IN BRIEF

GOLF

Pettersen in position to snap LPGA skid

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen shot 5-under-par 66 Saturday on a difficult day at Priddis Greens, taking a five-shot lead over Angela Stanford into the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open in Priddis, Alberta.

Petterson was at 14-under 199 and in position to snap a 43-tournament winless streak. She won five LPGA events during her breakout 2007 season but hasn’t lifted a trophy since — finishing second six times, including a playoff loss in Portland, Ore., last week.

Stanford shot a third-round 69, and Karrie Webb (65) was another stroke back in third. In-Kyung Kim (69) and Lorena Ochoa (72) were fourth at 7-under 206.

Also: Loren Roberts closed in on his second straight Champions Tour title, shooting 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara in the Walmart First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Roberts, coming off a one-stroke victory over O’Meara last week in the Boeing Classic in Washington, had seven birdies and a bogey to finish at 12-under 132. He opened with a 66 on Friday at Del Monte.

Alexander Noren of Sweden shot 8-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Noren was at 15-under 198 in a bid for his first European PGA Tour victory. Charl Schwartzel of South Africa was at 200 after a 65. Bradley Dredge of Wales shot 68 and was three shots back.

The LPGA Sybase Classic is leaving the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, N.J., and it might be moving out of the state.

Club president and tournament director Tony Vespa disclosed that Sybase officials are considering changes to the tournament and have decided to leave Upper Montclair after a three-year stay.

UNLV

Women’s soccer earns tie with No. 24 Duke

The UNLV women’s soccer team got a big day from senior goalkeeper Alicia Lugo to earn a 0-0 double-overtime tie against No. 24 Duke in Durham, N.C.

Lugo made 11 saves for the Rebels (2-1-2). Duke outshot the Rebels (2-1-2) by an overwhelming 31-2, including 13-2 in shots on goal, but the Blue Devils (2-2-1) couldn’t solve Lugo, who earned the 21st shutout of her career.

Duke’s Tara Campbell saved both of UNLV’s shots.

Also: The UNLV volleyball team dropped both its matches in the Alexis Park Classic at Cox Pavilion.

The Rebels (1-4) lost to Idaho in four games, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 25-11. Later, Loyola Marymount swept UNLV, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22.

Shannon Simpson led the UNLV cross country team at the Cal State Fullerton Season Opener in Fullerton, Calif.

Simpson took 78th in the 262-runner field, covering the 6-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 24.40 seconds, followed in 79th by teammate Lucy Beuster.

SOCCER

Brazil clinches berth in 2010 World Cup

Brazil qualified for its 19th consecutive World Cup, while Portugal, France and the Czech Republic put themselves in difficult positions to reach next year’s tournament by playing to disappointing ties in European qualifying.

Defending World Cup champion Italy — a 2-0 winner at Georgia — and European champion Spain — which routed visiting Belgium 5-0 — maintained their leads.

Luisao put Brazil ahead in the 24th minute against host Argentina, and Luis Fabiano scored in the 30th and 67th of a 3-1 victory. Brazil (8-1-6) has 30 points to lead South American qualifying.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the FIFA player of the year, is in danger of missing the World Cup after Portugal needed a last-minute goal by Liedson for a 1-1 tie against host Denmark. Portugal is fourth in its group; the top team automatically qualifies from each of nine European groups, and the best eight second-place teams go to a playoff.

France likely will have to win a playoff to get a berth after a disappointing 1-1 home tie with Romania. France is second in its group.

The Czech Republic played a 2-2 tie at Slovakia (5-1-1), which could qualify for its first major tournament as its group leader. The Czechs fell to fifth.

MISCELLANEOUS

Ex-Titans player dies in automobile accident

Former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona has died after being involved in a car accident. He was 26.

Agent Chad Speck said Mahelona died Friday night after being involved in an accident about a mile from his home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Speck said he didn’t know any more circumstances of the accident.

Mahelona was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Titans, where he played in 10 games as a rookie. He also spent time with the Miami Dolphins before playing his last NFL game with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Brandi, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child.

Also: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won a rainy individual time trial to retake the overall lead at the Spanish Vuelta in Valencia, Spain.

The Saxo Bank rider won the 18.6-mile seventh stage through the streets of Valencia in 36 minutes, 41 seconds. Tom Boonen remained second overall after finishing 1:03 behind Cancellara.

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