SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
Davis Cup final
PARIS - Defending champions Czech Republic reached their second successive Davis Cup final on Saturday while US Open winner Rafael Nadal kept Spain in the elite World Group. Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych led the Czechs to a third final in five years after breezing past Argentina's Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos in Saturday's doubles.
EVIAN, France - Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old New Zealand amateur, birdied the final two holes on Saturday to set up a chance of becoming the youngest ever winner of a women's major title at the Evian Championship in France. Ko added a 67 to her opening 68 and was tied for second on seven under par, one behind Japan's Mika Miyazato, with 18 holes to play.
MELBOURNE - Ten people have been arrested in a multi-million dollar match-fixing scandal that has rocked Australian soccer. Victoria police made the arrests after executing search warrants, with all the players and staff arrested from bottom-placed Victorian Premier League (VPL) club Southern Stars FC.
CHICAGO - Veteran American Jim Furyk backed up his scintillating second round 59 with a measured two-under 69 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club. Furyk moved to 13-under par in the third of four playoff tournaments, one clear of fellow veteran Steve Stricker who carded an impressive 64 to jump to 12-under and outright second.
Saints go top
PARIS - Saint-Etienne went top of France's Ligue 1 on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Valenciennes as Marseille stuttered to a 1-1 draw at lowly Toulouse. Benjamin Corgnet grabbed a brace either side of Romain Hamouma's strike for Les Verts before Maor Melikson grabbed a consolation for the hosts from the penalty spot 10 minutes from time.
EDINBURGH - Teemu Pukki scored on his debut as Celtic warmed up for their Champions League match against AC Milan in midweek with a 3-1 win over Hearts at Tynecastle. The Finnish striker had been on the pitch for only 12 minutes when he headed home a clever flicked pass from Anthony Stokes from three yards out in the 86th minute.
NAIROBI - World record holder Patrick Makau has withdrawn from this month's Berlin marathon due to a knee injury, the athlete said on Saturday. The 28-year-old Kenyan, who set the world's best of 2:03.38 on the same course in 2011, said he was disappointed not to compete in Berlin, where he planned to break his record.
QUEBEC CITY - Marina Erakovic has put herself in line to win her second WTA Tour singles title after progressing to the final in Quebec City. The sixth-seeded New Zealander defeated American Christina McHale 6-4 6-3 in their semi-final at the Bell Challenge to set up a showdown with No.3 seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.