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GOLF

Furyk fires 67 to claim
Verizon Heritage lead

Jim Furyk withstood a crazy Saturday shootout that could lead to an even wilder final round at the PGA Tour’s Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Furyk shot 67 for an 11-under-par 202 total, good for a one-stroke lead over Brian Davis (66).

Another stroke back were two-time Verizon champ Boo Weekley (68), Stephen Ames (65), Briny Baird (66), Ricky Barnes (66), Luke Donald (67), Woody Austin (67) and Heath Slocum (67).

Right behind them at Harbour Golf Links was a group that included Camilo Villegas (67) and 2006 winner Aaron Baddeley.

In all, 23 players were within five strokes of the lead. Furyk, at No. 6 in the world, is the highest-ranked player here following Masters week.

Also: Bernhard Langer shot 5-under 66 for a 9-under 133 total and a one-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara and Mike Reid at the Champions Tour’s Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Lutz, Fla.

TENNIS

Nadal rolls, Djokovic
falls in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal drew within one victory of a sixth straight Monte Carlo Masters title after beating Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 in Monaco.

Nadal, seeded second, will play sixth-seeded Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish final today.

Verdasco defeated top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal, depriving the Serb of a chance to avenge his defeat to Nadal in last year’s final.

Also: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki retired from her semifinal match against Vera Zvonareva at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., after injuring her right ankle.

The Danish player was trailing 5-2 when she dropped out. In the final, Zvonareva will meet Australian Samantha Stosur, who defeated Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 6-3, 7-6 (2).

MISCELLANEOUS

Brazil builds big lead
in PBR World Cup

Brazil took a commanding 885.75- to 523.75-point lead over the United States after the third and fourth rounds of competition in the Professional Bull Riders World Cup at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Australia is third with 352.72 points, followed by Mexico (262.25) and Canada (261.25). The first of two final rounds will begin at 11:30 a.m. today.

For complete results: PBR.com.

Also: Manchester United moved within a point of Chelsea in the English Premier League title race, thanks to a 1-0 victory at Manchester City, coupled with Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Tottenham.

Paul Scholes’ header at City gave Manchester United 76 points in 35 games, and first-half goals by Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale gave Tottenham a victory that left Chelsea with 77 in 35 games, with three games left.

The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the American Hockey League to help replace defenseman Jordan Leopold, who was helped off the ice after being hit in the head during Pittsburgh’s playoff game Friday against Ottawa.

Leopold has had several concussions, and it is uncertain when he will return. He will not play in Game 3 today.

Colorado Avalanche forward Kevin Porter will miss today’s Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against San Jose with an upper-body injury.

Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 knockouts) stopped Edison Miranda (33-5) 1:22 into the third round to retain his IBF super middleweight title in Montreal.

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