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Woods takes four stroke lead into final round at Doral
MIAMI (Reuters) - An on-fire Tiger Woods will take a four-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell into Sunday's final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship after shooting a five-under-par 67 at Doral on Saturday. Woods, searching for his 76th PGA Tour victory, finished his third round in fine style with a 16 foot birdie putt on the 18th, highlighting his outstanding putting throughout the tournament so far.
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Spaniard Ferrer ousted at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Spanish world number four David Ferrer became the first top seed to tumble out of the men's event at the BNP Paribas Open, losing 3-6 6-4 6-3 to big-serving Kevin Anderson in the second round on Saturday. Fourth-seeded Ferrer, a winner of two ATP titles this year who is known for his speed across the court, was overpowered by his towering South African opponent in the final set as Anderson wrapped up victory in just under two hours.
Stosur and Kerber advance at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur, relying on a strong serve, eased into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a commanding 6-3 6-4 victory over American teenager Madison Keys on Saturday. Australian Stosur, seeded seventh in the elite WTA event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, broke her opponent's serve once in each set to win the first match of the day on the showpiece Stadium Court after an hour-and-a-quarter.
McIlroy's confidence back from "lowest it's ever been"
MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy said his confidence was returning from its lowest point ever after shooting a one-under round of 71 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Saturday. McIlroy made six birdies as he recovered from a poor start with a bogey on the third and a double-bogey on the next hole, where he found water.
Wade savors Heat taking their place among the greats
MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami Heat are three wins away from becoming just the fifth team in the history of the NBA to win 20 or more games in succession and for the team's longest-serving hero, Dwyane Wade, the moment merits some reflection. So often those in sport respond to questions about statistical achievements with the standard refrain about taking it one game at a time and focusing on the present, not the broader significance of what the numbers mean.
Ligety wins giant slalom Cup in Kranjska Gora
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (Reuters) - Taking risks paid off for American Ted Ligety as he won the Kranjska Gora giant slalom for a fifth time on Saturday to secure the World Cup in the discipline. It was the triple world champion's fourth giant slalom crystal globe and the victory on the Podkoren slope, one of his favourites on the circuit, was his fifth of the season.
Tour director hails British role in the sport
NICE, France (Reuters) - Britain's growing cycling culture has helped to globalize the sport while keeping it close to its European roots, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said. "Globalization is necessary but we need to respect the roots of cycling," Prudhomme told Reuters in an interview after the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race.
Tight spot no problem for triumphant Kuznetsova
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova found herself in a tight spot in more ways than one at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday but managed to escape with a come-from-behind victory after a timely wardrobe change. Overwhelmed in the opening set on a chilly day at Indian Wells, Kuznetsova immediately felt more comfortable when she discarded her leggings and went on to upset 18th-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic 0-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round.
Fenninger keeps up late form with another win
OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (Reuters) - Anna Fenninger kept her end-of-season momentum going to win a women's Alpine ski World Cup giant slalom race on Saturday. The 23-year-old Austrian, winner of a super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a week ago, triumphed again with a combined time of two minutes 29.39 seconds.