Cabr­era Bello, Cink, Crane tie for lead

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL -

Rafa Cabr­era Bello shot a five­un­der 65 on Sat­ur­day to join Ben Crane and Stewart Cink in a three­way tie for the lead af­ter three rounds at the St. Jude Clas­sic in Mem­phis, Tenn.

Cabr­era Bello, a 33-year-old from Spain, has four in­ter­na­tional vic­to­ries, but has never won on the PGA Tour. He’s 30th in the World Golf Rank­ing.

Crane shot a 68 and Cink had a 69 to tie Cabr­era Bello at nine-un­der 201.

The 44-year-old Cink has grad­u­ally im­proved his game since miss­ing sev­eral weeks last year to help care for his wife Lisa, who was di­ag­nosed with Stage 4 breast can­cer. He qual­i­fied for the U.S. Open on Mon­day in Ohio and has now had three solid rounds at the par-70 TPC South­wind course to con­tend for his first vic­tory since win­ning the 2009 Bri­tish Open.

He had a good start on Sat­ur­day, with birdies on three of his first five holes.

He opened up a three shot lead at 11-un­der af­ter a seven-foot birdie putt on No. 5, but dropped back to the field af­ter three bo­geys on the back nine.

Crane won the St. Jude Clas­sic in 2014.

Luke List and Chad Camp­bell both shot a 66 and are one stroke be­hind the lead­ers. List made two ea­gles on the back nine to vault into con­tention.

Chez Reavie, Charl Schwartzel and Se­bas­tian Munoz started the third round with a one shot lead over Cink, but each of them strug­gled. Reavie is still in con­tention af­ter shoot­ing a 72 and is tied with Matt Jones and Kevin Chap­pell at seven un­der, two shots be­hind the lead­ers.

Schwartzel shot a 74 and Munoz a 75.

An un­ex­pected pair of lead­ers emerged at the Prin­ci­pal Char­ity Clas­sic, the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons event in Des Moines, while fa­vorite Bernhard Langer stum­bled at the Wakonda Club. Brandt Jobe shot a six-un­der 66 to take a share of the lead af­ter the sec­ond round. Jobe and Glen Day will en­ter Sun­day’s fi­nal round at 11-un­der 133.

Day shot a 67 and made birdie on No. 18 to join Jobe atop the leader­board. Kevin Suther­land, who shared the first round lead with Day and Langer, the tour’s money leader, is at nine un­der.

Kevin Flesch, Tom Lehman, Michael Bradley are three strokes back of Jobe and Day. Langer is in a group at seven un­der af­ter shoot­ing a sec­ond-round 71.

Felipe Aguilar of Chile re­tained a two-stroke lead af­ter the third round of the Ly­oness Open in Atzen­brugg, Aus­tria.

Lead­ing from the open­ing day, the 399th-ranked Aguilar is chas­ing his third Euro­pean Tour ti­tle. He re­mained nine un­der for the tour­na­ment. Jo­han Carls­son of Swe­den, Dy­lan Frit­telli of South Africa and Sepp Straka of Aus­tria fol­lowed at seven un­der.

Skip­per Nathan Out­teridge of Swe­den’s Artemis Rac­ing, fell over­board dur­ing a tack in Race 3 of the chal­lenger fi­nals, al­low­ing Emi­rates Team New Zealand to sail ahead and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-nine chal­lenger se­ries. He was not in­jured.

Three more races are sched­uled for Sun­day.

Will Power won a wild IndyCar race un­der cau­tion at the repaved and re­con­fig­ured Texas track with only eight of the 22-car field ac­tu­ally cross­ing the fin­ish line Sat­ur­day night. Power fin­ished ahead of Tony Kanaan, who other driv­ers blamed for an ear­lier nine-car crash that led to a nearly 31-minute red flag. Si­mon Pa­ge­naud was third, ahead of de­fend­ing race cham­pion Gra­ham Ra­hal.

Brad Ke­selowski passed Kyle Lar­son on the fi­nal lap to win the Po­cono Green 250, at Long Pond, Pa. Justin Al­gaier passed Lar­son as well at the end to fin­ish sec­ond. Lar­son held on for third place in the race, part of NASCAR’s Xfin­ity Se­ries.

Lewis Hamil­ton has won the pole po­si­tion at the Cana­dian Grand Prix for the third year in a row. It’s the sixth pole po­si­tion in Mon­treal for Hamil­ton and the 65th in his ca­reer, ty­ing him with Ayr­ton Senna and just three be­hind Michael Schu­macher’s record of 68.

Hamil­ton steered his Mercedes to the fastest time in qual­i­fy­ing, about three-tenths of a sec­ond faster than For­mula One points leader Se­bastien Vet­tel in his Fer­rari. Valt­teri Bot­tas was third in his Mercedes.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said that the Florida Pan­thers have of­fered Bob Bough­ner the job of head coach, and that some re­main­ing de­tails be­tween the team and the for­mer NHL de­fense­man should be worked out by Mon­day. Bough­ner spent the last two sea­sons as an as­sis­tant coach in San Jose, work­ing un­der for­mer Florida coach Peter DeBoer. He has never been a head coach in the NHL.

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