National Sports Briefs
BETHESDA, Md. ó Tournament host Tiger Woods and defending champion Anthony Kim set the stage Saturday for a showdown everyone wanted at the AT&T National, with some expected company on a suddenly crowded leaderboard at Congressional.
Woods salvaged an even-par 70 from a roller-coaster round, losing a three-shot lead in two holes and having to scramble down the stretch to regain a share of the lead.
The 24-year-old has never finished higher than Woods in a PGA Tour event, and this will be the first time they have been paired together in any round of any tournament.
Woods has a 45-3 record on the PGA Tour when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead, although it took work to get there.
Woods and Kim were at 10-under 200, but it was far from a two-man race.
Michael Allen, who is 0-for-336 in his PGA Tour career but undefeated on the Champions Tour when he won the Senior PGA Championship earlier this year, made seven birdies in a round of 65, the best score Saturday.
Allen turned 50 in January and ventured out to play against men his own age only once, winning at Canterbury at a senior major. He has won on the Nationwide Tour, the European PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.
He was at 9-under 201 with Cameron Beckman, who chipped in for eagle on the par-5 16th for a 66.
– SYLVANIA, Ohio ó Eunjung Yi shot a 10-under 61 to take a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ó Kyle Busch has received intravenous fluids following a 70-minute driving stint in the Grand-Am race at Daytona.
Busch was co-driving with fellow NASCAR driver Scott Speed in the Saturday afternoon race in a car owned by Chip Ganassi. He drove the first stint and headed directly to the care center after turning the car over to Speed.
Busch received an IV there as a precautionary measure, then headed back to his motorhome to rest before Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race. He’s the defending race winner of NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400.
He and Speed finished 10th in the Grand-Am race.
TORONTO ó Free agent Hedo Turkoglu will join the Toronto Raptors after spurning the Portland Trail Blazers.
The 6-foot-10 forward helped Orlando to the NBA finals last season. On Friday, a person close to the Blazers confirmed that Turkoglu ended contract talks with them.
MONACO ó Lance Armstrong put in a solid performance in his comeback at the Tour de France on Saturday, finishing the first stage ahead of 170 riders many years younger and a respectable 10th behind winner Fabian Cancellara.
BOSTON ó The Boston Bruins’ Mark Recchi expects this will be his last season in the NHL. The 41-year-old signed a one-year deal with the team on Thursday. A 20-year veteran and the sixth leading active goal scorer, Recchi has been part of three Stanley Cup-winning teams.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio ó Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets have reached agreement on an eight-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.