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MacKenzie and Svoboda share lead at Sea Island
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:22:12 -0400
(Reuters) - Will MacKenzie produced a roller-coaster, birdie-bogey-birdie finish to share the lead with fellow American Andrew Svoboda after the third round of the $5.6 million (3.48 million pounds) McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia on Saturday. MacKenzie, who had delivered the shot of the day with a spectacular ace at the par-three sixth, fired a five-under-par 65 in ideal scoring conditions on the Seaside Course to post a 12-under total of 198. In pursuit of his third career victory on the PGA Tour, the 40-year-old from North Carolina ended the round with a flourish by draining a monster putt from 44 feet at the par-four last. Dinner will taste better," added MacKenzie, who has not triumphed on the PGA Tour since the 2008 Viking Classic.
Basepaths slippery subject in San Francisco
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:22:02 -0400
Wet basepaths at the Giants' bay-side ballpark caught the eye of Kansas City manager Ned Yost, even if they didn't dampen the Royals in a World Series win on Friday. "I thought it was a little extra wet around first," Yost said Saturday, adding that he'd noticed third baseman Mike Moustakas coming up "extremely muddy" from a dive back to first base. If that was the Giants' plan, it didn't stop the Royals from edging San Francisco 3-2 in game three. Kansas City won without attempting a steal and took a 2-1 Series lead into Saturday's fourth game of the best-of-seven set.
Bumgarner was willing but held back until Game Five
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:03:10 -0400
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was willing, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to rush the left-hander back to the mound on short rest and kept him on course to pitch Game Five of the World Series on Sunday. A 'will he or won't he' confusion surfaced late Friday when a report surfaced that Bumgarner had told team mates he would be starting Game Four against the Kansas City Royals. Bochy shot that down with a declaration that Ryan Vogelsong would take his scheduled turn on Saturday with the Giants trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven. ...
Svoboda, MacKenzie tied for McGladrey lead
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:13:35 -0400
Sea Island (United States) (AFP) - Will MacKenzie posted a five-under 65 in the third round to move into a share of the lead at the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic on Saturday.
Parking incident sparks charges against Titans player
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:47:33 -0400
Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene faces a series of charges after trying to avoid a parking ticket, police in Tennessee said Saturday. The police department in Franklin, Tennessee, south of Nashville said in a release that the NFL player was arrested and his bond set at $2,000 after the incident on Friday, which ended with him charged with resisting a stop after leaving the scene of an incident, a handicapped parking violation, driving on a revoked or suspended license and reckless driving. According to police, a parking enforcement officer was in the process of writing a ticket for Greene's car for parking illegally in a spot reserved for handicapped drivers when the incident occurred. Police said Greene "showed no regard for the parking enforcement officer's safety, or the safety of others, as he recklessly evaded the parking enforcement officer over what would have been a simple parking ticket."
Bishop firing backed for "lil girl" Poulter row
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:59:38 -0400
PGA commissioner Tim Finchem and the LPGA both came out solidly Saturday in support of the firing of Ted Bishop as PGA of America president after "inappropriate" remarks on Twitter. Bishop called British golfer Ian Poulter a "lil girl" on Twitter and a Facebook posting, prompting the PGA of America board of directors to remove Bishop, who later apologized for his comments. "The PGA of America's quick and decisive action sent a strong message, reinforcing a consistent belief that with so many positive gains being made among golf's leading organizations, there is simply no room, nor willingness, to take a step backwards," the LPGA women's tour said Saturday. "We understand and respect the PGA of America's decision regarding Ted Bishop," Finchem said.
Korda, Pace tied for lead at China LPGA
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:51:32 -0400
Jessica Korda and Lee-Anne Pace were tied for the lead Saturday at the LPGA Blue Bay Championship in China. South Africa's Pace (67, 66) and Korda (66, 67) of the United States are level on 133 going into Sunday's final round, with South Korea's Chella Choi a shot behind. Korda's day started badly with a double bogey on the first hole, but she did not drop a single shot after that. "I would say the putt on 18 that I made to save par was definitely good to bring the momentum that I had on the last 17 holes, to bring it in for tomorrow," said Korda.
Wozniacki targets New York marathon after tennis loss
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:30:56 -0400
By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A glutton for punishment or a woman on a mission? Either way, Caroline Wozniacki has no intentions of putting her feet up just yet after her last tennis match of the season. Rather than take an immediate break after losing to Serena Williams at the WTA Finals on Saturday, Wozniacki is already looking ahead to another sporting challenge -- her first marathon. The Dane has been pounding the streets for months to prepare herself for the ultimate test of endurance, which she will undertake at the New York marathon on Nov. 2. ...
Dane Olesen carves out three-shot lead in Perth
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:55:43 -0400
(Reuters) - Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark appeared set to end a two-year trophy drought by carving out a three-stroke lead after the penultimate round of the Perth International on Saturday. The 24-year-old, who won his first and only European Tour title in Sicily two years ago, carded a five-under-par 67 in the third round for a total of 16-under. South Korean Kim Si-hwan, who is fighting to keep his European Tour card, was on 13-under followed by England's James Morrison at third, a further stroke behind. ...
Denmark's Olesen leads by three at Perth International
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:28:34 -0400
Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen will take a three-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Perth International as he looks for his first win in two years at Lake Karrinyup. Olesen fired a five-under 67 in Saturday's hird round and leads the European Tour co-sanctioned tournament at 16-under 200 from South Korean Sihwan Kim. "It's been a couple of years since I won, so definitely I'll feel the nerves," said Olesen, whose only main tour success came at the 2012 Sicilian Open. "I've been in contention in big tournaments and I know how it feels," added Olesen, who finished sixth at The Masters in 2013.
Royals hold off Giants to take Series lead
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:02:12 -0400
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals followed their formula for success to perfection turning a tight game over to their "monstrous" bullpen to beat the San Francisco Giants on Friday and seize the upper hand in the World Series. After each team claimed a lopsided win in the first two games of the best-of-seven, Game Three was a 3-2 nailbiter that gave the visitors a 2-1 lead in the series. The pivotal victory was preserved by four hitless innings thrown by Royals relievers. ...
Giants hope 2012 adversity helps them overcome Royals
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:52:10 -0400
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants hope to be able to draw on their experience in the 2012 postseason as they battle to overcome a 2-1 deficit to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. The 3-2 loss on Friday gave the visiting Royals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven. Teams winning Game Three in a World Series that was tied 1-1 have gone on to win two-thirds of the time. "It was a good battle," said Giants right-fielder Hunter Pence. "We just got to keep plugging away. That's the game of baseball. ...