Westwood takes lead into Sunday at Muirfield
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Lee Westwood is just 18 holes away from claiming his first major championship. The talented 40-year-old English golfer shot a 1-under 70 to take the lead after the third round of the British Open.
Westwood's 3-under total put him two shots up on playing partner Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han).
Woods was tied for the lead with Westwood when he hit his second shot on the par-5 17th into bunker and bogeyed the hole, while Westwood birdied. Woods shot a 1-over 72 to tie Mahan for second place.
Mahan equaled the best round of the day with a 3-under 68 on the difficult, dried-out Muirfield course. That earned him a pairing in the last group with Westwood in the final round.
Masters champ Adam Scott is alone at even par after a 70. Zach Johnson and Angel (AHN'-hehl) Cabrera head up a group at 1-over.
Phil Mickelson is five back after shooting a 1-over 72.
PGA TOUR-SANDERSON FARMS
Tied entering Sunday
MADISON, Miss. (AP) — At the PGA Tour stop in Mississippi, Daniel Summerhays and Nicolas Thompson are tied at 17 under par entering Sunday's final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. Thompson surged into contention with a 7-under 65 while Summerhays had a 69.
Chad Campbell, Cameron Beckman, Woody Austin and Kyle Reifers are two strokes back.
LPGA TOUR-MARATHON CLASSIC
Creamer, Recari share lead
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Former winner Paula Creamer and Spain's Beatriz Recari share a three-shot lead after three rounds of the LPGA Marathon Classic. Both shot 4-under 67's to get to 12-under for the 54 holes.
Lexi Thompson also shot 67 to head up a group of golfers tied for second.
Top-ranked Inbee Park shot a 73 and is eight shots off the lead.
Astros lose despite throwing combined 1-hitter
UNDATED (AP) __It hasn't been the greatest weekend for the last-place Houston Astros. On Friday night, they lost despite rookie outfielder Brandon Barnes hitting for the cycle.
On Saturday night, the Astros lost despite four of their pitchers throwing a combined one-hitter. And it wasn't really even that close. The Seattle Mariners used that one hit to beat Houston 4-2. Michael Saunders got Seattle's only hit with a two RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning.
Astros starter Erik Bedard (beh-DARHD') pitched 6 1-3 innings of no-hit ball before he was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who walked Mike Zunino with two outs before the double by Saunders put Seattle ahead 4-2. Bedard walked five and struck out 10 and wound up the losing pitcher to fall to 3-7. The loss dropped Houston to 33-63.
In other AL play:
— Brett Gardner and Lyle Overbay each had three hits and drove in a run to back Hiroki Kuroda's (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duhz) seven strong innings in the New York Yankees' 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. Kuroda is 9-6.
— Jeremy Hellickson won his fifth straight decision, Desmond Jennings reached base four times and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 for their 16th win in 18 games. The surging Rays are a major league-best 43-23 since May 8.
__ Minnesota edged Cleveland 3-2 for the Twins' fourth straight win. Kevin Correia (kohr-AY'-uh) threw six sharp innings for his first win in a month.
__ C.J. Wilson retired 18 consecutive batters at one point, and Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) homered to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 2-0.
__ Baltimore opened a 7-0 lead after three innings and beat Texas 7-4. Adam Jones homered while every Baltimore starter had at least one hit.
__ Kansas City nipped Detroit 6-5. Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with a game-winning home run.
In the NL:
__ San Diego got excellent work from its bullpen in the Padres' 5-3 win over St. Louis. Nick Vincent, Dale Thayer, Luke Gregorson and Huston Street worked an inning apiece after Edinson Volquez faded at the end of a five-inning outing. The Cardinals' Lance Lynn lost for the fourth time in five starts and fell to 11-5.
__Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs, and Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games in the Cincinnati Reds' 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The third-place Reds have won the first two games in the NL Central series, closing their gap with second-place Pittsburgh to two games.
— Yovani Gallardo (gy-YAR'-doh) pitched a shutout into the seventh inning and Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks belted home runs in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-0 win over Miami.
__ Marlon Byrd, David Wright and Daniel Murphy each had an RBI single for the Mets who held on for a 5-4 win over Philadelphia. Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff homer and Chase Utley a two-run shot for the Phillies in the ninth to make it close. The loss dropped Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels to 4-12. Hamels won 31 games the previous two seasons.
__ The L.A. Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals for the second straight night, 3-1 in 10 innings. Hanley Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run with a double. The Dodgers have won seven of nine to close within a half-game of the NL West lead.
__ That's because San Francisco beat AL West-leading Arizona 4-3. Buster Posey hit his 14th homer for the Giants, who climbed within five games of the NL West lead.
__ Colorado rocked the Chicago Cubs 9-3. Carlos Gonzalez homered and Todd Helton had three of the Rockies' 13 hits.
__In the interleague game, Alex Rios (REE'-ohs) hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in the Chicago White Sox' 10-6 win over Atlanta. Jake Peavy pitched six solid innings in his return from the disabled list.
Lester start pushed back...Home Run Derby champ out again
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is having his next start pushed back two days, and Ryan Dempster is taking his place on the mound Sunday against the New York Yankees.
Lester is 8-6, but has struggled since starting 6-0 start this season. He has allowed at least five runs in five of his last 11 starts, giving up four in three others.
Lester is now scheduled to start Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
In other baseball news:
— Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) was not in the Oakland Athletics' starting lineup for the second straight game because of a sore left wrist.
__ Washington southpaw Ross Detwiler didn't complete a full bullpen session and will miss at least two more starts while dealing with a lower back strain. He's 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA this season.
— The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring sustained before the All-Star break. The 33-year-old Holliday, a career .310 hitter, is batting .268 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs. — The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Rafael Betancourt on the disabled list after the closer had his appendix removed Friday night. The team recalled righty Mitchell Boggs from Double-A Tulsa.
Giants Hill suspended by NFL...Dolphins sign top pick
UNDATED (AP) — New York Giants safety Will Hill has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance of abuse policy, his second drug suspension in two years.
He will miss the first four games of New York's season, and be eligible to return in time for the Oct. 6 game against Philadelphia.
Hill was suspended last year for violating the league's performance-enhancing-drug policy, testing positive for Adderall.
In other NFL news:
— First-round draft pick Dion Jordan has signed with the Miami Dolphins, who will have all nine draft choices under contract for the start of training camp workouts Sunday. The defensive end and linebacker from Oregon was the third player taken in the April draft after the Dolphins swung a trade with Oakland to move up nine spots.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Jordan had 14½ career sacks as a speed rusher in college. He may initially be a pass-rush specialist with the Dolphins, but they anticipate he'll eventually become an every-down end in their 4-3 scheme.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer has lost to Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 7-6, 7-6 in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships.
The four-time champion was outplayed by the 114th-ranked Delbonis, who advanced to his first career final.
Delbonis will play Fabio Fognini (FAH'-bee-oh fohn-YEE'-nee) of Italy in the final.
Serena in the finals
BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Top-seed Serena Williams has defeated Klara Zakopalova 6-love, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Swedish Open. Williams will meet Sweden's Johanna Larsson in Sunday's final of the clay-court tournament.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome in command
ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France (AP) — Chris Froome has effectively wrapped up a Tour de France victory, putting himself in position to become Britain's second successive champion after Bradley Wiggins.
Only an accident or other freak mishap on Sunday's largely ceremonial final ride to Paris could stop Froome from winning the 100th Tour.
Froome finished third in the 20th stage to retain his big race lead.
Colombian rider Nairo Quintana won the stage.