Jimenez moves up in Spain
Miguel Angel Jimenez, who last year became the oldest winner on the European Tour at the age of 49, moved into contention for his 21st victory on the circuit after the third round of the Spanish Open in Girona on Saturday. The Spaniard carded a three-under-par 69 for a five-under total of 211 to close within two strokes of tournament leader Belgian Thomas Pieters (71). British pair Richie Ramsay and Chris Wood were one shot further back on 212 along with Australian Richard Green. World No. 34 Jimenez dropped strokes at the 15th and 18th. “I’m a little disappointed with that,” Jimenez said. “I didn’t hit it very well the last few holes. I played very well the first nine and was solid until the 14th, but made a bad bogey on the 15th, where I three-putted from eight yards.”
Oosthuizen leads with 64
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen fired six-under-par 64 to share the lead with American Brendon Todd after Saturday’s third round of the US$6.9 million USPGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas, Texas. Oosthuizen and Todd each closed with a birdie to finish 54 holes on 10-under 200. One stroke off the pace were Canadian left-hander Mike Weir and Americans James Hahn and Gary Woodland. Irishman Padraig Harrington, Canada’s Graham DeLaet, Australian Marc Leishman and American Morgan Hoffmann were on 202, Hoffmann having double-bogeyed the 18th to fall from a share of the lead. Oosthuizen opened with a bogey and took another at the fourth, but answered with three birdies in a row starting at the par-three fifth, with his eight-foot birdie putt there the longest such effort of the run.
Marquez survives knockdown
Mexican veteran Juan Manuel Marquez rallied from a ninth-round knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado in a 12-round non-title welterweight fight on Saturday. The 40-year-old Marquez, who scored a knockdown of his own in the eighth, has likely earned a shot at a fifth fight with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao with this victory. Marquez dominated the early rounds, but then had his hands full in the second half of the fight as the hard-punching Alvarado showed a lot of heart in coming back from being knocked down. Marquez improved to 56-7-1, as two judges scored it 117-109 and the third had it 119-108. He also landed more punches, 278-178, than Alvarado in front of a crowd of 12,090 at The Forum arena in Los Angeles. Marquez knocked Alvarado down late in the eighth round with a blistering right hand on the chin that was set up by a left jab. Alvarado got up just in time to hear the bell sound, ending the round.
Greek gymnast killed
Greek gymnast Anna Pollatou, who won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, was killed in a car crash on Saturday, local media reported. According to reports the 30-year-old, from the island of Kefalonia, died when her vehicle was involved in a collision with a pick-up truck on the road from Patra to Pyrgos in the Western Peloponnese. “The Greek Gymnastics Federation expresses its condolences to the relatives of Anna Pollatou and feels deep sorrow for the untimely loss of a gymnast who was a role model,” the national body said in a statement. “She was a young woman who had much to offer, and not only to sport.” Pollatou won bronze in the rhythmic team event in Sydney, retiring the following year and taking up coaching.