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Verplank leads by 1 shot at Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Scott Verplank and Tag Ridings are separated by one shot atop the leaderboard at Disney and by more than $2.76 million in season earnings. One is playing out the season and enjoying time with his family, the other is fighting for a job.

That could be one difference that separates a bunched leaderboard of haves and have-nots going into the weekend at the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

Verplank made enough birdies on his first nine holes Friday on the Magnolia Course that he wasn't too bothered by closing with nine straight pars, giving him a second straight 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead over Ridings, Stephen Ames and Ryan Armour.

Bonds says he has been a target for drug abuse

NEW YORK - Barry Bonds thinks he has been unfairly targeted for whatever problems baseball has had with the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

'I truly believe I have been singled out. Definitely,' he said during an interview aired Friday by MSNBC.

Seeking a new team after 15 seasons with his hometown San Francisco Giants, the 43-year-old left fielder said he wouldn't be a problem for any team that chooses to sign him.

'I don't bring baggage to a team,' he said. 'I've never brought any baggage to a team. I've brought my baseball bag, but I don't bring any baggage. I go on the field and I play.'

Virginia Tech loses tight end for rest of season

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Sam Wheeler, Virginia Tech's starting tight end through the first nine games of the season, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Wheeler, a redshirt sophomore, was injured in the first quarter of the No. 11 Hokies' 27-3 victory against Georgia Tech on Thursday night. Hokies trainer Mike Goforth said Wheeler will have surgery in a few weeks after the swelling goes down.

He should be back to full strength by next fall, Goforth said.

Wheeler had 15 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown this season.