Ben Margot, Associated Press
Tim Herron swings from the eighth tee at Poppy Hills golf course during Friday's second round of Pebble Beach.

Herron has lead at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Tim Herron was so frustrated that he changed putters for the first time in seven years at a tournament renowned for having some of the most unpredictable greens on the PGA Tour.

Desperation slowly gave way to satisfaction Friday in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when Herron shot a 3-under 69 at Poppy Hills and emerged with a one-shot lead in a tournament loaded with possibilities.

Herron was at 7-under 137.

The cut won't be made until after Saturday, when the 180-man field has played all three courses in the rotation. Three dozen players were within four shots of the lead.

Is surgery the only option for Schilling?

Curt Schilling's doctor insists the only way the 20-year veteran can pitch again is through surgery on a torn shoulder tendon that resembles strands of pasta.

Boston's team physician disagrees. He believes the tendon is damaged, not torn, and rehabilitation gives Schilling the best chance to play this year. Schilling, concerned that the Red Sox would invalidate his $8 million, one-year contract if he chose surgery, then agreed to rehab.

Illinois apologizes for its rude fans

Illinois athletic officials apologized Friday after fans greeted Indiana and star freshman Eric Gordon with obscene chants and curses during the Hoosiers' double overtime win.

"The profanity and behavior by a small segment of fans Thursday night is disappointing and intolerable, and for that we apologize to fans of both teams," Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther and coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. Gordon was making his first appearance at Assembly Hall since reneging on an oral commitment to play for the Illini.

Brewers keep Yost

Manager Ned Yost's 2009 option was exercised Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers following their first winning season in 15 years. The Brewers were 83-79 last year, finishing second in the NL Central. It was the first winning mark since going 92-70 in 1992. The 53-year-old Yost, a former player for the Brewers, was hired as manager Oct. 29, 2002.

U.S. gym coach named

Kevin Mazeika will coach the U.S. men's gymnastics team at the Olympics for the second straight time, the team announced Friday. Mazeika, who coached the team that won the silver medal in Athens, was also the coach of last year's world championship team, which finished fourth after a 13th-place finish the year before.

Canadiens sign Trotter

The Montreal Canadiens signed University of Denver star Brock Trotter to a three-year contract Thursday. The undrafted Trotter, who turned 21 last month, had 13 goals and 18 assists in 24 games for the Pioneers this season before deciding to turn pro. The Canadiens assigned him to Hamilton of the American Hockey League.