DeCham­beau takes lead into fi­nal round in Dubai.

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

Base­ball

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.

Win­ter sports

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.

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