Weir four strokes back at Fry's

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Moore had a talk with himself a week ago after a third-round meltdown in Las Vegas. He must have been a good listener.

The bearded 24-year-old former U.S. Amateur champion matched his career low round with a 7-under 63 yesterday to take a three-stroke lead halfway through the Fry's Electronics Open at Grayhawk Golf Club. Moore, who has three second-place finishes in his three years on the tour, was at 11-under 129.

Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont., joined Carl Pettersson and Nick Watney four shots back at 7-under 133.

Calgary's Stephen Ames fired a second-round 68 to wind up in a tie for 42nd at 2 under.

The event's biggest name, Phil Mickelson, shot 70 for a 1-over 141 and missed the cut.

GORDON GRABS POLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon won't have to pass Jimmie Johnson this time.

The points leader failed for 53 laps at the end of the Nextel Cup spring race Martinsville Speedway to get around his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, and wound up second as Johnson took the checkered flag on NASCAR's shortest circuit.

The pole is the 63rd of Gordon's career, his seventh this season and the sixth of his career at Martinsville.

He's also won seven times here, tops among active drivers, and he and his one-time protege have combined to win seven of the last nine events.

TIRE PRESSURE

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Lewis Hamilton had the fastest time in practice for this weekend's decisive Brazilian Grand Prix, but the rookie McLaren driver was in danger of being penalized for improperly using an extra set of tires.

Hamilton was among three drivers facing sanctions for using two sets of wet tires during the first practice session in Interlagos.

Meanwhile, at Surfers Paradise, Australia, Oriol Servia had a solid qualifying performance for someone who wasn't expected in Australia.

Servia, a late replacement for Tristan Gommendy on the PKV Racing team, had the fastest provisional qualifying time of one minute 30.862 seconds for the Lexmark Indy 300 tomorrow.

BRONCOS BUSTED?

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker could miss six weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee.

The Broncos also might be without shutdown cornerback Champ Bailey when they host Pittsburgh tomorrow night. Bailey returned to limited practice after missing the rest of the week because of a strained right quadriceps.

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

HARBIN, China -- Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., made an impressive international debut in qualifying for the 1,500 semifinals and 500 quarter-finals when short-track speed skating's World Cup season began.

HOWARD SUSPENDED

DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard was suspended for the first two games of the regular season, punishment for a fight with Sacramento Kings centre Brad Miller earlier in the week.

Howard delivered a forearm to the back of Miller's neck.


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