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CARMEL, Ind. Air Max Bestellen . -- Roberto Castro kept pouring in birdies and expanding his lead in the BMW Championship until he finished with another 7-under 65 and led by as many as five shots as the other players at Crooked Stick were finishing their rounds.By the end of the day, U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson had set the course record at 63 and was tied for the lead.Johnson was asked to put himself in Castros place. If he had never won in 125 starts on the PGA Tour, had a big cushion when he finished Friday, and then saw someone like Johnson charging into the share of the lead, would he be nervous.Yeah, I would be, for sure, Johnson said.Castro, the Georgia Tech grad who needs a big week just to get home to Atlanta for the Tour Championship, is a practical sort. Hes not as long off the tee as Johnson (not many are) but hes playing well and golf rewards all manners of good play.I think if you look at the tour, it sure helps to be long, Castro said. But the guy who is striping it usually wins.They were at 14-under 130. Next up is round three:DUSTINS PUTTER: Johnson was getting frustrated by not seeing enough putts fall, so he decided to mix it up and try the TaylorMade Spider. The oversize head of the putter is designed to increase stability. Johnson was asked about the physics behind it, and he wasnt going there.I dont go into that stuff -- as long as it goes where Im looking, he said.The putts were going in the hole, including a 25-foot eagle putt on the 15th and a 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th that sent him soaring to the course record.Johnson didnt know he had the course record until Tony Pancake, the golf director at Crooked Stick, informed him.As for the physics? Johnson says he took a physics course in high school.I got an A, too, bud, he said.CASTRO AND EAST LAKE: Castro is at No. 53 in the FedEx Cup and figured he would have to win the BMW Championship to be among the top 30 who advanced to the Tour Championship at East Lake, about 15 minutes from where he lives.Its not that dire. A fourth-place finish might be enough, depending on other players. Third place would all but secure it.Castro is just trying to hit fairways and greens, make a putt or two and see where it takes him.He qualified for the Tour Championship in 2013, and the next year he ended up losing his PGA Tour card.CASEYS BACK: Paul Casey is trending in the right direction. One week after he had the 54-hole lead in the TPC Boston (he finished two shots behind Rory McIlroy), he played bogey-free for a 66 on Friday and was three shots out of the lead.If you can put it on the right side of the flag, it makes your week really, really easy -- or easier, Casey said. So Ive done so far a really good job of that and I would like to continue it over the weekend.He is No. 10 in the FedEx Cup. He is No. 22 in the world. He is not eligible for the Ryder Cup because he didnt want to take European Tour membership, so the FedEx Cup is really the only thing on his mind. That and winning, which Casey hasnt done on the PGA Tour since 2009.MOVERS: J.B. Holmes shot a 65 despite a bogey on the last hole. He was four shots out of the lead, and his name on the leaderboard could -- or should -- only help his cause for becoming a captains pick on Monday for the Ryder Cup.Bubba Watson, the No. 7 player in the world, overcame his fear of blind shots and shot a 67 to tie for 10th. He also needs a captains pick. He only cared about two tournaments this year -- the Olympics and the Ryder Cup. He was in Rio. He would like to be at Hazeltine at the end of the month.DJ AND DAY: Jason Day and Johnson are Nos. 1 and 2 in the world ranking. They started 1 and 2 in the FedEx Cup. And they are 1 and 2 in the Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average. And they have played together the opening two rounds of all three FedEx Cup playoff events.The advantage goes to Johnson, who is a collective 13 shots better than Day and sure to take over the Vardon Trophy lead if he keeps it up. Air Max Nederland Bestellen . -- Eastern Kentucky thrives off creating havoc for others. Air Max Goedkoop . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain.BOSTON -- Alfonso Soriano walked into a pack of reporters at Fenway Park with his familiar smile, fresh off another big night at the plate. His historic four-game clip had the rest of the Yankees feeling good, too. Soriano has put up eye-popping numbers lately, providing the power his teammates were missing to help New York tighten the playoff race. In a four-game span through Friday nights win at Boston, the 37-year-old Soriano went 13 for 18 with five homers and a record-tying 18 RBIs, becoming the sixth player to drive in that many during a stretch of four games. The huge hits are even more than the Yankees hoped for when they got the good-natured Soriano in a late July trade with the Chicago Cubs, bringing him back to the organization where he began his major league career in 1999. "Its fun to watch the way hes adjusted right away," Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano said. "He was in the National League for six years and to come back to the American League and swing the bat the way he is, is unbelievable, especially right when we need him." Soriano became the first player with 18 RBIs in four games since Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa in August 2002. Before that, it was Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio in 1939. Soriano had two singles in four at-bats Saturday but was held without an RBI during a 6-1 loss to the rival Red Sox. He is 15 for 22 (.682) in his last five games with five homers and nine runs scored. The Yankees acquired Soriano to boost a struggling lineup that was riddled with injuries and looked nothing like last years team that led the majors with 245 homers. At the time of the deal, they were next-to-last in the AL with 88 home runs. With one four-game outburst, however, he had them thinking about what they could accomplish the rest of the way. The Yankees aare chasing a wild-card spot. Air Max Goedkoop Online. With the Cubs, Soriano was on a team that had one of the worst records in the NL. "I was having fun," he said Saturday, sitting at his locker about two hours before the game. "But to come back to the Yankees, its more fun. Its back home and makes me feel more comfortable and happy." The season didnt start well for Soriano. He didnt get his 18th RBI until the 47th game, managing just two in 26 April games. Soriano, who has 397 career home runs, hit .254 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs for the Cubs this year. The seven-time All-Star is batting .329 with eight homers and 26 RBIs for the Yankees. In a 10-3 victory Friday night, he hit a three-run homer and drove in four. It was New Yorks fifth win in six games. "Theyre having fun with him. They probably dont want to see him come out of it, either," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Theyre laughing with him and having fun. Hes got a chance to do some damage. Thats the way the guys been his whole career -- from Day One when we saw him. Hes got a lot of power and that still hasnt changed." Missing injured sluggers Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez for most of the year, the Bronx Bombers limped through much of the season. That is, until Soriano arrived and gave them more power behind Cano. "Of course its a big difference," Cano said. "Now, the last thing the pitcher wants is to face a guy like that. Now you see better pitches. You know the guy behind you is really hot and he can do damage at any time." Soriano is just enjoying the ride as much as his teammates. "Theyre happy to see me do what Im doing," he said. And amazed at what hes done. "Its like hes playing slow-pitch softball," Rodriguez said. ' ' '

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