It has been three weeks since golfer Phil Mickelson announced that his wife, Amy, had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

"I've never been this emotional, where if I'm driving alone or what have you, I'll just start crying," he said yesterday at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. "We're scared, yeah. I think a lot of it is the unknown."

Tests on his 38-year-old wife have provided enough optimism that surgery has been pushed back to the first week of July, allowing Mickelson to return to competition this week. He plans to play at the U.S. Open next week at Bethpage in Farmingdale, N.Y.


England improved to 7-0 in qualifying for next year's World Cup with a 6-0 rout of visiting Andorra. Two-time champion Argentina was upset, 2-0, by host Ecuador, and Brazil beat visiting Paraguay, 2-1, in a night game.

David Beckham made his first start for England in a competitive match in two years. The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder made his 112th international appearance, 13 shy of the English record set by goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

The U.S. soccer team is considering a trip to Iran in November for the first match between the nations in a decade.

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said the game could be played in Tehran on Nov. 14 or 18.


Ralph Willard was named associate head coach at Louisville after he resigned as Holy Cross' head coach.

Coach Rick Pitino said he had been pursuing Willard for 10 years. Willard was an assistant on Pitino's staff with the New York Knicks and at Kentucky, where he was also associate head coach.

In 10 seasons at Holy Cross, Willard won 62 percent of his games, compiling a 192-117 record.

Nick Montana, the son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana, has given an oral commitment to play football at the University of Washington. The quarterback will be a senior at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif., this fall.

Former coach Tom Osborne is sticking around as Nebraska's athletic director. The 72-year-old Osborne had indicated he would step down when his contract expires next summer. But the university said that Osborne has agreed to stay.


Top-seeded Andy Murray of Scotland defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-1, 6-4, in the second round in the grass-court tournament at Queen's Club, London.

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt rallied to beat Frederico Gil of Portugal, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to set up a match against American Andy Roddick.

Murray will play 16th-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who defeated Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 7-6 (3), 6-3.


Crystal Langhorne scored 14 points as the Washington Mystics improved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 75-69 victory over the defending WNBA champion Detroit Shock in Auburn Hills, Mich. Langhorne is a graduate of Willingboro High School in Burlington County who later starred at Maryland.

State health officials confirmed that a stretch of the Oklahoma River was to blame for sickening at least 45 triathletes last month, saying the water was filled with parasites, viruses, and other contaminants associated with animal and human waste.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said tests confirmed such contaminants as norovirus and "a couple of different kinds of bacteria and parasites."

There were 367 participants in the May 16-17 Boathouse International Triathlon in Oklahoma City, which was held after a heavy rain and included a 1.5-kilometer swim.