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Pieters, Johnson share lead at Bridgestone Invitational

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AKRON, Ohio - Thomas Pieters ended a roller-coaster round with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Zach Johnson going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

Pieters built a big lead early with five birdies on his opening eight holes at Firestone, only to run into trouble off the tee. He made only three pars over his last 11 holes and wound up with his best chance yet to win in America.

Johnson, who hasn't won since capturing his second major at St. Andrews in 2015, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 65.

They were at 9-under 201.

Scott Hend, who got into his first Bridgestone Invitational on a loophole, shot a 63 and was one back.

Kim builds a 6-shot lead in Women's British Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - I.K. Kim answered the challenge with a 6-under 66 in the Women's British Open to build a six-shot lead as she goes after her first major championship.

Kim faced a battle before she even teed off Saturday at Kingsbarns Links. Inbee Park tied a course record with a 64 to get within one shot. Stacy Lewis shot a 65 and was only two shots behind.

Kim was equally impressive. The 29-year-old South Korean played bogey-free and was at 17-under 199. She was six shots clear of Georgia Hall of England and Moriya Jutanugarn. Lexi Thompson shot 74 and was 10 shots behind.

Kim's best shot at a major was the Kraft Nabisco five years ago when she missed a 1-foot putt, and then lost in a playoff.

Goydos part of 3-way tie at 3M Championship

BLAINE, Minn. - Paul Goydos shot a tournament-record 60 Saturday and is tied with Kenny Perry and Gene Sauers after two rounds of the PGA Tour Champions' 3M Championship.

Goydos, who shot 59 at the PGA's 2010 John Deere Classic, was 7-under through 12 holes, before birdies at 15, 16 and 17 and an eagle on the par-5 18th. He needed one putt on 16 greens and two on the others at the TPC Twin Cities.

Perry, a co-leader with Mike Goodes after round one, shot his second straight 65. He won the tournament in 2014 and 2015.

Sauers shot an 8-under 64.

Scott Dunlap (63) and Brandt Jobe (64) were one shot behind; Steve Stricker (63) and Marco Dawson (66) were two back.

Goodes shot 68 and was one of seven players trailing by three shots.

Jets waive WR Ellington after failed physical

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Jets have waived wide receiver Bruce Ellington after he failed his physical, a day after they claimed him off waivers from San Francisco.

The team also has announced on Saturday night that it has signed fullback Algernon Brown.

Ellington, a fourth-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2014 out of South Carolina, spent last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury after being hurt in the preseason. He has 19 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns in 13 NFL games.

With QB Tannehill injured, Cutler an option for Miami

MIAMI - Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he has reached out to free agent quarterback Jay Cutler, who showed interest in signing with the team.

But Gase says he doesn't think the Dolphins are close yet to signing a quarterback in the wake of starter Ryan Tannehill's left knee injury, which could sideline him for the entire season.

Gase said Saturday he'd like to determine Tannehill's status before bringing in another quarterback. Cutler would likely compete with Miami backup Matt Moore for the starting job while Tannehill is out.