Leonard scrambles for share of the lead at Disney
Justin Leonard took his hand off the club not long after contact on the fifth fairway, unhappy with another shot that was not up to his standards, knowing he would have to scramble just to avoid dropping another shot. From 70 feet away, his chip-and-run banged into the pin and dropped for a birdie. His 3-wood into the par-4 ninth sailed into the gallery, leaving him behind a bunker some 35 yards from the flag, such a tough shot that he was hopeful of getting it close enough for a reasonable putt at par. He holed that for birdie, too. Leonard has been used to this kind of a day in what has become his worst year on tour. Saturday at Disney, he managed to turn it into a 70 that put him in a tie for the lead with PGA Tour rookie Kevin Chappell in the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"Today, I scored," Leonard said. "And it's something I have not been doing at all this entire year."
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Chappell was much more consistent in a round of 66, overcoming a bogey on the opening hole and giving himself a steady diet of 10- to 15-foot birdie putts throughout the day on the Magnolia Course. They were at 14-under 202, one shot ahead of 21-year-old Bio Kim, who needs at least a two-way tie for second to secure his tour card for next year.
The race for the PGA Tour money title had some possibilities, but only briefly. Luke Donald, who trails Webb Simpson by $363,029, was tied for fourth when he reached the par-5 14th hole. Donald was only three shots out of the lead and three shots ahead of Simpson. When he walked off the green, Donald was in a tie for 14th, tied with Simpson and six shots behind. For the second straight day, Donald hit a shot into the hazard on the 14th. He three-putted for double bogey, ending his PGA Tour streak of 483 holes without a three-putt.
Garcia extends lead to eight strokes
Sergio Garcia shot a 7-under 64 on his home course to extend his lead to eight strokes after the third round of the European Tour's Castello Masters in Castellon, Spain. The Club de Campo del Meditarraneo club champion at the age of 12, Garcia had a 19-under 194 total. Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee was second after a 66.
■ Top-ranked Taiwanese star Yani Tseng shot a 5-under 67 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship Saturday. Tseng had seven birdies and two bogeys to reach 10 under at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.
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Utah police pepper spray Haka dancers
Police in a small Utah town are being accused of overreacting after using pepper spray to break up a group of Polynesian men and boys performing a traditional dance called the Haka after a high school football game. The police action came after a pair of officers unsuccessfully attempted to disperse the dozen or so performers who were blocking an exit after the Union-Uintah game Thursday night, the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune reported.
A form of the Haka has been popularized by rugby players in New Zealand who chant, beat their chests and gesture aggressively before matches. The Maori tradition also can include fierce facial expressions. Haka are now performed at football and rugby games around the world. The group in Roosevelt, a town of 8,000, had traveled about 125 miles east from the Salt Lake City area to watch a relative play his final game for Union, which lost to rival Uintah and finished the season without a victory. The group reportedly was trying to boost Union's morale with the Haka as the players left the field.
Spectators, coaches and players told police that everything was fine and that they should let the men perform, Jessica Rasmussen said, but officers asked them to make room and started using pepper spray. Rasmussen said she and other bystanders also got spray in their eyes, ears and mouths. Union fan Jason Kelly said the way police reacted was an embarrassment to the community of Roosevelt.
"I've never seen anything like it," Kelly said. "It was totally unprovoked."
Police said that the incident is under investigation.
Starting Vikings corner arrested, will sit
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was arrested early Saturday on domestic battery charges, and the team said Cook, who has started the past three games, will not play this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. Cook, 24, was arrested without incident after someone called 911 around 2 a.m. to report hearing people across the street yelling and screaming, Eden Prairie police spokeswoman Katie Beal said. The second-year pro was booked on two charges, including one count of domestic assault, and was being held without bail Saturday at Hennepin County jail, according to online records. Prosecutors have 48 hours in which to charge Cook, who has a court hearing scheduled for Monday morning.
Bulls' Rose in car during DUI stop
A childhood friend of Bulls star Derrick Rose was arrested on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge early Friday morning in Los Angeles as Rose rode in the car with him. Randall Hampton, 23, was arrested at about 2 a.m. after a traffic stop in Hollywood, according to Officer Rosario Herrera, a police spokeswoman. Hampton was booked on a misdemeanor DUI charge, Herrera said. Rose was not charged, Herrera said. Hampton has been friends with Rose since before they played on Chicago Simeon's basketball team together.
Haynesfield wins Empire Classic
Haynesfield held off Green Monster by a length on Saturday in the $200,000 Empire Classic, the richest race on the Belmont Park card devoted exclusively to New York breds. Haynesfield, the 2009 Empire Classic winner, posted his first win of the season, improving to 10-for-18 overall. Ramon Dominguez was aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen as the 5-year-old ran the 11⁄8 miles in 1:49.08 on the fast track. The 4-5 favorite, Haynesfield paid $3.70, $3 and $2.30.
Tennis men put five in quarterfinals
Five Kentucky men's tennis players advanced to the quarterfinals of the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ohio Valley Regional Indoor Championships in Knoxville Saturday. Seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek, junior Anthony Rossi, and sophomores Tom Jomby and Panav Jha will make for a very blue bracket Sunday. Especially on the bottom half, where it will be Jomby vs. Rossi and Jha vs. Musialek for a spot in the semis. Quigley, the tournament's top seed. will face Louisville's Andrew Carter. The UK standout has won in Knoxville the past three years.
Three more roll 300s in Lexington
The Lexington bowling season's high-scoring trend continued this past week with three perfect games for the second straight week. Curby Barker, George Durham and Smokie Young all rolled 300s.
Barker rolled his 300 in the James R. Wafford Memorial League at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland on Oct. 17, and it highlighted a 728 series. Durham's 300 came at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland on Oct. 14 in the Friday Night Fun League. Young, whose perfect game came at Eastland in the Sunday Nite Mixed League on Oct. 16, rolled a 729 series.
The last word
While landlines in homes collect dust and serve increasingly decorative functions, dugout phones in baseball are still hanging on. Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa, a relentless strategist who used 10 relievers through Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, has a theory on why baseball is reluctant to go wireless:
"You have technical foul-ups. That's why I limit my technical exploits to paper and pencil."