Friday's Sports In Brief


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — One week after he won for the third time this season, Tiger Woods gets a rare weekend off.

Woods missed the cut in the Greenbrier Classic by a stroke, following an opening 71 with a 69 to finish at even par. He missed a cut for only the ninth time in his PGA Tour career, and for the third time in a tournament following a victory.

After winning Sunday at Congressional, Woods was on a course he'd never seen before.

Phil Mickelson shot consecutive 71s and also failed to advance to weekend play, the first time Woods and Mickelson have missed the cut in the same tournament as professionals.


MIAMI (AP) — Ray Allen will take less money for a chance at another NBA championship.

Allen told the Miami Heat that he intends to accept their contract offer and leave Boston after five seasons, even though the Celtics could pay him about twice as much as the reigning NBA champions. Miami could only offer Allen the mini mid-level, worth about $3 million a year.

Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted the news just after 9:30 p.m., or about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Europe, where Arison has been for several days.

"I was just woken up with great news," Arison wrote. "Welcome to the family." Arison ended the tweet mentioning Allen's jersey No. 20, but didn't mention the 3-point specialist by name.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is banking on a boost from All-Star game festivities in Kansas City as it continues to recover from the brink of closure.

The museum had fallen on hard times during the economic downturn, due in part to politics and in-fighting. But the museum has largely recovered over the past year, just in time for Major League Baseball to bring its annual Midsummer Classic to its doorstep.

Events are planned throughout the weekend at the museum, located in Kansas City's historic 18th and Vine District. Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson are among the stars involved.

Museum president Bob Kendrick expects a financial windfall approaching $500,000.


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams will be playing for two Wimbledon titles on Saturday after she teamed with sister Venus to reach the doubles final.

The Williams sisters struggled with their serves in the first set but recovered to beat American duo of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. They won seven straight games to take the second set and grab a 3-0 lead in the third.

Serena will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the singles final as she looks for her fifth Wimbledon title. A few hours later, the Williams sisters are scheduled to go for their fifth title in doubles when they face Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.


NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and NHL Players' Association have completed two days of negotiations in New York and agreed to continue talks next week in Toronto.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly termed the meetings as productive and was pleased with "the level of engagement." Without going into details, he said a number of important issues were raised and will be more thoroughly discussed later.

NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said the union looks forward to resuming talks next week.

The two sides have now met three times since opening talks June 29 in a bid to reach a new collective bargaining agreement before the current one expires Sept. 15.


TORONTO (AP) — IndyCar driver Justin Wilson blamed a faulty transmission for causing an accident in pit lane that sent two crew members to the hospital during the first practice session for the Honda Indy Toronto.

Sebastien Bourdais' pit crew member, Chuck Homan, sustained the most severe injury after he had his leg pinned between two cars. Raffi Aroyan, also a member of Bourdais' Dragon Racing team, also was taken to the hospital because of an ankle injury.

IndyCar announced that Homan was treated and released, while Aroyan was released after not requiring treatment.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. men's basketball team held its first practice, and there was a quick reminder of the rocky run-up to the London Games.

Chris Paul was forced to leave the opening day of training camp to get an X-ray after hurting his thumb. The Americans don't believe the injury is serious, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo calling it a tweak of a previous injury, and they hope Paul practices Saturday.

That would be some rare good news for a team severely weakened by injuries. Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all were forced to pull out, leaving the Americans with 15 players vying for 12 spots. The roster will be announced Saturday night.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Ian Millar will appear in a record 10th Olympics this month when the 65-year-old equestrian enters the show jumping ring at the London Games.

Millar will surpass Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschl, a nine-time Olympian from 1964-1996.

His Olympic career spans 40 years. In fact, he could have been riding in his 11th Olympics this month. He made his country's team in 1980, but Canada didn't compete in Moscow because of a boycott. Millar is also a candidate to carry Canada's flag in the opening ceremony July 27.

Millar and Star Power are among Canada's 19 Olympic horse-and-rider combinations.

He won his only Olympic medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, a silver in team show jumping.