June 24, 2012 in Sports

Davis knotted with Thatcher at Travelers

 
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Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, left, and France’s Laurent Koscielny reach for the ball Saturday in Donetsk, Ukraine.
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Englishman Brian Davis shot a 6-under-par 64, and Roland Thatcher had a 65 on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., at 12 under.

Both are looking for their first win on the PGA Tour.

Davis made an early move, shooting a 29 on the front nine with six birdies.

Thatcher overtook him with three straight birdies on the back nine and had a one-stroke lead before missing a 7-foot par putt on the 17th hole.

John Rollins, James Driscoll and Stuart Appleby were two strokes back.

Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson, who led after two rounds, shot even par to remain at 9 under.

Tway leads Montreal Championship: Bob Tway shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec.

The 53-year-old Tway had a 9-under 135 total on Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club’s Vercheres Course. Winless on the 50-and-over tour, he won the 2003 Canadian Open for the last of his eight PGA Tour titles. Calcavecchia shot a 67. Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot 74 and is eight strokes behind.

Park tops LPGA Tour leaderboard: South Korea’s Inbee Park shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.

The 2008 U.S. Women’s Open champion had a 14-under 199 total at Grey Silo. She rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a birdie on the par-5 18th.

Kim wins U.S. Women’s Publinx: Kyung Kim won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, beating Ashlan Ramsey 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final at Neshanic Station, N.J.

The 18-year-old Kim, from Chandler, Ariz., took a 2-up lead with a birdie on the 32nd hole, won the 33rd with another birdie and took the 34th with a par to close out the match.

Spain beats France to reach semifinals

Soccer: Xabi Alonso scored two goals in his 100th international appearance, leading Spain to a 2-0 win over France and a spot in the European Championship semifinals in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Alonso first scored with a thumping downward header in the 19th minute and then converted a penalty in injury time.

The win was Spain’s first over France in a competitive match in seven attempts. Spain will next face Portugal on Wednesday in Donetsk in the semifinals as it bids to win a third straight major title.

U.S. defeats Canada in Title IX game

Softball: Samantha Fischer homered in her first international competition with the U.S. national softball team, and the Americans rolled to a 9-1 victory over Canada in Oklahoma City in an exhibition game recognizing the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Fischer led off the fifth inning with her second home run for the U.S. team.

Christi Orgeron added a two-run double later in the inning to make it 9-1 and end the game because of the run rule.

Lopez stops Ortiz in welterweight bout

Boxing: Unheralded Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 Kos) stopped welterweight star Victor Ortiz, apparently breaking Ortiz’s jaw during the ninth round to earn an upset victory in Los Angeles.

Ortiz and his corner stopped the fight before the 10th-round bell when the injury left Ortiz unable to close his mouth.

Ferrer, Petrova capture Unicef Open

Tennis: Top-seeded David Ferrer beat unseeded Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-4 to win the Unicef Open grass-court tournament in Den Bosch, Netherlands, for the second time, while Nadia Petrova defeated Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-3 to take the women’s title.

Ferrer, the 2008 champion, broke the German twice in the opening set and once in the second.

The eighth-seeded Petrova dropped her first service game to Radwanska, but the Russian recovered to take the first set 6-4, breaking the unseeded Pole at love in the set’s final game.

Zo Impressive wins at Belmont Park

Horse racing: Zo Impressive beat Disposablepleasure by three-quarters of a length in the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park in New York.

Believe You Can, the 5-2 second choice, angled outside in the lane and stalled, settling for third.

Rachel Alexandra in foal with filly: Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year who gave birth to her first foal in January, is expecting again.

Stonestreet Farm announced the news in a tweet: “IT’S A GIRL!!!!”


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