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PINEHURST, N. Ken Griffey Jr. Jersey .C. -- A tough Pinehurst No. 2 tried to make a game out of this U.S. Open. Martin Kaymer always had an answer. Already with one bogey on his card, Kaymers tee shot on No. 4 was so deep into the trees that his golf ball settled in sandy patch that had been washed out by rain, stacked up against 6 inches of pine straw. With nowhere to go and no relief available, he turned to USGA President Tom OToole and said, "If you have a way to play it, Ill follow you." Kaymer navigated his way out of trouble just fine. He escaped with a bogey by getting up-and-down from 165 yards. He followed with an eagle with a 7-iron from 202 yards out of more sand and weeds. And a birdie on the final hole gave him a 2-over 72 and a five-shot lead in a U.S. Open that finally lived up to its reputation Saturday. "I kept it very well together," said Kaymer, who was at 8-under 202. Now he has to do it one more time, with a different cast of challengers behind him. Rickie Fowler, with teen idol status in American golf, birdied the par-3 17th hole and shot 67 to get into the final group of a major for the first time. Even more unlikely was the other player at 3-under 207 -- Erik Compton, the two-time heart transplant recipient who considers it a victory just to be playing golf. Compton ran off five birdies and an eagle for a 67 "If I were to win the tournament, it would be obviously something that would be extremely special, not only for me, but for my family and for those who have been around me, and I think also for the community and those who have been through some tough times," Compton said. "I might just sail off and never play golf again." Even so, this tournament is in the hands of a 29-year-old German who kept his cool on a broiling day of some wicked pin positions. Only one player in U.S. Open history has lost a five-shot lead in the final round, and that Mike Brady in 1919. "It would be nice if they make it difficult again," Kaymer said of the pins, several of which were on the edges of the Donald Ross turtleback greens. "Because then its all about ball-striking. I enjoy playing those courses a lot more than just a putting competition. ... So I hope they put them in tough positions. Not as tough as today. It would be nice if we could have some kind of a chance once in a while. But that is what you get at the U.S. Open. Its OK. You just have to play very well." Only six players remained under par, and considering no one has come from more than seven shots behind in the final round to win a U.S. Open, they might be the only ones left with a realistic chance to catch Kaymer. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson each shot 70 and were at 2-under 208. Brandt Snedeker had a 72 and was another shot behind. Asked how much that birdie mattered on the 18th hole, Kaymer said, "One shot." "If youre four shots, five shots, six shots, if you play a golf course like this, it can be gone very quickly," he said. "You could see it today. So the challenge tomorrow is to keep going and not try to defend anything. So well see how it will react tomorrow, how the body feels and how I handle the situation." Kaymer had his way with a softer, gentler Pinehurst No. 2 by becoming the first player to open with 65s to set the 36-hole record at 10-under 130. Some players wondered what tournament he was playing. There was no doubt what it was on Saturday. "Theyve set it up so that no one can go low," Retief Goosen said after a 71. "Some of the pins look like theyre about to fall off the greens." Toru Taniguchi shot an 88. Brendon Todd, playing in the final group with Kaymer, had a 79. Phil Mickelson had a 73 and was 13 shots out of the lead. Hell have to wait until next year to pursue the only major keeping him from the career Grand Slam. Adam Scott, the world No. 1, made bogey on all but one of the par 3s and was 11 shots behind. Kaymer nearly joined the parade of players going the wrong direction. He ended an amazing streak of 29 holes without a bogey by failing to get up-and-down from short of the second green. Trouble really was brewing on the fourth hole, when he pulled his tee shot into the trees and couldnt play his next shot. After being denied relief, he took a one-shot penalty drop and punched out to the fairway. From 165 yards, he hit his fourth shot to 15 feet right of the flag and lightly pumped his fist -- big emotion for Kaymer -- when it dropped for bogey. The other mistakes were sloppy. Kaymer hit a birdie putt off the green on the par-3 sixth and had to scramble for bogey. On the back nine, he twice took three putts for bogey, once from off the green. But he closed with his best shot of a long day, and still had control of this U.S. Open. Mike Brady is the only other player to lose a five-shot lead. That was in 1919 at Brae Burn Country Club in Massachusetts. He shot 80 in the last round, and Walter Hagen beat him the next day in a playoff. Kaymer is all about looking forward, not back at history, hopeful of winning his second major before turning 30. In the last 20 years, only Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els have done that. Frank Robinson Jersey .com) - Matt Duchene picked up the deciding goal early in the third period and added an assist, as Colorado escaped with a 4-3 victory over Dallas at Pepsi Center. Lucas Sims Jersey . A day after FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said three stadiums would not be ready in time for the Dec. 31 deadline, Brazilian officials said they actually plan to deliver all six remaining venues after that date. 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There was a lot of emotions. Hopefully, we can build on this. Philadelphia winger Zac Rinaldo was tossed and faces a likely suspension for plowing Kris Letang into the glass. Flyers All-Star and NHL scoring leader Jake Voracek threw a series of fists in his first fight of the season. And Pittsburgh forward Steve Downie gave a flippant wave to a jeering crowd as he skated to the locker room after his role in a brawl. With a rabid crowd going wild with each punch, the teams fought four times in the second period for a total of 66 penalty minutes. Pittsburghs Beau Bennett and Philadelphias Chris VandeVelde scored in the third to make it 2-all. The fisticuffs started after Rinaldo sped toward Letang alone along the boards late in the first period. Rinaldo rammed his right shoulder into Letangs back and slammed the defenceman into the glass. Letang crumpled to the ice and was down for several minutes. He slowly got up, hunched over and skated straight to the locker room. He did not return. Rinaldo was slapped with a 5-minute major, which the Flyers killed off, and a game misconduct for boarding. One of the NHLs most penalized players, Rinaldo will surely sit out some games once the Flyers return from the All-Star break. He earned a four-game suspension last season for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo defenceman Chad Ruhwedel, who suffered a concussion. Rinaldo said he expected a suspension. I changed the whole game, man, Rinaldo said, tongue-in-cheek. Who knows what the game would have been like if I didnt do what I did? While Rinaldos check was certainly the most vicious hit of the game, it was just the start of the violence. Penguins centre Zach Still squared off with Flyers forward Michael Raffl in the first bout of the second period. Tom Browning Jersey. Both helmets went flying and they tussled on the ice for a few moments before it was broken up. Voracek and defenceman Rob Scuderi tangled in the second fight. Voracek threw several rights to Scuderis head that sent him to his knees. Voracek waved his arms toward the fired-up crowd of 19,982 that roared in appreciation as he skated to the penalty box. I saw (Dave) Hammer Schultz before the game, so I wanted to show him I got something, Voracek said. Schultz is in the Flyers Hall of Fame and was one of the great fighters for the 1970s Broad Street Bullies teams. He had to appreciate what he saw the rest of the period. Downie, a former Flyer, mixed it up with southpaw Luke Schenn in the third fight of the second. Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellamare clocked Bobby Farnham right in the kisser, drawing gasps from the crowd before the Penguins forward recovered to dish out some shots of his own. That period was fun, Flyers forward R.J. Umberger said. The crowd was definitely into it. Its good to have that and have them have your back. Its a loud crowd when they do. Oh, right, the goals. The Penguins took the first 13 shots of the game, but the Flyers scored first on just their second attempt when Schenns wrister beat Thomas Greiss midway through the first. As soon as you get on the ice, you really dont even have to look at the other teams jersey, Schenn said. You kind of already know who you are playing just by the atmosphere out there. Its unbelievable. Our fans are crazy about the Penguins and it seems to bring out the best of us. Its a great rivalry. Chris Kunitz evened the score with a short-handed goal against Ray Emery in the second. The Penguins went 0 for 6 on the power play. With that many opportunities and the skill we have, we should make them pay for that, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. NOTES: Crosby was held without a point against the Flyers for one of the few times in his career. He entered with 75 points in 49 career games against the Flyers. Thats his second-highest point total against one team behind the 88 he has against the Islanders. ' ' '
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