Schwartzel leads by three in Dunhill Championship

Charl Schwartzel will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour’s season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship, in Malelane, South Africa, after a 2-under 70 moved him to 13-under par on Saturday.


DAVIS CUP: Britain is one point away from lifting the Davis Cup title for the first time in 79 years after winning the doubles against Belgium, in Ghent, Belgium.

Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray beat David Goffin and Steve Darcis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give Britain a 2-1 lead going into Sunday.


WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Mikaela Shiffrin shook off the disappointment of a fall the day before and put down a blistering final run to win the first slalom of the season at Aspen, Colorado.

MEN’S WORLD CUP: Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the first men’s downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta.

Italy’s Peter Fill was second and American Travis Ganong was third in 1:47.65.


GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Caroline Proctor, Evie Clement and Sarah Hutcheon scored unassisted goals, and Camden Carrier scored from Proctor, as Falmouth (1-0-1) took a 4-0 lead in the first period on the way to a 6-1 win over York (0-3) at Rochester, New Hampshire.

Marcy Kittredge’s second-period goal extended the lead to 5-0 before Katherine Bertolini broke through for York in the closing seconds of the period. Eleanor Cifrino and Jessa Smith assisted on the goal. Martina St. Angelo tallied in the third period.

 Taylor Turgeon scored twice in the first period and two more times early in the second to power visiting Biddeford (1-2) to a 6-0 win over Portland/Deering.

Kathleen Monson scored with 5:04 left in the second period, and assisted on Paige Boudreau’s goal 42 seconds later, to complete the scoring

• Danita Storey had a hat trick in the first period and finished with four goals and two assists as Greely (2-0) skated to an 11-0 win over Winslow/Erskine at Falmouth.

Erin Molloy added two goals and an assist for Greely. Leah Poulin and Molly Horton also scored twice.


SPAIN: Neymar had two goals while Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi also scored as host Barcelona earned another lopsided win by beating Real Sociedad 4-0.

FRANCE: With armed police patrolling the stadium and fans waving French flags inside, league leader Paris Saint-Germain beat last-place Troyes 4-1 in its first home match since the Paris attacks.

ENGLAND: Jamie Vardy became the first player to score in 11 straight Premier League games as Leicester drew 1-1 with Manchester United.


RETIRING: Minor league home run king Mike Hessman is retiring as a player and will pursue a career as a coach.

Hessman became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues in August when he hit a grand slam to pass Buzz Arlett with his 433rd homer.

Hessman, 37, is often compared to Crash Davis, Kevin Costner’s character in the movie “Bull Durham,” and perhaps fittingly, Hessman’s slam was his last home run.

Hessman, who spent 19 seasons in the minors, also played in 109 big league games over five seasons with 14 homers. He also spent a season in the Japan Pacific League.

– From staff and news services