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Magical Mickelson moves two ahead at Pebble Beach
(Reuters) - Phil Mickelson, aiming to end a PGA Tour title drought of 31 months, relied on his magical short game to move two shots clear after the third round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California on Saturday. The American left-hander, chasing a record-equalling fifth victory in the pro-am event held on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, fired a flawless six-under-par 66 on the Pebble Beach host course, one of three venues being used for this event. Mickelson broke clear of a congested leaderboard with three consecutive birdies on his back nine on the way to a 16-under total of 199, two ahead of Japan's Hiroshi Iwata, who carded a 69 at Spyglass Hill.
Bryant soaks up warm farewell from frigid outpost
By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - A frigid Sunday night in winter-locked Canada may be the perfect place for a hockey player to take a bow, but for Kobe Bryant the NBA's most northern outpost would seem an odd setting to wave farewell. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, the first ever held outside the United States, will not represent Bryant's last goodbye - that will come on April 13 back home in sunny Los Angeles in the Lakers' regular season finale against the Utah Jazz. Reporters from across North America along with 336 international media outlets from 40 countries have made the trip to Toronto while 17 international television and radio networks including China, Japan and France will carry Sunday's showcase live.
Schwartzel takes one-shot lead at Tshwane Open
Charl Schwartzel carded an excellent four under par 66 on Saturday to take a one shot lead ahead of the final day of the Tshwane Open in Pretoria. Home hope Schwartzel started the third round two strokes adrift of overnight leader Anthony Michael, but picked up a shot at the second before holing his eight foot eagle putt at the ninth to join Zander Lombard and Michael in a share of the lead at the turn. The 2011 Masters champion is now nine under overall, one better than compatriot Lombard, who hit a best-of-the-day 63 to catapult himself into contention.
Golf: Schwartzel on course for victory on his 2016 debut
South African Charl Schwartzel is poised to mark his first appearance of the year with a win after taking a one-shot lead in the Tshwane Open third round on Saturday. The 2011 U.S. Masters champion bagged an eagle and three birdies in a four-under-par 66 that earned a nine-under tally of 201, one ahead of compatriot Zander Lombard who carded the best round of the day with a scintillating 63. Schwartzel dropped his first shot since Thursday after finding a bunker at the 18th, ending a run of 40 holes without a bogey.Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:06:24 -0500
Golf-European Tour Tshwane Open scores
Feb 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Tshwane Open at the par-70 course on Saturday in Waterkloof -9 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 71 64 66 -8 Zander Lombard (South Africa) 72 67 63 -6 Anthony Michael (South Africa) 64 69 71 Haydn Porteous (South Africa) 70 66 68 -4 Toby Tree (Britain) 70 71 65 Dean Burmester (South Africa) 70 68 68 -3 Richard Sterne (South Africa) 68 70 69 Nino Bertasio (Italy) 68 71 68 Jamie McLeary (Britain) 68 70 69 -2 Jeff Winther (Denmark) 73 66 69 George Coetzee (South Africa) 68 72 68 -1 Theunis Spangenberg (South Africa) 65 71 73 Andrew Curlewis ...Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:51:46 -0500
Thitiphun clinches Asian Tour title in Bangladesh
Thailand's Thitiphun Chuayprakong clinched his maiden Asian Tour title when he carded four-under-par 67 in the final round to claim a two-shot victory at the $300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Saturday. The 23-year-old Thai, who went to the final round with a three-shot lead, kept his composure to hit five birdies against a lone bogey for a winning total of 21-under-par 263 at the Kurmitola Golf Club. India's Shubhankar Sharma signed off with a splendid 65 to take the third place on his own on 270, while compatriot Chikkarangappa S. (73) shared fourth with Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand (68) on 272.
LaVine shines as US beat World in NBA Rising Stars Challenge
Minnesota forward Zach LaVine scored 30 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the United States to a 157-154 victory over the world team in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto. LaVine was named Most Valuable Player of the contest featuring many of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players, which launched the festivities of All-Star weekend. Sunday's All-Star Game will cap the action at Air Canada Centre, but before then LaVine will defend the title he won last year in Saturday's Slam Dunk contest.
Sparkling 60 lifts Kang to share of Pebble Beach lead
South Korea's Kang Sung fired a scintillating 60 to seize a share of the second-round lead in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday, never realizing how close he was to golf's magic number of 59. Kang had nine birdies and an eagle in his 11-under effort on the Monterey Peninsula course, one of three in use over the first three rounds of the PGA Tour event. Kang, who notched two victories in Asia in 2013 -- in the C.J. Invitational and Kolon Korea Open -- said he didn't realize Monterey Peninsula played to par-71, unlike the par-72 layouts of Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill.
Korean Kang flirts with a 59 to share Pebble Beach lead
(Reuters) - South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon fell one stroke shy of becoming only the seventh player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour as he surged into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday. Needing a birdie on his final hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club to dip under 60, Kang hit his "worst shot of the day" off the tee and had to settle for a par three there and a career-best score of 11-under 60. Four-times champion Phil Mickelson was a further stroke back in a three-way tie for third, having also raised hopes of a magical 59 after making an electric start before he lost momentum on his back nine to card a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:39:50 -0500
Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am scores
Feb 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Thursday in Pebble Beach, California -11 Kang Sung-Hoon (Korea) 72 60 Hiroshi Iwata (Japan) 66 66 -10 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 68 65 Fredrik Jacobson (Sweden) 65 69 Chez Reavie (U.S.) 63 70 -9 Justin Rose (Britain) 66 68 -8 Roberto Castro (U.S.) 66 70 Mark Hubbard (U.S.) 70 66 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 65 70 -7 Jim Herman (U.S.) 69 67 Ryan Ruffels (Australia) 67 70 Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 67 69 -6 Bill Haas (U.S.) 69 68 Stewart Cink (U.S.) 70 68 Jason Day (Australia) 71 66 Matt Jones (Australia) 68 70 Vaughn Taylor (U.S. ...Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:34:37 -0500