PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Kevin Streelman figured a good round Saturday would at least get him in the mix at the Tampa Bay Championship. It wound up giving him a share of the lead.
Streelman had a 6-under 65 and was tied for the lead with Justin Leonard (67) and George Coetzee of South Africa (68). But this tournament was wide open heading into the final day, with 16 players separated by only three shots.
In Gainesville, Fla., Doug Kalitta qualified first in the NHRA Gatornationals with a run of 3.779 seconds at a top speed of 326.32 mph. Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field, Mike Edwards led the Pro Stock competition, and Matt Smith was the fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycles.
Americans win ice dance gold
In London, Ontario, two years after giving the United States its first world title in ice dance, Meryl Davis and Charlie White did it again, beating Olympic and world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada in the World Championships.
Around the links
In Phoenix, Ai Miyazato pulled back in front in the LPGA Founders Cup, making three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine. At 19-under 197, she had a four-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Jee Young Lee. In Greater Noida, India, South African Thomas Aiken shot a 10-under 62 to lead in the Avantha Masters by three shots after three rounds. In Newport Beach, Calif., David Frost maintained a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Champions Tours Toshiba Classic, eagling the final hole for a 5-under 66.
Bamtam AA K’s capture state title
The Bantam AA Komets, based out of the Lutheran Health SportsCenter, won the state title Saturday with a 2-0 victory over the South Bend Irish Rovers and advanced to the national tournament in the under-14 age group at Charlotte, N.C. The team is coached by Komets captain Colin Chaulk and Todd Ramsey.
Will Take Charge wins Rebel Stakes
In Hot Springs, Ark., Will Take Charge ground out a victory in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes, nudging aside Oxbow for the victory by a head in the Grade 2 race.
In Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Mikaela Shiffrin delivered an astonishing second run to overtake Tina Maze and clinch the World Cup slalom title. Shiffrin is the first American woman to be World Cup slalom champion since Tamara McKinney in 1984. Also in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Ted Ligety capped his dominant season in giant slalom with a sixth World Cup win.
Finals set in Indian Wells
In Indian Wells, Calif., Juan Martin del Potro defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open. Del Potro will play Rafael Nadal, who rallied to beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 to reach the final. Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki will play in the womens final.
TRACK & FIELD
Ex-Texas coach prepares to sue
Former Texas womens coach Bev Kearney filed race and gender discrimination complaints against the school with federal and state officials, the first step toward her pursuing a lawsuit. Kearney resigned Jan. 5 as Texas prepared to fire her for an inappropriate relationship with one of her athletes in 2002. Texas later revealed that assistant football coach Major Applewhite, who is white, was allowed to keep his job after having an inappropriate relationship with a student trainer on a bowl trip in 2008.