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HOYLAKE, England -- The ovations from the packed galleries remain as warm as ever for
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HOYLAKE, England -- The ovations from the packed galleries remain as warm as ever for Tom Watson at the British Open. Nate Solder Jersey . His scoring continues to be just as impressive, too. The 64-year-old Watson extended his record of being the oldest man to make the cut at the games oldest major when he shot a 1-over 73 on Friday. That put him at 2-over 146, just on the cut line. "Lets see what happens on the weekend," the five-time British Open winner said, with that glint in his eye. "See if the old guy can maybe get it rolling a little bit." Playing a brand of "old mans golf," as he put it, Watson outlasted Masters champion Bubba Watson as well as Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed and Harris English -- three guys looking to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team captained by Watson. The way Watson has been hitting the ball this week, he wouldnt look out of place on the team at Gleneagles in September. "Im thinking about picking the captain," he said, laughing. He needed a par 5 at No. 18 to stay at Hoylake for another two days and, to the delight of the spectators filling the horseshoe stand around the green, he avoided trouble and made it with ease. "It was pretty special playing with Tom, and the reception he got," Jim Furyk said. "And to watch him grind it out and make a birdie on the way in and make the cut was pretty cool. "I was pulling for him pretty hard on No. 18." Royal Liverpool is not among the venues where Watson lifted the claret jug between 1975 and 83, but he is as popular here as at Muirfield, Royal Birkdale or anywhere else on the Open rotation. He acknowledged that he has been looking up at the stands more this year, soaking up the tournaments special atmosphere in his next-to-last appearance at a British Open -- provided, of course, he doesnt finish in the top 10 at St. Andrews in 2015. And who would bet against that? "I am enjoying it," he said. "Today on the practice range, my swing turned around. I really started hitting the ball well. ... It was the best warm-up session Ive had all year. I felt very good going out to the golf course." When he bogeyed No. 10 after hitting his gap wedge over the green from the middle of the fairway, Watson was missing the cut line at 3 over and under pressure. He hit every fairway after that, picking up that crucial birdie at No. 14 and parring his way home. Two solid shots at No. 18 allowed him to enjoy the ovation from all sides as he approached the green. "It was a pleasure playing with a little bit of heat on me to make the cut and doing so well, especially coming down the stretch," he said. The headaches over Ryder Cup selection can wait for a few days. Watson has something else to occupy his mind at the British Open this weekend. Lorenzo Carter Giants Jersey .com) - Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 11. Cody Latimer Jersey . -- Canadian Erik Bedard pitched into the fifth inning in his bid to win a spot in Tampa Bays rotation, helping the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Saturday. http://www.nygiantsfanatic.com/c-87-gian...ersey.aspx .com) - Guess whos back, back again? Josh Gordons back, tell a friend.EDMONTON -- Edmonton Eskimo quarterback Mike Reilly wasnt eager to shake hands with a reporter Thursday but pronounced himself ready to take his injured thumb into battle Friday against the Montreal Alouettes. You can watch the game on TSN1, 3, 4, 5 and TSN GO at 8:30pm et/5:30pm pt and listeners in the Montreal region can follow the action on TSN Radio 690. "Its not 100 per cent but its good enough to play football and play at a high level," Reilly said of his injured thumb. "Its going to take a couple of weeks before it feels 100 per cent normal but right now its not affecting my ability to throw the ball and play football." Reillys injured thumb on his throwing hand has kept him out of the last two games, both losses to Calgary. His return is welcome news for Edmontons offence that will be looking for more consistency to try to end a two-game losing streak. The losses have dropped the Eskimos to 7-3 and into third place in the west. Reilly, injured on the opening drive of a 41-27 win over Toronto three weeks ago, said the Eskimos have to get back to the basics, get back to competing, playing hard and executing their plays to get past the Alouettes. "If this week of practice is any indication, were going to be back to where we were early in the year," he said. "We came out with a kind of new mentality and a new focus and thats a good thing." While Reilly is back with Edmonton, former Eskimo Jonathan Crompton will get his third start for the Alouettes. In his two previous starts Crompton completed 33 of 52 passes for 451 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. "Hes done a very nice job getting the ball out of his hands, he knows where his weapons are," said Eskimo coach Chris Jones. "Hes done a great job of managing (the offence) and I think hes brought a level of energy that they were maybe lacking. "The last three weeks they have a lot more energy and a more positive aura about them so iits going to be interesting to see how we come out of the locker-room and attack them. Nate Solder Giants Jersey. " Crompton was Reillys backup last season but slid to fourth on the depth chart in training camp before leaving. He wouldnt talk about the Eskimo situation, saying hes just happy where hes at and is back in Edmonton for a "business trip." "Its not about me," he said of his recent success and the Als two wins. "The O-line has been blocking their butts off, the running backs have been running well, blocking well, the receivers have been making plays. When all those go together it makes my job easy." The Eskimos are 5-0 versus eastern teams, including an 33-23 win over Montreal in early August, but, like very other western team, they have a better record on the road (4-1) than at home (3-2). Montreal has won its last two games but is winless in four road games this year. A lot of Edmontons success this season is due to the improved and aggressive play of the defence that leads the CFL with five touchdowns -- three on interceptions and two on fumble recoveries. Rookie Dexter McCoil, who won a linebacking spot in training camp partly due to the injury to J.C. Sherritt, has been a big part of the defence with four interceptions and two touchdowns. "Those days just happened to be in the right place at the right time," he said. "We have great game plans. Our coaches put us in great positions to make plays. . . and our job is to execute to the highest level." Sherritt is back on the roster but McCoil, Rennie Curran and Otha Foster are the starting linebackers. The three starters have a combined 95 tackles and five interceptions. "Its about everybody buying into the defence and wanting to be good," McCoil explained. "We pride ourselves on being aggressive and physical. We have a long way to go to be great, but every time we step on the field were trying to be the best we can." 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