SILVIS, Ill. -- Kenny Perry again sizzled following a sluggish start and was two strokes off the lead after the second round of the John Deere Classic on Friday.
Playing as well as anyone on the PGA Tour the past two months, the 47-year-old Perry birdied six of his final 10 holes while shooting 5-under 66. That put him in a three-way tie for second place at 11-under 131 with first-round co-leader Charlie Wi (67) and Eric Axley (66).
The strong finish wasn't enough to move past Will MacKenzie (64), who jumped to the top of the leaderboard earlier in the day and is 13-under, but it kept Perry in contention for his third victory in five starts.
• JAMIE FARR OWENS CORNING CLASSIC -- In Sylvania, Ohio, picking up where she left off after a course-record 60, Paula Creamer shot a 6-under-par 65 to build a six-stroke lead through two rounds of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
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Chasing her third win this season on the LPGA Tour, Creamer shattered the tournament's 36-hole record by six shots. She stands at 17-under 125 -- the lowest two-round total on tour this year by five strokes.
• AMERICAN CENTURY CELEBRITY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP -- In Stateline, Nev., NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick eagled the 18th hole to take the first-round lead at the 19th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
Ex-hockey greats Brett Hull and Pierre LaRouche were close behind along with former-NFL quarterback Mark Rypien and ex-pitcher Rick Rhoden, who has won the tourney a record six times.
Roenick had three birdies and three bogeys to go with his 3-foot eagle putt on the par-5 last hole to shoot a 2-under-par 70.
• PRO TENNIS -- American Vince Spadea was at his best when he needed to be, beating Austrian Alexander Peya, 7-6 (3), 7-5, to advance to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Spadea will face defending champion Fabrice Santoro on Saturday, after 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang is inducted into the Hall of Fame during afternoon ceremonies. Santoro defeated Ivan Navarro, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
• TRACK AND FIELD-- Russian Yelena Isinbayeva improved her own pole vault world record, jumping 16 feet, 6 inches at the Golden Gala meet.
The Russian cleared the record height (5.03 meters) with ease on her second attempt, nearly three years after her previous record of 16-5 1/4 (5.01 meters) at the 2005 world championships in Helsinki, Finland.
• NFL -- Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones appeared before a grand jury investigating a February 2007 strip club shooting.
The lawyer who accompanied the 24-year-old Dallas Cowboys cornerback to the Clark County Regional Justice Center declined comment about Jones' appearance.
Jones pleaded no contest in December to a disorderly conduct charge and agreed to cooperate in the shooting investigation.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Alabama football color analyst Ken Stabler has been granted a leave of absence for the upcoming season following his arrest on a drunken driving charge.
A star quarterback for Alabama in the 1960s, Stabler led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl title in 1977. He also played for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints during a 15-year NFL career.