the Detroit Red Wings coach on Tues­day. Blashill’s con­tract is ex­pected to be for three years, match­ing that left on the con­tract of Gen­eral Manager Ken Hol­land. At 41, Blashill will be the sec­ond-youngest NHL head coach.

The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots re­leased line­backer Bran­don Spikes as au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gated whether his Mercedes was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent af­ter the car was found aban­doned in a high­way me­dian near where three peo­ple were hurt in a ve­hi­cle that was rear-ended. It’s not clear who had been driv­ing, Mas­sachusetts State Po­lice spokesman David Pro­co­pio said in a state­ment.

A Cal­i­for­nia judge dis­missed a defama­tion law­suit filed by for­mer San Fran­cisco 49er Ray McDon­ald against a woman who ac­cused him of rape.

The Chicago Bears signed cor­ner­back Tracy Porter to a one-year con­tract. . . . The Dal­las Cow­boys signed for­mer Baylor run­ning back Lache Seas­trunk and line­backer Justin Jack­son. . . . Jack­sonville Jaguars rookie safety James Sam­ple is ex­pected to miss 10 to 12 weeks be­cause of a bro­ken arm, an in­jury he called “f luk­ish.”

The NBA Fi­nals’ Game 2 drew its high­est tele­vi­sion rat­ing since the Lak­ers-Detroit Pis­tons se­ries in 2004. Cleve­land’s over­time victory over Golden State on Sun­day av­er­aged a 10.5 rat­ing on ABC. ESPN said that the nearly 18.8 mil­lion view­ers were up 26% from the 14.9 mil­lion for last year’s matchup be­tween San An­to­nio and Miami.

Two days af­ter Amer­i­can Pharoah be­came the first Triple Crown win­ner in 37 years, nearly 96% of those who spent $2 on a win ticket had yet to cash in, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by AmTote In­ter­na­tional. For the 3,891 who cashed their $2 win ticket, they re­ceived $3.80 each.

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