DeChambeau takes lead into final round in Dubai.
American golfer Bryson DeChambeau will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic after shooting a 4-under 68 on Saturday.
Li Haotong, who is looking to claim back-toback victories at the Emirates Golf Club, is the nearest challenger to DeChambeau after moving into second place outright with a third straight 67 of the week.
Three-time winner Ernie Els (70) and Matt Wallace (69) are two shots further back after three rounds.
DeChambeau, who is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 5, is seeking his first victory overseas.
Venezuela defends role as series host despite MLB warning: It’s “Play Ball!” for Venezuela’s besieged socialist government, which wants to go ahead with an international baseball tournament despite safety concerns stemming from anti-government unrest that has roiled the nation in the past week.
On Saturday, Sports Minister Pedro Infante, flanked by Venezuelan winter league officials, said that the government can guarantee security for the teams from five countries signed up to participate in the Caribbean Series, which is set to start Feb. 2 in the central city of Barquisimeto.
Major League Baseball this week recommended in the “strongest terms” that players and staff not travel to Venezuela for the tournament.
Track and field
Stanford’s track team safe after charter bus fire: Members of the Stanford University track team are safe after their charter bus caught fire in Seattle on Friday.
The team was traveling to an invitational track meet at the University of Washington when some students noticed flames at the back of the bus as they traveled northbound on Interstate 5.
Chen 1st after short program, Cain and LeDuc win US title: Nathan Chen took the lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a dazzling short program Saturday at Detroit and is in great position to win a third straight national title.
Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc won the pairs competition.
Olympic champion Mikael Kingsbury of Canada won a World Cup moguls race at MontTremblant, Quebec. On the women’s side, Perrine Laffont of France was the winner.