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TROON, Scotland -- Phil Mickelson wore a black rain suit that he didnt need until he approached the far end of Royal Troon and already had stretched his lead. Spencer Haywood Jersey . Henrik Stenson opened the curtains at his house expecting to see rain coming down sideways and was pleasantly surprised by the calm.Good golf and the good end of the draw is tough to beat in the British Open.Mickelson hit a wedge that spun back toward the cup until it stopped about two postage stamps away on the par-3 eighth hole, the signature shot in his 2-under 69 that allowed him to back up his record-tying start and take the 36-hole lead in a major for the first time in three years.I thought it was a good round to back up the low round yesterday, Mickelson said. I played kind of stress-free golf again. I made one or two bad swings that led to bogeys. But for the most part, kept the ball in play.He just couldnt shake Stenson, who timed his birdies perfectly.The Swede made three straight birdies before the wind showed up and the clouds began to spit rain. He added two more during lulls in the increasingly bad weather. And he wound up with a Friday-best 65 that enabled him to close within one shot of Mickelson. Many players had to endure an afternoon of gusts that topped 30 mph and rain so heavy at times it was hard to see.Mickelson was at 10-under 132, the best 36-hole total ever to lead at Royal Troon. Stenson, a runner-up to Mickelson at Muirfield in 2013, was one shot behind. Soren Kjeldsen and Keegan Bradley each shot 68 and were three shots behind.BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIPOPELIKA, Ala. -- Jhonattan Vegas shot a course-record 11-under 60, making a hole-in-one, another eagle and two closing birdies Friday to take a six-stroke lead in the Barbasol Championship.The Venezuelan Olympic qualifier pumped his fist after finishing with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth on Grand Nationals Lake Course. Tied for the first-round lead with Angel Cabrera after a 65, Vegas had a 17-under 125 total -- a shot off the PGA Tour record for strokes in the first two rounds.Vegas played a six-hole stretch on his first nine in 7 under.He started with a birdie on the par-3 12th, made a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 13th, birdied the par-4 14th and 15th and par-5 16th, and capped the run with the ace on the 190-yard 17th.On his second nine, Vegas birdied the par-4 second, bogeyed the par-4 fourth, and birdied the par-5 fifth. He made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth and the 12-footer on the ninth.Vegas won the 2011 Bob Hope Classic for his lone tour title.Hudson Swafford was second at 11 under after a 63. He had an eagle, eight birdies and a double bogey.Former Auburn player Michael Johnson shot a 65 to reach 10 under in his pro debut.MARATHON CLASSICSYLVANIA, Ohio -- Lydia Ko shot a 5-under 66 in windy conditions for a share of the Marathon Classic lead with Hyo Joo Kim.The top-ranked Ko, the 2014 tournament winner, had six birdies and one bogey at Highland Meadows to match Kim at 8-under 134. Kim, tied for the first-round lead with Mirim Lee and Haru Nomura, had a 68.Ko won in consecutive weeks in Southern California this year, the second the major ANA Inspiration. The 19-year-old New Zealander tied for third last week in the U.S. Womens Open in California.Kim won the season-opening event in the Bahamas for her third career title.Alison Lee and Ha Na Jang were a stroke back. Alison Lee birdied the last three holes for a 66. Jang shot 67. She has two victories this season. Michael Cage Jersey . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Dale Ellis Jersey . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. https:///...sey-supersonics.html .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Skyler Howard played through a rib injury and Rushel Shell missed most of the second half with leg cramps, yet West Virginia overcame setbacks to their top two offensive threats to break a five-game losing streak to Southeastern Conference teams.Backup running back Justin Crawford rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown filling in for Shell, and Howard stayed in the game to lead the Mountaineers to a 26-11 win over Missouri on Saturday.Well take it, said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. Weve got a lot of work to do.So does Missouri, which lost in the debut for coach Barry Odom and fell in an opener for the first time since 2001, which was the first season under previous coach Gary Pinkel.Howard was hurt when he was tackled by Missouris Donavin Newsom while sliding during a run near halftime. Trainers worked on his ribs before the second-half kickoff and he returned to the game.Holgorsen said Howard is sore but no ribs were broken.He knew we needed him, Holgorsen said. The kid is a competitor and is going to do anything ... to help the team win.Howard didnt attempt a carry the rest of the game. He finished 23 of 35 for 235 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.In the brief time Howard sat out, backup quarterback William Crest lost a fumble and Chris Chugunov threw an interception.When guys go down, (other) guys need to go in and play at a high level, Holgorsen said. Some did. Some didnt.Crawford did. The junior college transfer got most of the carries after Shell walked off the field gingerly early in the third quarter and didnt return. Holgorsen said Shell had leg cramps and hes fine.Crawford had a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter.From a teammate perspective, its good to know when you come off the field theyre putting someone in that is just as good as you, Shell said. Jim McIlvaine Jersey. Shell finished with 90 yards, including a 23-yard TD in the first quarter. He said he didnt want to return to the game after leaving and mess up the flow and the tempo of the offense.Missouri struggled most of the game under sophomore quarterback Drew Lock, who threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Chris Black with under two minutes left.I dont feel like I did a very good job on this, Odom said. Im obviously very thankful and honored to be the head coach. But Ive got a job to do and I didnt get it done today.THE TAKEAWAYMISSOURI: New offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has two weeks to get the Tigers ready for the grueling Southeastern Conference schedule. The Tigers were lethargic against a West Virginia defense that had nine new starters. Lock finished 23 of 51 for 280 yards.Odom said there was some good and some bad about Locks performance.Hes going to continue to get better, Odom said.WEST VIRGINIA: Like many games last season, the Mountaineers had trouble reaching the end zone following long drives. Four stalled inside the Missouri 10, all leading to short field goals by Mike Molina.Thats not good, Holgorsen said. Theres going to be times where those field goals need to be touchdowns. We have to do a better job of finishing drives.UP NEXTMISSOURI: Tigers fans get to see how Odom does for themselves in the home opener against Eastern Michigan -- a 61-14 winner over Mississippi Valley State -- before Missouris SEC home opener with Georgia a week later.WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers welcome ex-Nebraska coach Bo Pelini in their first-ever meeting with Youngstown State, which gave Pittsburgh a scare on the road a year ago. ' ' '