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Pair share lead

Thomas Pi­eters ended a roller-coaster round with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 4-un­der 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Zach John­son on Sat­ur­day go­ing into the fi­nal round of the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional at Akron, Ohio. Pi­eters built a big lead early with five birdies on his open­ing eight holes at Fire­stone, only to run into trou­ble off the tee. He made only three pars over his last 11 holes and wound up with his best chance yet to win in Amer­ica. John­son, who hasn’t won since cap­tur­ing his sec­ond ma­jor at St. An­drews in 2015, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 65. They were at 9-un­der 201. Scott Hend, who got into his first Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional on a loop­hole, shot a 63 and was one back.

Kim ahead by 6

I.K. Kim an­swered the chal­lenge with a 6-un­der 66 in the Women’s Bri­tish Open to build a six-shot lead as she goes af­ter her first ma­jor cham­pi­onship. Kim faced a bat­tle be­fore she even teed off Sat­ur­day at Kings­barns Links at St. An­drews, Scot­land. In­bee Park tied a course record with a 64 to get within one shot. Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) shot a 65 and was only two shots be­hind. Kim was equally im­pres­sive. The 29-year-old South Korean played bo­gey-free and was at 17-un­der 199. She was six shots clear of Ge­or­gia Hall of Eng­land and Moriya Ju­tanu­garn. Lexi Thomp­son shot 74 and was 10 shots be­hind.

Three in the lead

Paul Goy­dos shot a tour­na­ment-record 60 Sat­ur­day and is tied with Kenny Perry and Gene Sauers af­ter two rounds of the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ 3M Cham­pi­onship. Goy­dos, who shot 59 at the PGA’s 2010 John Deere Clas­sic, was 7-un­der through 12 holes, be­fore birdies at 15, 16 and 17 and an ea­gle on the par-5 18th. He needed one putt on 16 greens and two on the others at the TPC Twin Cities. Perry, a co-leader with Mike Goodes af­ter round one, shot his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 65. Sauers shot an 8-un­der 64. Scott Dun­lap (63) and Brandt Jobe (64) were one shot be­hind; Steve Stricker (63) and Marco Daw­son (66) were two back. Goodes shot 68 and was one of seven play­ers trail­ing by three shots. Glen Day (Lit­tle Rock) shot an 8-un­der 64 on Sat­ur­day and sits at 9 un­der over­all, five shots be­hind the lead­ers.

Owen jumps in front

Greg Owen jumped out front with a five-point lead at the Bar­racuda Cham­pi­onship at Reno, Nev., af­ter 9 birdies, 1 bo­gey and 1 dou­ble bo­gey gave him 14 points Sat­ur­day and a three-day to­tal of 37. Stu­art Ap­pleby and Derek Fathauer were tied for sec­ond with 32 points each. Alone in fourth was Ricky Barnes with 31 points. Ben Martin, Dicky Pride and Richy Weren­ski were tied for fifth with 30 points apiece. The play­ers are us­ing a mod­i­fied Stable­ford scor­ing for­mat. Tag Rid­ings (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) had 20 points go­ing into the fi­nal round to­day. Ken Duke (Arkadel­phia, Hen­der­son State) had 19 points.

Yun leads by 1

An­drew Yun shot a 2-un­der 68 on Fri­day to lead the El­lie Mae Clas­sic at Hay­ward, Calif., by one stroke. Yun’s 15-un­der 195 is one bet­ter that Jim Knous and two bet­ter than Lanto Grif­fin, Nate Lash­ley and Bran­don Harkins. Martin Piller is alone at 12 un­der par. Austin Cook (Jones­boro, Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) is 10 un­der af­ter a 69. Tay­lor Moore (Ra­zor­backs) is 8 un­der af­ter a 68. Zack Fis­cher (Lit­tle Rock) is even par af­ter a 73. Matt Atkins (Hen­der­son State) is 2 over af­ter a 75.

TEN­NIS An­der­son ad­vances

South African Kevin An­der­son, the No. 15 seed, took just 90 min­utes Sat­ur­day to beat the last re­main­ing Amer­i­can, Jack Sock, 6-3, 6-4, at the Citi Open in Wash­ing­ton, de­ploy­ing 12 aces from his 6-foot-8 frame along the way. A tall or­der awaits An­der­son in to­day’s fi­nal, where he will play ei­ther fifth-seeded Alexan­der Zverev or sec­ond-seeded Kei Nishikori af­ter those play­ers were sched­uled to meet later Sat­ur­day. As for to­day’s fi­nal, with his body and his ten­nis hold­ing up, An­der­son said he feels he’s in a good po­si­tion to take the crown. He has one vic­tory against Nishikori in five meet­ings and has lost both of his meet­ings with Zverev, in­clud­ing a loss in Wash­ing­ton two years ago when the Ger­man was just a teenager. That was a dif­fer­ent, less re­fined Zverev. But An­der­son has been through try­ing times and emerged dif­fer­ently as well. He makes an ef­fort to be more pos­i­tive on court nowa­days. “I feel like I’m on a great path, and if I con­tinue to do that I’ll give my­self the best chance [to­day],” An­der­son said.

Kohlschreiber wins

Philipp Kohlschreiber won his eighth ca­reer ATP tour ti­tle by de­feat­ing Joao Sousa of Por­tu­gal 6-3, 6-4 in the fi­nal of the Gen­er­ali Open at Kitzbue­hel, Aus­tria, on Sat­ur­day. The 47th-ranked Ger­man ral­lied from a break down in both sets and won five of the last six games to close out the vic­tory at the fi­nal clay-court event of the sea­son. Kohlschreiber’s vic­tory came one week af­ter he pulled out of his semi­fi­nal in Ham­burg with a thigh in­jury. Kohlschreiber, who re­sides in Kitzbue­hel, also won the ti­tle two years ago af­ter com­ing run­ner-up in 2012. The 62nd-ranked Sousa, who is 0-2 in fi­nals this sea­son, was look­ing for his third ca­reer ti­tle, and first since win­ning in Va­len­cia two years ago.

SWIM­MING Lochte fin­ishes 5th

In his first USA Swim­ming-sanc­tioned event af­ter a 10-month sus­pen­sion for his be­hav­ior at Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Ryan Lochte fin­ished fifth in the men’s 100 me­ter back­stroke fi­nal with a time of 55.16 sec­onds Sat­ur­day at the U.S. Open in East Meadow, N.Y. Arkady Vy­atchanin was first with a time of 53.91, fol­lowed by Christo­pher Reid (54.54), Xavier Mo­hammed (54.62) and Brock Bonetti (54.99) ahead of Lochte, who qual­i­fied for the fi­nals by plac­ing seventh in the pre­lim­i­nary meet with a time of 55.59 sec­onds. Matthew Josa (55.38), Hen­nessey Stu­art (55.38) and Clark Beach (55.48) rounded out the heat. All eight swim­mers stood on the podium af­ter the race. Lochte will swim in the 200 in­ter­me­di­ate med­ley to­day, where where he is the top seed. The week-long event, held at the Nas­sau County Aquatic Cen­ter, is serv­ing as Lochte’s first rec­og­nized com­pet­i­tive meet fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at the Rio Olympics.

HORSE RAC­ING Fires-trained colt wins

Colonels­dark­tem­per, who broke his maiden in his ca­reer de­but at Oak­lawn Park in Fe­bru­ary, took the lead at the start of Sat­ur­day’s Grade III $750,000 West Vir­ginia Derby un­der 56-year-old jockey Jon Court and never gave it up. The end re­sult was a 1-length vic­tory over Game Over and Ken­tucky Derby run­nerup Lookin At Lee at Moun­taineer Casino Race­track. Colonels­dark­tem­per ran the 11/8-mile dis­tance in 1:50.68. Race fa­vorite Patch was fourth. It was the third vic­tory in eight starts for the son of Colonel John, who is trained by Oak­lawn-based Jinks Fires and owned by four-time Indy 500 win­ner A.J. Foyt. Col-onels­dark­tem­per was com­ing off sec­ond-place fin­ishes to McCraken at Churchill Downs in June and to Irap in the In­di­ana Derby three weeks ago.

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