Horschel, Mickelson lead after 2 rounds at Open

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Horschel, Mickelson lead after 2 rounds at Open

Updated June 15, 10:15 a.m.

ARDMORE, Pa. -- Following a 3-under-par 67 on Friday, Billy Horschel finished Friday in the lead at the U.S. Open, tied with Phil Mickelson.

The second round, delayed three hours thanks to the completion of Thursday's first round, was completed shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday morning, when 23 of 26 groups who teed off in the afternoon on Friday finally made their way in.

Saturday's third round is scheduled to begin at 12:28 p.m. Players will go off in threesomes on both holes No. 1 and 11.

Mickelson and Horschel lead by one shot over five players at even-par, including Luke Donald, Steve Stricker, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan.

Horschel's 67 came after he was forced to finish his first round in the morning before heading back out for his second round not even an hour later. His round tied Mickelson's from Thursday for the low score of the tournament.

"Yeah, 66 sounded better but I three-putted No. 13," he said. "I'll take the round. It was a good day. Obviously, it was a long day [with] 29 holes.

"But it was a great day. Four birdies at a U.S. Open. I'll take it."

Mickelson, who at one point fell all the way back to even par, birdied the 18th hole after the horn had sounded to shoot a 2-over-par 72 and reclaim a share of the lead.

"It was a nice way to finish on the 18th," Mickelson said. "I fought hard all day, let a lot of birdie opportunities slide early and in the middle of the round. I fought hard to stay in there and hit a lot of good quality shots. Made a bunch of good pars.

"On 18, when you don't really expect to get one, I put the ball in a good spot and was able to roll one in. It felt good."

Twelve players are within at least three shots of Mickelson and Horschel.

World Nos. 1 and 2 Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both finished Friday 3-over for the tournament. They'll be paired together for the third straight day on Saturday.

After his grimacing and shaking of his left arm caught attention on Thursday, Woods disclosed Friday afternoon that he's been dealing with an elbow injury since he won the Players Championship back in May (see story). Woods was another who had to finish his first round Friday morning only to head back out onto the course shortly thereafter.

"Long day," he said, laughing. "And I'm hungry."

Seventy-three players survived the 8-over-par 148 cut line to play the weekend. Notable names who made the cut right on the number include Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedker and Mike Weir.

Other notables who will miss the weekend include Zach Johnson (11-over), Keegan Bradley (12-over), Nick Watney (11-over), 2010 champ Graeme McDowell (13-over), 2009 champ Lucas Glover (13-over), Angel Cabrera (15-over), and 2003 champ Jim Furyk (16-over).

Scores ballooned for a second day at Merion on Friday, when despite soft conditions, the rough proved too much for many too handle (see story). Just one hole, the par-3 13th played under par on Friday.

Oosthuizen withdraws
Louis Oosthuizen withdrew from the tournament on Friday with an undisclosed injury. Oosthuizen nearly didn't come to Merion this week, as his wife is pregnant with their third child. The 2010 British Open champion put up a 75 in his opening round.

Robert Garrigus (16-over) also withdrew Saturday morning.

'That Kangaroo stole my ball'
Mickelson's round was brought to temporary stop on the front nine when a groundhog ran onto the fairway. Watch the video here.

Instant Replay: Flyers 3, Islanders 2 (OT)

Instant Replay: Flyers 3, Islanders 2 (OT)

BOX SCORE

NEW YORK — The Flyers, in dire need of a confidence boost, found one at the Barclays Center.

Trailing 2-0 in the second period on Sunday night, the Flyers stormed back to beat the Islanders in overtime, 3-2, and stop some serious bleeding.

Claude Giroux netted the game-winner, his first marker in 13 games.

On Saturday, the Flyers’ return from five days off was unceremonious to say the least, as they lost badly to the Devils, 4-1, after entering their NHL mandated bye week losers in 11 of the last 14 games.

So this was a game they desperately had to have and got it.

The Flyers (23-19-6) picked up just their fourth win since Dec. 17, improving to 4-9-3 since rattling off 10 straight victories, a streak that seems like ages ago.

Speaking of streaks, the Flyers snapped a nine-game losing slide on the road in which they had been outscored, 36-12.

The Islanders (19-17-9) had their three-game winning streak halted. On Tuesday, New York fired its head coach Jack Capuano.

Notable goals
Shayne Gostisbehere converted a nifty wraparound pass to Giroux, who finished the winner.

Ivan Provorov made it all possible with a beautiful play to tie the game at 2-2 less than two minutes into the final stanza. The rookie defenseman took a pass at the blue line and patiently maneuvered by two Islanders before unleashing a shot from the circle that got past Islanders netminder Thomas Greiss off the skate of his own defenseman Adam Pelech.

It marked Provorov’s first goal since he scored two against the Blackhawks on Dec. 3.

Wayne Simmonds kept another game from unraveling when he beat Greiss with 5:50 left in the second stanza. Simmonds gathered a loose puck off the skate of Brayden Schenn and fired it home to trim the deficit to 2-1 and give him his team-leading 19th marker.

"It was a bouncing puck and [Radko Gudas] made a great play and kept it in,” Simmonds said at second intermission. “There were a couple more bounces and I just picked it up and shot it far side and it went in.”

In the first period, Islanders leading scorer John Tavares got things started with a takeaway that resulted in Steve Mason under siege. Tavares, who stripped an Andrew MacDonald pass to Jakub Voracek, went in uncontested on Mason, who denied the shot and follow attempt from Anders Lee. With the puck still loose in the crease and Mason on his side, Ivan Provorov knocked it out but right to Nick Leddy for a clean wrist shot and goal with 6:35 remaining in the opening stanza.

At 4:47 of the second period, Mason was unable to control a rebound and New York took advantage. Alan Quine came in and fluttered the puck over Mason’s shoulders to give the Islanders a 2-0 advantage.

No goal
The Flyers had 33 seconds of 5-on-3 action early in the second period, when they put the puck on Greiss, who couldn’t secure it. It created a mad jumble of bodies at the net but somehow the puck never crossed the goal line. The play was ruled no goal and later confirmed by official review.

The Flyers failed to score later at 5-on-4 and the Islanders used the momentum to extend their lead moments later on Quine’s tally.

Goalie report
Mason, who had not won since Dec. 21, made 36 saves.

He entered with a 4.03 goals-against average over his last 10 appearances but made a number of timely stops, including four in one wild sequence of a New York power play during the third period. He also turned away a Tavares breakaway in the extra session.

Coming off back-to-back shutouts in which he made 55 total saves, Greiss stopped 44 shots. He went to a full split to rob Sean Couturier midway through the second period and stoned Provorov in overtime before allowing the winner.

Power play
The man advantage, which went 0 for 6 on Saturday and was 0 for its last 11 coming in, went 0 for 3.

The Islanders finished 0 for 2.

Penalty kill
Lacking discipline in their first game back from the bye week, the Flyers were forced to go on the penalty kill seven times Saturday, allowing two goals.

On Sunday, the Flyers didn’t allow New York a power play until the final stanza. The Flyers finished 2 for 2 on the PK.

The Islanders stopped all three Flyers power plays.

Hits
Brayden Schenn skated to the bench hunched over after colliding with Josh Bailey in open ice during the second period. Schenn was OK and returned his next shift.

The Islanders outhit the Flyers, 23-12.

Scratches
For the Flyers: Forward Dale Weise, and defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz, all healthy.

Defenseman Brandon Manning returned to the lineup after two straight healthy scratches.

For the Islanders: Forwards Andrew Ladd (upper-body injury) and Stephen Gionta (healthy), and defenseman Scott Mayfield (healthy).

Next up
The Flyers follow their back-to-back with another such set. First up are the Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden before the Flyers come home Thursday to face the Maple Leafs, who currently trail the Flyers by a point for the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot.

NFL Playoffs: Matt Ryan, Falcons dismantle Packers to reach Super Bowl LI

NFL Playoffs: Matt Ryan, Falcons dismantle Packers to reach Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons are headed to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history after routing the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game.

Matt Ryan threw for four touchdowns, including a 73-yard catch-and-run for a highlight-reel score by star receiver Julio Jones. The defense played just as crucial a role in containing quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense.

Rodgers had 287 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception. But the Falcons got to Rodgers with pressure and forced two Green Bay turnovers. Rodgers was outplayed by Ryan, who even ran for a 14-yard touchdown.

Atlanta will play either New England or Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Houston.

The only other time that Atlanta made the Super Bowl was in the 1998 season. The Falcons lost 34-19 to the Denver Broncos.

The Packers fell in the NFC title game for the second time in three seasons.