Sports briefs: Nov. 4

November 4, 2012 

China HSBC Champions Golf

England's Ian Poulter reacted after hitting a bunker shot at the the HSBC Champions tournament. Poulter is tied for fourth.

KIN CHEUNG — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Golf

Westwood, Oosthuizen share lead at HSBC Champions

Lee Westwood made 11 birdies in a round of 61 on Saturday to grab a share of the lead with Louis Oosthuizen after the third round of the HSBC Champions.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, came into the weekend with a five-stroke lead over the field, but struggled with his putting and had a 70.

The South African had a chance to retake the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, but missed by inches — the last of many near misses throughout the day.

Westwood and Oosthuizen were at 18-under 198. Phil Mickelson (66) made seven birdies and was three shots back.

Ernie Els briefly surged into a share of the lead on the back nine before dumping his ball into a reservoir on the tricky 15th hole and taking a double bogey. He finished with a 69 and was tied for fourth with Bill Haas (66) and Ian Poulter (65) at 202.

 South Korea's Lee Bo-mee shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mizuno Classic.

Lee, a regular on the Korean tour, had four birdies on the front nine at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club and added four more after the turn to finish at 10-under 134.

"My drives were good today, I was able to keep them on the fairway which was tough with this wind," Lee said. "If I can keep driving and putting like this I feel good about my chances tomorrow."

Tom Lehman took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and moved closer to becoming the first player to win the season points title two straight years.

Lehman birdied the final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Champions Tour's season-ending event. Couples also shot a 62, making two eagles.

Lehman was 17 under after three days in perfect conditions on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course. He entered the week second behind Bernhard Langer in the points competition for a $1 million annuity. Langer was tied for 10th at 6 under after a 70. Jay Haas followed his second-round 60 with a 69 to drop two strokes back.

Guan Tianlang of China is one round away from becoming the first 14-year-old to play in the Masters. Guan overcame some early nerves and a difficult course at Amata Spring on Saturday with a par 72 to take a two-shot lead over Oliver Goss of Australia going into the final day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

College soccer

Transy wins HCAC, earns NCAA bid

Transylvania women's soccer handed host Earlham a 6-5 defeat in penalty kicks to win the HCAC tournament championship. The second-seeded Pioneers (11-5-3) earned the school's fourth trip to the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament under head coach Michael Fulton with the win.

The Pioneers and Quakers played a scoreless championship contest in rainy and muddy conditions, ending in a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods.

For Transy, Ashley Cobane, Awbrey Wahle, Dani Kane, Anne Marie Dumaine, Abby Felthaus, and Natosha Boden each converted their penalty attempts. Claire Murphy misfired for Earlham after the Quakers had made their first five tries.

Junior defender Dumaine anchored the Pioneers defense and earned the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.

Transy had a 13-11 edge in shots, including a 10-4 margin in attempts on goal. The Pioneers led in corner kicks, 5-3.

 The Transylvania men's soccer team fared similarly, defeating visiting Anderson 4-1 to pick up the school's seventh HCAC men's soccer tournament championship under head coach Brandon Bowman. The No. 1 seed Pioneers (16-1-2) earned the school's first trip to the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament since 2010.

Anderson scored first in the match, but the next four goals would belong to the Pioneers.

Eric Froschauer tied the contest when he headed in a free kick off the foot of Evan Sizemore at 37:54. The match was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Froschauer's second goal of the game and seventh of the year came in the 55th minute when he faked past a pair of defenders and finished near post. The junior forward was named the HCAC Tournament MVP for his efforts.

HCAC scoring leader Kyle Smith put the contest away for the Pioneers with two second-half goals. His 17th goal of the season came off a Froschauer assist and made it 3-1. He completed the scoring with his 18th goal with under three minutes to play, converting a pass from Christian King.

Transy dominated in terms of shots, taking 23 overall and 13 on goal compared to five and three for the visitors.

UK sports

Men's tennis orchestrates upsets

The Kentucky men's tennis team, led by freshmen Juan Pablo Murra and Kevin Lai and veteran Tom Jomby, pieced together two upsets of No. 1 overall seeds in day two of the United States Tennis Association Clay Court Invitational at Disney in Orlando, Fla.

Murra upset the No. 1 overall seed in the singles draw, Duke's Chris Mengal, in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. The win propelled Murra into the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time where he fell to Robert Quiroz of Southern California.

The doubles team of Jomby and Lai won Saturday's round of 16 match, knocking off the No. 1 team of Duke's Chris Mengal and Fred Saba of Duke by a tally of 8-5.

 Kentucky's rifle team knocked off No. 15 North Carolina State and The Citadel in a triangular match Saturday in Charleston, S.C. The Wildcats posted an aggregate score of 4686, compared to NC State's 4604 and The Citadel's 4490.

The Wildcats opened the morning with a 2353 in air rifle, led by 590s from senior Henri Junghänel and freshman Connor Davis.

Led by a personal-best 590 from Emily Holsopple, Kentucky shot a 2333 in smallbore. Junghänel continued to excel in smallbore, shooting a 589.

Sophomore Jonathan Pinkel and freshman Luke South both contributed personal-bests in air rifle. Pinkel delivered a 591 while South stepped up with a 590 in his fourth collegiate competition.

The last word

Twelve-year-old Katlynn and 10-year-old Heather Welch have both competed in full triathlons aimed at adults. Katlynn has finished two marathons. The young sisters routinely both astonish and frustrate the adult competitors in the endurance events they participate in. Said Heather:

"They don't like it when we pass them up, and some of them say the 's' word."

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