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Campbell surges to Canadian Open lead TORONTO: Chad Campbell fired nine birdies in a nine-under par 63 on Friday to grab a two-stroke lead in the US PGA Tour's Canadian Open.The American, in search of a fifth career title and his first since 2007, had a 36-hole total of 14-under par 130 and was two strokes clear of compatriot Brian Harman, who carded a 67 for 132."Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round, which nine birdies -- I'm definitely happy with it," said Campbell, whose round was one stroke shy of the Glen Abbey record when played at par-72 -- posted by Greg Norman in 1986 and John Merrick in 2013.Campbell birdied all four of the course's par-fives. Although he has hit just 14 of 28 greens in regulation in the first two rounds, he needed only 25 putts on Thursday and 24 on Friday."It's kind of weird because it happened ...

Russia ready for World Cup launch SAINT PETERSBURG: The starting gun for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be fired on Saturday as 141 national sides await their fate in the qualifying draw in Saint Petersburg.Draws will be conducted for the qualifying process in five of FIFA's six confederations, excluding Asia where qualifying has already began.The ceremony will be conducted by a star-studded lineup including Brazilian legend Ronaldo, Samuel Eto'o and Italian World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in grand ...

Panama fined, players suspended over Gold Cup uproar MIAMI: Two Panamanian footballers have been suspended and the country's federation ordered to pay an undisclosed fine following the mayhem which erupted towards the end of their stormy Gold Cup semi-final exit, a statement said Friday. The ruling body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) said in a statement Jaime Penedo and Luis Tejada were given two-match suspensions following the semi-final. Penedo was suspended for shoving one of the assistant ...

Thompson shares lead at Meijer Classic GRAND RAPIDS: Lexi Thompson shot a season-best seven-under 64 to grab a share of the lead with two other Americans after the second round of the USLPGA Tour's Meijer Classic on Friday.The 20-year-old Thompson sank six birdies on her first eight holes to equal Alison Lee and Lizette Salas at nine-under 133 at the Blythefield Country Club. "I wanted to make more birdies on the back nine," Thompson said. "I hit it in the rough ...

Historic Jamaica, sluggish Mexico vie for Gold Cup PHILADELPHIA: Jamaica's "Reggae Boyz" have already made history as they enter Sunday's Gold Cup final against an underperforming Mexico side with much to explain even if it takes the trophy.The Jamaicans became the first Caribbean team to reach the championship match of the biennial North American regional football tournament by stunning the United States 2-1 in the semi-finals."We've just put one of the big boys out, so it just shows that we can hang with ...

Rain delays play in Bangladesh-South Africa Test CHITTAGONG: Rain delayed the start of the fifth day's play in the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa in Chittagong on Saturday. The match appeared heading for a draw as rain had washed out the entire fourth day's play while 50 overs were lost on the second and third days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. South Africa, who scored 248 in the first innings, bowled out Bangladesh for 326 before making 61-0 in ...

Pakistan Street Children Football team on the roll in Chicago's KICS Cup CHICAGO: With two successive wins in three of their matches so far, experts here feel that the highly talented Pakistan Street Children Football Team may qualify for the finals of the Kids International Chicago Soccer (KICS) Cup taking place in Chicago.The Pakistan footballers, playing in KICS Cup for the first time, lost their opening match 0-3 to Costa Rica, but then regrouped to clinch the next two games -- against GFC Mustangs 1-0 and RB ...


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