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Sports briefs: Sept. 22

Sweden's Henrik Stenson eyed his putt on the sixth hole. At one point in the third round Stenson owned a nine-shot lead, but he finished where he began the round — at four up.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson eyed his putt on the sixth hole. At one point in the third round Stenson owned a nine-shot lead, but he finished where he began the round — at four up. ASSOCIATED PRESS


Stenson maintains 4-shot lead at Tour Championship

Stepping in from rain that ruined his rhythm and the back end of his round, Henrik Stenson was more interested in looking forward at the Tour Championship.

He still had a four-shot lead.

He was one round from capturing two trophies worth $11.44 million, including the FedEx Cup.

The Swede just made the final day of the PGA Tour season a little more interesting over the last two hours of a dreary Saturday morning at East Lake. He had a nine-shot lead at the turn and walked off the 18th green with a three-putt bogey and his lead back to where it was at the start of the day.

"Of course, I want to win two," Stenson said after a 1-under 69. "If I can't win two, I'll be very pleased to win one. If I'm winning nothing, it will probably be not so sweet from this position. But I didn't have anything when I came here, so we'll see what we'll leave with."

Stenson appeared to have both wrapped up when he got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 ninth for a tap-in birdie to reach 14 under, nine shots clear of Dustin Johnson. Everything changed as the rain began to fall.

Stenson made four bogeys on the back nine, it might have been worse if not for a pair of 12-foot putts he made on the 14th hole for bogey and the 17th hole for par. Johnson was five shots better on the back for a 67, matching the low round of a tough day for scoring and got into the last group.

"I think I'll choose to look at it from the bright side, even though the weather is not that bright at the moment," said Stenson, who was at 11-under 199. "Started the day with a four-shot lead and I still got it. So that's all that matters really."

Johnson and Steve Stricker, who had a 68 and was at 5-under 205, were the only players within six shots of him. Tiger Woods, the No. 1 seed, didn't make a birdie until he chipped in on the 14th hole. He rallied for a 69, the first time he has broken par all week. Woods was at 3-over 213, 14 shots behind in a tie for 26th.

Marcus Fraser shot a 4-under 68 Saturday, giving the Australian a one-stroke lead over Italy's Francesco Molinari, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren after three rounds of the Italian Open. Fraser had a chip-in birdie on the sixth hole in a bogey-free round that left him at 11 under.

UK sports

Volleyball sweeps Lipscomb

Behind the most complete offensive performance of the season and a stifling defensive effort the 19th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-9) win at Lipscomb on Saturday afternoon in Nashville.

The Wildcats (6-3) struck for 40 kills on a .522 hitting percentage. As a team, UK only committed five hitting errors. Seven different players tallied three or more kills against Lipscomb (7-5).

"I'm proud of our team for the way they competed at the end of set one," UK coach Craig Skinner said. "Our staff put together an excellent game plan both offensively and defensively."

Sophomore setter Morgan Bergren led the offensive charge for UK with 32 assists and six digs. Sophomore Sara Schwarzwalder earned eight kills on .700 hitting. Senior Alexandra Morgan had six on a .750 clip while also tallying a team-high six blocks.

After play was delayed by two hours due to overnight rain, the Kentucky women's golf team wrapped up the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship at Franklin, Tenn., with a 13-over par round of 301. The Wildcats sit in 12th place at 25-over par.

Auto racing

Rookie triumphs at Kentucky Speedway

Rookie Ryan Blaney earned his first career NASCAR victory and another Nationwide Series win for Penske Racing's No. 22 Ford, holding off Austin Dillon and surviving several late cautions to win Saturday night's 300-mile race at Kentucky Speedway.

Blaney, who drives for Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski in the Camping World Truck Series, used his second start in the Mustang to claim the car's 10th victory of 2013 and a season sweep at Kentucky. Keselowski drove the car to victory in June.

Blaney's win included tense moments over the final 40 laps, from beating Dillon off pit road with a two-tire stop on lap 166 to reclaiming the lead from Dillon after losing it on the restart. More tests followed, including a near-brush with teammate Sam Hornish Jr.'s loose Ford and one final restart.

Matt Crafton was third, Hornish fourth and rookie Alex Bowman fifth in a Toyota.


Winter Classic in D.C. for 2014

The Winter Classic is moving south of the Mason-Dixon Line, which means it's time to check the forecast.

"Now what I start to worry about is, I hope it's cold enough, right?" Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said.

Leonsis announced Saturday that the Capitals will host the NHL's annual New Year's Day outdoor game in 2015. He's been lobbying for the game for years. The Capitals were the visiting team in Pittsburgh for the 2011 Winter Classic, which was postponed several hours because of rain.

The average high temperature on Jan. 1 in Washington is 44 degrees, with a record of 69 set in 2005. Leonsis noted that there have been technological advances that keep rinks cold when the temperature is unseasonably warm.

He said it sounded like a "good idea" when a fan suggested that the game in Washington be held at night when it's colder, but he also said that decision will be left up to the NHL.

"The big concern is rain," he said. "That's the one thing that would make it very difficult."

Still to be determined are a venue and an opponent.

The last word

James Jones is sticking with his prediction. During the off-season, the veteran wide receiver predicted the Green Bay Packers would have three 1,000-yard receivers this year — Jones himself, Jordy Nelson and ex-Cat Randall Cobb. They've put up strong numbers, but after just two games, tight end Jermichael Finley has 11 receptions for 121 yards, too. Laughed Jones:

"I'm only going to stick with three right now, and if J-Mike ends up beating one of us out for 1,000 yards, I still told y'all we'd have three (with) 1,000 yards."