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The Lakers have landed Anthony Davis.

Los Angeles has acquired the All-Star center from the Pelicans for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 pick this year, according to ESPN.

It was rumored the Pelicans did not want to trade Davis to the Lakers because the team did not like the way agent Rich Paul handled the center’s trade demand in the press, but ultimately it appears the package was too good to pass on.

The Celtics also wanted Davis, but could not land him.

This story will be updated.

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Twenty players have received invitations to attend the 2019 NBA draft and sit in the green room, sources told ESPN.

Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett, Darius Garland, De’Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, Coby White, Cam Reddish and Jaxson Hayes received the first batch of invites on June 7, sources said, with an additional 11 invites sent out over the past week to Sekou Doumbouya, Nassir Little, Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke, Romeo Langford, PJ Washington, Goga Bitadze, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Bol Bol.

The green room is a staging area in front of the NBA draft podium where players, families and agents await commissioner Adam Silver to call a player’s name upon selection.

The process of deciding which players to invite to the draft involves communication with general managers of teams picking throughout the first round. This is to ensure that players aren’t sitting for very long under the bright lights before a national television audience as the second round approaches.

Receiving an invitation is considered a positive sign for a player’s draft stock, although there have been instances in the past of prospects falling to the second round while sitting in the green room.

Nineteen of the players invited were projected to be picked in the top 20 of the latest ESPN mock draft, with the lone athlete not in that group, Keldon Johnson, projected at No. 23.

Seven of the players invited to the green room were born outside of the United States, believed to be the second-highest number behind the 2016 NBA draft, which had eight such invites and eventually broke the all-time record with 26 total international players drafted in both rounds.

Here’s the full list of invites:

  • Zion Williamson, Duke

  • Ja Morant, Murray State

  • R.J. Barrett, Duke

  • Darius Garland, Vanderbilt

  • De’Andre Hunter, Virginia

  • Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech

  • Cam Reddish, Duke

  • Coby White, North Carolina

  • Sekou Doumbouya, Limoges

  • Nassir Little, North Carolina

  • Jaxson Hayes, Texas

  • Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga

  • Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga

  • Romeo Langford, Indiana

  • PJ Washington, Kentucky

  • Goga Bitadze, Mega Bemax

  • Tyler Herro, Kentucky

  • Keldon Johnson, Kentucky

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech

  • Bol Bol, Oregon

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When Vince Carter arrived at the Atlanta Hawks‘ training facility last September, the first thing he said to newly hired head coach Lloyd Pierce and general manager Travis Schlenk was, “Who do you want me to talk to and what do you want me to tell them?”

As the Hawks’ season progressed, Pierce stopped providing Carter the specific message. From Pierce’s perspective, he didn’t need to.

“He’s been a guy who now I just go up to and say, ‘Have you talked to John [Collins] lately? Have you talked to Trae [Young] lately? This is what he’s worried about,'” Pierce says. “Then I let Vince address whoever it is in the locker room on his own, knowing he’ll have the right message for a young player with that concern.”

At 42 and planning to enter his final NBA season in 2019-20, Carter is the oldest player in the league by a considerable margin. He’s still a solid bench performer at about 18 minutes per game, but Carter’s real benefit to young teams is his institutional knowledge of NBA locker rooms.

How do you quantify the value of a veteran imparting the wisdom accumulated over 21 years in the NBA to a player who didn’t exist when that career began? Is it even possible to measure the tangible worth of a late-night conversation on a team flight between Carter and a rookie who, hours earlier in a rough performance, encountered real doubts about himself as a basketball player for the first time in his young life?

Assignments like these in his latter NBA years have been every bit a part of Carter’s professional portfolio as play calls or defensive coverages. It was evident on a January 2018 afternoon in Sacramento, when the Kings‘ brass led the team on a tour of the organization’s business side operations. There was Carter, fully engaged, with the team’s youngest players — De’Aaron Fox, Malachi Richardson, Skal Labissiere — following him through the cubicle farm as he provided relevant addenda to the business execs’ spiels on topics like brand marketing. Carter’s young teammates couldn’t get enough of his authority and presence.

Carter has lived through seismic shifts in pro athlete culture and league trends. The smartphone wouldn’t land until halfway through his career, and much of the power claimed by players in today’s NBA is a relatively new advent. Carter has seen can’t-miss talents bust, and obscure prospects rise to fame. He has a pretty good sense of why many NBA players succeed or fail, and agreed to discuss some of these beliefs with ESPN ahead of the 2019 NBA draft (Thursday on ESPN).

Think of it as Vince Carter’s Guide for Young Ballers.

On personal hygiene

You see it more often now, where guys are just like, ‘Eh, yeah, the facility, that’s where I live.’ No, no, no, you’re in a house now, and it’s not walking distance. Go hop in the shower!

So hygiene, believe it or not, is just as important as anything else. With the season going so long, with the travel, hygiene plays an important part of this, as far as just getting sick, and obviously getting everyone else sick. My third year in Dallas, I want to say, we had one guy get sick who, in essence, ended up getting five guys sick. And it just spreads like that, because we spend so much time together, more than in college.

Reading list
+ The 2011 norovirus


On the hazards of nightlife

Let’s say you live in those smaller markets. The excitement of going on the road to other cities can be dangerous, as opposed to living in Miami, Dallas, Houston, L.A., New York, where you see it every day. Trouble can happen, particularly for a young guy — though not just young guys.

The NBA is different — it’s a whole new world. I remember as a rookie it was like, ‘Oh man, I’m on my own. No responsibilities of going to class, the tutors, whatever the case may be.’ And you’re free to do whatever.

When you make those decisions like, ‘OK, if I hang out this late I’ve gotta be able to still be at the facility early to do your rookie duties, or to get my early lift in, to get my shooting in.’ And if you’re not performing up to par, it tends to carry over on your minutes, and then you wonder why you can’t get your minutes. Well, it’s because you’re looking tired, and fatigued, that’s the thing that a first-year player doesn’t think about

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+ The tinderization of today’s NBA


On winning the locker room as a young player

Perform your rookie duties, whatever it might be. Sometimes it’s, ‘Hey, grab a towel young fella.’ ‘Hey, can you grab me a water.’ Simple things.

For second- or third-year guys, team functions — participate. Like when guys want go to dinner together, go to eat, or guys want to just hang out together? Let’s go out together, because it builds a camaraderie on the court. Or even after practice, if we sit in the locker room, and laugh and joke, just be in there even if you don’t speak.

Reading list
+ How the Sixers cracked the culture code


On the frustration of not getting minutes

At first, you felt like you were gonna get the minutes. Maybe it didn’t work out for the team, or they brought somebody else in. And now you don’t get many minutes.

What do you tell that young player? First of all, you say the most cliched thing you can say: ‘Don’t get discouraged, and continue to work on your game.’ But after a while, you don’t wanna hear that.

I think sometimes coaches and organizations — and they would probably disagree when I say this — I feel they do things like that to see where your character, and your heart is. How do you handle adversity? I really believe that. Because sometimes I can’t figure out how you have guys who deserve to be in the rotation and don’t get to play. And they play well, and then all of sudden it’s like, ‘Hey, let’s just see how he handles this adversity.’

So what do you tell them? I just tell them to continue to work at, and do the things. Ask questions. You know, sometimes it’s the thing that we as athletes, a lot of us, but particularly young athletes don’t think about: Go talk to the coach. ‘Coach, what do I need to get my minutes back? Or get into the rotation?’ A lot of times they don’t want to do that. You have to work your game, and you also have to work on your mental game — and that’s part of it.

Reading list
+ How Khris Middleton became a star


On preparation

It’s the individual work that is key, and paramount for a young guy. You’re still developing your game, and you’re developing the mental game — which is confidence.

So when you get in the game, there’s no doubt that you can compete and play. The team will have what it sees as the kind of player you are, but maybe you have your agenda in what type of player you think you are, which is a different vision. And you have to kinda find a way to intertwine the two, and I think that’s the toughest thing. So you go talk to the coach.

And obviously most teams, most coaches, in the beginning of the season, they say, ‘Hey, Vince, here’s your role. This is what you bring for us right now.’ Well then be the best at that until they give you a little more rope, when you can kinda be that player you think you’re supposed to be. Prepare for that role they’ve designed for you, even if it’s not the role you’d design for yourself.

Reading list
+ Inside the dark, daunting art of the NBA’s toughest position


On family and friends asking for money

Guys wanting to come and hang out for a couple of weeks and just do nothing, sit around, and I’ve never been good with that. When I was a rookie, my guys would say, ‘Oh yeah, we’re going to hang out.’ No we’re not. I’m working, and if you’re coming here, that means you’re gonna work. Then you get into the issue where you’re funding, funding, funding. It’s the toughest thing to do, and I had to go through it, and family members that to this day, going on to 20 years, haven’t talked to me since then for saying no.

Giving a young guy the formula on how to handle that is tough. There’s no real blueprint in my opinion, but you have to be honest.

Some of the requests are a little far-fetched. You feel like, ‘Hey, I don’t have the money to give you. Yes, I signed a contract, but I don’t have anything to give you.’ You start there. You have to buy yourself time until you feel comfortable telling that uncle, that friend, mom, or whatever, ‘No.’ The hardest thing to do is telling mom, grandmother, brother, sister, whoever, ‘No.’

And then you have guys from your neighborhood, from your community who’ve looked after you. Now they’re like, ‘Hey, I was looking out for you, making sure you were comfortable. Now I want mine.’ That’s the toughest one. You always want everybody in your corner, and you want to keep everybody happy. Because once you say no, that’s the first thing. That is the first thing, ‘Oh, you’re big time now? Oh, cuz you’re in the NBA now you think you’re better than us.’

Reading list
+ How much NBA stars actually earn


On expressing yourself politically

If you’re a guy who feels comfortable doing it, go for it. That’s your business. I would say, educate yourself on the situation before you speak out on it. Don’t just haphazardly speak out if you don’t know what you’re talking about.

So I don’t have a problem with guys speaking up, and having an opinion, even if sometimes we’re criticized for having an opinion. But pick your spots.

Reading list
+ ‘I am a voter’: How NBA players from LeBron to KD are making an impact


On how to balance the team’s medical opinion vs. your own specialist

Players now have the option to go and get a second opinion. I feel like it all stems from the Kawhi [Leonard] thing [with the San Antonio Spurs]. And most teams are willing to work with us. So there, again, most of the problems that occur now are lack of communication, from player to coach, player to organization, agent to organization. We don’t get on the same page. So it’s about establishing trust.

As a young guy you don’t really know. Obviously you could say, ‘I don’t trust them.’ But based on what? You haven’t been around long enough. So ask questions — talk and communicate. Talk to the veterans who have been around long enough.

Reading list
+ Inside the tensions between Kawhi and the Spurs


On dealing with referees

Vets can help you. I remember Charles Oakley before games, he’d bring me as the rookie to the referees, and introduce me to them. Whether I knew them or not, that’s where it started. Maybe it was Joey Crawford. ‘How are you doing?’ ‘Oh, I know who you are.’ ‘I just wanted to introduce myself.’ Keep it at that. It was something simple, and it was a little awkward at first. But then I started, as I grew, to gain a little more respect, and a little more rope from the officials. They allow you to show your emotions sometimes.

When there’s a bad call, walk away. The rookies are actually pretty good at it. It’s when they get to that second, third year is the problem. It was easy for me, because every time I would go to say something, Oak would move me out of the way, and take care of it. They’ve been around long enough, so they have the power to talk. And that’s what I try to do with these guys now. I tell Trae all the time, even if he gets beat up, no calls, I say, ‘Hey let me do it. Let me get the fine. Let me get the technical before you. Save your money.’

One of the first things you talk about in preseason with young guys, you kind of give them the rundown on each referee. ‘These are not the guys to mess with. We leave him alone.’

Reading list
+ Behind the crucial calls NBA refs make on the biggest stage


Closing thoughts

For the young baller, I’d say, in the beginning, tread lightly and ask questions. Utilize your veterans.

I think you win your teammates from the beginning, in pick-up games in the summer, in training camp, when you’re learning how to play this game, and how this game works. When you’re frustrated, and a vet comes to you and says, ‘Hey, try this. Look at it like this,’ Don’t, ‘Nuh uh, I got this. I got it.’

Don’t think you’re bigger than the game. Nobody is bigger than the game.

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The JungleJune 15, 2019

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The 2019 U.S. Open combines with the picturesque views of Pebble Beach in golf’s third major on the 2019 calendar.

California’s iconic course is the perfect backdrop for the 119th installment of the tournament, which follows the PGA Championship for the first time. It boasts an impressive field, of course, led by two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, now the world’s No. 1 golfer, and Dustin Johnson, who’s eager to reclaim that perch.

But all eyes will be on Tiger Woods, whose 2019 season so far has been a tale of two majors.

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Woods, ranked fifth in the world, recaptivated the sports world’s imagination by winning the Masters in April only to miss the cut at the PGA Championship weeks later. He corrected course with a top-10 finish at the Memorial Tournament but will need to remain in contention all weekend at Pebble Beach to prove Bethpage Black was a fluke.

Woods has plenty of competition in the 156-player field. A red-hot Koepka, looking to become the second golfer ever to win the U.S. Open three consectuive years, is the betting favorite on the heels of a runaway PGA Championship title. The field also features each of the last 10 U.S. Open winners, including Johnson, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy,

Follow Tiger’s score and the rest of the field below with our live U.S. Open leaderboard. You can also check out our “Tiger Tracker” for highlights from Woods’ first round.

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The JungleJune 15, 2019

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers remains confident the organization can retain Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant this summer.

“We value those guys at the highest level,” Myers said Friday. “I wouldn’t be a very good GM if I didn’t understand how valuable they are to our own team. It sometimes gets lost. But I think when Kevin plays in the NBA Finals, we’ve gone 9-1. So I don’t know what else matters. And Klay — they’re both fantastic. Those are guys that you do everything you can to keep within your organization.”

The topic of Thompson’s and Durant’s pending free agency has hovered over everything the Warriors have done this season, but it took on even more significance this week after Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the Finals and Thompson suffered a torn left ACL in Game 6. The Warriors lost that game and the series to the Toronto Raptors.

Myers said the injuries would not affect Golden State’s pursuit of either player.

“All I’ll say is that those guys are highly important to us,” Myers said. “And deserving of being rewarded in the right manner. … It’s hard to find high-quality people, and both of them are that. And so you just — try to keep those guys within these walls the best you can.”

Durant has a player option for next season that he has been expected to opt out of, at least prior to his injury. Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent. The widespread belief within the Warriors organization all year is that Thompson would re-sign this summer, while Durant’s status remains more of a mystery.

It is against league policy for the Warriors to publicly say they would offer both Thompson and Durant maximum extensions, but that has been the belief internally — and throughout the league — all along. If Thompson and Durant want to stay with the Warriors long term, the money will be there for them to do so, even in the wake of both players suffering serious injuries.

“The injury throws everything for a loop,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant’s situation. “So I have no idea what Kevin’s going to do. I know that we all want him back. We think this is a great situation for him and vice versa. So hopefully we get him back and keep this thing going with the understanding that he’s a free agent and we want what’s best for him and he’s free to make any choice he wants.

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Steve Kerr says the Warriors are obviously interested in bringing Kevin Durant back, but isn’t sure what the star forward will do.

“So hopefully he’s back and we will all give him any advice, any counsel, he needs. And ultimately he’s going to make his own decision.”

In the midst of discussing all the ups and downs the Warriors have endured over the past few weeks, Kerr acknowledged that the injuries suffered by both players exceeded his worst fears as a coach.

“By far,” Kerr said. “And if you had asked me four days ago, five days ago, I would’ve said, ‘No, not really.’ Because everything that happened up until five days ago was just basketball and people and bumps in the road. But you talk about two career-altering injuries to two of your best players in back-to-back Finals games — unheard of; it’ll probably never happen again. And so, we’re in new territory now. And you just have to keep moving forward.”

Part of that process regarding moving forward is deciding what will happen with center DeMarcus Cousins. The Warriors big man came back from his own Achilles injury in January after missing almost a year and came back for the Finals after suffering a torn quad on April 15. Kerr left open the possibility that Cousins could return if he doesn’t get a bigger offer elsewhere.

“I think there’s a chance,” Kerr said. “I would say the hope is frankly that he can do a lot better financially than what we could offer him. But who knows? Every year is different. There are a lot more teams with cap room this summer than last summer. This summer’s going to be a wild free-agent market, and we have to figure out our own situation, particularly with Klay and Kevin and how all that shakes out. But I could absolutely foresee a place for DeMarcus here if he wanted to come back. It’s just a question of what are his goals? What’s out there for him?”

In the short term, the Warriors are just hopeful that Thompson and Durant can start their recovery process and both will decide to re-sign with the team. Myers, like many around the organization, was struck by Thompson’s ability to compartmentalize his knee injury and hobble back onto the floor to shoot the free throws after suffering the ACL tear in the third quarter of Game 6.

“I’ll never forget him walking out, shooting those free throws,” Myers said. “Just as a fan; I don’t get to be a fan that much.”

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Tiger Woods scrambled his way around Pebble Beach during Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Yet, when it was all over, when he signed his scorecard, the number next to his name said 70.

On Friday, when his iron game seemed, well, ironed out, and he appeared back in control of his golf ball again, he walked off the final green and signed a scorecard that was two shots worse than the day before.

Woods is not out of it; he exited the course after his second-round 72, seven behind leader Justin Rose and in a tie for 36th. But this a day in which the phrases “wasted chance” or “missed opportunity” came up over and over.

We go through every hole to see how this all added up to two-day total of even par.

Note: Woods started his day on the back nine.

No. 10: Par 4, 295 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: Even
Score for the championship: 1 under

OK, so the opposite happened on Tiger’s first hole of the second round. He flared irons on Thursday and was lights out on the green. On Friday, starting at No. 10, he hits a perfect iron approach and then misses a shortish birdie putt. That’s a wasted chance that’ll bother him.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com6h ago

No. 11: Par 4, 390 Yards

Score: Birdie
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

After a missed chance at No. 10, Tiger charges one in from 10 feet for birdie on the 11th. More interesting is how it happened: He spun his approach from the intermediate rough. Why does that matter? It means Pebble Beach is soft again and scores could get low.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com6h ago

No. 12: Par 3, 202 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Tiger plays a smart 12th hole. He doesn’t try to mess with the pin, tucked behind the bunker on the par 3. Hits it safely below the hole, two putts, moves on about his business.

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No. 13: Par 4, 445 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Tiger makes an aggressive run at birdie at No. 13, but it slides by on the low side from 25 feet. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth is putting on an early show right alongside Woods and leader Justin Rose. Spieth rolled in another birdie, his third in his first four holes.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com5h ago

No. 14: Par 5, 580 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

About 10 seconds after Jordan Spieth makes a mental mistake with a wedge in his hand at No. 14, Tiger does the exact same thing at the par 5. They both spin short shots back off the green. Tiger scrambles to make par, but Spieth makes a maddening, momentum-killing bogey.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com5h ago

No. 15: Par 4, 397 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Tiger with another par at 15 after a so-so approach with a short iron. He’s still 1 under for the day. A back-side of (at least) 2 under has to be the goal. The front nine is where you can make up some serious ground.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com5h ago

No. 16: Par 4, 403 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Tiger with a simple up-and-down at No. 16 after missing the green. That’s six pars and a birdie so far in the second round. Now he just has to survive No. 17 before giving himself a birdie chance at the 18th.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com4h ago

No. 17: Par 3, 208 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Tiger burns the edge for birdie at No. 17. He taps in for par. That would have been a huge birdie, a shot gained on the field. It’s still early in the second round, but there has been just one birdie so far at the par 3 today.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com4h ago

No. 18: Par 5, 542 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Tiger takes an oddly conservative approach to the 18th and walks away with par. Posts 1-under 35 on the back nine — eight pars and one birdie. It’s a solid side, but his playing partner and leader Justin Rose is six ahead. Next seven holes are his (and Rose’s and Jordan Spieth’s) chance to attack.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com4h ago

No. 1: Par 4, 380 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

A textbook way to play No. 1 for Tiger. Perfect position off the tee, approach below the hole from 20 feet. But the birdie putt doesn’t drop. He did make up a shot on leader Justin Rose, who finally made a bogey after a 360-degree spinout on his par putt.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com3h ago

No. 2: Par 4, 516 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Tiger drills another birdie putt through the break at No. 2, this time missing from 14 feet. Everything that went in Thursday’s first round is sliding past an edge in Friday’s second round.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com3h ago

No. 3: Par 4, 404 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Only the second time all day Tiger can’t find a fairway. As he has all day — actually, as he has the first two days — he managed the mistake and walked away with another par. That’s 11 of them in 12 holes, to go with a lone birdie.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com3h ago

No. 4: Par 4, 331 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

Tiger wasted another chance. Perfect position off the fourth tee. Excellent control of his wedge from 110 yards, spinning it in to 7 feet. But another missed putt — complete with a few four-letter words caught by the FOX broadcast — leads to par. With Justin Rose making bogey, he could have made up two shots.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com2h ago

No. 5: Par 3, 195 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

No drama for Tiger on No. 5 this time. After Thursday’s off-the-cart-path adventure, he finds the fat part of the green at the par 3 and makes yet another par. He’s got two birdie holes coming up now, at No. 6 and 7.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com2h ago

No. 6: Par 5, 523 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

See if this sounds familiar: Tiger Woods squanders another great birdie chance. That was a really bad par at No. 6 after, again, being in perfect position. A so-so chip left an uphill 8-footer. And as it has been all day, the putter that saved him Thursday lets him down Friday.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com2h ago

No. 7: Par 3, 109 Yards

Score: Par
Total for the day: 1 under
Score for the championship: 2 under

The approach all day has been conservative from Tiger Woods. Even though much of the field has challenged the back pin on No. 7, which has led to a lot of birdies, Woods wasn’t messing with it. Another safe par.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com2h ago

No. 8: Par 4, 428 Yards

Score: Bogey
Total for the day: Even
Score for the championship: 1 under

Tiger Woods’ streak of holes without a bogey comes to an end at 29. It was his longest streak bogey-free streak at the U.S. Open. The one at No. 8 dropped him back to even par on his second round and 1 under for the championship.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com1h ago

No. 9: Par 4: 526 Yards

Score: Bogey
Total for the day: 1 over
Score for the championship: Even

Tiger Woods struggles to the finish line of the second round of his U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. A pair of bogeys to close his round, at No. 8 and No. 9, forces him to sign for a 1-over 72 and puts him at even par for the tournament. That’s seven behind leader Justin Rose.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com1h ago

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Tiger Woods starts Round 2 of the U.S. Open in decent position to make a run at a 16th major tournament victory, starting the day at 1-under 70.

Was it the best start for Tiger at Pebble Beach in Round 1? No. Does it at least leave him in position to move up the leaderboard? Certainly.

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Tiger was fairly effective off the tee in Round 1 on Thursday, using that and a terrific short game to help him birdie three of four holes before hitting par on 11 straight to finish with the 1-under 70. Not a bad start, but he’ll be looking for more on Friday.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Tiger Woods’ second round at the 2019 U.S. Open. Follow along below.

Tiger Woods’ score: Updates, highlights from Round 2

Hole (Par) Round 2 score (Overall) Place
10 (4) Even (-1) T-29
11 (4) 1-under (-2) T-14
12 (3) 1-under (-2) T-14
13 (4) 1-under (-2) T-14
14 (5)
15 (4)
16 (4)
17 (3)
18 (5)
1 (4)
2 (4)
3 (4)
4 (4)
5 (3)
6 (5)
7 (3)
8 (4)
9 (4)

Hole 14: Par 5, 583 yards

Hole 13: Par 4, 456 yards

Shot 1: Another drive to the left side of the fairway. Looking pretty good.
Shot 2: And another nice iron shot lands Tiger about 20 feet downhill from the pin.
Shot 3: Looks like Tiger’s on the low side with his birdie attempt. Two-putt par coming up.
Shot 4: Par.

Hole 12: Par 3, 206 yards

Shot 1: Tiger’s on the green somewhere in the 20-foot range for birdie on the par-3.
Shot 2: Ah, he came up just short on the lag putt. Tough, but a good look from him. Par upcoming.
Shot 3: Par.

Hole 11: Par 4, 400 yards

Shot 1: Tiger drives down the left side of the fairway. Been hitting that pretty well so far here at Pebble Beach.
Shot 2: More good iron for Tiger. Looks to be within 10 feet of another birdie.
Shot 3: And there it is. Birdie. Solid, solid start for Tiger.

Hole 10: Par 4, 479 yards

Shot 1: And we’re off. Tiger smokes it down the fairway to get the day started.
Shot 2: Tiger’s already within 10 feet of the hole, looks like, with just his second shot. Birdie upcoming?
Shot 3: Not much going there. Missed it on the amateur side. Par to start off.
Shot 4: Par

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