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SPORTS BRIEFS

Staff writer, with agencies

GOLF

Ciganda leads shootout

Spain’s Carlotta Ciganda fired six birdies in a five-under 66 on Saturday to seize a two-shot lead after three rounds of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout. Ciganda, last season’s Rookie of the Year on the Ladies European Tour, had a 54-hole total of 11-under 202. World No. 1 Inbee Park of South Korea carded a 67 to claim a share of second place on 204. She was tied with German LPGA rookie Caroline Masson, who led after both of the first two rounds. Masson shook off a double-bogey at the first to post a 69. South Korea’s Choi Na-yeon carded a 66 to stand alone in fourth on 205. Taiwan’s former world No. 1 Yani Tseng shot a 71 to be tied for 12th place on four-under 209, seven shots off the lead.

GOLF

Glover leads in New Orleans

Lucas Glover, the 2009 US Open champion, fired a two-under 70 on Saturday to stretch his lead to two strokes after the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Glover stood atop an all-American leaderboard on 14-under 202 after 54 holes, with Kyle Stanley, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel and D.A. Points on 204, and Kevin Stadler another stroke off the pace. Early starters fired low scores before afternoon winds began swirling, with Stanley shooting 65, and Walker and Horschel firing 66s, while Glover played a roller-coaster round that included five birdies and three bogeys. Chinese teen Guan Tianlang, who became the youngest starter in Masters history earlier this month at 14, struggled to a 77 on Saturday to stand on 218, last among the 71 who made the cut.

CYCLING

Froome extends his lead

Slovenia’s Simon Spilak won the fourth stage of the Tour de Romandie on Saturday as Chris Froome extended his overall lead. Britain’s Froome tightened his grip on the yellow jersey as he finished just behind Spilak after 188.5km from Marly to Les Diablerets, Switzerland. In dismal weather conditions the lead pair finished more than a minute ahead of Rui Alberto Da Costa, leaving Froome with a 47-second advantage over Spilak ahead of the final stage. Sky’s Froome had led Andrew Talansky of the US by just six seconds since winning Tuesday’s prologue, but his breakaway with Spilak on the day’s final climb ensured he should secure overall victory in yesterday’s individual time trial.

BOXING

Martinez retains his title

Sergio Martinez retained his World Boxing Council middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Martin Murray on Saturday, despite being sent to the canvas several times by the Englishman. The three judges all scored the fight 115-112 in favor of the defending champion, a decision sure to be controversial, but pleasing to the fans in Martinez’s native Buenos Aires. It was his first fight in his hometown in 11 years, after fighting mostly in Europe. Martinez improved to 53 victories in 55 fights. It was Murray’s first loss in 27 fights.

BOXING

Wilder knocks out Harrison

American heavyweight Deontay Wilder remained unbeaten after knocking out former Olympic champion Audley Harrison in the first round in Sheffield, England, on Saturday. Harrison fell in a neutral corner from the first meaningful punch of the bout. Wilder kept flailing at him, before referee Terry O’Connor belatedly stepped in and called it off after 1 minute, 10 seconds.

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