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Jim Furyk leads by one shot over Brian Davis in Verizon Heritage

Jim Furyk withstood a crazy Saturday shootout that could lead to an even wilder final round in the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Furyk shot a 67 for an 11-under-par 202, good for a one-stroke lead over Brian Davis (66).

Another stroke back were two-time Verizon champion Boo Weekley (68), Stephen Ames (65), Briny Baird (66), Ricky Barnes (66), Luke Donald (67), Woody Austin (67) and Heath Slocum (67).

Right behind them at Harbour Golf Links was a group that included Camilo Villegas (67) and 2006 winner Aaron Baddeley.

In all, 23 players were within five strokes of the top.

Bernhard Langer shot a five-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara and Mike Reid in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at Lutz, Fla.

Langer, who won the Allianz Championship in February in Boca Raton, Fla., for his ninth Champions Tour title, had a nine-under 133 total at TPC Tampa Bay.

O’Meara shot a 69 and Reid had a 68.

TENNIS

Nadal, Verdasco reach final

Rafael Nadal drew to within one victory of a sixth consecutive Monte Carlo Masters title after beating Spanish compatriot David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal, seeded second, will play sixth-seeded Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish final Sunday.

Verdasco defeated top-seeded Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 6-2, in the other semifinal.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki retired from her semifinal match against Vera Zvonareva at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., after injuring her right ankle.

The Danish player was trailing, 2-4, in the first set when she slid for a drop shot and her foot caught on the clay surface. She was assisted to her chair and had her ankle taped.

To cheers from the crowd, Wozniacki returned to the court at Daniel Island. But after Zvonareva held to go up, 5-2, Wozniacki double-faulted at 15-15 and retired.

Wozniacki was looking for her second consecutive tournament win, after a victory last week at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

In Sunday’s final, Zvonareva meets Samantha Stosur of Australia, who defeated Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 6-3, 7-6 (2).

ETC.

Exhi pulls upset at Keeneland

Exhi held off a late bid from Bushwhacked to pull off an upset in the $300,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

The victory gave trainer Todd Pletcher his third straight win in one of the final Kentucky Derby preps, though it’s unlikely the 3-year-old colt will run at Churchill Downs in two weeks. Exhi and jockey Robby Albarado had little trouble getting in front and held on to beat Bushwhacked by three quarters of a length in the 11/16-mile race over Polytrack.

Kyle Busch’s drive for five at Texas Motor Speedway has been delayed by rain.

The wet weather and more showers in the forecast led to Saturday’s postponement of the Nationwide Series race at the 11/2-mile track in Fort Worth.

Busch is trying to join Jack Ingram and Dale Earnhardt as the only drivers to win five straight races in NASCAR’s second-tier series at the same track. Busch swept both Nationwide races at Texas in 2008 and again in 2009.

The race was rescheduled for Sunday night after the Sprint Cup race earlier in the day.

West Covina’s Beejay Lee won the 100-meter-dash at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in 10.61 seconds, tying Livermore Granada’s George Atkinson for the fastest time in the state. Before the race, he was ranked No. 9 in California with a time of 10.74.

Long Beach Poly won the boys’ and girls’ 1,600-meter sprint medleys. The boys clocked 3:28.01, the second-fastest time in the country, and the girls are the new national leaders with a time of 3.56.03.

—Melissa Rohlin

Manchester United moved to within a point of Chelsea in the Premier League title race thanks to a 1-0 victory at Manchester City and Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Tottenham.

Georgetown center Greg Monroe is heading to the NBA, planning to hire an agent and skip his last two seasons of college eligibility.


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