September 29, 2013 in Sports

Lehman takes lead at First Tee Open

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Tom Lehman shot his second straight 5-under 67 to carry a one-stroke lead into the final round of the First Tee Open.
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Golf: Tom Lehman made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Pebble Beach, Calif. on Saturday for his second straight 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open.

Lehman, the seven-time Champions Tour winner and former British Open champion, had a 10-under 134 total after rounds at Del Monte Country Club and Pebble Beach. He is winless this year.

Russ Cochran also shot 67 at Pebble Beach. Cochran made a 60-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh, his 16th hole of the day and closed with a 135.

Defending champion and former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett joins first-round leader Bernhard Langer at three strokes back at 7 under. Triplett had a 70, and Langer followed his opening 63 with a 74. They also played Pebble Beach, the site of the final round today.

• Gardiner eases into lead in Web.com Tour final: Scott Gardiner of Australia had a 5-under 65 and wound up with the lead in the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., when Chesson Hadley stumbled at the end.

Gardiner has played well enough in this four-tournament series that determines PGA Tour cards that he already has locked up his return to the big leagues. A win in the final event would give him top status for the 2013-14 season and a spot in The Players Championship.

Hadley, who also has secured his card through the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, had a two-shot lead for most of the third round on the Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass. But he bogeyed the 17th, and then took double bogey on the last hole for a 70, one shot behind with Joe Durant (68).

Spokane native Alex Prugh shot an even-par 70 for a three-round total 209.

Gardiner was at 10-under 200.

Berdych, Raonic in Thailand Open final

Tennis: Top-seeded Tomas Berdych needed nearly three hours to outlast Gilles Simon of France 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-5 and reach the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok.

He will play Milos Raonic of Canada, who also came from a set down to oust defending champion Richard Gasquet 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The hard-serving Raonic hit 23 aces in the second semifinal but struggled with unforced errors in the first set.

• Kvitova wins Pan Pacific Open: Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open title.

The seventh-seeded Kvitova hit a crosscourt forehand to the corner to close out the match in 1 hour, 39 minutes.

Vos wins third title in women’s road race

Cycling: Marianne Vos won her third title in the road race at the world championships and reinforced her status as the top rider in women’s cycling.

The Dutchwoman attacked on the final climb of the 87-mile race with about 3 miles to go, adding to her titles from 2006 and last year.

Vos, who also won the road race at the London Olympics and has world and Olympic titles in cyclo-cross and track cycling, clocked 3 hours, 44 minutes along the route from Montecatini Terme (Italy) to Florence.

There was also a Dutch winner in the junior men’s race, with Mathieu van der Poel covering the same course in 3 hours, 33 minutes, 14 seconds.

The worlds conclude today with the men’s pro race.

Canadian Stevenson retains WBC title

Miscellany: Adonis Stevenson (22-1) retained the WBC light heavyweight title at the Bell Centre in Montreal when Tavoris Cloud failed to answer the bell for the eighth round after suffering a cut over his right eye.

Cloud (24-2), the former IBF champion, also was cut on the left eyelid in the opening round.

Stevenson, from Blainville, Quebec, is the only Canadian currently with a world title.

• Hip injury sidelines Wizards rookie: Wizards rookie Otto Porter, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, rode a stationary bike as Washington opened camp at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., as he recovers from a minor right hip flexor injury.

Coach Randy Wittman said the injury has been bothering Porter for a couple of weeks.

“Nothing major,” Porter said, claiming to be “day by day.”

• Bissonnette’s suspension reduced: The NHL reduced Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette’s suspension for leaving the bench to join an altercation during a Sept. 13 preseason game against Los Angeles, from 10 regular-season games to three after video evidence supported his claim that he took the ice legally to substitute for Max Domi.

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