Golf: Jim Furyk missed a couple of birdie chances early in the third round at the Bridgestone Invitational Saturday in Akron, Ohio, but was more than happy to settle for pars on a Firestone course that was firm, fast, bouncy and increasingly difficult. He made 16 pars, along with one birdie on the front nine and one bogey on the back nine, for an even-par 70 that gave him a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen, who had a 68.
Furyk never paid much attention to the leaderboard, so he wasn’t aware that he had a five-shot lead at one point on the front nine. Oosthuizen made up ground with three birdies over the final 10 holes to get back into the picture.
Furyk, who was at 11-under 199, will be in the final group today with Oosthuizen and Keegan Bradley, four strokes back after a 67.
It could be a big day for Bradley, who needs a runner-up finish to move into the top eight in the Ryder Cup standings and qualify for the U.S. team after next week.
Rory McIlroy, with an outside chance of returning to No. 1 in the world if he were to win, had a 67 and joined Steve Stricker (68) at 6-under 204, five shots behind. Tiger Woods broke par for the first time all week, though his 68 left him 11 shots behind on a course where he has won seven times.
• Peoples shoots 62 for 3M lead: David Peoples matched his career best with a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn.
Peoples, who twice shot 62 on the PGA Tour, made six straight birdies at the TPC Twin Cities to get to 10 under through seven holes, also birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 13 and closed with an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18. Winless on the 50-and-over tour, he had a 14-under 130 total.
• Henry tops Reno-Tahoe Open: J.J. Henry had an eagle for the third straight day and scored 14 points to take the third-round lead at the Reno-Tahoe Open in Reno, Nev.
John Daly was among more than a dozen players within striking distance in the PGA Tour’s first modified Stableford scoring system event since 2006.
UCI pushes to take over Armstrong case
Miscellany: Cycling’s international governing body is pressing its case for jurisdiction over the doping case against Lance Armstrong.
In a statement released Saturday, the International Cycling Union (UCI) argued that it – and not the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – is the authority that should handle the Armstrong case. USADA officials disagree, and say that with so much corruption in cycling, UCI has a strong motivation not to reveal the truth.
USADA has accused Armstrong of performance-enhancing drug use throughout his career. Armstrong vehemently denies the charges and said the USADA arbitration process is unfair.
Armstrong could lose his Tour titles if he is found to have doped. He has sued in federal district court in Austin, Texas, to stop the USADA’s effort from moving forward. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.
• UConn’s Calhoun fractures hip in bicycle accident: Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun fractured his hip in a bicycle accident hours before he was supposed to coach in a charity game.
Associate head coach George Blaney said the 70-year-old Calhoun was cycling in Madison when he hit some sand and fell. Calhoun was scheduled to have surgery at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.
Haas tops Fish, earns spot in Citi Open final
Tennis: Tommy Haas beat top-seeded Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Citi Open final in Washington, D.C.
Second-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov topped Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 in the second semifinal.
Haas improved to 4-1 against Fish, and has won six of his last seven matches against top-15 players. Fish is ranked 15th.
In the women’s final, Magdalena Rybarikova upset top-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-1.
Rua, Machida post UFC wins in Fox show
UFC: Former champion Lyoto Machida stopped Ryan Bader with one punch midway through the second round of the UFC’s latest prime-time network show in Los Angeles, getting a knockout that might have earned him a chance to reclaim his title.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua stopped Brandon Vera in the main event with a flurry of strikes with 50 seconds left in the fourth round for another dramatic finish.
After the fights, UFC President Dana White said Machida had earned another light heavyweight title shot with his sudden victory.
David, Villwock win at Albert Lee Cup
Hydroplanes: Steve David’s Oh Boy! Oberto withstood the rough waters during the Albert Lee Cup at Seafair in Seattle. He topped Heat 1A with an average lap speed of 133.836.
Dave Villwock’s Spirit of Qatar claimed first in Heat 1B. The waves were large on Lake Washington. The pleasure boats and log booms on the lake made for a lumpy track.
Carter transfers to Florida Atlantic
College football: Former Ohio State and Alabama receiver Duron Carter transferred to Florida Atlantic.
Carter, the son of former NFL star Cris Carter, played his freshman season in 2009 with Ohio State.
Titans’ Amano out with arm injury
NFL: Tennessee Titans center Eugene Amano will miss the season because of a torn triceps muscle in his right arm.
Amano started at center the past two seasons for the Titans. He was injured Thursday night in practice when hit by a helmet while blocking on a pass attempt.