BRIEFLY

Reed moves

3 clear

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Patrick Reed used a pair of back-nine eagles to fight off a spirited charge from Rory McIlroy on Saturday and open up a three-shot cushion going into the final round of the US Masters, where he will try to capture his first major title. Reed, who began the day with a two-shot lead, took full advantage of a damp Augusta National layout with a five-under 67 that left him on 14-under for the week.

Canada

grieves

HUMBOLDT – Fifteen people were killed when a bus carrying a Canadian junior ice hockey team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan province, police said on Saturday, in one of the worst disasters to strike Canada’s sporting community. The tragedy sent shock waves through the hockey-loving country and engulfed the home of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, a small farming town of fewer than 6000 people.

Front-row

lockout

MANAMA – Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari locked out the front row in qualifying for Sunday’s Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. The German, winner last year on this circuit, lapped the 5.4-km Sakhir track in a time of one minute 27.958 seconds on Saturday, edging Raikkonen by a margin of 0.143 seconds.

Keys open

semis door

Melbourne – American Madison Keys claimed a marathon 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5 win over compatriot Bernarda Pera to advance to the semi-finals of the Charleston Open on Friday, keeping her dreams of a maiden title at the Family Circle Tennis Center alive. Keys was able to rely on her biggest weapon, her punishing serve, to keep the pressure on Pera.

Nadal roars,

sets record

Valencia – Spain’s Nadal returned to action with a 6-2 6-2 6-3 Davis Cup win over Germany’s Philip Kohlschreiber on Friday to set a record for the longest winning streak in the competition’s history. World number one Nadal had not played since he retired from his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic in January with a leg injury, but made light work of Kohlschreiber to draw five-time winners Spain level at 1-1 in the tie.

Tiger slowly

claws back

AUGUSTA, Ga – Tiger Woods’ return to the US Masters may not be going as spectacularly as his army of supporters had hoped but the 14-times major winner’s comeback continued to make steady progress when the American squeaked in under the cut-line on Friday. Plagued by back issues for years, Woods had not contested a major since the 2015 PGA Championships.

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