In­ter­na­tion­als lead U.S. by 2 at Pres­i­dents Cup

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SCOREBOARD -

The In­ter­na­tional team had the lead go­ing into the fi­nal day of the Pres­i­dents Cup for the first time in 16 years, and it has a trio of rook­ies to thank for that.

Marc Leish­man and un­beaten rookie Abra­ham Ancer staged a big rally Satur­day af­ter­noon in four­somes, go­ing from 5 down with eight holes to play to earn an un­likely halve against Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.

Byeong Hun An and Joaquin Nie­mann never led in the fi­nal match and scratched out another half-point against Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau.

That gave the In­ter­na­tion­als a 10-8 lead go­ing into Sun­day sin­gles at Royal Mel­bourne in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, and a real chance to win the Pres­i­dents Cup for only the sec­ond time in its 25-year history.

“We’ve given our­selves a great shot to win the ses­sion to­mor­row and win this cup,” said Adam Scott, who has been part of one tie and seven straight losses. “I think we’ve got to be pretty happy about that.”

The Amer­i­cans fi­nally showed some fight, even with cap­tain Tiger Woods sit­ting out for both ses­sions. And the cad­die of Pa­trick Reed might have shown too much fight. He con­firmed in a state­ment to the Barstool Sports pod­cast “Foul Play” that he shoved a spec­ta­tor who he felt got too close to Reed while curs­ing him.

Kessler Kar­rain, who’s also Reed’s brother-in-law, wasn’t on his bag for the fi­nal ses­sion.

Base­ball: Fire broke at the fu­ture home of the Rangers, which is un­der con­struc­tion in Ar­ling­ton, Texas. Fire de­part­ment of­fi­cials said the blaze was brought un­der con­trol and no in­juries were re­ported. The cause of the fire hasn’t been de­ter­mined.

Col­lege foot­ball: Navy used a trick play to help re­verse a rare los­ing streak against Army and se­nior QB Mal­colm Perry ran for a ca­reer-high 304 yards and two touch­downs in the No. 23 Mids’ 31-7 vic­tory in Philadel­phia. Navy (10-2) won the Com­man­der-In-Chief’s Tro­phy for the 16th time and snapped a three-game los­ing streak to Army in the 120th game be­tween the ser­vice acad­e­mies. The Black Knights (5-8) were try­ing to win four straight games in the se­ries for the first time since 1993 to 1996 . ... Bos­ton Col­lege named Ohio State co-de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jeff Hafley its next coach. Hafley, 40, re­places Steve Ad­dazio, who was fired last month af­ter go­ing 44-44 in seven sea­sons. Colorado State hired Ad­dazio last week to be its coach . ... Ge­or­gia sopho­more RB James Cook was ar­rested early in the morn­ing on charges of driv­ing with an open con­tainer of al­co­hol and an in­valid driver’s li­cense.

Soc­cer: Mo Salah scored twice to lead Liver­pool to a 2-0 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Wat­ford. With the vic­tory and sec­ond-place Le­ices­ter’s 1-1 draw at home to Nor­wich, Liver­pool ex­tended its lead atop the English Premier League ta­ble to 10 points . ... Two-time de­fend­ing La Liga champ and cur­rent leader Barcelona set­tled for a 2-2 draw against host Real So­ciedad. Barca holds just a one-point lead over Real Madrid, which plays Va­len­cia on Sun­day.

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