National Sports Briefs
GREENSBORO ó Sergio Garcia and Chris Riley were both 13 under par through 10 holes to share the clubhouse lead Saturday night when play was stopped midway through the third round of the rain-plagued Wyndham Championship.
Steve Marino, Fred Couples, Kevin Stadler and Justin Rose were 12 under and Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas were 11 under through varying stages of their rounds when play was suspended due to darkness.
Tournament officials said the round was scheduled to resume Sunday at 7:30 a.m., with a second cut and the final round to begin at roughly 11 a.m.
During yet another long day with abbreviated play at the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club ó where two weather delays combined to last nearly 51/2 hours ó there were a few highlights.
Standing in the way: A weather-created, 26-hole marathon today for both Riley and Garcia. Then again, that’s nothing new during this tournament for Riley ó who took his first lead Friday while playing 21 holes.
– SUGAR GROVE, Ill. ó The Solheim Cup is coming down to the singles.
Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr overcame a dismal final two holes to win their match, giving the United States a split in the afternoon foursomes Saturday and sending the Americans into today’s singles tied. Both teams have eight points; the United States needs 14 points to win the Cup for a third straight time, while Europe needs 141/2 points to claim its first victory on U.S. soil.
– SUNRIVER, Ore. ó Brad Bryant shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a two-stroke advantage over Mike Reid into the final round of the Jeld-Wen Tradition.
NFLNEW YORK ó Plaxico Burress’ lawyer says a prison consultant is preparing the former Super Bowl star for life behind bars.
Benjamin Brafman tells the New York Post in a story published Saturday the ex-New York Giants wide receiver is getting advice on “how to use his period of confinement as productively as possible.”
The 32-year-old Burress pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He had accidentally shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub in November. – PHILADELPHIA ó Michael Vick will make his Eagles debut Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars if all goes well over the next three days of practice, coach Andy Reid said Saturday.
“I think there is a chance of that,” Reid said. “Right now that’s the plan. But we’ll see how it goes.”Vick signed with Philadelphia on Aug. 13 but was not allowed to play in the team’s first two preseason games under the provisions of his suspension from the league.
BRISTOL, Tenn. ó Brad Keselowski may be moving to Penske Racing next season, but team owner Rick Hendrick said Saturday he’ll find a way to bring the talented young driver back to his organization.
“I’m not saying he’s going to be with us next year and I’m not saying he won’t be,” Hendrick said at Bristol Motor Speedway. “But wherever he goes, he’ll always be close enough for me to get him and bring him back.”
Hendrick then asked to “make sure all the other car owners know I said that.”
SONOMA, Calif. ó Dario Franchitti made an impressive comeback on his final qualifying lap to capture the pole for the Sonoma Grand Prix.
Franchitti turned in a lap of 76.7987 seconds on the tough 12-turn, 2.303-mile road course Saturday at Infineon Raceway, narrowly beating out Ryan Briscoe for his fourth pole of the season.
BALTIMORE ó Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps is wearing a walking boot on the right ankle he injured in a car accident a little more than a week ago.
Phelps was driving with an invalid, out-of-state license Aug. 13 when another driver ran a red light, causing the accident.
Speaking at an event Saturday to promote his appearance on Shaquille O’Neal’s reality TV show, “Shaq VS,” Phelps said he has been training in the pool despite the hurt ankle.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ó Former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight will be inducted into the university’s athletics Hall of Fame nearly a decade after he was fired for violating a zero-tolerance policy imposed by then-IU President Myles Brand.