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Day Pushes Australia Into Lead at World Cup of Golf

  • Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot to the ninth green during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot to the ninth green during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot to the ninth green during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot to the ninth green during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Thomas Bjorn from Denmark hits out of a bunker on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Thomas Bjorn from Denmark hits out of a bunker on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Thomas Bjorn from Denmark hits out of a bunker on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Thomas Bjorn from Denmark hits out of a bunker on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Matt Kuchar from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Matt Kuchar from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Matt Kuchar from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Matt Kuchar from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Stuart Manley from Wales hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Stuart Manley from Wales hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Stuart Manley from Wales hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Stuart Manley from Wales hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • K.J. Choi from South Korea hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    K.J. Choi from South Korea hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • K.J. Choi from South Korea hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    K.J. Choi from South Korea hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Kevin Streelman from the U.S. eyes his ball after hitting out of bushes on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Kevin Streelman from the U.S. eyes his ball after hitting out of bushes on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Kevin Streelman from the U.S. eyes his ball after hitting out of bushes on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Kevin Streelman from the U.S. eyes his ball after hitting out of bushes on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Kevin Streelman from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Kevin Streelman from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Kevin Streelman from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Kevin Streelman from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats punter Josh Bartel (44) hams it up with linebacker Kevin Scott (54) during Canadian football practice in Regina, Saskatchewan. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Hamilton Tiger-Cats punter Josh Bartel (44) hams it up with linebacker Kevin Scott (54) during Canadian football practice in Regina, Saskatchewan. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

  • Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot to the ninth green during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot to the ninth green during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Thomas Bjorn from Denmark hits out of a bunker on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Thomas Bjorn from Denmark hits out of a bunker on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Matt Kuchar from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Matt Kuchar from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Stuart Manley from Wales hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Stuart Manley from Wales hits an approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • K.J. Choi from South Korea hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • K.J. Choi from South Korea hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Kevin Streelman from the U.S. eyes his ball after hitting out of bushes on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Kevin Streelman from the U.S. eyes his ball after hitting out of bushes on the second hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Kevin Streelman from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Kevin Streelman from the U.S. hits an approach shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats punter Josh Bartel (44) hams it up with linebacker Kevin Scott (54) during Canadian football practice in Regina, Saskatchewan. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Melbourne, Australia — Australian Jason Day shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the World Cup at Royal Melbourne.

Day had a three-round total of 9-under 204 playing in his first tournament since finding out eight relatives, including his grandmother, died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on Nov. 9.

The wind picked up Saturday, taking away any advantage some morning rain did to slow down the slick greens.

“You just have to have some patience,” Day said. “I like playing difficult golf courses, that’s what I do better at.”

Second-round leader Thomas Bjorn of Denmark shot 71 and was in second place, while American Matt Kuchar had 68 and was in third, three behind.

“I felt like I was in control, as sharp as I would have liked to be,” Kuchar said. “I did miss out on a couple of good opportunities, but I also made a handful and got up and down from some pretty ugly places.”

Stuart Manley of Wales had an incredible up-and-down day, following a hole-in-one on the third with an 11 on the fourth. But he recovered with an eagle and birdie on the back nine to finish with a 72 and tied for eighth.

“The highest high to the lowest low,” said Manley, who patted the roof of a car on the tee after the shot, thinking he had won it, but the car is only available for a hole-in-one during Sunday’s final round.

Australia leads the World Cup team standings at 11 under, one ahead of the U.S team of Kuchar and Kevin Streelman.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari moved up the leaderboard with a 66 and was fourth, while Streelman had a 74 and is in fifth place, five strokes out of the lead.

Molinari won the World Cup with his brother Edoardo in 2009.

Gulbis in Three-Way Tie

Naples, Fla. — Natalie Gulbis got off to a rocky start and put herself in position for a great finish. That describes her year as much as her third round Saturday in the LPGA Titleholders.

Gulbis hooked a 5-iron into the water and made bogey on the par-5 opening hole, and then bounced back for a 7-under 65. That gave Gulbis a share of the lead with Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand. They each had a 67.

Stacy Lewis virtually wrapped up the Vare Trophy with a tournament-record 63. She was among those two shots behind. Michelle Wie shot 66 and was three shots behind.

Auto Racing

Vettel Takes Brazil Pole

Sao Paulo — Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was fastest on a wet Interlagos track to take the pole position on Saturday for Formula One’s season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, had a lap of 1 minute, 26.479 seconds, more than half a second ahead of Nico Rosberg of Mercedes. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third in 1:27.539.

Heavy rain in Sao Paulo forced racing’s governing body FIA to delay the final round of qualifying by 40 minutes after conditions were deemed unsafe because of the “volume of water on the track.”

Olympics

Torch Takes a Dive

Moscow — The Olympic torch has plunged into the world’s deepest lake in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Games.

Video from the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee showed lifeguard Nikolai Rybachenko in scuba gear at Lake Baikal on Saturday. He lit what the committee says is a water-resistant flare atop the torch and submerged himself in the lake.

The 39,000-mile Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has flown in space and traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker.

The torch will be used to light the Olympic flame in Sochi on Feb. 7, marking the start of the 2014 Games.

CFL Football

Roughriders Get Grey Cup Home Game

Regina, Saskatchewan — They’re the overwhelming favorite as Grey Cup hosts and are carrying the weight of an entire province’s expectations.

Yet the biggest burden is off the Saskatchewan Roughriders, according to head coach Corey Chamblin. He says getting to Sunday’s CFL championship against Hamilton was the real challenge.

Riders general manager Brendan Taman made it clear early this offseason he was serious about fielding a Grey Cup contender with Regina hosting the big game. He acquired receiver Geroy Simon from the B.C. Lions before adding defensive linemen Ricky Foley and John Chick and defensive back Dwight Anderson in free agency.

Not only are Simon, Foley, Chick and Anderson all CFL veterans, but each has a Grey Cup ring, Chick earning his with the Riders in ‘07 before heading to the NFL. However, adding experienced performers to an already solid core only served to jack up expectations in Saskatchewan, especially after both B.C. and Toronto had captured Grey Cup titles as the host city the past two years.

The Roughriders, who will face the Tiger-Cats at Moasic Stadium on Sunday, lived up to that billing, winning their first five regular-season games and eight of nine before sustaining three straight losses. After rebounding with three victories, the Riders finished second in the West Division behind Calgary after dropping a 29-25 decision to the Stampeders.

Saskatchewan (11-7) lost its final two-regular season games before beating B.C. 29-25 in the West semifinal, then emphatically dispatching Calgary 35-13 in last weekend’s division final.

“The thing about pressure is how you deal with it,” Chamblin said. “By having some of the veterans we added and just having the core of our football team, we took that pressure and applied it to ourselves.

“We’re extreme competitors in our room and we use all the outside pressure to help make sure we’re where we want to be.”

To claim Saskatchewan’s fourth Grey Cup title, Chamblin will have to beat someone instrumental in leading the franchise to two championships. Hamilton coach Kent Austin guided the Riders to the ‘89 crown as the club’s starting quarterback, then in ‘07 as its head coach.

The Riders clearly haven’t forgotten: A large banner of Austin hangs outside Mosaic Stadium and a parking lot still bears his name.

“I actually come in the other way,” Chamblin said when asked about seeing Austin’s banner every day he comes to work. “There’s great history here in Saskatchewan and Kent’s been part of that, and the one thing I never want to do is remove those ancient landmarks.

“That’s part of the foundation . . . so for me to see that is an honor and I try to build on all the things those guys did in the past.”

Austin will forever be associated with Saskatchewan’s Grey Cup success, but he has also jilted the team’s loyal fans.

In ‘94 while in a contract dispute with the club, Austin demanded to be traded and was sent to B.C., helping the Lions win the Grey Cup. In ‘07 after leading the Riders to their CFL title, he abruptly left Regina to become the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, his alma mater.

Austin said he will forever cherish his memories of playing and coaching in Regina.

“I’m very honored to be recognized,” he said. “This organization has meant a lot to me and my family and we’re proud to have had a history here both with the team and the community.

“It’s hard to get here and every one of the Grey Cups are special. But that being said, it’s best to face Saskatchewan. If I was going to play a team, it would be Saskatchewan. If we’re not going to win it, which we hope very much that we do, it will be good to see Saskatchewan in there.”

Austin led Hamilton to a 10-8 record and second in the East in his first season as the club’s vice president of football operations, coach and GM. The Ticats are in the Grey Cup for the first time since ‘99.