In Brief: Holmes Leads in N.C.
Charlotte, n.c. — Phil Mickelson’s best round of the year wasn’t enough for him to stay in the lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship, just enough to give him a chance to end his slowest start to a season in 11 years.
J.B. Holmes overpowered Quail Hollow on a good day for scoring, and he made a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the final hole for a 6-under 66. That wound up giving him a one-shot lead when Martin Flores made his only bogey on the final hole. Mickelson had a 63 and was two shots behind.
Flores hit his tee shot into the creek left of the 18th fairway and missed a 20-foot par putt, settling for a 69 that at least put him in the final pairing with Holmes.
They’ll be looking at Mickelson, who filled the course with one big cheer after another. Mickelson rolled in birdie putts of 30 feet on No. 4 and 40 feet on the par-3 sixth hole and went out in 29. He took the outright lead with a 7-iron from 216 yards into 10 feet on the 13th hole and closed with a par as exciting as some of his birdies. After having to lay up out of a fairway bunker, his wedge spun by the hole and left him a tap-in for par.
North Texas LPGA Shootout
Irving, Texas — Stacy Lewis shot a 2-under 69 even while missing several makable putts to grab a share of the lead with Meena Lee after three rounds at the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
Lewis, the third-ranked player in the world, looked down in frustration after missing a birdie chance at the 18th hole. The Texan matched Lee at 9-under 204.
In nearly ideal scoring conditions with little if any wind, Lee shot 70.
Suzann Pettersen, Dori Carter and Julieta Granada shot 68 and were a stroke behind the leaders.
The Woodlands, Texas — Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 68 to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational.
Langer had a 10-under 134 total at The Woodlands Country Club.
Colin Montgomerie was second after a 66, the best round of the day.
City Controls Destiny
Edin Dzeko scored twice to help Manchester City rally past Everton 3-2 Saturday night and stay in control of the Premier League title race.
City (25-6-5) has 80 points and leads on goal difference over Liverpool (25-6-5), which plays Monday at Crystal Palace. Because of its greater goal difference, City likely would win its second title in three years if it wins its final two games against Aston Villa on Wednesday and West Ham on May 11 — both at home.
Chelsea (24-6-6) hosts Norwich today.
Fulham, which has been in the Premier League since 2001-02, was relegated along with Cardiff when they both lost and Sunderland won 1-0 at Manchester United on Sebastian Larsson’s 30th-minute goal.
Revs Edge Toronto
Toronto — Defender Doneil Henry made two mistakes that led to New England goals as the Revolution defeated FC Toronto 2-1 on Saturday.
Henry, who missed three games with a knee injury, was charged with a hand ball in the penalty area in the 82nd minute. Lee Nguyen picked up his fourth goal of the season on the penalty kick for the winner.
Henry’s turnover in the 24th minute led to the Revolution’s first goal. Daigo Kobayashi capitalized and sent a through ball for rookie Patrick Mullins, whose left-footed strike beat diving goalkeeper Julio Cesar to tie the game 1-1. It was Mullins’ first career goal.
The win was the first in eight tries at BMO Field for New England and stretched its undefeated streak to four games.
Henry had an opportunity to redeem himself in the 84th minute as Michael Bradley sent in a cross off a set piece, but Henry’s header sailed just over the bar.
Then in the 86th minute, Gilberto put a header off Mark Bloom cross off the goal post.
Legend’s T ea Service Sold at Auction
Austin, Texas — A sterling silver tea and coffee set that belonged to Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson drew a winning bid of $15,000 at auction in Austin.
Spokeswoman Amy McMurrough says the bid came from an unidentified phone bidder during the auction Saturday by the Austin Auction Gallery.
Auction officials say the tea set was presented to Mathewson in 1917 and is one of the few surviving baseball memorabilia in the family. Much of the family’s collection was destroyed in a 1950 house explosion and fire that killed the son of the New York Giants pitching great in San Antonio.
Meanwhile, McMurrough said a Saudi Arabian sword once presented to former Texas football coach Darrell Royal did not sell at auction Saturday and will be available for individual sale.