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Phil Mickelson blazes into Pebble Beach lead with a 66

Phil Mickelson skipped the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last year for his kids' vacation week and it must have felt like he stood up an old friend on a dinner date.

Pebble and Mickelson have been so good for each other, the San Diegan notching four of his 42 PGA Tour victories on the Monterey Peninsula.

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Funny car driver Gary Densham emerges unscathed after crash

The parachute for Gary Densham’s Dodge Charger failed to deploy during his first run on Saturday at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, sending his funny car into the safety net at the end of the track.

Densham was “checked and released by NHRA emergency services officials,” according to an NHRA news release, and he did not appear to suffer any significant injuries.

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Injured Kings winger Marian Gaborik to return to L.A. for further evaluation

Kings forward Marian Gaborik, who left Friday's game after a knee-on-knee collision with Rangers forward Dominic Moore, will be returning to Los Angeles on Saturday for additional evaluation.

Gaborik was hurt in the first period and did not return as the Kings went on to win, 5-4, in overtime.

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Galen Rupp, Amy Cragg win U.S. Olympic marathon trials

For Galen Rupp, Saturday's Olympic trials marathon in Los Angeles was something of a coronation, a race that allowed America's best distance runner to conquer the one distance he had never tried.

And he appeared to do it without breaking a sweat or into a smile, breezing through the record heat to win easily in two hours 11 minutes and 12 seconds.

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Little-known Sung Kang shoots a record 60 to tie for lead at Pebble Beach

A couple of days ago, Ray Romano couldn't have picked PGA Tour pro Sung Kang out of a lineup on the driving range at Pebble Beach.

Kang could hardly be offended. He had no clue who the Emmy Award-winning star of "Everybody Loves Raymond" was either.

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Banned for life: Mets pitcher Jennry Mejia banished for drug use

New York Mets pitcher Jennry Mejia became the first major league player banned under the sport's drug policy when he was "permanently suspended" Friday after a third positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Mejia joins Pete Rose as the only living players banished for life, according to John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball.

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