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GOLF Fowler builds lead

Win­less in more than a year, Rickie Fowler fin­ished strong Satur­day for a 5-un­der 65 and built a four-shot lead go­ing into the fi­nal round of the Honda Clas­sic at Palm Beach Gar­dens, Fla. Fowler made two birdies over the last three holes at rel­a­tively be­nign PGA Na­tional as ev­ery­one else around him was mak­ing mis­takes. That put him at 13-un­der 197. Fowler was four shots ahead of Tyrrell Hat­ton of Eng­land, play­ing his first PGA Tour event in Florida. Hat­ton ran off three con­sec­u­tive birdies to get within one of the lead un­til he went long on the 17th and made bo­gey, then left a wedge short of the 18th green and had to scram­ble for par and a 66. Two-time ma­jor cham­pion Martin Kaymer was in po­si­tion to join him un­til he took bo­gey from the mid­dle of the fair­way on the 18th and wound up with a 68. That left him in a large group at 7-un­der 203 that in­cluded Emil­iano Grillo, who fin­ished his 65 just as the lead­ers were start­ing the third round.

Amy Yang had a four-stroke lead at 17 un­der with five holes left in the LPGA Thai­land at Chon­buri when third-round play was sus­pended be­cause of dark­ness. The South Korean player and 2015 cham­pion had 10 birdies and an ea­gle in 31 holes Satur­day in the rain-de­layed tour­na­ment on Siam Coun­try Club’s Pat­taya Old Course. Eng­land’s Jodi Ewart Shad­off and South Korea’s Sei Young Kim were 11 un­der, and Thai sis­ters Ariya and Moriya Ju­tanu­garn were in the group at 10 un­der — all still on the course. Stacy Lewis (Ar­kan­sas Ra­zor­backs) shot a 2-un­der 70 (4-un­der 212). Gaby Lopez (Ra­zor­backs) also had a 70 (1-over 217).

The Joburg Open in Jo­han­nes­burg was re­duced to 54 holes af­ter more rain left the course wa­ter­logged and forced an­other sus­pen­sion in play. Many of the play­ers hadn’t started the third round when thun­der and light­ning forced or­ga­niz­ers to halt play early in the af­ter­noon at Royal Jo­han­nes­burg and Kensington Golf Club. Eng­land’s Paul War­ing and South Africa’s

Dar­ren Fichardt shared the lead at 11 un­der, with War­ing com­plet­ing a 67 in his sec­ond round early Satur­day.

TEN­NIS Sock ad­vances

Jack Sock won the last seven points of a sec­ond-set tiebreaker to beat Don­ald Young 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Satur­day in an all-Amer­i­can semi­fi­nal at the Del­ray Beach Open. Sock, seeded third and ranked 21st in the world, will face No. 1 seed Mi­los Raonic of Canada or No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro of Ar­gentina to­day in the fi­nal. Raonic and del Potro played Satur­day night. Sock never lost his serve all day and al­lowed Young only one break-point op­por­tu­nity. Young took a 2-0 lead in the sec­ond-set tiebreaker, but didn’t win an­other point.

Do­minic Thiem and Pablo

Car­reno Busta will face off in the fi­nal of the clay-court Rio Open. Thiem de­feated Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las 6-1, 6-4 on Satur­day to ad­vance, and Car­reno Busta ru­ined the night of 18-year-old Nor­we­gian Casper Ruud, 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. Thiem broke Ramos-Vi­no­las three con­sec­u­tive times to take the first set, and one more time to start the sec­ond. Thiem is seek­ing his eighth ATP sin­gles ti­tle. Car­reno Busta is af­ter his third ATP sin­gles ti­tle. He’s also in the dou­bles fi­nal af­ter­ward with part­ner Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. He’s likely to get about a one-hour break, or less.

Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga de­feated de­fend­ing cham­pion Nick Kyr­gios 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4 at the Open 13 in Mar­seille, France, on Satur­day, set­ting up an all-French fi­nal at the in­door tour­na­ment. The first matchup be­tween the pair was hard-fought as Tsonga weath­ered 16 aces from the Aus­tralian, saved five break points and broke early in the de­cider to pre­vail in more than two hours. Tsonga will take on Lu­cas Pouille, who de­feated Richard Gas­quet 7-5, 6-3 in an all-French semi­fi­nal to reach his first fi­nal this sea­son. Pouille, who has won back-to-back matches this week for the first time in 2017, hit 12 aces and saved 5 of 6 break points.

BASE­BALL Wong still hurt­ing

Kolten Wong is still both­ered by a right shoul­der in­jury from a tum­ble he took while play­ing left field last Septem­ber at Wrigley Field. The St. Louis Car­di­nals sec­ond base­man said Satur­day that he’s been deal­ing with “ten­der­ness” in the shoul­der. He re­ceived a cor­ti­sone shot in the shoul­der at the end of the sea­son, and the right-handed thrower didn’t pick up a ball un­til Jan­uary. The shoul­der trou­bles Wong when he throws. He has had an MRI but says he does “not yet” need surgery. Wong has been on a lim­ited throw­ing pro­gram since spring train­ing be­gan and did not play in St. Louis’ Grape­fruit League opener on Satur­day. He did take in­field be­fore the game. Man­ager Mike Ma­theny said he ex­pects Wong could play as soon as to­day. Wong is not ex­pected to play any out­field this sea­son.

MIS­CEL­LA­NEOUS ACC: Pleased with ef­fort

At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence Com­mis­sioner John Swof­ford said he’s en­cour­aged that North Carolina law­mak­ers have filed bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion to re­peal a law that lim­its pro­tec­tions for LGBT peo­ple. The ACC and the NCAA pulled sport­ing events out of the state last fall in re­sponse to the so­called “bath­room bill.” The bi­par­ti­san plan to re­peal House Bill 2 was filed Wednes­day, though some gay rights groups and Demo­cratic Gov.

Roy Cooper have crit­i­cized pro­vi­sions within the mea­sure. In a state­ment Satur­day, Swof­ford said the league would be ready to “re­open the dis­cus­sion” on hold­ing neu­tral-site events in the state if the law is re­pealed. He said the league “is pleased the Leg­is­la­ture is ded­i­cated to re­solv­ing this im­por­tant is­sue.”

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