Phil Mickelson plans a brief return to the PGA Tour in time for the U.S. Open.

He has not played since announcing that his wife, Amy, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Tests have given them hope the cancer has been caught early, with more testing to be done over the next month.

Mickelson intends to play the St. Jude Championship next week in Memphis, then compete the following week in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods will play together in the Memorial Skins Game tomorrow in Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, only the second time and first since 2000 they have competed against each other in the same group.

Nicklaus and Woods will be joined by Stewart Cink and Kenny Perry.

The other group will have Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk, and Camilo Villegas.

President Obama will be the honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, to be played held Oct. 8-11 at San Francisco's Harding Park.

Horse racing

Calvin Borel, back on Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, is anticipating another Triple Crown victory in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

The gelding did a half-mile in 50 seconds at yesterday's workout at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

Borel would have ridden Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra if the filly had entered the Belmont Stakes.

He now has a chance to win all three legs of the Triple Crown on two horses, something no jockey has done.

Vincent O'Brien, an Irishman and one of horse racing's great European trainers during a career that lasted more than a half century, died yesterday at age 92 at his home in Straffan in County Kildare.

Pro football

Headed into contract talks with the players' union, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said there is no timetable to reach a new agreement.

Goodell and the owners will meet with the NFL Players Association today.

Elsewhere. Jets running back Leon Washington returned to the team to start New York's final week of workouts after boycotting the last three weeks while in a salary dispute. . . . The Detroit Lions cut offensive tackle George Foster, a former first-round pick, after adding Jon Jansen, the former Washington Redskins offensive tackle. . . . Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall pleaded guilty in Batavia, Ohio, to a reduced charge in his drunken driving case, allowing him to avoid jail time. . . . Assault and related charges against Washington Redskins offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges have been dropped in Charlotte, N.C. The charges stemmed from an incident at a restaurant.


Temple outfielder Sean Barksdale was named the Big Five baseball player of the year, while Villanova's Brian Streilein was named pitcher of the year.

Penn shortstop Derek Vigoa was named rookie of the year, and coaching honors went to St. Joseph's Fritz Hamburg.

Lindsay Kimmel, who played women's basketball for Temple, is transferring to Villanova, where the three-point shooting ace will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2010-11.


U.S. defender Frankie Hejduk is out for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica in San Juan with a groin injury.