2006_04_smetslogo.jpg-Mamaroneck's Winged Foot golf course proved challenging to the US Open field on Thursday, with only Colin Montgomerie shooting under par. Tiger Woods finished at a six-over-par 76. With everyone from from ESPN to Sports Illustrated billing this as a battle between Woods and Phil Mickelson, fans will have to wait for that duel to emerge, if it does.With such a tough course, the tournament should be wide open throughout.

-Mets 5, Phillies 4: By opening up a 9 1/2 game lead over their nearest rivals, the Mets have proven themselves to be the hottest team in the Major Leagues. Everything's going right (Alay Soler and Orlando Hernandez pitching well, for instance), but how long will it last? Certainly the NL East seems weaker than previous years, and the Mets are in control.

-Indians 8, Yankees 4: Cleveland salvaged a game from the three-game set in New York, and Randy Johnson got suspended for five games for throwing at Eduardo Perez on Wednesday. He'll likely appeal as the Yankees head to Washington to face the Nationals.