Poulter shoots 60 for a one-stroke lead after two rounds at Hong Kong Open

Ian Poulter shot a spectacular 60 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Anthony Kang through two rounds at the Hong Kong Open.

The Englishman’s performance eclipsed by one stroke the course record held by countryman Simon Yeats — but with the preferred-lie ruling in effect, Poulter’s mark will not officially stand as a record.

Poulter moved to 13-under for the tournament and into sole possession of the lead on the final hole, sinking a close-range birdie putt after playing partner Rory McIlroy double-bogeyed his last hole to slip back to 11-under.

Poulter had 10 birdies in a round that he called one of the best of his career.

Poulter was one shot ahead of Kang, with Simon Dyson and McIlroy in a tie for third, another shot back.

PEBBLE BEACH INVITATIONAL: John Mallinger shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at Pebble Beach, Calif.

Mallinger had nine birdies and two bogeys in the second round to reach 9-under 135 in the 76-player event that features male and female professionals.

Matt Bettencourt, the first-round leader after a 64, had a 72 to drop into a tie for second with Russ Cochran and Candie Kung. Cochran had a 65, and Kung shot a 68.

Annika Sorenstam, competing for one of the rare times since her retirement in 2008, shot a 72 at Spyglass Hill, leaving her six strokes back at 3 under.


QMJHL: Etienne Brodeur scored two goals and Nicholas Champion made 34 saves to lead the visiting Lewiston Maineiacs to a 4-3 win over the Quebec Remparts at the Pepsi Colisee.

Brodeur scored early in the first period and put the Maineiacs ahead 4-1 midway through the second period.


MLS: David Ferreira of FC Dallas was voted Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player. The Colombian playmaker beat out Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: A U.S. hedge fund is suing former Liverpool co-owner George Gillett Jr. over what the firm says is $117 million in debt he racked up investing in the club.


MOYE UPDATE: Former Indiana player A.J. Moye is still undergoing tests after his stroke, and it’s too early for doctors to determine a prognosis.

Moye’s team in Germany, Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt, says the former Hoosiers swingman remains hospitalized but is no longer in intensive care. Team spokesman Thomas Nawrath says Moye must undergo a series of tests before any prognosis can be made.


WORLD CUP: Joji Kato won a men’s 500-meter race in Berlin. Kato edged Jan Smeekens by 0.01 seconds. Jenny Wolf won the women’s sprint. Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea captured the men’s 5,000, and Christine Nesbitt of Canada clinched her second win in two races in the 1,500.