TURIN, Italy - Australia's Marcus Fraser will take a slender lead into the final round of the Italian Open yesterday, but Francesco Molinari remains firmly in contention for a dream victory on his home golf course. Fraser carded a third round of 68 to finish 11 under par in Turin, one shot ahead of local favourite Molinari, his Ryder Cup team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren.
MADRIDP - Pedro Rodriguez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to the La Liga season with a comfortable 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano yesterday. The Spanish international rewarded the visitors' bright start when he slotted from after some brilliant play by Lionel Messi on the half hour mark.
Tsonga in final
METZ, France - Two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is playing his first tournament for almost three months, reached the Metz ATP final yesterday. Top-seeded Tsonga, the world number eight, came back from a set down to defeat German eighth seed Florian Mayer, 4-6 6-2 6-3.
LONDON - Mark Cavendish beat Italy's Elia Viviani to win the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain yesterday. The British national champion just did enough to hold off the fast-finishing Viviani in Guildford, south of London, in a 155km stage that started at Epsom racecourse.
LONDON - Aston Villa lost key striker Christian Benteke to injury but still managed to snap a three-game Premier League losing streak with a 1-0 win at Norwich City yesterday. Last season's top scorer with 19 goals, Benteke limped off with an apparent groin injury during the first half but his replacement, Libor Kozak, tapped in the game's only goal within two minutes of coming on.
SEOUL, South Korea - Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the final of the Korea Open on Saturday with a 6-0 6-2 win over Lara Arruabarrena. Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium.
KUALA LUMPUR - A race marshall died on Saturday after being hit by a motorbike at the Sepang circuit, weeks before the Malaysian MotoGP and two years after Italian Marco Simoncelli was killed. Round three of the Malaysian Super Series Bikes was cancelled, according to a statement from the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), after marshall Satish Suppiah was killed during a practice session.
MUMBAI, India - Mumbai police filed charges Saturday against the son-in-law of India's cricket chief for gambling, cheating and conspiracy, in a scandal that has engulfed the country's Twenty20 league. Police formally charged Gurunath Meiyappan, former owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of Narayanaswami Srinivasan, chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, reports said.