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naples, fla.» Har­ris English and Matt Kuchar won the Franklin Tem­ple­ton Shootout on Satur­day, hold­ing off Wis­con­sin friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly by one stroke.

English and Kuchar also won in 2013, their first start to­gether, and fin­ished sec­ond the past two years. They closed with a 7-un­der-par 65 in bet­ter-ball play to fin­ish at 28-un­der. Stricker and Kelly also shot a 65. Charley Hoff­man and Billy Horschel were third at 26-un­der af­ter clos­ing with a siz­zling 61.

Lexi Thomp­son and Bryson DeCham­beau tied for last at 16-un­der af­ter a 67. Thomp­son be­came the sec­ond woman to com­pete in the event, fol­low­ing An­nika Soren­stam with Fred Cou­ples in 2006.

English and Kuchar each earned $385,000. They opened with a jaw­drop­ping 57 on Thurs­day in the scram­ble round and had a 66 on Fri­day in mod­i­fied al­ter­nate shot.

• Sam Brazel of Australia shot a 3-un­der 67 in the third round of the Hong Kong Open to share the lead with Rafa Cabr­era Bello of Spain.

Cabr­era Bello lost his three-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Golf Club af­ter four bo­geys and a dou­ble bo­gey. He re­cov­ered with birdies on No. 15 and No. 17 for a par-70 round — and 11un­der 199 for the tour­na­ment.

• David Du­val and step­son Nick Kar­avites shot an 11-un­der 61 to take the first-round lead in the PNC Fa­ther/Son Chal­lenge.

Fan fa­vorites John and Lit­tle John Daly shot a 64.

2 deaths in China half marathon B

bei­jing» Two run­ners died af­ter col­laps­ing dur­ing a half marathon in south­ern China, event or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced Satur­day.

One run­ner suf­fered sud­den heart fail­ure 2.8 miles from the fin­ish of the Xi­a­men In­ter­na­tional Half Marathon in the coastal city of the same name. A sec­ond run­ner died af­ter cross­ing the fin­ish line. Both were taken to a hos­pi­tal, where they were de­clared dead.

Chi­nese swim­mer now banned B

lau­sanne, switzer­land» FINA, swim­ming’s gov­ern­ing body, said Chen Xinyi of China has been sus­pended two years from com­pe­ti­tion af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for the di­uretic hy­drochloroth­iazide dur­ing the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this year.

Chen, who was a gold medal­ist on China’s 4x100-me­ter med­ley re­lay team at the Kazan, Rus­sia, world cham­pi­onships in 2015, had al­ready been sus­pended from com­pe­ti­tion by the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport dur­ing the Rio Games af­ter the pos­i­tive test.

FINA said in a state­ment that the 18-year-old Chen’s ban will end Aug. 10, 2018.

Ex-Bay­lor QB headed to Auburn.

Former Bay­lor quar­ter­back Jar­rett Stid­ham will trans­fer to Auburn.

Stid­ham, ESPN’s No. 1-ranked ju­nior col­lege re­cruit, sat out this sea­son af­ter trans­fer­ring out of Bay­lor in July and will be el­i­gi­ble to play in 2017 for the Tigers.

Stid­ham chose Auburn af­ter tak­ing mul­ti­ple vis­its to the SEC school this fall and host­ing coach Gus Malzahn for an in-home visit Fri­day. He also con­sid­ered Florida and Texas A&M dur­ing his re­cruit­ment.

Stid­ham threw for 1,265 yards and 12 touch­downs and started three games as a true fresh­man for Bay­lor in 2015. He left the Big 12 school this past sum­mer af­ter the fir­ing of coach Art Briles and chose to sit out the 2016 sea­son and take on­line cour­ses through McLen­nan Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Waco, Texas, while train­ing for his next op­por­tu­nity.

Cincin­nati hires Fick­ell as coach.

The Cincin­nati Bearcats hired Ohio State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Luke Fick­ell as their head foot­ball coach.

Fick­ell and Cincin­nati reached agree­ment on a six-year deal. The con­tract is pend­ing ap­proval from Cincin­nati’s board of trus­tees dur­ing a meet­ing Sun­day.

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