Stenson and Johnson are early leaders...Tiger struggles...Phil 4 back

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) — Not only do Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson share the lead after one round of the U.S. Open, they are 15 strokes better than Tiger Woods.

Johnson and Stenson seemed to tame the wild terrain of Chambers Bay, firing 5-under-par 65s to finish the day one stroke ahead of Patrick Reed. Johnson's only mistake came on his final hole when he pulled a 6-iron on the par-3 ninth over the green and made his only bogey. Stenson birdied four of his last five holes for a share of first.

And then there was Woods, who shot his worst round in a U.S. Open. He carded a 10-over 80 that included eight bogeys, a triple-bogey on 14 and just one birdie. Only Rich Berberian Jr. and Rickie Fowler posted worse scores.

Amateur Brian Campbell had an impressive round, playing his last 11 holes at minus-5 for a 3-under total. Campbell is tied for fourth with Ben Martin and Matt Kuchar.

Masters champion Jordan Spieth is among a host of players at 2-under. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy opened with a 72 that puts him seven off the pace. And Phil Mickelson finds himself four strokes back following a 69. Mickelson had the lead at 3-under through 12 holes before bogeys on 13 and 14.


Cole gets 11th as Bucs extend streak

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates now have an eight-game winning streak following another strong performance by their ace.

Gerrit Cole is the majors' first 11-game winner after allowing two runs and just three hits in seven innings of the Bucs' 3-2 victory over the White Sox in Chicago. Cole's ERA actually climbed to 1.78 as he failed to hold a pair of one-run leads.

Geovany Soto tied the game with a solo homer in the sixth, but the Pirates went back ahead when Jung Ho Kang scored on a fielder's choice in the seventh.

Kang was 2-for-5 with an RBI to help Cole improve to 11-2.

The Pirates are four games behind the NL Central Division-leading St. Louis Cardinals.

Also in the majors:

— Joey Butler hit a solo homer and pinch-hitter David DeJesus added an RBI single during a four-run sixth that pushed Tampa Bay past Washington 5-3. Asdrubal Cabrera supplied the go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth to back David Archer, who improved to 8-4. The Rays still lead the AL East by a game over the Yankees, and the Nationals remain 1 ½ games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets following their 14th loss in 20 games.

— Alex Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with an RBI single as the Yankees beat Miami 9-4. Rodriguez raised his raised his average to .278 and moved within one hit of 3,000 for his career. Brett Gardner tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth, one inning before Carlos Beltran smacked a two-run shot that sent the Yankees to their second straight win since a 1-5 stretch.

— The Blue Jays won for the 13th time in 15 games as Jose Bautista poked a two-run single to cap a five-run fourth in Toronto's 7-1 romp over the Mets. Chris Colabello added a solo homer and R.A. Dickey held his former team to a run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings. Bartolo Colon failed in his bid to become the National League's second 10-game winner, surrendering six earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings.

— The Phillies had dropped nine straight and were trailing 1-0 until Ryan Howard unloaded a two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead Philly's 2-1 win over Baltimore. Howard's 12th homer of the season came off Bud Norris and gave the Phillies their only lead in their four-game, home-and-home series with the Orioles. Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who lost for just the second time in 11 games.

— Alcides Escobar had three hits and scored twice in Kansas City's 3-2 victory over Milwaukee. Jeremy Guthrie picked up his first victory since May 20, allowing two runs and seven hits. The Royals' fourth straight win keeps the AL Central leaders 3 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota.

— Kennys Vargas hit a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Twins a 2-1 comeback win and a two-game sweep of St. Louis. Vargas is 5 for 27 since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Joe Mauer's eighth-inning blast knotted the score before the Twins won for the first time in 25 games this season when trailing after seven innings.

— Ryan Vogelsong combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as San Francisco blanked the Mariners 7-0 in Seattle. Vogelsong struck out six and gave up three hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Matt Duffy hit a two-run double in a four-run eighth that put the game out of reach.

— Pinch-runner Enrique Hernandez scored on a balk by Keone Kela with two out in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the Los Angeles Dodgers to pull out a 1-0 win over Texas. Zack Greinke got a no-decision after scattering four hits and striking out eight in seven innings. The outcome keeps the NL West leads 2 ½ games ahead of the Giants and drops the Rangers 3 ½ games behind the AL West-leading Astros.

— Kyle Schwarber socked his first major league home run, but the Chicago Cubs lost 4-3 at Cleveland on Giovanny Urshela's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. The Indians' bullpen threw 4 1/3 shutout innings of one-hit ball after Danny Salazar was lifted following a lengthy rain delay.

— C.J. Wilson struck out a season-high nine while limiting Arizona to a run and eight hits in eight innings of the Angels' 7-1 pounding of the Diamondbacks. Taylor Featherston smacked his first major league homer, Johnny Giavotella also hit a solo shot and Carlos Perez laced a two-run double to help Los Angeles gain a split of the four-game set.

— San Diego ended a four-game skid and picked up its first win under interim manager Pat Murphy by downing Oakland 3-1. Derek Norris homered against his ex-team to help the Padres improve to 1-2 under Murphy. Matt Kemp and Derek Norris hit solo homers, and Ian Kennedy gave up four hits in six innings before Craig Kimbrel notched his 17th save to complete the combined five-hitter.

— Preston Tucker belted a solo homer and drove in three runs to carry Houston's 13-hit attack in an 8-4 win at Colorado. Pinch-hitter Domingo Santana got his first major league home run to help the Astros pick up their fifth straight win. Carlos Correa stole three bases and George Springer extended his hitting streak to 11 games as the Astros swept the four-game, home-and-home series with the reeling Rockies.

— Clay Buchholz pitched seven strong innings and Boston won for only the second time in 10 games by downing the Braves 5-2 in Atlanta. Brady Holt was 2-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored as the Red Sox ended a seven-game road losing streak. Boston scored three earned runs in the sixth after third baseman Juan Uribe dropped a routine popup.

— Detroit's game at Cincinnati has been postponed due to heavy rain. No makeup date has been announced.


Astros GM denies faulty password protection

UNDATED (AP) — Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow says the notion that poor password protection is to blame for a computer hack of his team's player database is "absolutely false."

The FBI is investigating whether employees of the St. Louis Cardinals broke into the database.

Luhnow headed the Cardinals' scouting and player development department before he was hired by the Astros in December 2011.

He also denies to Sports Illustrated that he used any of the Cardinals' intellectual property or information from the Cardinals' database called Redbird to create Houston's database, which they call Ground Control.

In other major league news:

— Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper strained his left hamstring while taking an awkward tumble making a throw in Thursday's 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Manager Matt Williams said Harper had a mild strain and would be further evaluated Friday. There was no estimate on how long Harper might be out.

— Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been put on the 15-day disabled list because of right ulnar nerve inflammation. The Royals' opening-day starter is just 3-6 with a 4.68 ERA in 12 starts and hasn't pitched since June 12. The team has filled the roster spot by recalling right-hander Yohan Pino, who was 0-1 with a 0.64 ERA in six appearances for Kansas City earlier this season.

— Cleveland outfielder Michael Bourn is appealing the one-game suspension he has received from Major League Baseball. Bourn also was fined after MLB concluded he made contact with umpire Phil Cuzzi during a 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Bourn got into an animated argument and was restrained by third base coach Mike Sarbaugh and bench coach Brad Mills.

— Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was benched for Thursday's game in Atlanta after using his Instagram account while the team was losing to the Braves the previous night. Sandoval said it was a mistake for him to check his phone after returning to the clubhouse to use the bathroom. Manager John Farrell calls it an isolated incident and insists his clubhouse is not run amok with the Red Sox dropping eight of their last nine to fall to an AL-worst 28-39.


TCU in, LSU out

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — TCU has won a College World Series elimination game to earn the right to take on the defending champions on Friday night.

Trey Teakell tossed perfect ball over 4 1/3 innings and Dane Steinhagen had three RBIs as the Horned Frogs knocked off LSU 8-4 in Omaha. TCU broke a 3-all tie in the fifth as Evan Skoug doubled in the go-ahead run and Steinhagen singled in two more.

The Horned Frogs will have to win two straight against Vanderbilt to move into next week's best-of-three finals.


Gordon staying put

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has exercised the final-year option in his contract rather than become a free agent next month. Gordon averaged a career-low 13.4 points in 61 games this season, but his 3-point accuracy of nearly 45 percent was a career best. He is slated to make about $15.5 million next season.


Blackhawks get Stanley Cup celebration

CHICAGO (AP) — Tens of thousands of fans lined the parade route and filled Soldier Field to celebrate the team's Stanley Cup win over Tampa Bay.

Team members rode in double-decker buses, waving to fans along the way.

Once at the Chicago Bears' stadium, Blackhawks star Patrick Kane introduced team captain Jonathan Toews, who walked on stage holding the Stanley Cup high. He kissed the trophy as fireworks went off in the background.

Chicago has won the Stanley Cup three of the last six seasons.


Cameron extended in Ottawa

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Dave Cameron to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season.

The 56-year old Cameron was promoted to head coach last December after Paul MacLean was fired. Under Cameron, the Senators rallied from a 14-point deficit to secure an Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot.


Benson competent to run teams

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge has ruled that New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson remains competent to run his business empire.

The ruling upholds Benson's decision nearly six months ago to place his third wife, Gayle, first in line to inherit control of his NFL and NBA teams. She replaced Benson's recently disowned heirs who had been groomed to take over.

Benson's daughter, Renee Benson, sued in January, asking Reese to rule that their patriarch was mentally unsound and being unduly manipulated by his wife when he changed his succession plan.


Bryant shows up at Cowboys minicamp

UNDATED (AP) — Dez Bryant is with his Dallas Cowboys teammates for the last day of their minicamp.

The wide receiver didn't practice since he still has not signed his franchise tender that would guarantee him $12.8 million this season.

Bryant wants a long-term deal, and has indicated that he is willing to skip regular-season games if he doesn't get one.

In other NFL news:

— Legendary receiver Andre Reed is once again looking to make his mark with the Buffalo Bills. The Hall of Fame wide receiver joined his former team this week as a coaching intern. As part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, Reed is one of seven coaches who will work with the team through training camp.


Former Heisman winner dies

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow has died. He was 79.

The bruising running back won the Heisman in 1957, making him the first member of the Aggies to claim the honor.

Crow was the second pick in the 1958 NFL draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in a professional career with the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

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