Sports Digest: Schenck takes a one-stroke lead in final round of Valspar Championship

Adam Schenk shot a 1-under 70, giving him a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood as he chases his first PGA Tour victory at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Schenk was 8-under 205 and will play in the final group with Spieth, who opened with a 6- to 7-foot eagle iron. But he’s only pared three times over his last 12 holes – on four of those occasions he’s called a bogey with a birdie. But it ended on the 18th when he hit a tree during his practice, entered a forward bunker, then was blasted by the collar pin for a final bogey.

Eight players are within three strokes of the leader.

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

The pair had moved to 11 under par over 13 holes when the players were recalled to the St. Francis Links course on the south coast of South Africa.


US OPEN: After Novak Djokovic pulled out of tournaments in Florida and California because he still can’t travel to the United States as an unvaccinated foreign citizen against COVID-19, a spokesperson for the The US Tennis Association said on Saturday that the group was “very optimistic”. “The top-ranked player will be allowed into the country for the US Open in August.

“Policies regarding access to the United States are determined by the White House. We are hopeful that the policy barring Novak Djokovic from entering the United States will be reversed or lapsed in the near future,” the USTA’s Chris Widmaier wrote to The Associated Press. “There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place at the US Open for any player, fan or other participant. Novak, one of the great champions of our sport, would be welcome to compete at the 2023 US Open.”

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


PREMIER LEAGUE: Tottenham squandered their chance to move up to third in the Premier League by throwing away a two-goal lead on Saturday as James Ward-Prowse’s stoppage-time penalty earned last-place Southampton a draw 3-3.

Southampton had scored just twice in their previous five league appearances but the hosts have shown the same fight that has recently seen them take points from Chelsea and Manchester United to come back and bolster their survival hopes.

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

• Aston Villa secured a third victory in four Premier League games as they beat Bournemouth 3-0 at home thanks to goals from Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey and Emiliano Buendia on Saturday.

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

• Rasmus Kristensen scored seconds after coming on and Leeds resisted a late comeback to beat Wolverhampton 4-2 and exit the relegation zone.


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

The standout Swiss won his final race of the season, the giant slalom in the World Cup final, by a whopping 2.11 seconds over second-placed Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen. The win took Odermatt’s total to 2,042 points and surpassed the previous mark of 2,000 set by Austrian great Hermann Maier in the 1999–2000 season.


FORMULA 1: Sergio Perez has joined Red Bull to ensure the team started from pole at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after a mechanical problem sidelined reigning two-time world champion Max Verstappen.

Verstappen was fastest in all three practice sessions at Jeddah’s Corniche circuit, but his qualifying efforts were cut short on Saturday when he radioed “I have a problem. Engine, engine problem in session 2. The Dutchman made his way to the pits, where a driveshaft problem was discovered, and Verstappen’s qualifying effort was over.

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