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AGENCIES

■GOLF

Rookie Prugh grabs lead

Rookie Alex Prugh, who is playing in just his third USPGA Tour event, fired a seven-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the rain-hit Bob Hope Classic. Prugh moved to a 21-under 195 total for a slim lead in the US$5 million event over fellow Americans Bubba Watson — who shot 68 on Saturday — and Martin Flores — who carded a 65. Prugh is in his first season on the USPGA Tour after finishing 16th on the Nationwide Tour money list last year. His Nationwide season included a win in New Zealand, where he shot a closing-round 64. “I was almost bored with myself a little bit,” Prugh said. “It’s not a bad thing. I was hitting the driver very well and I kept on hitting fairway after fairway ... Boring rounds are actually fine with me.”

■GOLF

Kaymer shoots another 67

Martin Kaymer shot his third successive round of five-under 67 to lead the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by one stroke and stay on course to repeat his success in the 2008 edition. Going into the final day, the super-talented German — who was second last year — was at 15-under 201, but snapping at his heels were Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Ian Poulter of England. The two were tied for second place after identical rounds of 67 put them at 14-under 202. Swede Peter Hanson was alone in fourth place on 203, while Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, England’s Chris Wood and Ireland’s Shane Lowry were a further shot behind.

■BOXING

Lopez takes Luevano’s title

Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel Lopez stopped Steven Luevano of the US in the seventh round to win the WBO featherweight title in New York on Saturday. A hard right-left combination from the challenger knocked Luevano down and although the American made it to his feet, referee Benjy Esteves stopped the contest. The fight began cautiously with Luevano (37-2-1) trying to dictate with his jab, but Lopez (28-0) took charge from the third, landing a series of jarring left hands. Luevano rallied in the fifth, fighting well on the inside, but southpaw Lopez regained control in the sixth, cutting his opponent under the left eye and bloodying his nose. Lopez may make a first defense of his title against Cuban exile Yuriorkis Gamboa (17-0), who knocked down Rogers Mtagwa three times in a second-round stoppage on the same bill.

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