Inkster, Miyazato share lead entering final round

Juli Inkster and Ai Miyazato each shot 3-under 69 to share a two-shot lead after the third round of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

The 49-year-old Inkster led most of the round and finished at 7-under 209.

The Hall of Famer could become the oldest winner in LPGA history. Beth Daniel was 46 when won the Canadian Women’s Open in 2003.

Miyazato, who won the season-opener last week in Thailand, moved into a tie with a 30-foot putt for eagle on the 16th hole.

Momoko Ueda (68), Sun Young Yoo (71), Hee Young Park (69) and Hee-won Han (71) were two shots back.

PGA: Brandt Snedeker rolled in his sixth birdie of the day on No. 17 and finished at 14-under 199 for a one-shot lead over Scott Piercy going into today’s final round of the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Snedeker shot a 66 while Piercy had a pair of eagles en route to a 65.


NFL: Terrell Owens is on the market after the Buffalo Bills said the club does not plan to offer him a contract.

The Bills also declined to offer contracts to defensive end Ryan Denney and wide receiver Josh Reed, allowing them to become unrestricted free agents at midnight on March 5.

Owens, who will turn 37 in December, caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns in his only season in Buffalo. He also ran for a touchdown.

Denney made 318 tackles and 231/2 sacks in his career, while Reed is fifth on the club’s career receiving list with 311 catches for 3,575 yards.


DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIP: Defending champion Novak Djokovic led Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 2-0 before the final was postponed because of rain in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

MALAYSIAN OPEN: Elena Dementieva defeated Sybille Bammer 6-1, 6-3 to set up a final with first-timer Alisa Kleybanova in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Fourth-seeded Kleybanova beat unseeded Ayumi Morita 6-4, 6-1 in the first semifinal to reach her first career WTA final.


ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea had two players sent off and Manchester City ended the league leader’s 38-match unbeaten home streak by winning 4-2.

Julian Belletti and Michael Ballack both were sent off and Chelsea missed a chance to extend its one-point lead over defending champion Manchester United with 10 matches to go.

After Frank Lampard gave Chelsea the lead, Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy each scored twice for City.

n Manchester United will be punished by the English Premier League if Manager Alex Ferguson keeps boycotting the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Ferguson — the most successful manager in British soccer history — has refused to speak to the BBC for six years since an investigation was aired questioning the business dealings of his son Jason, who was then working as a soccer agent. He has never been found guilty of wrongdoing.

The Premier League is introducing a new rule that will force Ferguson to speak to the BBC, which pays to show highlights of matches.

– From news service reports

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