Mahan leaves while leading to be with wife
Golf: Hunter Mahan gave up the lead in the Canadian Open at Oakville, Ontario when his wife went into labor, and Brandt Snedeker grabbed the top spot a few hours later Saturday.
Mahan was 13 under after two rounds when he got a call saying wife Kandi had gone into labor with their first child. The American rushed to the airport for a flight to Texas.
Snedeker had a 9-under 63 at Glen Abbey to take the lead after the rain-delayed third round. There were scattered showers and an 80-minute delay because of lightning.
Sweden’s David Lingmerth was a stroke back after a 65.
• Langer in charge at Senior British: Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open in Southport, England, mastering Royal Birkdale with superb links play for a 4-under 66.
Langer shared the overnight lead with American Mark Wiebe but birdied three of his first seven holes to jump in front on his own. David Frost of South Africa shot his third straight 68 to sit alone in second place, while Wiebe only managed a 70 to drop into third, four shots back.
• Then wins U.S. Junior: Gabriella Then won the U.S. Girls’ Junior in Fort Wayne, Ind., spoiling Lakareber Abe’s bid to become the first black female individual champion in U.S. Golf Association history.
Then, the 17-year-old Upland, Calif., player who will be a freshman at Southern California, beat Abe 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at Sycamore Hills.
• Scheffler tops Junior Amateur: Scottie Scheffler won the U.S. Junior Amateur, beating Davis Riley 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.
Lurz, Grimaldi win top swimmer nods
Swimming: Germany’s Thomas Lurz has won another gold medal at the world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain, touching first in the grueling 25-kilometer open water. Italy’s Martina Grimaldi claimed victory in the women’s race.
The 33-year-old Lurz took his second gold of the championships and seventh career victory at the worlds.
Grimaldi finished in 5:07:19.7 to beat Angela Maurer by 0.1 seconds, while Eva Fabian of the U.S. took the bronze, 0.7 behind.
• Russia completes synchro sweep: Russia has completed another sweep of synchronized swimming at the world championships.
The Russians took all seven gold medals in the sport they have dominated for years, finishing up with a runaway victory in the free combination at the Palau Sant Jordi, totaling 97.060 points. Spain captured the silver medal with an Elvis Presley-themed performance, good enough for 94.620 points.
• Zi gives China another gold: He Zi claimed her second title of the world championships and kept up China’s dominance at the diving pool with an easy win in the women’s 3-meter springboard.
He led after every round on the way to a total score of 383.40 points.
Palace Malice takes prize at Saratoga
Miscellany: Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice pressed front-running Moreno from the outset, then took command in the stretch to win the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Mike Smith rode the Todd Pletcher-trained Palace Malice, who ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.37 and finished a length in front of Will Take Charge. Moreno was third of nine.
• Brazil tops Canada: Gonzaga University women’s basketball incoming freshman Emma Wolfram tallied 11 points and had a team-high 10 rebounds for Canada’s Junior Women’s National Team in a 70-63 loss to Brazil at the FIBU U19 World Championship for Women in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
USA ran its record to 8-0 with a win over Australia and will face France today in an attempt to capture a fifth-straight FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal.
• Isner, Anderson advance to final: Top-seeded John Isner and second-seeded Kevin Anderson set up what Atlanta Open officials say will be the “tallest” final in ATP Tour history.
The 6-foot-10 Isner beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), and the 6-8 Anderson topped American Ryan Harrison 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the night semifinal.
• Fields wins BMX world title: Connor Fields of the United States won his second straight BMX time trial world championship at Auckland, New Zealand, while Olympic champion Mariana Pajon of Colombia captured the women’s title.
• Bolt anchors victory: Usain Bolt anchored a Jamaican relay team to victory at the London leg of the Diamond League in the Olympic Stadium, finishing the 4x100 race in 37.74 seconds.
• Kettle Corn completes comeback: Trainer John Sadler’s 6-year-old Kettle Corn came back from last place to beat Bob Baffert’s heavy favorite Paynter in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, Calif.