Thursday Sports Minute: US Open Update, World Cup, Early Baseball Score

By Jim McCoy Thu 12th June Sports
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Kevin Na and Graeme McDowell share the clubhouse lead after posting 2-under 68's under ideal scoring conditions in the first round of the U.S. Open. Among those one shot off the pace at Pinehurst No. 2 is Brandt Snedecker who was 4-under after eight holes, but ran into problems on the back nine. PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh has signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a five-year extension that will keep the three-time Pro Bowler as the anchor of the offensive line for the rest of the decade. The new deal averages $8.8 million per season, making Pouncey the highest-paid center in the NFL. CINCINNATI (AP) - Alfredo Simon scattered seven hits over eight innings to lead Cincinnati over the Dodgers 4-1. Simon improved to 9-3. Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer in the first off of Zach Greinke who fell to 8-3. MIAMI (AP) - Prosecutors have announced that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not faces charges in an incident involving a woman at a hotel. The Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office released a statement saying there was insufficient evidence that any crime was committed in the April 1 incident. SAO PAULO (AP) - With all of the issues and questions leading up to the World Cup, Itaquerao Stadium shined under blue skies as Brazil kicked off its home World Cup with a football-style opening ceremony. The competition starts in the same new $8 million stadium with host Brazil meeting Croatia this afternoon.

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