San Diego Bill Haas had a 6-under 66 on the South Course at Torrey Pines to build a two-shot lead over Anthony Kim in the Farmers Insurance Open.
Tiger Woods nearly shot himself out of the tournament in the middle of the round Friday until a strong recovery with birdies on two of the last three holes, and one par putt in the middle that led to a 3-under 69. He was five shots behind.
Kim birdied his first four holes on the South Course and had a share of the lead with a tap-in birdie at the 10th. But he bogeyed the 11th and didn’t make another birdie the rest of the way.
Phil Mickelson shot a 69 on the North Course and was only three shots behind, along with John Daly, Hunter Mahan and defending champion Ben Crane.
K-State hires Sean Snyder
Manhattan — The son of Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder has been promoted to special-teams coordinator and associate head coach for the Wildcats.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Sean Snyder will fill an opening created when tight ends coach Ricky Rahne left for Vanderbilt. The younger Snyder also will continue to serve as director of football operations, a role he has held for 15 years.
Sean Snyder is a former All-American punter for the Wildcats and joined his father’s staff as a part-time assistant in 1994.
Kansas State also hired assistant Tom Hayes to replace Keith Burns, who took a job at Mississippi. Hayes is a former Kansas University assistant who served as the Jayhawks’ interim head coach in place of Terry Allen for the final three games of the 2001 season.
Wisconsin extends Bielema
Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin has given football coach Bret Bielema a contract extension after he led the Badgers to their first Rose Bowl since 2000.
Five Hawkeys out of hospital
Iowa City, Iowa — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Friday that five of the 13 players hospitalized this week with a muscle disorder following grueling offseason workouts are being discharged.
Ferentz said in a statement that he’s looking forward to the release of the eight remaining players “in the days ahead.”
The coach hasn’t spoken to reporters since the school announced Tuesday that the players had been hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, a stress-induced syndrome that can damage cells and cause kidney problems.
University leaders announced Thursday that they’ve ordered an investigation into how the players wound up in the hospital, with Iowa Board of Regents President David Miles and school president Sally Mason saying the hospitalizations were “a cause for grave concern.”
Murray in Australian final
Melbourne, Australia — Andy Murray doesn’t have to worry about Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal this time. He is hardly in the clear, however, as he goes for his first major title.
Murray won his Australian Open semifinal, defeating David Ferrer, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1, 7-6 (2). Next in line is 2008 champion and longtime friend Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.
On the women’s side, there will be a first-time Australian Open winner. Kim Clijsters goes for her fourth Grand Slam title today, but first outside the United States. She takes on China’s Li Na, who can become the first Asian to win a Grand Slam tournament.
Steelers CB returns to practice
Pittsburgh — Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden is back at practice for the for the first time since Pittsburgh’s AFC championship victory. Two other injured players worked out Friday — rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu. All three are listed as probable for the Super Bowl on Feb. 6 against Green Bay.
Packers face OLB depth concerns
Green Bay, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have some questions about their depth at outside linebacker as they get ready for the Super Bowl. Frank Zombo is back at practice, but Erik Walden sat out Friday and might not return to the practice field until next week, leaving his status in doubt for the Feb. 6 matchup with Pittsburgh.
NFLPA says injuries up in 2010
New York — The NFL players union says the average number of injuries has risen during the 2010 season. In a report released Friday called “Dangers of the Game of Football,” the NFLPA says injuries increased from 3.2 to 3.7 per week per team and the share of players injured increased to 63 percent compared to a 2002-09 average of 59 percent.
Frasor, Jays sign new deal
Toronto — The Toronto Blue Jays have signed reliever Jason Frasor to a $3.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the right-hander. The deal announced Friday has a 2012 club option at $3.75 million.
Hansbrough, Rush out for Pacers
Indianapolis — Brandon Rush and Tyler Hansbrough missed the Indiana Pacers’ game against the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.
Hansbrough, who has started the past 10 games, is out because of pneumonia.
Rush is out due to a sprained right ankle. He was hurt in the third quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Orlando. His minutes had been dwindling recently, and he only played three minutes before leaving the game against the Magic. He averages 10.9 points per game and is shooting 42 percent from three-point range.
Ex-Syracuse player files complaint
Syracuse, N.Y. — The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education is investigating a Title IX sexual harassment complaint filed by a former Syracuse University women’s basketball player against women’s coach Quentin Hillsman.
In her complaint, Lynnae Lampkins accuses Hillsman of inappropriate texting and touching and says she left the team because she felt uncomfortable. Lampkins alleges that one text sent during the summer said: “I love you, I miss you, I can’t wait to see you.”