Sports Digest: Schenck goes into the final round of the Valspar Championship with a 1-shot lead

Adam Schenk hit a 1-in-70 and gave him a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood as he competes at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., after his first win on the PGA Tour.

Schenk was at 8-under 205 and will play in the final group with Spieth, who opened with a 6-iron at 7′ for Eagle. But he only made three pars on his last 12 holes – on four of those occasions he followed a bogey with a birdie. But that ended on the 18th when he hit a tree on his drive, went into a front bunker and then got blasted for a final bogey with the pin on his collar.

Eight players are within three strokes of the lead.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Kristian Krogh Johannessen and Matthew Baldwin shared the lead at the SDC Championships in St. Francis Bay, South Africa when the third round was suspended due to fading light.

The pair had moved through 13 holes to 11 under par when players were canceled at the St Francis Links Course on South Africa’s south coast.


US OPEN: After Novak Djokovic withdrew from tournaments in Florida and California because he still cannot travel to the United States as a foreign citizen who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, a spokesman for the US Tennis Association said on Saturday , the group is “very hopeful” The top-ranked player will be allowed into the country for the US Open in August.

“Policy regarding access to the United States is determined by the White House. We are very confident that the policy preventing Novak Djokovic from entering the United States will be lifted or lapsed in the near future,” USTA’s Chris Widmaier wrote to The Associated Press. “The US Open has no COVID-19 restrictions on players, fans or other participants. Novak, one of the great champions of our sport, would be cordially invited to compete at the US Open 2023.”

The two-week US Open begins August 28 in Flushing Meadows.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Tottenham missed a chance to move up to third in the Premier League by throwing away a two-goal lead on Saturday when James Ward-Prowse’s injury-time penalty handed bottom-placed Southampton a 3-3 draw.

Southampton had scored just two goals in their last five league games but the hosts displayed the same struggle in which they recently took points from Chelsea and Manchester United to bounce back and boost their hopes of survival.

• Chelsea’s three-game winning streak in all competitions came to an end when Everton twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Saturday. The tie means Everton are two points above the relegation zone in 15th place. Chelsea is in 10th place.

• Aston Villa celebrated their third win in four Premier League games on Saturday as they beat Bournemouth 3-0 at home with goals from Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey and Emiliano Buendia.

• Leicester ended a five-game losing streak in all competitions when Harvey Barnes’ second-half equalizer secured a 1-1 draw at Brentford.

• Rasmus Kristensen scored just seconds after coming on as a substitute and Leeds recovered from a late comeback, beating Wolverhampton 4-2 and exiting the relegation zone.


MEN’S WORLD CUP: Marco Odermatt underlined his dominance of men’s ski racing on Saturday in Soldeu, Andorra by breaking the 23-year-old men’s record for most World Cup points in a single season.

The outstanding Swiss won his final race of the season, the giant slalom at the World Cup finals, by a whopping 2.11 seconds over second-placed Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway. The victory brought Odermatt’s record to 2,042 points, surpassing the previous mark of 2,000 set by Austrian Hermann Maier in the 1999/2000 season.


FORMULA ONE: Sergio Perez stepped in for Red Bull to ensure the team started from pole at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after a mechanical problem sidelined two-time defending champion Max Verstappen.

Verstappen was quickest in all three practice sessions at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit but his qualifying efforts were cut short on Saturday when he said over the radio: “I have a problem. Engine, engine problem” during the second session. The Dutchman pitted where a driveshaft problem was discovered and Verstappen’s qualifying efforts ended.

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