Rose fires second straight 65
to take lead at PGA Tour stop
An 18th-hole birdie Saturday gave Justin Rose another 65 and the lead by himself at the PGA Tour’s Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Rose became the first player in tournament history with consecutive rounds of 65 at Innisbrook, and it gave him a one-shot lead over Brendan de Jonge and Webb Simpson going into the final round.
Rose was at 13-under 200, one short of the 54-hole tournament record.
Nine players were separated by three shots. That group includes Henderson resident Nick Watney (203), who fired a 65 and is coming off a World Golf Championship victory last week at Doral.
Also: Angela Stanford opened a three-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome in the LPGA Founders Cup, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 for a 12-under 132 total
Instead of paying the players, the tournament honoring the LPGA Tour’s founders is donating $1 million to charity — half to The LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and half to the top-10 finishers’ designated charities.
Raphael Jacquelin of France shot 2-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the European PGA Tour’s Sicilian Open in Ragusa, Italy. Jacquelin had a 5-under 204 total to pass Anthony Wall of England, who shot 72.
Vonn falls short of overall title
after final event gets canceled
Lindsey Vonn overcame a concussion and won three titles in three days this month. Yet she was powerless when faced with wet, foggy weather and a decision by skiing’s ruling body to cancel the women’s season finale in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
“Win or lose, I just wanted the chance. I feel devastated,” Vonn said in a statement released by the U.S. team.
Vonn was hoping to win a fourth straight overall World Cup title. Instead, friend and rival Maria Riesch’s three-point lead held up in the overall standings after the giant slalom race was called off because of poor course conditions.
CSN baseball team swept
again by Western Nevada
For the second straight day, the College of Southern Nevada baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Western Nevada, losing 6-5 and 15-9 at Morse Stadium.
In the opener, Western Nevada scored two runs in the top of the seventh to go up 6-4, then held on after CSN (12-16, 1-11 Scenic West Athletic Conference) got a solo homer from Duncan Satherlie in the bottom of the seventh.
In the second game, Western Nevada (19-9, 12-0) blew it open with an eight-run seventh inning, including a Chris Woolley grand slam. CSN scored six runs in the bottom of the inning, including a three-run Tyler Blair homer.
Also: The CSN softball team swept Snow College 11-2 and 4-2 at the Russell Road Recreation Complex.
Katie Uriarte went 2-for-3 with two homers in the opener for the Coyotes (21-17, 14-10 SWAC), including a three-run blast in the fifth inning to end the game on the run rule. In the second game, Andi Felese had a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-1.
The UNLV softball team had two games washed out for the second straight day at the Louisville Slugger Invitational in Stanford, Calif. The Rebels were to play Cal Poly and Northwestern, but both games were canceled.
Amanda Bingson won the hammer throw at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., with a UNLV-record throw of 224 feet, 8 inches. That bested Bingson’s previous record mark of 219-2 set earlier this month.
The Factor goes wire to wire
for victory in Rebel Stakes
The Factor took the lead at the start, poured on the speed in the stretch and easily won the $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
The 3-year-old colt’s third straight wire-to-wire victory gives trainer Bob Baffert a top contender for the Kentucky Derby on May 7. Baffert has won the Derby three times.
The Factor, ridden by Martin Garcia, got off to his usual fast start and was never seriously challenged in beating Caleb’s Posse by 6¼ lengths. The winning time for 1 1/16 miles was 1 minute, 42.19 seconds.
Also: Former NFL wide receiver Drew Hill, a two-time Pro Bowler who was a key part of the Houston Oilers’ famed “Run and Shoot” offense of the 1980s, died at an Atlanta hospital late Friday after suffering two massive strokes, according to his agent.
Piedmont Hospital spokesman Jim Taylor confirmed the 54-year-old Hill’s death. Hill fell ill on a golf course Thursday and died late Friday after suffering the strokes, said his agent, Jay Mathis.
Penn State, led by 184-pound champion Quentin Wright, won its first NCAA wrestling title in 58 years. The Nittany Lions finished with 107½ points, with Cornell second at 93½, in Philadelphia.
California won its second women’s NCAA swimming and diving championship in three years. The Golden Bears finished with 392 points and Georgia was second at 354½ in Austin, Texas.
On a sad note from the meet, University of Houston officials said coach Mark Taylor died of an apparent heart attack late Friday night.
Manchester United moved five points clear at the top of the English Premier League after a 1-0 home victory against Bolton, and second-place Arsenal managed only a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.
Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey became the first American to score 10 goals during a Premier League season but could not prevent Fulham from losing 2-1 at Everton.