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SPORTS BRIEFS

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GOLF

Walker eyes Texas Open title

Hometown hope Jimmy Walker on Saturday fired six birdies in a three-under 69 to stretch his lead in the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open to four strokes. Walker, who lives just a half-hour’s drive from TPC San Antonio, had a 54-hole total of nine-under 207 and a comfortable cushion over rising US star Jordan Spieth. Spieth, a 21-year-old who also hails from Texas, carded a one-under 71 for 211. He was two strokes in front of last season’s FedEx Cup playoff champion Billy Horschel, who birdied the last three holes in a 71 for 213. Walker, who captured his fourth PGA Tour title at the Sony Open in Hawaii this year, started the day with a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman and Aaron Baddeley. Spieth, who started the day two shots adrift, gained ground with four birdies in a five-hole span on the front nine and was tied for the lead through 13 holes. He played the final five holes in one-over with a bogey at 14 followed by a birdie at 15, double-bogey at the par-three 16th and birdie at 17 before he capped his round with a par at the last.

GOLF

Lead shared in Agadir

Scottish duo Richie Ramsey and Andrew McArthur along with Frenchman Romain Wattel shared the lead on seven-under following the third round of the Trophee Hassan II in Agadir on Saturday. Overnight leader Ramsey carried a one-shot advantage into the 18th hole before a wayward tee shot led to a bogey, as the Aberdeen native fell into a tie with McArthur and 24-year-old Wattel. Ramsey, who is looking for a third victory on the European Tour, but has struggled for form this year missing four cuts in five tournaments, limped home with a one-under 71 on the day, while McArthur carded a 67 that included an eagle and five birdies. Wattel also moved top of the leaderboard as the right-hander from Montpellier shot a superb round of five-under 67 with six birdies and an eagle. The Frenchman picked up four shots over the final four holes. Seven golfers were tied for second on six-under — Argentine Emiliano Grillo, 2011 winner David Horsey, fellow Englishman Richard Bland, as well as Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen, Irishman Kevin Phelen, and South African pair George Coetzee and Jaco van Zyl.

CYCLING

King wins Corsica time trial

Ben King retained the overall lead at the Criterium International after Fabio Felline and Bob Jungels secured a 1-2 finish for the Trek Factory Racing team in a short time trial on Saturday. King won the opening stage in the morning around Porto-Vecchio, crossing the finish line five seconds ahead of breakaway rival Clement Saint-Martin. After crashing last weekend in the Milano-Sanremo, King was not scheduled to ride in Corsica and was added to his team’s lineup only at the last minute as a replacement for a sick teammate. “It’s a great feeling to win here,” King said. “We’ve had some back luck, but we haven’t lost our fighting spirit. So, I desperately wanted to get the win for my teammates. That was my motivation. I’m happy I was able to deliver.”

BASEBALL

Mariners pitcher dies

Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died on Saturday from head injuries he suffered in a boating accident last month, his Venezuelan team announced. The Caracas Lions issued a statement saying the 20-year-old player died after being in a coma 42 days. Sanchez was swimming on Feb. 14 when he was struck in the head by the propeller of a motorboat at a beach in the Venezuelan coastal town of Campano.

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