Overton still leads PGA event; Points, Holmes nearly shoot 59

Jeff Overton overcame a tough start to shoot 4-under-par 66 Saturday for a three-stroke lead entering the final round of the inaugural Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Overton made five birdies on the back nine en route to an 18-under 192 total in the PGA Tour event.

Two players flirted with 59. D.A. Points three-putted the par-5 17th for bogey, finished with a 61 and was alone in second at 195, and J.B. Holmes couldn’t convert a 10-footer for eagle at No. 17 and shot 60.

Also: Fred Couples shot 5-under 65 for a share of the lead at the U.S. Senior Open in Sammamish, Wash., feeding off a raucous hometown crowd hoping the native son can win his first U.S. Golf Association championship.

Couples matched Bernhard Langer (68) at 5-under 205, with Langer birdieing the final hole to pull even. They are the only players under par after three rounds.

Yani Tseng shot her third straight 4-under 68 and will take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s British Open in Southport, England.

The 21-year-old star from Taiwan eagled the par-5 18th hole to finish at 12-under 204. Australian Katherine Hull was in second at 208, South Korean In-Kyung Kim (68) was third at 210 and American Brittany Lincicome (71) fourth at 211.


Querrey, Murray claim spots
in Farmers Classic title match

Second-seeded Sam Querrey defeated Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7), 6-4 to reach the Farmers Classic final for the second consecutive year.

Querrey needed 2 hours, 47 minutes to put away Tipsarevic at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus, not far from his hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The American will try to retain his title in today’s final against top-seeded Andy Murray, who defeated No. 4 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4.

Also: Maria Sharapova shook off a first-set loss to beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., setting up a championship match against Victoria Azarenka.

Sharapova, seeded fifth and ranked 15th, remained undefeated in four semifinal matches this season and will be looking for her third title.

Azarenka, from Belarus, celebrated her 21st birthday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over top-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia.


French star Henry makes splash
in MLS debut with Red Bulls

Thierry Henry had two assists in his Major League Soccer debut, setting up Juan Pablo Angel for two goals to give the New York Red Bulls a 2-2 tie against the host Houston Dynamo.

The former Barcelona and Arsenal star passed to Angel for goals in the 10th and 58th minutes, twice putting New York ahead in his first competitive match since France’s first-round World Cup exit in June.

Also: Rafael Marquez was released from the final two seasons of his contract with Barcelona, a move that will allow the 31-year-old Mexican soccer standout to join former teammate Thierry Henry with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.

The Spanish champions announced the agreement with Marquez, whose contract had been scheduled to run through June 2012. Hours later, the Red Bulls scheduled a Tuesday news conference to announce the signing of a star player, without saying who it was.

Goalie Antti Niemi was awarded a $2.75 million salary for next season after helping the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in June.

Niemi made $826,875 last season as a rookie. He played all but one period of the Blackhawks’ postseason run to the championship, going 16-6 with a 2.63 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts.

The San Jose Sharks re-signed restricted free-agent forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract. Setoguchi, 23, tied for fourth on the team with 20 goals last season. He had 36 points in 70 games, playing mostly on the second line.

A former assistant football coach has sued the University of New Mexico and coach Mike Locksley over an altercation between the two men last year.

J.B. Gerald filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., against Locksley and the school’s Board of Regents.

Dakota Phone rallied to snap a 16-race losing streak, beating Battle of Hastings by a half-length in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, Calif.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Dakota Phone ran 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43.55 seconds and paid $11.40, $5.20 and $3.60. Battle of Hastings returned $4.80 and $4.20, and Enriched paid $4.60 to show.

A Little Warm pulled away to win the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Proviso took the $500,000 Diana for fillies and mares on the turf.

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