Own-goals foil Mechelen
Taiwan international Javier Chen saw yellow on Saturday and scored past his own goalkeeper as KV Mechelen let a two-goal lead slip away to Beerschot AC in Belgium’s Jupiler League. Julien Gorius scored from the penalty spot in the 35th minute for Mechelen to hand the visitors a halftime lead and Boubacar Dialiba Diabang doubled their lead in the 73rd minute. However, the Yellow Reds scored two own-goals in four minutes to hand Beerschot a point. Chen scored past his goalkeeper after 77 minutes and Kenny van Hoevelen did likewise in the 81st minute. After Saturday’s matches, Mechelen were 11th in the table with 11 points, while Beerschot were ninth with 14 points.
Drunk ref sent off
A referee was so drunk at a Czech soccer match that he constantly fell over and sent off three players for no apparent reason before police stepped in and breathalyzed the boozed-up official. “His breath smelt like a brewery and he didn’t hide the fact that he had been celebrating a birthday,” Karel Dusek, an official from the Jestrabi Lhota club, told the Lidove Noviny newspaper. With his shirt muddied by his numerous falls, the referee Tomas Fidra then sent off three Jestrabi players in the game against Tynec-nad-Labem. Having to face a team with just eight players, the home side agreed not to attack.
Leonard leads at Disney
Justin Leonard chipped in three times for birdies in a span of five holes to help salvage a two-under 70. That gave him a share of the lead on Saturday with USPGA Tour rookie Kevin Chappell going into the final round of Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney. Chappell was more solid, making only one bogey at the start of his round of 66. It is his first time atop the leaderboard going into the last round. Webb Simpson dodged a bullet in his attempt to win the money title. Luke Donald, who needs to finish at least second to overtake him, got within three shots of the lead until a three-putt double bogey on the 14th hole. Simpson wound up one shot ahead of Donald going to the last day.
Garcia extends lead
Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia shot a seven-under 64 on Saturday to extend his lead to a commanding eight shots after the third round of the Castello Masters. The hometown favorite overcame a shaky start by making a five-foot birdie putt at seventh hole before an eagle at the eighth. The 2008 champion then made five birdies on a flawless back nine for a 19-under total of 194. The 31-year-old Garcia will hope his familiarity with his childhood course can help him protect his substantial lead and end an almost three-year title drought. It would be his ninth European tour win.
Azarenka advances to final
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka advanced to the Luxembourg Open final on Saturday by beating Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 6-3. She will play Monica Niculescu of Romania, who reached her first WTA final by ousting Britain’s Anne Keothavong 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a match lasting more than three hours. The third-ranked Azarenka broke her opponent five times, and saved seven of the nine break points she faced herself. The 34th-ranked Niculescu has spent most of her career on the ITF circuit, but is enjoying her best month ever, having also made the semi-finals of the China Open.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
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