Marino retains Pro-Am lead
Steve Marino maintained the lead at the USPGA Tour’s Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California, shooting a third round one-over 71 on Saturday. Marino moved to a 12-under 202 total for a one-shot lead over fellow Americans Jimmy Walker and Bryce Molder. Molder shot a 68 at Spyglass Hill on Saturday, while Walker fired a 63 at Monterey Peninsula. Molder was in the hunt in this event last year, before stumbling to a nine on the 14th hole. D.A. Points had an opportunity to grab a share of third round lead, but found the bunker and finished with a bogey on his final hole of the day at Pebble Beach.
Lagat sets two-mile record
Bernard Lagat set a new US indoor record in the two-mile run, breaking a 21-year old mark to become the American record-holder at the five distances from 1,500m to two miles. Lagat finished in 8 minutes, 10.07 seconds during a college meet at the Armory on Saturday night in New York, beating the mark of 8 minutes, 15.02 seconds that Doug Padilla set on Feb. 16, 1990, in Los Angeles. The 36-year-old Lagat now holds the US indoor marks in the mile and two mile, and 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m. He is also the US outdoor record holder for the 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m. It was the first time the seven-time Olympic and world championship medalist had run two miles indoors as a professional.
NHL suspends, fines players
The NHL suspended three players on Saturday for their actions in a fight-filled game between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins in New York a day earlier. Penguins forward Eric Godard received the longest suspension, 10 games, for leaving the bench and coming to the aid of Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson in his team’s 9-3 defeat. Godard will also lose US$40,322 in salary. Islanders forwards Trevor Gillies received a nine-game penalty and Matt Martin was suspended four games. Gillies delivered a hit to the head as well as several punches to Eric Tangradi, who was injured in the altercation, and will lose US$24,193. Martin was banned for punching Max Talbot from behind and as a repeat offender, he will surrender US$41,585.
Hernandez KOs Herelius
Cuba’s Yoan Pablo Hernandez on Saturday saw off Frenchman Steve Herelius on a seventh-round knockout to win the WBA interim cruiserweight belt after a bout outside Duesseldorf, Germany. Herelius was hampered by a self-inflicted Achilles tendon injury from the fourth round reprise and was reduced to all but fighting on one leg. Hernandez took his career record to 24 wins — 13 of them by knockout — for one defeat as he saw off his fellow southpaw. The Cuban challenger deployed greater range throughout and one minute, 19 seconds into the seventh, he was able to savor victory. After dominating the early rounds to establish a healthy points lead, the Cuban rocked his rival with a left counter and another left finished him off.
Cunningham defends title
Steve Cunningham successfully defended his IBF cruiserweight title by beating Enad Licina of Serbia in an unanimous decision on Saturday in Muelheim, Germany. The American received scores of 118-110, 117-111, 115-113. Licina fought well and the result was not as clear cut as the scores suggest. The 34-year-old improved his record to 24-2 (12 KOs) while Licina dropped to 19-3 (10 KOs).