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Munoz main­tains

Se­bas­tian Munoz shot a 2-un­der 68 on Satur­day to main­tain a two-stroke lead over Robert Streb af­ter the third round of The Green­brier Clas­sic at White Sul­phur Springs, W. Va., keep­ing the PGA Tour rookie in po­si­tion to be­come the tour­na­ment’s first wire-to-wire win­ner. The 24-year-old Colom­bian was at 14-un­der 196 at Old White TPC. Streb shot a 65. Rookie Xan­der Schauf­fele and Jamie Love­mark were 11 un­der af­ter 66s. Davis Love III was at 10 un­der af­ter a 68. At 53, he’s try­ing to be­come the old­est win­ner on the PGA Tour. Kelly Kraft (67) and Rus­sell Hen­ley (68) also were 10 un­der. While his birdie pace slowed to a trickle, Munoz over­came sev­eral mis­cues to stay atop the leader­board. He saved par on the ninth hole af­ter driv­ing un­der a tree, re­gained the lead with a 26-foot birdie putt on the par-4 13th af­ter driv­ing into the rough, and added a 36-footer for birdie on the par-4 15th. David Ling­merth (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) shot 72 and is even par go­ing into the fi­nal round to­day.

Kirk leads by 4

Kather­ine Kirk shot a 7-un­der 65 on Satur­day to open a fourstroke lead in the Thorn­berry Creek LPGA Clas­sic at Oneida, Wis., and move into po­si­tion to chal­lenge the tour’s 72-hole record. Com­ing off a ca­reer-best 63 on Fri­day, the 35-year-old Aus­tralian reached 20-un­der 196 in the first year event at Thorn­berry Creek — the Oneida Na­tion-owned re­sort near Green Bay. The LPGA Tour record for 72 holes is 27 un­der, set by An­nika Soren­stam in the 2001 Stan­dard Reg­is­ter Ping in Phoenix and matched by Sei Young Kim last year in the Founders Cup, also in Phoenix. Soren­stam shot a record 59 in the second round. Kirk played the first five holes in 1 over with a birdie on No. 1 and bo­geys on Nos. 3 and 5. She re­bounded with a birdied on No. 6, ran off four con­sec­u­tive on Nos. 8-11 and added birdies on 13, 15 and 17. On the par-4 18th, she saved par with a 15-footer af­ter find­ing the right fair­way bunker and hit­ting her ap­proach well left. Kirk won the last of her two tour ti­tles in 2010. South Africa’s Ash­leigh Buhai was second af­ter a 65.

Rahm, Im share lead

Jan Rahm shot a second con­sec­u­tive 5-un­der 67 at the Ir­ish Open and moved into a share of the lead with Daniel Im in the third round on Satur­day. On a day of good scor­ing over the links at Port­stew­art Golf Club, the 11th-ranked Rahm moved to 17 un­der par over­all af­ter mak­ing four con­sec­u­tive birdies from No. 11 and par­ring his way home. Im, a 542nd-ranked Amer­i­can who was tied for the lead with Ben­jamin

He­bert af­ter the first two rounds, birdied five of his open­ing 14 holes and scram­bled su­perbly at the end to shoot a 68 and stay along­side Rahm. He­bert is a stroke be­hind af­ter shoot­ing 69. The No. 2-ranked

Hideki Mat­suyama dropped into a tie for 22nd af­ter a 72. Julien

Quesne and Scott Hend both shot 64s for the low­est round of the day and are fifth and sixth, re­spec­tively.

U.S., Panama tie

Dom Dwyer scored for the second con­sec­u­tive game but Miguel Ca­ma­rago’s goal gave Panama a 1-1 tie Satur­day against the United States, the first time the Amer­i­cans failed to win their opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Nashville, Tenn. Af­ter scor­ing in his U.S. de­but last week­end against Ghana, the Eng­land-born Dwyer put the Amer­i­cans ahead in the 50th minute with a left-footed shot from 9 yards that went in off the far post. Dwyer, the hus­band of U.S. women’s team for­ward Sydney Ler­oux, ran onto a cross from Ke­lyn Rowe fol­low­ing a throw-in by Jorge Vil­lafana. Panama put on im­me­di­ate pres­sure, and Ca­margo sent a re­bound past the out­stretched right hand of Brad Guzan in the 60th minute af­ter the goal­keeper saved an ini­tial shot by Gabriel Tor­res that fol­lowed Edgar Barce­nas’ cross. The U.S. had won its pre­vi­ous 13 Gold Cup open­ers and dropped to 30-1-4 in Gold Cup group-stage play, with the lone de­feat against Los Canaleros in 2011. The last four matches be­tween the na­tions have ended in 1-1 ties.

Lukaku cited for noise

Soccer star Romelu Lukaku is in trou­ble for rau­cous par­ty­ing in Cal­i­for­nia. Lukaku, 24, was ar­rested at a house he was stay­ing at in Bev­erly Hills af­ter of­fi­cers warned him five times to turn down the mu­sic at a party, po­lice said Satur­day. The striker from Bel­gium plays for Ever­ton in the Premier League, but Manch­ester United is try­ing to sign him to a $97 mil­lion trans­fer deal. It’s not clear why Lukaku was in the Los An­ge­les area, but Manch­ester United plays the LA Galaxy in a pre­sea­son ex­hi­bi­tion next week­end. Lukaku was not hand­cuffed or booked July 2 when he was cited for ex­ces­sive noise.

Em­biid fined

Joel Em­biid has been fined $10,000 by the NBA for in­ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage on so­cial me­dia. This comes from the 76ers cen­ter say­ing “(Ex­ple­tive) LaVar Ball” re­cently on In­sta­gram live. His words came af­ter Ball, the fa­ther of Los An­ge­les Lak­ers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, made com­ments about Em­biid and Ben Sim­mons on a ra­dio pro­gram. The bad blood be­tween the Sixers pair and Ball be­gan on the night of the NBA draft af­ter Em­biid tweeted to Sim­mons about Lonzo on draft night. His tweet read: “Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.”

T-Wolves for­ward fined

New Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves for­ward Taj Gib­son was ar­rested in New York City and charged with a mov­ing ve­hi­cle vi­o­la­tion and driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense early Thurs­day morn­ing, four days af­ter he agreed to a two-year, $28 mil­lion con­tract to play in Min­nesota. Ac­cord­ing to the New York Po­lice De­part­ment, po­lice ob­served a 2016 Mercedes Benz sedan make an il­le­gal U-turn in the bor­ough of Queens just be­fore 3 a.m. lo­cal time Thurs­day. Po­lice stopped the ve­hi­cle and the op­er­a­tor, iden­ti­fied as Gib­son, pro­duced an Illi­nois driver’s li­cense that a com­puter check de­ter­mined to be sus­pended.

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