Mer­ritt leads by three; Spi­eth five back

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS - wire re­ports

Troy Mer­ritt shot a two-un­der 69 Satur­day to take a three-stroke lead into the fi­nal round of the RBC Her­itage at Hil­ton Head Is­land, S.C., on Satur­day as de­fend­ing cham­pion Matt Kuchar hung on to a share of sec­ond place and Masters win­ner Jor­dan Spi­eth moved to five strokes back.

Bren­don Todd shot a 63 for the day’s low­est round to join Kuchar and Kevin Kis­ner in a three-way tie be­hind Mer­ritt, who was at 14un­der 199. Jim Furyk led a three­way tie for fifth, four shots back. Spi­eth hung on for a 68, which marked the 18th time he has bro­ken par in his last 19 rounds.

Olin Browne shot a 64 to take the sec­ond-round lead in the Cham­pi­ons Tour’s Greater Gwin­nett Cham­pi­onship at Du­luth, Ga. Browne was at 12-un­der 132. Bern­hard

Langer was a stroke back af­ter hol­ing a 30-foot ea­gle putt on No. 18 for a 64.

Sei Young Kim holed out from 154 yards for an ea­gle to de­feat In­bee Park on the first hole of a play­off in the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Cham­pi­onship at Kapolei, Hawaii.

Djokovic prevails

Top-ranked No­vak Djokovic swept past Rafael Nadal to reach the Monte Carlo Masters fi­nal at Monaco with a 6-3, 6-3 win. In his bid for a sec­ond ti­tle at the clay­court Masters, Djokovic will face sixth-seeded To­mas Berdych.

In the Fed Cup World Group semi­fi­nals, host Czech Repub­lic took a 2-0 lead over France at Os­trava, and host Rus­sia got a 2-0 lead over Ger­many at Sochi. . . . In the Fed Cup World Group play­offs, top-ranked Serena Wil­liams over­came host Italy’s Camila Giorgi, 7-6 (5), 6-2, but Italy’s Sara Er­rani evened the best-of-five se­ries with the United States at 1-1 by rout­ing 57th-ranked Lau­ren Davis, 6-1, 6-2, at Brin­disi.

Michael Phelps roared from last to first on the fi­nal lap to win the 100-me­ter freestyle over run­ner-up Ryan Lochte in the Arena Pro Swim Se­ries at Mesa, Ariz. Phelps clocked 49.72 sec­onds. Lochte, the fastest qual­i­fier, fin­ished sec­ond in 49.77. In the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley, Lochte led all the way and won in 1:58.70 as Phelps took third in 2:00.01.

In boxing, An­drzej Fon­fara (26-4, 15 knock­outs) knocked down

Julio Ce­sar Chavez Jr. (48-2) in the ninth round at StubHub Cen­ter in Car­son and won af­ter the bell when the ref­eree stopped it on ad­vice from Chavez’s trainer, Joe Goossen. The knock­down was Chavez’s first in his ca­reer. . . . Terence Craw­ford (26-0, 18 KOs) took the va­cant WBO ju­nior-wel­ter­weight ti­tle with a sixth-round tech­ni­cal knock­out of Thomas Du­lorme (22-2) at Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

In the NHL, the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers won the draft lot­tery de­spite hav­ing just an 11.5% chance. The Kings will draft 13th. . . . Chicago Black­hawks rookie goal­tender Scott Dar­ling will start in place of Corey Craw­ford against the Nashville Preda­tors in Game 3 of their first-round play­off se­ries. Nashville de­fense­man Shea We­ber will not make the trip to Chicago be­cause of an in­jury suf­fered in Game 2.

In horse rac­ing, One Lucky Dane will miss next month’s Ken­tucky Derby af­ter in­jur­ing his left front foot dur­ing a work­out at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old colt will have surgery to in­sert two screws, trainer Bob Baf­fert said. . . . Whiskey Ticket, also trained by Baf­fert, held off Con­quest Curli­nate to win the $400,000 Illi­nois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course at Cicero, Ill.

In UFC, Luke Rock­hold (14-2) made Ly­oto Machida (22-6) tap at 2:32 of the sec­ond round to win a main event show­down be­tween two of the top mid­dleweights at Ne­wark, N.J. Jacare Souza, the No. 1-ranked mid­dleweight, stopped Chris Camozzi in the co-main event, win­ning with an arm­bar sub­mis­sion at 2:33 of the first round.

In mo­tor sports, Joey Logano led flag to flag to win NASCAR’s Xfin­ity Se­ries race at Bris­tol, Tenn. . . . In For­mula One, de­fend­ing cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from the pole po­si­tion at Sakhir.

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