BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

■ Woods atop the

leaderboard at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods made it look easy in the rain Friday on the North Course at Torrey Pines and finished his day atop the leaderboard in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods put himself into great position going into the weekend with a 7-under 65. He finished his second round with the lead, though several players were still on the soggy courses. One of them was Ross Fisher of England, who was two shots out of the lead with five holes remaining on the South Course.

For the second straight day, Woods played a five-hole stretch in 5-under par. This time, he finished strongly. After his lone bogey on the par-4 eighth hole, he hit 5-wood onto the ninth green for a two-putt birdie to reach 11-under 133.

■ Foster: Don’t expect

100 percent play at Pro Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) — Houston running back Arian Foster says players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl this year, but don’t expect 100 percent effort.

Foster said Friday after practicing with his AFC teammates that it’s unrealistic to expect full effort from the NFL’s top athletes when they’re limited in the plays they’re able to run.

Effort has emerged as the top theme for this year’s Pro Bowl as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear the all-star game won’t be played going forward if it’s second-rate football.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning says players have to play better because it would be a shame for the game to be canceled.

Manning says the NFL will lose the value of players interacting if the Pro Bowl goes away.

■ Armstrong to help “clean up cycling”

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to “clean up cycling,” though it’s the sport’s governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead.

In letters sent this week between attorneys for Armstrong and USADA, and obtained by The Associated Press, USADA attorney William Bock requested Armstrong testify under oath by Feb. 6, but the cyclist’s attorney, Tim Herman, responds that Armstrong cannot accommodate that schedule.

Last week, Armstrong admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.

Herman’s letter said Armstrong intends to appear before the International Cycling Union’s planned “truth and reconciliation” commission.

Herman says the cycling union and the World Anti-Doping Agency should take the lead in cleaning up the sport.

■ Senior Bowl quarterbacks

ready for NFL audition

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Quarterbacks at all-star games have tough assignments.

They are asked to control the game after a few with teammates and coaches.

Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon and other signal callers will take their shot in Saturday’s Senior Bowl. But they are embracing the challenge like the other all-stars.

Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib says, “It’s a job interview so you’ve got to be ready to go when it’s time to go.”

The quarterbacks have considerable experience. They’ve thrown for an average of 10,000-plus career yards and 71 touchdowns.

Miami, Ohio’s Zac Dysert joins Glennon and Nassib on the North team. Florida State’s EJ Manuel, Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson and Jones lead the South.

Four Senior Bowl QBs went on to become first-round picks the past three years.

■ Foster: Don’t expect 100

percent play at Pro Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) — Houston running back Arian Foster says players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl this year, but don’t expect 100 percent effort.

Foster said Friday after practicing with his AFC teammates that it’s unrealistic to expect full effort from the NFL’s top athletes when they’re limited in the plays they’re able to run.

Effort has emerged as the top theme for this year’s Pro Bowl as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear the all-star game won’t be played going forward if it’s second-rate football.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning says players have to play better because it would be a shame for the game to be canceled.

Manning says the NFL will lose the value of players interacting if the Pro Bowl goes away.

■ ‘Miracle On Ice’ jersey

going to auction in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s one of the greatest sporting moments of the 20th century: the winning goal Mike Eruzione scored against the Soviet hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Now the 58-year-old “Miracle On Ice” captain is parting with his iconic No. 21 USA jersey, hockey stick and other Olympic paraphernalia.

Heritage Auctions is selling them in New York on Feb. 23 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the historic game. The white jersey is expected to fetch more than $1 million.

Sports memorabilia experts say it could go considerably higher. They say the game was as much about history as it was about sports because of its timing during the Cold War.

The Americans beat the favored Soviet team 4-3 with 10 minutes left in the semifinal game.

■ Dr. Phil to interview

alleged girlfriend hoaxer

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o.

A “Dr. Phil Show” spokesperson confirmed on Friday the interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man accused of creating an online persona of a nonexistent woman who Te’o said he fell for without ever meeting face-to-face.

The ruse was uncovered last week by Deadspin.com, which reported that Tuiasosopo created the woman, named Lennay Kekua, who then supposedly died last September.

No further details of the “Dr. Phil” interview, including its airdate, were announced.

This interview follows the first on-camera interview with Te’o conducted this week by Katie Couric.

■ Trick pickoff move now a balk in MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the oldest trick plays in baseball is now a balk.

Under a rule change imposed by Major League Baseball, pitchers will no longer be allowed to fake a pickoff to third base and throw to first as a way to dupe a runner on first base into breaking for second. Next season, that move would be a balk. Pitchers can still step off the rubber and fake to third.

The change was approved at the owners’ meetings two weeks ago.

The Associated Press first reported the pending rule change last May after the Playing Rules Committee approved the proposal with MLB executives and umpires in agreement. The players’ union, though, vetoed the plan.

The collective bargaining agreement allowed MLB to implement the change after a one-year wait.