Johnson, Rahm continue on path toward championship battle at Match Play event

Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm advanced to the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Texas, staying on track for a potential showdown between the No. 1 player and Spain’s rising star.

Johnson lost a 3-up lead at the turn, and for the first time in 71 holes of the event, he was in a match that was all square. He answered with two birdies and put away Alex Noren.

Rahm was so dominant Saturday that he played only 27 holes in his two matches. The 22-year-old rookie has yet to play the 18th hole.

Johnson faces Hideto Tanihara in the semifinals. Rahm plays Bill Haas, who eliminated Phil Mickelson in the quarterfinals, 2 and 1.

PGA: Chris Stroud birdied his final hole to cap a 5-under 67 and take a one-shot lead in the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, as he goes for his first PGA Tour victory.

LPGA: Mirim Lee shot a 5-under 67 in the third round of the Kia Classic at Carlsbad, California, to go to 13 under – one shot ahead of Mi Jung Hur, who carded a 66 after a 67-foot putt on No. 18.


MIAMI OPEN: Roger Federer won his opening match, returning to the tournament after a two-year absence and beating 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Stan Wawrinka, seeded No. 1, easily won his opening match against Horacio Zeballos, 6-3, 6-4.


WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Bruce Arena’s return as coach reignited American confidence, and the U.S. routed Honduras 6-0 Friday night in San Jose, California, to get right back in contention for an eighth straight World Cup berth.

Clint Dempsey had a hat trick in his return from an irregular heartbeat and 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic had one goal and three assists.

MLS: Juan Agudelo scored twice, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist and the New England Revolution beat Minnesota United 5-2 at Foxborough, Massachusetts.


XFINITY SERIES: Kyle Larson held off Joey Logano on the final lap to win at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Larson thrived out of a late restart with smart moves and a clever lane choice on the five-wide asphalt for his second Xfinity win at Fontana.

Kyle Busch was third, with Erik Jones in fourth and rookie William Byron in fifth.


DUBAI WORLD CUP: Arrogate came from last place after a delay out of the stalls to win by an impressive 21/4 lengths at Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

With the win, four-year-old Arrogate became the highest-earning racehorse ever, surpassing California Chrome, winner of the same race last year. Arrogate has grossed $17,084,600 for winning seven races out of eight in his career.

– News service report