September 23, 2012 in Sports

Snedeker makes push for FedEx Cup

 
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Ryan Moore reacts after missing a putt on the 16th hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament.
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Golf: Brandt Snedeker had one of his best rounds of the year, a 6-under-par 64 on Saturday that gave him a share of the lead at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

It could turn out to be a round worth $10 million.

Snedeker, in control of his game despite increasing wind at tree-lined East Lake, made a collection of tough putts and used his short game to pick up a couple of other birdies to wind up atop the leaderboard with Justin Rose, who also played bogey-free for a 68.

Today at East Lake is the final day of the FedEx Cup, and it has never been more up for grabs among so many top players.

Rory McIlroy had a 68 and was three shots behind. Tiger Woods salvaged an important par after bouncing a shot off a Georgia pine and had a 67 that put him four shots behind.

McIlroy, Woods and Snedeker were among the top five seeds coming into the Tour Championship, meaning they only have to win today to claim the FedEx Cup title and its $10 million bonus, the richest prize in golf.

Ryan Moore spoiled his round with a bogey on the 17th and still had a 65, putting him alone in third at 6-under 204.

Jim Furyk, the 36-hole leader, tumbled down to a 72. • Lewis takes lead in LPGA: Third-ranked Stacy Lewis shot a 7-under 65 to take a two- stroke lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala., while second-round leader Lexi Thompson fell five shots behind.

Lewis had a 15-under 201 total on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex.

Wendy Ward, of Edwall, Wash., was 5 under after a 70.

Vandersloot, Sky end season with victory

WNBA: Former Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot scored 20 points to help the Chicago Sky beat the Washington Mystics 77-58 in Rosemont, Ill., both teams’ season-ending game.

It was the Mystics’ 13th straight loss.

Tsonga, Seppi make Moselle Open final

Tennis: Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat eighth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 in Metz, France, to advance to the Moselle Open final. He will defend his title against fifth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy.

Seppi rallied past seventh- seeded Gael Monfils of France 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

• Wozniacki advances to finals: Caroline Wozniacki has advanced to the finals of the Korea Open, beating Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Dane will face Kaia Kanepi of Estonia today. Kanepi beat Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Burns retains WBO lightweight belt

Boxing: Ricky Burns of Scotland stopped Kevin Mitchell of England in the fourth round to keep his minor WBO lightweight title a second time before a partisan crowd in Glasgow, Scotland.

• Wlodarczyk keeps hold of title: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk of Poland successfully defended his WBC cruiserweight title, unanimously outpointing second-time challenger Francisco Palacios of Puerto Rico in Wroclaw, Poland.

Jones defends title with win over Belfort

Miscellany: Jon Jones successfully defended his light heavyweight title, surviving an early scare to submit former champion Vitor Belfort in the fourth round at UFC 152 in Toronto.

• Two Americans win titles: Dave Slavinski and Elizabeth Waterstraat won titles in the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.

Slavinski, from Point Pleasant, N.J., finished in 4 hours, 7 minutes, 20 seconds. Waterstraat, from Naperville, Ill., finished in 4:48:16.

• Vos wins road race: Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the cycling world championships road race in Valkenburg, Netherlands, for the second time to add to her gold medal from the London Olympics.

• Cashman, veteran of harness racing, dies: John Cashman, a veteran of the harness racing industry and the father of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, has died. He was 72.

Carol Hodes, publicity director for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of NJ, said John Cashman died Saturday in Atlantis, Fla. She said Cashman had been battling pancreatic cancer.

• Longtime basketball coach Kessler dies: Marv Kessler, a longtime high school and college basketball coach who became a coach to coaches by observing practices and making suggestions, has died.

Kessler, age 82, had been diagnosed with cancer several years ago and died Wednesday at NYU Medical Center, according to several friends.

• Dust and Diamonds wins Belmont’s Gallant Bloom: Dust and Diamonds earned a spot in the Breeders’ Cup with a 1 1/4-length victory over Judy the Beauty in the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park in New York.

• Handsome Mike wins Pennsylvania Derby: Long-shot Handsome Mike won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, and My Miss Aurelia took the $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa.


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