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SUNDAY, JUNE 11,2006 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS B5 Tiger and Lefty to duel By DOUG FERGUSON ASSOCIATED PRESS A back corner of the locker room at the Byron Nelson Championship is reserved for past champions, the perfect place for an impromptu duel between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Woods was changing his shoes and chatting with a few reporters last year when Mickelson walked into the room. Before long, two of the best players in golf starting lobbing school-yard challenges at each other, everything from racquetball to tennis, from basketball to swimming. Weary of where this was going, Woods ended the banter with a playful shot at Mickelson's physique. "Tell you what," Woods told him. "I'll take you on in anything where you have to run." Mickelson smiled, but went silent, one of those rare times he was at a loss for a comeback. When and where their rivalry began is hard to pinpoint. They have been linked so often that Mickelson was surprised to hear the first time he and Woods played the same tournament was the 1993 Nissan Open. Woods received an exemption as a 17-year- old amateur and missed the cut, Mickelson was in his first full season on the PGA Tour and tied for 19th. They never have met in a playoff, as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer did at the 1962 U.S. Open. And for the last several years, Mickelson merely has been part of the rotation of rivals to Woods, sharing time with Ernie Els or David Duval or Vijay Singh. That's no longer the case. Woods-Mickelson figures to be the main event at the U.S. Open when it starts Thursday at Winged Foot. They are Nos. 1-2 in the world ranking. Their peers say they have the most raw talent in the game, They have won four of the, last five majors, with Mickelson capturing the last two. AnH for. the first time-since Woods' v! ' record victory in the '97 Masters, he might not be the favorite at a major championship. "There's clearly two guys out here doing the thing, doing the damage," Paul Azinger said. "I think Phil Mickelson is the best shotmaker on tour right now. I think he's the most confident player in the world. And I think he's the man to beat." How Woods will perform is a mystery. He has been coping with the May 3 death of his father, and Woods has not played since the Masters. The nine-week break is the longest of his career. "It's a matter of getting sharp — not mentally sharp, but golf sharp," John Cook said. "It will be interesting to see how Winged Foot goes for Tiger." No matter how much emphasis is on Woods and Mickelson, the first priority is getting a handle on Winged Foot. This will be the fifth U.S. Open held on the classic Tillinghast design in Mamaroneck, N.Y., a course known for greens that slope severely toward the front, cavernous bunkers, tree-lined fairways and deep rough. "I just earned a ticket to hell," Mark Brooks said after making it through a U.S. Open qualifier. The USGA has introduced graduated rough, where the grass grows taller the farther it gets from the fairway. Big hitters • have been swinging from the heels on the PGA Tour with little regard for where it goes, finding it just as easy to hit wedge out of the rough as a 6-iron from the middle of the fairway. Winged Foot might not allow for that. Golf Capsules PGA HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Andrade moved Into position for his second Westchester victory Saturday, shooting a 2-under 69 In windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead over Vijay Singh and Adam Scon In the Barclays Classic. Andrade, the 1991 champion who won the last of his four PGA Tour titles In 2000, has an 8-under 205 total on the soggy Westchester Country Club course. Champions CONCORD, Mws. — Instead of Graham Marsh and Pon Pooley teeing It up, fish frolicked along the flooded fairways and bunkers at Nashawtuc Country Club course Saturday as rain and the overflow- Ing Sudbury River forced the Champions Tour to postpone the entire Bank of America Championship. UPQA HAVRE DE QRACE, Md. — Pat Hurst let everyone back into the LPGA Championship with a four-putt dguble bogey. Michelle Wie might be tied for the lead If not for missing a par putt from 18 Inches. Henin-Hardenne wins French Open again KEVORK DJANSEJIAN / Associated Press England midfielder David Beckham takes a direct free kick to help score England's first goal In Saturday's World Cup soccer match against Paraguay at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany. Own goal lifts England to win By CHRIS LEHOURITES ASSOCIATED PRESS The goals didn't come easily Saturday at the World Cup. One was enough for England, even if it was Paraguay that scored it. Trinidad and Tobago didn't need a goal to feel like champions, holding Sweden to a 0-0 draw in Group B and setting off celebrations within the Caribbean camp. World Gup The only goal in the first two games Saturday came from Paraguay captain Carlos Gamarra, who inadvertently headed David Beckham's curling free kick into his own net in the third minute. It was enough to give the English a 1-0 win and first place in Group B. Argentina was the biggest scorer, getting goals from Hernan Crespo and Javier Saviola to beat World Cup newcomer Ivory Coast j2-l in Hamburg in a night game. Paraguay had more to deal With than just the own-goal in\ Frankfurt. Besides a decidedly pro-England crowd, goalkeeper Justo Villar left the game injured in the eighth minute. "I am extremely pleased with the three points at the start," England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said. "I know that to win the World Cup we need to play better football, but we will play better." The weather was the biggest problem for England, which won its only World Cup title in 1966. The team was cooked by the increasing heat, which rose to about 86 degrees. "We let them pass the ball around too much," Beckham said. "But we were exhausted. We can put it down to that because we are usually strong and our fitness levels are high." Villar, who got injured while sliding to clear the ball, could miss the rest of the World Cup. "We still have to wait for a final medical exam to draw a definite conclusion, but honestly I think he will be out," team doctor Osvaldo Pangrazio said. GERMANY WINS WORLD CUP OPENER MUNICH, Germany (AP) — Germany responded well to the pressure of being the World Cup's host with a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica in the tournament opener Friday, a performance that could inspire the team the rest of the way. Captain Michael Ballack missed the game with a calf injury, but striker Miroslav Klose scored twice on his 28th birthday, offsetting two goals by Paulo Wanchope of Costa Rica. "That's how I imagined this day, more or less," Klose said. "Every opener is difficult and we are pleased that we won." It was the most goals in any Trinidad, despite playing nearly the entire second half in Dortmund with 10 men, played like it belongs on soccer's biggest stage. The Caribbeans earned the scoreless draw against a team thai' is bne"of 'the favorites to '&&-"' vance to the second round. As the final whistle blew, the Trinidad players mobbed goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. After the dejected Swedes left the field, Dwight Yorke led his teammates to the stands, where they applauded their fans who had waited years for this game. Hislop turned aside count less chances from the heavily favored Swedes, and Yorke provided a steadying influence. "This is like a win for us," Trinidad forward Cornell Glen said. "We can finally get some respect from people. You have to earn it and I think we did that today." Despite a decided edge in experience and talent, as well as the one-man advantage after Avery John was sent off in the 46th minute, Sweden couldn't end its opening-match funk. Sweden, which has more players on its current squad from the 2002 World Cup than any other team in Germany, is now winless in seven opening matches since 1958, with two Midwest's #1 Skill-Building Camp Enroll Nowl Heart of America Basketball and Volleyball Camps at Kansas Wesleyan University Sallna, Kansas 785-823-7076 Girls' Basketball: June 11-15 or July 9-13 Girls'Volleyball: June 18-22 Boys' Basketball: June 4-8 or July 16-20 HAYS LIVESTOCK MARKET CENTER, INC. North Highway 183 Hays, Kansas SALE EVERY WEDNESDAY • BONDED FOR YOUR PROTECTION Lester Gross, Manager • Office Phone 628-8206 • Res. Phone 626-1406 Results of Wednesday Sale Time June 7, 2006. The cow market was 1.00-2.00 lower. 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World Cup opener, thanks mainly to Germany staying true to its style under coach Juergen Klinsmann: creating many chances and playing recklessly on defense. . • GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — Agustin Delgado and Ecuador proved they are World Cup worthy far away from the comforts — and high altitude — of home. Delgado set up a first-half goal and added his own score in the 80th minute to quiet the boisterous pro-Poland crowd with a 2-0 victory Friday night in the World Cup opener for both teams. losses and five draws. "Naturally, it was frustrating because we had four, five excellent scoring chances," said midfielder Kim Kallstrom, a late second-half substitute.""N6rmaUy. i £<-IIIIfic{, Ibifji-ijM lUiijl-rniSi-J we score on those chances. This is a game that we just should have won." Crespo pounced on a loose ball in the 24th minute for Argentina and scored from close range after the African team's defense failed to clear Juan Roman Riquelme's free kick. Saviola doubled the lead in the 38th. He. timed a run to beat the offside trap, took Riquelme's pass before slipping the ball past goalkeeper Jean-Jacques Tizie. Didier Drogba got one back for the Elephants in the 82nd minute, sliding the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Roberto Ab- bondanzieri after missing with a header seconds before. The win was cheered on by an exuberant Diego Maradona. PARIS (AP) — Justine Henin- Hardenne was weary and her game was awry, a product of a relentless opponent, a searing sun and the grind of trying to win a Grand Slam title on unforgiving clay. And yet, as so often in the past, Henin-Hardenne summoned a combination of will and skill at all the right moments. It's one thing to win at your best, another to get by on an off- day, and Henin-Hardenne did the latter Saturday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4 to win a second consecutive French Open and third in four years. "The difference today was a couple of points, important points. I managed those moments better, even though we might say she was more solid than I was," said Henin-Hardenne, a five-time major champion. "I play tennis because of these very close situations. This tightness — when you're nervous, on the crucial points, on break points — that's what I love." It was hardly the most aesthetically pleasing match; the players combined for 68 unforced errors, 40 in the first set alone. Both women double-faulted on break point. Both were betrayed by their best shot: 2004 U.S. Open champion Kuznetsova missed 20 forehands — five in the first game — and Henin-Hardenne's backhand gave her fits early. "The match today was not so good, the quality of what she did was not so good," said Carlos Rodriguez, Henin-Hardenne's coach. "But she understands now that even if she doesn't play the best match, she can still win." That's thanks, at least hi part, to mental fortitude and guile, two traits Henin-Hardenne uses to excel at 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds in a sport overtaken in recent years by the power game ushered in by the likes of the Williams sisters. A white ballcap pulled low on her head, Henin-Hardenne can smack the ball with the best of them, as she showed Saturday by unfurling the occasional big groundstroke or an ace at up- MICHEL MORI / Associated Press Justine Henin-Hardenne reacts after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in their women's final match in Saturday's French Open in Paris. ward of 110 mph. As good as Kuznetsova is at tracking down balls, the fifth- seeded Henin-Hardenne was her equal in that department. And the final result wasn't much of a surprise, certainly: Henin- Hardenne is now 11-1 against Kuznetsova, including 4-0 on clay and 4-0 at majors. • Roger Federer overcame! a dismal start Friday to earn his first berth in a French Open final, leaving him one win shy of his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title. Now all he has to do is beat Rafael Nadal. Today's showdown will be a clash of streaks: the top-ranked Federer's 27 consecutive wins in Grand Slam matches, and defending champion Nadal's record 59 wins in a row on clay. The last,time Nos. 1 and 2 met for the men's title at Roland Garros was in 1984, when Ivan Lendl beat top-ranked John McEnroe. Federer rallied to win 3-6, 6-4, 5-2 when No. 3-seeded David Nalbandian retired with an injured abdominal muscle. Nadal advanced against No. 4 Ivan Ljubicic, winning 6-4,6-2,7-6 (7). wins NASCAR pole LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Denny Hamlin had never seen Pocono Raceway until he arrived at the triangle track Friday morning. The rookie proved to be a fast learner, turning a lap of 169.638 mph only hours later to take the pole for today's Pocono 500. It was the first pole of the season for the No. 11 Chevrolet. Much like Carl Edwards prepared before his win in this race last year, Hamlin played videogames to learn some of the intricacies of the 214-mile triangle track. "I got on that all week," Hamlin said. "I got a little bit of experience that way. You just can't beat on-track experience." Nevermind top NASCAR rookie honors. Hamlin seems poiserl to enter the Chase thanks to a string of solid races that include five top-10 finishes. He finished second at Richmond four races ago, and hopes his steady racing will carry over into a spot clown the stretch for the title. "It's time to go if you're going to make it in the Chase and we're sitting in a good spot right now," Hamlin said. News Hotline 1436) Sot News to Report? 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