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SPORTS BRIEFS

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GOLF

Maruyama in tie for lead

Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama birdied four of his last seven holes to end the rain--delayed second round of the Sony Open in Honolulu in a tie for the lead with Stuart Appleby on Saturday. One stroke behind the pacesetting Appleby overnight, the ever-smiling Maruyama fired a five-under-par 65 in soft conditions at Waialae Country Club for a 10-under total of 130. The 41-year-old Japanese held a two-shot lead for much of the day before being caught in the afternoon by late starter Appleby, who finished birdie-birdie-birdie for a 66. Americans Steve Marino (67), Roland Thatcher (65) and Mark Wilson (67) were next best at eight under, with US Ryder Cup player Matt Kuchar and Britain’s Justin Rose among a group of six a further stroke back after carding matching 68s.

GOLF

Wind baffles Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel held on to a share of the Joburg Open lead despite struggling to read the wind and the greens in a tough third round on Saturday in South Africa. Schwartzel shot a two-under-par 69 to move to 15-under together with fellow South Africans Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy, but he recognized it had been a struggle. “It was tougher out there today,” he told reporters. “The wind blew a lot and never from one direction. It was always swirling around, which made it real difficult to choose the right club.” He could be relieved that the East Course Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club proved tricky all round, with none of the top eight at the start of the day able to shoot better than Aiken’s three-under-par 68. Briton Jamie Donaldson made the biggest move of the third day, his marvelous six-under-par 65 taking him to 11-under and a tie for eighth place.

SWIMMING

Phelps demolishes record

Michael Phelps won the 100m backstroke in 54.14 seconds — more than a second off his personal best — in the Austin Grand Prix in Texas on Saturday night. The 14-time Olympic champion edged emerging rival Ryan Lochte for the second straight night after winning the 100m butterfly on Friday. Phelps was slated to race the “B” final in the 200m breaststroke, but dropped out as expected. Missy Franklin, a 15-year-old rising star, won the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke. In the backstroke, she recorded a personal-best of 59.75 seconds. Franklin, second behind Katie Hoff on Friday in the 200m freestyle, was set to race in the 200m medley, 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle yesterday. Hoff, a three-time Olympic medalist, finished second on Saturday behind Kate Ziegler in the 400m freestyle. Ziegler finished in 4:08.28 and Hoff was more than a second back. Eric Shanteau raced to his second victory of the meet, taking the 200m breaststroke in 2:12.12.

SOCCER

England’s Lofthouse dies

Former England international Nat Lofthouse has died aged 85, his old club Bolton announced on their Web site yesterday. Lofthouse, who scored 30 goals in his 33 appearances for England, died peacefully in his sleep at a nursing home in Bolton on Saturday night, the statement said. He made more than 450 appearances for the Trotters, scoring 285 goals for the club between 1946 and 1960, and four years ago was voted Bolton’s greatest ever player. After he hung up his boots, Lofthouse held a number of off-field positions at Bolton including chief coach, chief scout, caretaker manager and club president, a position he held right up until his death.

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