Stenson holds lead at Tour Championship
Golf: Henrik Stenson was so flawless that he built a nine-shot lead at the turn Saturday in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Only a few glitches in his game put him back to where he started – which is still a good place to be.
Stenson made four bogeys in the rain on the back nine at East Lake and shot a 1-under 69 for a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson going into the final day of the PGA Tour season. Johnson made two late birdies and two par saves for a 67.
Even if he were to lose the lead and finish second, Stenson would capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.
• Singh stakes lead in Hawaii: Vijay Singh shot a 6-under 66 to move into second place after the second round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.
Singh, playing his first event on the Champions Tour, moved within one shot of overnight leader Mark Wiebe, who had a 69 after opening with a 64. Singh carded a 69 in the first round. The three-time major champion and former world No. 1 had six birdies in his bogey-free second round.
Corey Pavin (68) and Brian Henninger (67) were three shots back in a tie for third place, while Sandy Lyle (70) and John Cook (66) were a further stroke back.
• Americans stretch lead in PGA Cup: Rod Perry and Jeff Sorenson contributed birdies on their last four holes and the Americans took a 10 1/2-5 1/2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland in the PGA Cup.
The PGA Cup, for club professionals, ends today with 10 singles matches.
Parker-led Sparks tie series with Phoenix
WNBA: Candace Parker had 31 points and 11 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 82-73, evening their WNBA Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
Nneka Ogwumike also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Diana Taurasi had 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting for Phoenix.
The Sparks led by 13 in the fourth quarter.
The deciding Game 3 will be Monday in Los Angeles.
• Atlanta evens series with Washington: Angel McCoughtry scored 20 points as a controlling first half and dominant fourth quarter led the Atlanta Dream to a 63-45 victory over the host Washington Mystics, evening their Eastern Conference semifinals series at 1-1.
Erika DeSouza had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and Aneika Henry added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Dream, who outscored Washington 17-9 in the both the first and fourth quarters.
Atlanta hosts the decisive Game 3 on Monday night.
• Mystics’ Thibault named Coach of the Year: Talk about landing on your feet. In 10 months, Washington Mystics’ Mike Thibault went from being fired by the Connecticut Sun to winning the WNBA’s 2013 Coach of the Year, the league officially announced.
Thibault, who also won the award in 2006 and 2008 with the Sun, received 12 votes from a national panel of 39 media members. Seattle’s Brian Agler and Chicago’s Pokey Chatman each were one behind.
Tsonga, Simon reach Open de Moselle final
Tennis: Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will aim for his third straight Open de Moselle title when he plays Gilles Simon in an all-French final today in Metz, France, with both players chasing their 11th career title.
Tsonga rallied past eighth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals. Second-seeded Simon defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6 (2) to stay on course for his first title of the year.
Shifting winds postpone Race 14
Sailing: Race 14 of the America’s Cup was postponed because of shifting wind in San Francisco, further delaying Emirates Team New Zealand’s chance to claim the oldest trophy in international sports.
Team New Zealand leads 8-3. Oracle Team USA, docked two points in a cheating scandal, has won four of the last six races.
Organizers will try to run Race 14 again today.
Penguins’ Vokoun has blood clot removed
Miscellany: Pittsburgh Penguins backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun has had surgery to remove a blood clot from his pelvis and will remain in the hospital for several days.
General manager Ray Shero said Vokoun left practice at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning after noticing swelling in his thigh. Jeff Zatkoff is likely to be the Penguins’ backup goalie in Vokoun’s absence.
• Former Steelers Pro Bowler Reger dies: Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker John Reger, who starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins in the 1950s and 60s, died Thursday in Tampa. He was 82.
Reger, a native of Wheeling, W.Va., played collegiately at Pittsburgh and made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 1955.
He forged a 12-year career as one of the finer two-way players in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl from 1959-61.