GOLF

Fowler tied with two others at OHL Classic

Rickie Fowler woke up at 5 a.m. Saturday and played three holes in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. It was enough to get him a three-way share of the 36-hole lead going into a marathon finish in Mexico.

Fowler and Patrick Rodgers had to wait out a five-hour rain delay just to resume their second round Saturday. Fowler saved par from a bunker on the 18th hole for a 4-under 67. Rodgers finally make his first bogey of the tournament on his 17th hole had to settle for a 65.

They shared the lead at 10-under 132 along with Patton Kizzire, who hasn’t hit a shot since his 70 on Friday.

EUROPEAN TOUR: A bogey-free 67 gave Scott Jamieson a 1-shot lead in Sun City, South Africa heading into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.

Jamieson edged ahead of overnight leader Victor Dubuisson (71) and has a chance at just his second European Tour title. His only previous tour victory was also in South Africa, at the Nelson Mandela Championship in 2012.

LPGA: Shanshan Feng shot a 2-under 70 in the final round to win the Blue Bay LPGA by one stroke in Hainan, China.

Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn (70) was second at 8 under, just one shot behind Feng after narrowly missing a birdie attempt on the 72nd hole.

SKIING

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova beat Olympic and world champion Mikaela Shiffrin to win the first women’s World Cup slalom of the season, in Levi, Finland.

Trailing Shiffrin by 0.21 after the opening leg, Vlhova used a near-perfect second run to finish in 1 minute, 49.98 seconds and edge the overall World Cup champion by 0.10.

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland came 1.35 back in third with the rest of the field finishing more than two seconds behind.

CROSS COUNTRY: A Russian cross-country skier who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics has denied he’s an informer for the World Anti-Doping Agency after two teammates who finished ahead of him were banned.

Ilya Chernousov finished third in the 50-kilometer race at the Sochi Olympics behind fellow Russians Alexander Legkov and Maxim Vylegzhanin.

Both were stripped of their medals and banned this month over allegations they were part of a Russian doping scheme and cover-up, with evidence their drug-test samples were tampered with. Chernousov was in line for a possible upgrade to gold.

SOCCER

WORLD CUP: Denmark failed to break through some stubborn defending by Ireland in a lackluster 0-0 draw in the first leg of its World Cup playoff.

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph was forced to make two good saves in the first half but was protected well after halftime, with Denmark star Christian Eriksen kept quiet at Parken Stadium.

Sergio Aguero scored the first goal at the reopened Luzhniki Stadium as Argentina beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly.

It was the first game in four years at Moscow’s vast Luzhniki Stadium, which will stage the World Cup final next year.

TENNIS

FED CUP: U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens lost in three sets to Aryna Sabalenka as host Belarus and the United States ended the opening day of the Fed Cup final evenly poised at 1-1.

Sabalenka beat Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 after CoCo Vandeweghe earlier defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4 to give 17-time champion United States a 1-0 lead.

– News service report