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Watney takes one-shot lead at Greensboro GREENSBORO: Nick Watney fired a five-under par 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Brad Fritsch after three rounds of the US PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship.Watney, who won the last of his five US PGA Tour titles at the 2012 Barclays, had a 54-hole total of 14-under par 196 at Sedgefield Country Club.Canada's Fritsch, who also signed for a 65, was a stroke back on 197.Sweden's Freddie Jacobson fired a 66 to join overnight co-leader Heath Slocum on 198. Slocum slipped back with a two-under 68.Slocum needs a third-place finish in the US tour's final regular-season tournament to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs, which start next week with the Barclays.Scott Langley, who was tied with Slocum after 36 holes, managed a one-under 69 and slipped into a tie for fifth on 199.Brandt Snedeker, the 2007 champion, and 2011 winner Webb Simpson both shot 66s to join Langley.After two ...

Meyer hails young Springboks after close call PRETORIA: South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer hailed newcomers Handre Pollard and Lood de Jager after starting their Rugby Championship campaign Saturday with a laboured 13-6 home win over Argentina.It was a Test the Springboks were expected to win convincingly, but monsoon-like conditions put paid to any hopes of a try fest at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria.The result gave South Africa an early lead in the southern hemisphere championship with four points, two more than ...

Lincicome maintains lead at LPGA Championship PITTSFORD: Brittany Lincicome, who is chasing her first USLPGA title since 2011, posted a one-under 71 to maintain the lead at the LPGA Championship on Saturday.The American finished 54 holes at Monroe Golf Club at 10-under-par 206, with former world number one and defending champion Park In-Bee and Norway's Suzann Pettersen a shot back on 207.Lincicome, who started the day with a three-shot lead, admitted the pressure of defending that advantage hit her shortly before ...

Wallabies again thwart All Blacks' record bid SYDNEY: The Wallabies have again thwarted the All Blacks' push for greatness with a fighting 12-12 draw that stymied the world champions' quest for a record run of 18 victories.The Australians fought back from 9-3 down at halftime to have the upper hand in the final stages but were unable to deliver the killer blow against the heroic defending Kiwis in Sydney on Saturday.The draw in the Rugby Championship opener meant the mighty New Zealanders ...

Ivanovic ousts Sharapova in three-set thriller CINCINNATI: Ana Ivanovic overcame illness and nerves as she outlasted French Open champ Maria Sharapova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA Tour's Cincinnati event.The former world number one will face off for the title, at the last major tune-up prior to the US Open, when she plays Serena Williams on Sunday.The American top seed Williams moved within one win of a second pre-Open hardcourt title as she beat Caroline ...

Ferrer, Federer to clash in Cincinnati final CINCINNATI: Five-time former champion Roger Federer continued his dominance over hard-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic with a 6-2, 6-3 win Saturday to reach the final of the ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament.The 33-year-old Federer, who advanced to the semis with a straight set win over Scotland's Andy Murray, has now won all six career meetings against Raonic.Federer's victory sets up the battle of the 30-somethings as he will now face Spaniard David Ferrer in Sunday's final. Ferrer, ...

Nonu doubt as All Blacks face return Wallaby clash WELLINGTON: Blockbusting All Black Ma'a Nonu was Sunday in doubt for next weekend's return clash against Australia as the New Zealanders counted the cost of their drawn Rugby Championship opener.The All Blacks faced harsh criticism as they headed home from Sydney having been scuppered one short of a world record 18 consecutive victories by Saturday's 12-12 draw. "And in truth, they should feel they did well to hang on for the draw," wrote the Herald ...


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