Late birdies for Rose move him into tie with Furyk

Justin Rose went 30 straight holes without making a birdie. He made up for it in a big way Saturday at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, with a 7-under 63 that gave him a share of the lead with Jim Furyk after three rounds.

Rose was four shots behind with four holes to play when he made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 15th, hit wedge into 3 feet for birdie on the par-5 16th and closed with a 40-foot birdie on the 18th.

Furyk finished with six straight pars to join Rose at 9-under 201, two shots ahead of Shane Lowry of Ireland.

PGA: J.J. Henry birdied the final hole to take a one-point lead in the Barracuda Championship, the tour’s modified Stableford event.

Henry had a 41-point total at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Miguel Angel Jimenez eagled the par-5 18th hole to match the course record of 9-under 61 and tie Colin Montgomerie for the second-round lead in the Shaw Charity Classic at Calgary, Alberta. Jimenez matched Fred Couples’ course record set last year.


NACAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Rachel Schneider of Sanford won the 1,500 meters at the championship meet for the North American, Central American and Caribbean region, at San Jose, Costa Rica.

Schneider finished in 4 minutes, 14.78 seconds, beating U.S. teammate Shelby Houlihan by nearly 2 seconds.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Katie Ledecky lowered her own world record by 3.61 seconds in winning the 800-meter freestyle for her fifth gold medal at Kazan, Russia.

The 18-year-old American finished in 8 minutes, 7.39 seconds, bettering her time of 8:11.00 set last year at a meet in the United States.

U.S. NATIONALS: Michael Phelps answered the taunts of Chad le Clos by beating the South African’s time at Kazan in winning the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. championships in 50.45 seconds at San Antonio.


CITI OPEN: Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals at Washington in their first showdown since Cilic beat Nishikori in the U.S. Open final 11 months ago.

Nishikori will face John Isner, a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9) winner over Steve Johnson in an all-American semifinal.

BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Karolina Pliskova advanced to her WTA Tour-best fifth final of the year, beating American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 7-5 at Stanford, California.

Pliskova will face Angelique Kerber of Germany, who beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 in a 55-minute match.

GENERALI OPEN: Philipp Kohlschreiber rallied to defeat French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final at Kitzbuehel, Austria.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea began its title defense with a red card for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and a 2-2 draw against Swansea at London.

Manchester United needed an own goal for a 1-0 victory over Tottenham, while Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester beat Sunderland 4-2 and Crystal Palace won 3-1 at Norwich.

There was no fairytale start to Bournemouth’s first season in the English top flight, as the team lost 1-0 to Aston Villa.


HAMBLETONIAN: Pinkman held off filly champion Mission Brief down the stretch and won the $1 million final by three-quarters of a length at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

– From news service reports