Porto finish undefeated
Champions Porto became the first team in 33 years to complete a Portuguese Premier League season undefeated by beating Maritimo 2-0 away on Saturday thanks to goals by winger Silvestre Varela and Brazilian striker Walter. Porto clinched their 25th title last month and completed the season with 84 points after 27 wins and three draws. They face compatriots Braga in the Europa League final on Wednesday and are also in next weekend’s Portuguese Cup final. Portugal international Varela fired Porto ahead after being put through by Colombia midfielder Fredy Guarin on 21 minutes and Walter headed in the second in the 32nd.
McDowell, Watney lead
Britain’s Graeme McDowell and Nick Watney of the US share the lead on 11-under at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, after a rain-delayed Saturday, but the battle for the ‘fifth major’ remains wide open. The pair completed just five holes of their third round after a four-and-a-half hour delay at TPC Sawgrass owing to a heavy thunder storm. US Open champion McDowell, of Northern Ireland, and Watney, winner of March’s World Golf Championship tournament at Doral, were to come back at 7:45am yesterday to complete the 13 remaining holes before taking a break and coming back in the afternoon for their fourth round.
Wood extends Iberdrola lead
England’s Chris Wood extended his lead at the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca, Spain, to four shots after Saturday’s third round to take a huge step toward a maiden European Tour title. Wood, 23, carded a 69 at the Pula Golf Club, to stand at nine under, but he was to start yesterday’s final round with Ryder Cup stars Darren Clarke and Jose Maria Olazabal breathing down his neck. Clarke is four shots off the pace, along with Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who matched Gregory Bourdy’s course record of 63 from the opening round.
Leicester beat Northampton
Reigning champions Leicester reached the English Premiership final after an 11-3 playoff semi-final win over Northampton on Saturday denied the European Cup finalists a possible double. However, the Tigers were fortunate to finish with 15 men after teenage center Manu Tuilagi landed a crunching right hook on Chris Ashton, the England wing. Both players were yellow-carded for their roles in the incident, one of several flashpoints in a fiery East Midlands derby. A late try from Alesana Tuilagi, Manu’s older brother, and two Toby Flood penalties saw Leicester into a May 28 Twickenham final against either Saracens or Gloucester. However, Manu Tuilagi could miss the match, which will see Leicester bidding for a second hat-trick of Premiership titles, if his punch gets him banned.
Wu Peng beats Phelps
China’s Wu Peng surged past US Olympic star Michael Phelps in the final 50m on Saturday to win the 200m butterfly at the Charlotte UltraSwim long course meeting in North Carolina. Wu won in 1:56.83, while Phelps settled for second in 1:58.22. Wu couldn’t match his season’s best of 1:56.62, but he had the satisfaction of notching another victory over Phelps, who reigned in the 200m fly for nearly a decade. Wu’s victory at the Michigan Grand Prix last month — in a race in which Phelps finished fourth — marked the 14-time Olympic gold medalist’s first defeat in the event since 2002.