MICKELSON LEADS: Phil Mickelson shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead over England's Ross Fisher after the third round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.
Mickelson holed a 35-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and added a a tap-in birdie on No. 18 to reach 14 under on the Sheshan International course.Fisher also shot a 68. England's Paul Casey (66) was three strokes back at 11 under, and Kevin Stadler (73) followed at 10 under. Padraig Harrington (69) and Vijay Singh (72) topped a group at 9 under.
CREAMER CRUISING: For someone who thinks she needs to hit the ball farther, Paula Creamer has sure distanced herself from the pack in the Tournament of Champions.
Seeking her second victory of the year and fourth in three LPGA Tour seasons, Creamer shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to increase her lead to six strokes in the event for tournament winners from 2004-07 and active Hall of Famers.
Five strokes ahead after opening rounds of 67 and 65 at Magnolia Grove, Creamer's second straight bogey-free day pushed her to 16-under 200.U.S. Solheim Cup teammate Pat Hurst (68) was 10 under, and Jin Joo Hong (70) followed at 9 under.
BUSCH WINS: Kyle Busch's run of bad luck officially ended Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.Busch followed his Friday night Truck Series win with a victory Saturday in the Busch Series, giving him a chance today in the Nextel Cup event to become the first driver to sweep all three of NASCAR's national series at the same track on the same weekend.
HENIN, SHARAPOVA ADVANCE: Justin Henin wants a perfect post-Wimbledon season.
With a win over Maria Sharapova in the final at the Sony Ericsson Championships today, Henin can become the first player to go unbeaten after Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1989.
Henin defeated fourth-ranked Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4, and Sharapova stopped No. 7 Anna Chakvetadze 6-2, 6-2 Saturday in the semifinals of the round-robin tournament that features the top eight players.A win would equal Graf's 25-match run and make Henin the first player to capture 10 or more titles in a season since Martina Hingis in 1997. Henin won the French Open and U.S. Open en route to a 62-4 record this season.
HAYE WINS CRUISERWEIGHT BELT: David Haye knocked out Jean-Marc Mormeck in the seventh round Saturday to take the Frenchman's WBC-WBA cruiserweight title.The British fighter was knocked down in the fourth round and fought defensively while Mormeck tried to finish the contest. Instead, Haye caught Mormeck with a big uppercut in the seventh and followed it with a right hook that put his opponent on the canvas. He got back on his feet just before the count of 10, but the referee ruled it a technical knockout.
PREDATORS SALE: The city has made another offer to a local group seeking to buy the Predators, proposing a more generous arena lease in exchange for a commitment to stay in Nashville for five years.
Under the deal offered Friday by Mayor Karl Dean, the Predators could still leave town in three years if the investors were to lose $20 million in that time and paid attendance were to fall below 14,000 per game.