Golf: Louis Oosthuizen ran off a flawless string of seven straight birdies Sunday to race by Rory McIlroy and take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.
McIlroy played well. So did Tiger Woods. It just didn’t look like it compared with Oosthuizen, the South African with one of the sweetest swings in golf who had an 8-under 63.
His birdie streak included four putts of at least 20 feet, and he shot 29 on the front nine of the TPC Boston. His seventh straight birdie on the 10th hole, a tap-in, put him at 8 under through 10 holes. McIlroy rallied for a 67 and will play in the final group with Oosthuizen today.
Woods had a 68 and was six shots behind.
Rodriguez holds lead; Piedra wins stage
Cycling: Joaquin Rodriguez withstood Alberto Contador’s repeated attacks while defending his lead in the Spanish Vuelta, and Antonio Piedra of Caja Rural won the 15th stage.
Rodriguez stayed close to Contador’s back wheel with every surge by his fellow Spaniard on the final special category climb to the finish line at the Lagos de Covadonga (Spain) summit.
Piedra separated from a small breakaway group with just over 6 miles to go and finished the 116-mile stage in the Picos de Europa mountains in 5 hours, 1 minute, 23 seconds.
Ruben Perez of Euskadi-Euskaltel, Lloyd Mondory of Ag2r La Mondiale and Piedra’s teammate David de la Fuente were next, just over two minutes behind the pacesetter.
Vandersloot helps Sky slip past Sparks
WNBA: Epiphanny Prince scored 17 points and former Gonzaga Bulldogs star Courtney Vandersloot added 15 to lead the Chicago Sky to an 85-74 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Rosemont, Ill.
Kristi Toliver scored 19 points for the Sparks.
• McCoughtry guides Dream over Sun: Angel McCoughtry, coming off a two-game team suspension, scored 18 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Atlanta Dream to an 87-80 victory over the visiting Connecticut Sun.
The WNBA’s leading scorer – suspended for a violation of an unspecified team policy – made seven of eight shots as the Dream pulled away from a third-quarter tie.
Bailey-Cole wins 100 with Bolt, Blake out
Track and Field: Kemar Bailey-Cole kept Jamaica’s flag flying in the absence of countrymen Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake at the ISTAF event in Berlin, winning the 100 meters and helping his team to victory in the 4x100 hurdles.
Bailey-Cole equaled his personal best of 10 seconds at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium to finish ahead of former world champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis and Jimmy Vicaut of France.
The 20-year-old Bailey-Cole earlier anchored Jamaica to the relay win in 40.58 seconds, taking advantage of a mix-up between Darvis Patton and Wallace Spearmon of the U.S.
Olympic champion Aries Merritt set a meet record of 12.97 seconds to win the men’s 110-meter hurdles.
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