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        === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Saturday, May 2 ===
 
 
 
 
            === Mayweather beats Pacquiao in unanimous decision ===
 
 Las  Vegas, NV  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Floyd Mayweather  Jr. kept  his perfect
 record intact by soundly beating Manny Pacquiao in the "fight of the century."
 
 Mayweather  (48-0, 26 KOs) became the unified welterweight champion with a 12-
 round  unanimous  decision Saturday night  in the long-awaited meeting between
 two of the best pound-for-pound fighters of their generation.
 
 The  38-year-old won  by scores of 118-110 from judge Dave Moretti and 116-112
 from Glenn Feldman and Bert Clements.
 
 The  36-year-old  Pacquiao (57-6-2,  38 KOs)  could never  get past the strong
 defense from Mayweather.
 
 "I  did my  best, but my best  wasn't good enough," Pacquiao said in the post-
 fight news conference. "I thought that I won, but I have to review it on DVD."
 
 Mayweather,  who said he earned upwards of $200 million for the bout, was the
 odds-on  favorite to  win. The  finish  was what  many had  expected, a  Floyd
 victory via decision in front of a crowd filled with stars at MGM Grand Garden
 Arena for the richest fight ever.
 
 The hefty pay-per-view  demand caused an overload to many cable systems in the
 United  States due to  people ordering the fight in droves, with a price up to
 $100 for the event.
 
 The  fight was expected to  produce as  $400 million  in revenue  between gate
 receipts  and pay-per-view  purchases,  easily the  highest-grossing fight  in
 boxing history.
 
 Deep into the post-fight press conference, Mayweather announced he would
 relinquish the WBC, WBA and WBO titles in a couple of weeks and said, "I think
 my last fight may not be a championship fight."
 
 He also said his decision to give up the titles was to "give other fighters a
 chance."
 
 Upon walking out of the post-fight press conference, Mayweather showed off his
 $100 million check delivered to him.
 
 It was also during  the post-fight  news conference, Pacquiao and his camp
 acknowledged he injured  his right  shoulder in training camp. He took anti-
 inflammatory shots that  were approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in the
 lead-up to the bout. Pacquiao  requested to get another shot a few hours
 before the fight, but that was denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
 
 Freddie  Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, said his camp thought about postponing the
 fight  due to  the shoulder  injury, but  they thought  the progress  was good
 enough in the days leading up to it.
 
 Pacquiao  admitted the  shoulder injury  prevented  him from  following up  on
 punches  and  making combinations during  the bout.  Roach said because of the
 shoulder injury it was hard for Pacquiao to throw a hook.
 
 "Athletes  always  fight hurt," promoter  Bob Arum  said. "We thought the work
 that  was done  on the shoulder during training would give him the opportunity
 to use his right hand."
 
 Arum admitted Pacquiao's injury got worse after the third round.
 
 After  the fight,  which  Mayweather  won handily  on  punch connection  count
 (148-81),  the pound-for-pound  king stated he would fight one more time under
 the contract he signed with CBS/Showtime in 2013. A win in his next bout would
 tie  the mark  of Rocky  Marciano, who  has the  most wins  for an  undefeated
 champion.
 
 "My  last  fight is  in September and  then it's  time for me  to hang it up,"
 Mayweather said as a number of boos rained down from the crowd.
 
 Later,  during the post-fight news conference, Mayweather said "my love and my
 passion for boxing is not the same the way it once was."
 
 He also admitted that he contradicts himself, so maybe there will be more than
 one fight in Mayweather's future.
 
 Pacquiao,  who said during an in-ring post-fight interview, stated he would go
 on  vacation and then  decide on his next plans, which ultimately may include
 surgery due to the shoulder problem.
 
 There  were no  knockdowns and very few combinations landed that would lead to
 one staggering.
 
 The  fighters  had a  very different  take on how  the bout  went after it was
 completed.
 
 "He's  a tough  competitor. I'm just very  fortunate to be where I'm at. Manny
 Pacquiao  is a  much smarter fighter than I thought," Mayweather said.
 
 The  defense of  Mayweather seemed to be Pacquiao's ultimate downfall, but the
 Filipino star was disappointed in the scoring.
 
 "I  thought I won the fight. He didn't do nothing, but move outside," Pacquiao
 said in a post-fight interview in the ring.
 
 Pacquiao said he thought he was up in the fight and that's why he didn't go on
 the offensive in the final few rounds.
 
 Mayweather  came into  the fight holding the WBC and WBA welterweight belt and
 Pacquiao,  the  only boxer to  capture world  titles in eight different weight
 divisions,  owning the WBO welterweight crown. It was the jabs and footwork of
 Mayweather that was the difference Saturday night. Also, Pacquiao connected on
 only 19 percent of his punches, compared to 34 percent for his counterpart.
 
 Pacquiao landed only nine percent of his jabs and Mayweather hit on 25 percent
 of his jabs.
 
 Mayweather  dominated the first three rounds, but Pacquiao got the better part
 in  two of the  following three rounds. The fourth round looked like a turning
 point  for Pacquiao when he backed Mayweather to the ropes, but his ability to
 cover up using his gloves kept Pacquiao at bay.
 
 In the sixth round, Pacquiao again had tremendous energy and backed his foe to
 the  ropes, but  Mayweather shook his head  side-to-side as if to say "No, no,
 the punches aren't hurting me."
 
 Mayweather threw and landed enough jabs to keep Pacquiao away and in the final
 round  Mayweather  raised his right glove  in the closing seconds to signal he
 was well ahead on the scorecards.
 
 As  part  of the undercard, Vasyl  Lomachenko kept his WBO featherweight title
 with a ninth-round knockout of Gamalier Rodriguez.
 
 Lomachenko  (4-1, 2  KOs),  making the  second defense  of  his belt,  floored
 Rodriguez  (25-3-3, 17  KOs) in  the  seventh round  and again  in the  ninth.
 Rodriguez was counted out 50 seconds into the ninth round.
 
 
             === Favorite American Pharoah wins Kentucky Derby ===
 
 Louisville,  KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Champion colt American Pharoah, sent off
 as  the 5-2 favorite, blew past Firing Line and stablemate Dortmund to capture
 Saturday's 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
 
 Last  year's champion  2-year-old, trained  by Bob  Baffert, notched  a length
 victory over 9-1 fourth pick Firing Line with 4-1 second choice Dortmund, also
 trained by the Hall of Famer Baffert, in third.
 
 The  victory was the second straight for jockey Victor Espinoza in the Run for
 the Roses after he rode California Chrome in last year's 1 1/4-mile classic.
 
 "Yes  I  am," Espinoza answered  after being asked  about being lucky. "I feel
 like the luckiest Mexican on Earth."
 
 It  was the fourth Kentucky Derby victory for Baffert, who previously won with
 Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002). It was the first
 Kentucky  Derby  win for owner-breeder Zayat  Stables, which also had Mr. Z in
 the  race. The  owner's El Kabeir was  scratched from the Derby on Friday with
 an injury.
 
 American  Pharoah, winner three weeks ago of the Arkansas Derby, broke from an
 outside  post in  the 18-horse  field of  3-year-olds. He  raced off  the rail
 stalking pacesetter Dortmund with Firing Line second.
 
 The three colts were across the track coming into the stretch. Firing Line had
 a short lead inside the 3/16ths pole with American Pharoah second and Dortmund
 third toward the inside.
 
 At  the furlong  pole, Firing  Line and  American Pharoah  were even,  but the
 favorite drew away approaching the finish. American Pharoah went on to win his
 fifth straight race in six career starts and can become the first Triple Crown
 champion since Affirmed in 1978.
 
 "He's been a special horse since the day I rode him. He's tremendous, he has a
 lot of talent," Espinoza exclaimed after the pair recorded their fifth victory
 since being united last year.
 
 The  jockey now  has three Kentucky Derby wins, including aboard War Emblem 13
 years ago.
 
 The  time for the Derby, in front of a record crowd of 170,513, was 2:03.02 on
 a fast track.
 
 American  Pharoah returned  $7.80, $5.80 and $4.20. Firing Line paid $8.40 and
 $5.40, and Dortmund paid $4.20 for show.
 
 Completing  the  order of finish  were Frosted, Danzig Moon, Materiality, Keen
 Ice,  Mubtaahij,  Itsaknockout, Carpe Diem,  Frammento, Bolo, Mr. Z, Ocho Ocho
 Ocho,  Far Right,  War Story,  Tencendur and  Upstart. Stanford  was scratched
 Thursday and International Star was withdrawn Saturday morning.
 
 Winning  the  Kentucky Derby was worth  more than $1 million. American Pharoah
 has banked better than $2.5 million.
 
 The  3-year-old won the Arkansas Derby by eight lengths on April 11 at Oaklawn
 Park.  He  began his 2015 season  just four weeks earlier by winning Oaklawn's
 Rebel Stakes.
 
 The  colt finished fifth in his 2-year-old debut at Del Mar with jockey Martin
 Garcia,  who  was aboard  Dortmund Saturday. American  Pharoah was then teamed
 with  Espinoza  and proceeded to  win the Del  Mar Futurity and FrontRunner at
 Santa  Anita.  He was  unable to  start the  Breeders' Cup  Juvenile due to an
 injury.
 
 Next  is the  140th Preakness  Stakes at  Pimlico on  May 16  followed by  the
 Belmont Stakes on June 6.
 
 
                      === LSU's Collins goes undrafted ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  2015  NFL Draft  ended Saturday  with
 former  first-round  projection and  LSU offensive  tackle La'El Collins going
 undrafted.
 
 Collins'  stock  slipped after  reports surfaced that  Baton Rouge police were
 interested  in talking  to him  about  the homicide  of alleged  ex-girlfriend
 Brittney Mills.
 
 Mills was shot and killed on April 24 and was pregnant at the time. The child,
 who was delivered, died a week later.
 
 Collins,  who is not listed as a suspect, left Chicago's draft festivities and
 traveled to Louisiana, where he is expected to meet with police on Monday.
 
 He originally stated that if he was drafted past the third round that he would
 not  sign. He is now officially an undrafted free agent and is not eligible to
 enter the 2016 draft.
 
 Bryce  Petty didn't  have to wait long  to finally have his name called on Day
 3. For fellow quarterback Brett Hundley, the delay took a bit longer.
 
 Petty  was selected  by the  New York  Jets early  in the  fourth round,  with
 Hundley  becoming  the next  high-profile signal-caller to  come off the board
 when the Green Bay Packers took the UCLA product in the fifth.
 
 The  Jets traded  up one spot with  Jacksonville to nab Petty, the 2013 Big 12
 Player of the Year who led Baylor to back-to-back conference championships and
 a  pair of  major bowl appearances over  the past two seasons, with the fourth
 choice of the fourth round (103rd overall).
 
 Green  Bay  also moved  up in the  fifth to nab  Hundley, the Bruins' all-time
 leader in passing yards and touchdown passes, with the 147th pick.
 
 The  St. Louis  Rams traded running back  Zac Stacy to the Jets for a seventh-
 round pick. Stacy had requested a trade after the Rams drafted Georgia running
 back  Todd Gurley  No. 10 overall on Thursday. Stacy tweeted "Yikes" after St.
 Louis made the selection before deleting it.
 
 Tennessee  opened Day 3 by taking Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson with
 pick No. 100.
 
 Other  notable selections  on  Saturday's final  day included  a  pair of  USC
 players,  defensive back  Josh Shaw and running back Buck Allen, Florida State
 wide  receiver  Rashad Greene, Boise  State running  back Jay Ajayi and Oregon
 cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
 
 Shaw,  limited to just  three games as a senior by an ankle sprain in which he
 was  suspended  by the  Trojans for  lying to police  as to  the nature of the
 injury,  was  chosen by  Cincinnati at  the No.  21 slot  of the fourth round.
 Former teammate Allen went to Baltimore five spots later.
 
 Greene  was  plucked by Jacksonville  with the third  pick of the fifth round,
 while  Ajayi's draft  fall finally ended when the powerful back was grabbed by
 Miami with the 13th selection of the fifth.
 
 Ekpre-Olomu  was  drafted by  the Cleveland  Browns with the  24th pick in the
 seventh  round.  The consensus  All-American  suffered  a knee  injury  during
 practice for the Rose Bowl.
 
 The  draft's Mr. Irrelevant was Louisville tight end Gerald Christian, who was
 selected with the final pick, 256th overall, by the Arizona Cardinals.
 
 Petty  and Hundley are  the fifth and sixth quarterbacks to come off the board
 in  this year's draft. Former Heisman Trophy winners Jameis Winston and Marcus
 Mariota were chosen by Tampa  Bay and  Tennessee, respectively,  with the  top
 two  overall  picks  on  Thursday,  while  Colorado  State's  Garrett  Grayson
 (New  Orleans)  and Oregon  State's Sean  Mannion (St.  Louis) were claimed in
 Friday's third round.
 
 
                        === Rams trade RB Stacy to Jets ===
 
 St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams traded running back Zac
 Stacy  to the New  York Jets on Saturday in exchange for a seventh-round draft
 pick.
 
 Stacy  had requested  a trade after the Rams drafted Georgia running back Todd
 Gurley  No. 10 overall on Thursday. Stacy tweeted "Yikes" after St. Louis made
 the selection before deleting it.
 
 The 24-year-old rushed 76 times for 293 yards and a touchdown in 13 games last
 season,  making five  starts.  As a  rookie in  2013,  the Vanderbilt  product
 compiled   973  rushing  yards  and  eight  total  touchdowns,  including  one
 receiving, in 14 games.
 
 St. Louis used the acquired draft pick to select Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager
 224th overall.
 
 
                     === Brewers activate Gomez from DL ===
 
 Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  Milwaukee  Brewers activated  center
 fielder  Carlos  Gomez from the 15-day  disabled list prior to Saturday's game
 against the Chicago Cubs.
 
 Gomez  strained his  right hamstring running to  first base on April 15 at St.
 Louis.  The two-time All-Star  was batting .235 with a home run and six RBI in
 eight games prior to his DL stint.
 
 The 29-year-old will bat leadoff and play center field in Saturday's contest.
 
 Milwaukee  designated  infielder Luis Jimenez  for assignment to make room for
 Gomez on the roster.
 
 
                === Red Sox's Hanigan to DL with broken hand ===
 
 Boston,  MA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Boston Red  Sox  placed catcher  Ryan
 Hanigan  on the  15-day disabled list after he fractured his right hand during
 Friday's game against the New York Yankees.
 
 To  replace  Hanigan on the  active roster, the  Red Sox recalled top catching
 prospect  Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 23-year-old former first-
 round pick will make his MLB debut when Boston hosts the Yankees on Saturday.
 
 Hanigan's  injury  occurred during the seventh  inning of Boston's 3-2 loss to
 New  York. The  veteran was struck in  the hand by a pitch from reliever Tommy
 Layne that first hit the Yankees' Mark Teixeira while at the plate.
 
 The  34-year-old  had started  17 of the  Red Sox's first  23 games behind the
 plate and was batting .222 with one home run and five RBI this season.
 
 Swihart,  rated  as the  No. 1  catching prospect and  19th overall by MLB.com
 entering  the  season,  was hitting  .338  with  11  RBI  and a  .392  on-base
 percentage  through 18  games at Pawtucket. The switch-hitter batted .333 with
 one homer and eight RBI in 30 at-bats for the Red Sox during spring training.
 
 Swihart will catch and bat ninth in Saturday's game.
 
 
                     === Twins activate Nolasco from DL ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Minnesota's Ricky Nolasco will return
 from the 15-day disabled list to face the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
 
 Nolasco  made one start  this season before landing on the DL with right elbow
 inflammation.  He gave up six runs and walked four in three-plus innings of an
 11-0 loss at Detroit on April 8.
 
 The  Twins also  activated left-handed reliever Brian Duensing from the 15-day
 DL. He missed 14 games with a right intercostal strain.
 
 To  make room  for Nolasco  and Duensing,  the Twins  optioned pitchers  Tommy
 Milone and Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A Rochester following Friday's win.
 
 
                   === A's DFA Ross, put O'Flaherty on DL ===
 
 Arlington,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Oakland  Athletics made  a pair  of
 roster  moves prior  to Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers, designating
 veteran  outfielder  Cody  Ross  for  assignment  and  placing  reliever  Eric
 O'Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list.
 
 Ross went just 3-for-22 at the plate with three RBI in nine games this season.
 The  34-year-old  signed with  Oakland as a  free agent on  April 8, four days
 after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
 
 O'Flaherty,  who  missed much  of the  2014 season  recovering from Tommy John
 surgery,  is dealing with a left shoulder strain and last pitched on Thursday.
 The  left-hander has struggled in the early going, having permitted 10 runs --
 nine earned -- and 11 hits with five walks over seven innings.
 
 Outfielder Billy Burns was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take Ross' place,
 with pitcher R.J. Alvarez also summoned from the Sounds.
 
 Alvarez appeared in six games with Oakland before being optioned to Memphis on
 April  22. The 23-year-old righty struck out 12 in six innings, but was tagged
 for nine runs -- eight earned -- and a pair of homers.
 
 Burns  went  1-for-6 with  three stolen  bases in  13 games  with the A's last
 season.  The speedster  was hitting  .315 with  five steals  in 21  games with
 Nashville thus far in 2015.
 
 
                 === Bucks' Antetokounmpo suspended 1 game ===
 
 New   York,  NY   (SportsNetwork.com)  -   Milwaukee  Bucks   forward  Giannis
 Antetokounmpo was suspended one game by the NBA on Saturday for his Flagrant-2
 foul and ejection in Thursday's season-ending loss to the Chicago Bulls.
 
 Late  in the second quarter with Milwaukee losing 58-28, Antetokounmpo charged
 Chicago's  Mike  Dunleavy and  knocked him  into the first  row of seats after
 Dunleavy made a 3-pointer in transition.
 
 Dunleavy  made the  ensuing free throw to complete the four-point play and the
 Bulls went on to win 120-66 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
 
 Antetokounmpo  will serve  his suspension during the first game of the 2015-16
 season that he is eligible to play.
 
 His  actions may have  been in retaliation for an incident in the first minute
 of the game when Dunleavy hit Michael Carter-Williams in the face while he was
 in  the air attempting  a layup. No foul was called, but the NBA retroactively
 assigned a Flagrant 1 foul to Dunleavy.
 
 In  his  second NBA  season,  Antetokounmpo  was  a  key part  of  Milwaukee's
 turnaround  from  finishing last in the  league to reaching the postseason. He
 averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31.4 minutes per game.
 
 
             === Thompson, Park share third-round lead in Texas ===
 
 Irving,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Lexi  Thompson  fired  a  3-under  68  in
 Saturday's  third round  and she shares the  lead with world No. 2 Inbee Park,
 who  shot a  2-under 69,  heading  into the  final  round of  the North  Texas
 Shootout.
 
 Thompson and Park were able to grab a share of the lead late and they finished
 54  holes  at 9-under-par 204. Thompson  has four career victories on the LPGA
 Tour,  including one major  title, while Park has won 13 times with five major
 championship wins.
 
 Monday qualifier and second-round leader Brooke Henderson had at least a share
 of  the  lead throughout most of  the day, but a  couple late bogeys led to an
 even-par 71. The 17-year-old is tied for third at 8-under 205 with Karrie Webb
 (64) and Angela Stanford (67) at Las Colinas Country Club.
 
 Cristie  Kerr (69) and  Hee Young Park (70) are one shot further back and tied
 for sixth at minus-7.
 
 Thompson,  starting  the day two  shots back of the  lead, got her round going
 early  on with a birdie at the par-4 first. She then rattled off five straight
 pars from two before rolling in her second gain at the par-5 seventh.
 
 Three  holes  later, Thompson tied Henderson  for the lead at minus-9 with her
 third  birdie at the par-5 10th, but the 20-year-old tripped to her lone bogey
 at No. 11.
 
 After  making six straight  pars from 12, Thompson holed a birdie at the last,
 which gave her the outright clubhouse lead at 9-under.
 
 "Overall,  it was  a very steady round,"  Thompson said. "I mean, my back nine
 was a little shaky, missed a few putts here and there, but overall I struck it
 well  off  the tee and  hit a few  good iron shots,  so just waiting for those
 putts to drop."
 
 Park  did not get off to a great start in her round as she bogeyed the second,
 but  she  responded with birdies at  four and seven  to get to 8-under for her
 round.
 
 Following  six straight pars from eight, Park separated herself from a pack at
 minus-8  with a birdie on 14 and tied Henderson for the lead at 9-under. Three
 holes  later and now  tied with Thompson, Park made bogey at the par-4 17th to
 fall a shot back once again.
 
 Park  rebounded  with a  birdie at  the par-5  last to  join Thompson atop the
 leaderboard going into the final round.
 
 "Ball-striking  was  I think pretty  solid. I mis-drove  it a couple times and
 that  brought  me a little  bit of  trouble, so I  made a couple bogeys," said
 Park.  "There were  birdie chances  there that  were just  so close,  but just
 didn't go in."
 
 While  Henderson fell from the lead at the start with a bogey on one, she went
 on  a run and made three birdies in four holes from No. 2 and became the first
 player to 10-under.
 
 A  bogey  at eight saw  Henderson fall back to  minus-9 and she later 3-putted
 from  the fringe on 12 to drop into a share of the lead with four others. A 6-
 foot birdie on the next hole gave Henderson the lead once again.
 
 With  Park  tying the  lead with her  birdie on 14,  Henderson made her fourth
 bogey at 15 to fall a shot back. She finished with three pars to end there.
 
 Webb  had  the round  of the  day that  included nine  birdies and two bogeys,
 including  six  gains on the  front nine. Stanford  paired four birdies on the
 front nine and six gains overall with two bogeys to shoot a 4-under.
 
 NOTES:  Thompson's last win was her major title last year at the Kraft Nabisco
 Championship  ... Park,  who has  five top-10  finishes in  eight starts  this
 season,  won the  HSBC Women's Champions in early March ... Henderson held the
 second-  and third-round  leads at  last week's  Swinging Skirts  LPGA Classic
 before  finishing alone  in third ... Defending champion Stacy Lewis shot a 5-
 under  66  and is tied for  eighth at minus-5 ...  A secondary cut was made at
 even-par 213, eliminating 19 more players ... World No. 1 Lydia Ko carded a 1-
 under 70 and narrowly made the secondary cut as she finished at even-par.
 
 
          === Allen takes outright lead at Insperity Invitational ===
 
 The  Woodlands,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) -  Michael Allen birdied his final two
 holes  on  Saturday to shoot a  second-round, 4-under 68 and take the outright
 lead going into the final day of the Insperity Invitational.
 
 Allen,  who is  seeking  his  eighth career  victory  on  the Champions  Tour,
 finished  36  holes at 10-under-par  134. He  also shared the first-round lead
 with Marco Dawson.
 
 After picking up his first win on tour alongside partner Billy Andrade at last
 week's Legends of Golf, Joe Durant is alone in second at 9-under 135 following
 a 68 of his own on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club.
 
 Scott  Dunlap carded  a 7-under 65, the best  round of the day, and he is tied
 for third at minus-8 with Woody Austin and Tom Lehman, both of whom shot 66s.
 
 Defending  champion  Bernhard Langer (66) is  one shot further back at 7-under
 137 alongside Ian Woosnam (66), Kirk Triplett (67) and Jeff Maggert (70).
 
 Allen  jumped out  to another hot start  on Saturday as he made birdies on one
 and three for the second straight day. Allen gave one of those shots back with
 a  bogey on  No. 5, but a birdie on  eight got him back to minus-2 for the day
 and the 56-year-old made the turn with a par on nine.
 
 Around  the turn, Allen traded  a bogey on 10 for a birdie on 11 and he sat at
 8-under for the week. He then made five straight pars from 12 to remain there.
 
 After a big mistake late by Durant, Allen made back-to-back gains at 17 and 18
 to jump back into the lead at the end of day two.
 
 Durant  rode  a huge start into  the outright lead and  he was up by two shots
 heading down the stretch.
 
 A  birdie at  the first  had Durant  going early  on and  he later  made three
 birdies  in five  holes at four, six  and eight. Durant kept it rolling around
 the turn as he was the first one to 10-under with a birdie at the par-4 12th.
 
 It  appeared as if Durant was going to ride smoothly into the final round with
 a 2-shot lead as he made four straight pars from 13, but he made a mess of the
 par-4 17th and made double-bogey, which dropped the 51-year-old into a tie for
 the lead with five others.
 
 Luckily  for Durant, he  salvaged one of those shots by making a birdie at the
 last,  but he had to settle for sole possession of second going into the final
 day.
 
 NOTES: Allen won two times on tour last season at the Allianz Championship and
 the  AT&T  Championship ... Langer  also won here in  2007 and 2008 ... First-
 round  co-leader  Dawson shot an  even-par 72 and is  tied for 10th at 6-under
 138.
 
 
                    === Kaufman soars 4 clear in Indiana ===
 
 Evansville,  IN  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Smylie Kaufman fired  an 8-under 64 on
 Saturday  and moved four  strokes ahead of the field after three rounds of the
 United Leasing Championship.
 
 Kaufman finished 54 holes at 11-under-par 205. His 64 was the low round of the
 week  by three strokes, and it matched the course record that Scott Harrington
 and Tony Finau set last year.
 
 Ryan  Spears carded a  2-under 70 and stands alone in second place at minus-7.
 Adam Long (65) and Michael Hebert (70) share third place at 6-under-par 210.
 
 Julian  Etulain and  Tim Herron are alone  in sixth and seventh at minus-5 and
 minus-4  respectively. Etulain  carded a  72 at  Victoria National  Golf Club,
 while Herron posted a 69 on Saturday.
 
 Tag  Ridings dropped four  shots in the last three holes to tumble to 3-under-
 par  213.  Ridings faltered to a  75 and was  joined in seventh place by Tommy
 Gainey (71), Peter Malnati (72) and Harold Varner III (69)
 
 Kaufman,  a  tour rookie, was five  back to start the  day. He flew out of the
 gate with three straight birdies from the first. After three pars in a row, he
 stumbled to a bogey at the par-3 seventh.
 
 The  23-year-old erased  that mistake with a  birdie on No. 8. Kaufman made it
 two in a row as he also birdied the ninth to make the turn at minus-7.
 
 Kaufman flew into the lead as he poured in three birdies in a 4-hole span from
 the  10th  to jump to  10-under. His birdie  at the 13th  was his fifth in six
 holes.
 
 After  a pair  of pars, Kaufman birdied  the par-3 16th to move four clear. He
 parred the final two holes to end there.
 
 "Driver is the straightest club in my bag. I'm pretty much going to hit driver
 everywhere  unless the  number doesn't add up in the fairway," Kaufman stated.
 "It's  a tough golf course and you've got to be committed to everything you do
 out there. Every shot, you can't let up."
 
 Spears  traded a  bogey for a birdie from  the third. After a pair of pars, he
 dropped another stroke at the seventh and slipped to minus-4.
 
 Around  the turn, Spears  birdied the 10th and 13th. He faltered to a bogey at
 the 14th, but birdied 15 and 16 to move into second place at 7-under.
 
 Ridings  had a  pair of  birdies and  a bogey  on the  front nine  to turn  at
 minus-7.  After a bogey at 12, Ridings came back with a birdie on the 15th. He
 fell  down the leaderboard with bogeys at 16 and 17, and a double-bogey at the
 par-4 18th.
 
 NOTES: Kaufman has missed the cut in three of his five events this season, and
 tied  for  fourth in  his other  two starts ...  Second-round leader Luke List
 tumbled into a share of 23rd as he mixed three double-bogeys, three bogeys and
 a birdie in a round of 8-over 80.
 
 
         === McNealy, Badhwar lead inaugural Four-Ball championship ===
 
 San  Francisco,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) -  Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar
 combined  for a  6-under  64 on  Saturday  to  grab a  1-shot  lead after  the
 inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
 
 McNealy and Badhwar tallied seven birdies and one bogey in their opening round
 on the Ocean Course at The Olympic Club.
 
 The  leaders tripped  a bogey  at  the first.  They poured  in three  straight
 birdies from the third and move to 3-under with a birdie at the seventh.
 
 Around the turn, they birdied the 13th in the middle of eight pars in a 9-hole
 stretch  from  the eighth. Back-to-back birdies  at 17 and 18 gave McNealy and
 Badhwar the first-round lead.
 
 Tim  Tucker and Kyle  Crawford carded a 5-under 65 on the Ocean Course and are
 tied  for  second with Jordan  Nasser and Taylor  Wood. Nasser and Wood posted
 their 65 on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club.
 
 Kyle  Suppa  and Kyosuke Hara  posted a  66 on the  Lake Course as did Matthew
 Simone and Cory Bacon. They were joined in fourth place by four teams - Austin
 Connelly  and Sam Burns, Jacob Huizinga and William Wrigley, Jeff Williams and
 Tee McCabe, and Tom Brandes and Mike Haack - who all played the Ocean Course.
 
 Seven more teams are tied for 10th at minus-3.
 
 Sunday  will be the second round of stroke play. The five rounds of match play
 will  be  contested Monday through Wednesday,  with two rounds on both Tuesday
 and Wednesday.
 
 
             === Gordon tops teammate Kahne for Talladega pole ===
 
 Talladega,  AL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jeff Gordon claimed his 80th career pole
 in  the Sprint  Cup  Series in  Saturday's  qualifying for  the  Geico 500  at
 Talladega Superspeedway.
 
 Gordon,  the  last driver to  make his qualifying run  in the second and final
 round of qualifying, made a lap around this 2.66-mile superspeedway at 194.793
 mph.  It was the third pole of the year for Gordon, who is in his final season
 of  Sprint Cup  competition. He won the  pole for the Daytona 500 -- the first
 restrictor-plate  race of  season -- and at Las Vegas. Talladega is the second
 restrictor-plate event in 2015.
 
 This  was the  first  time  NASCAR used  its  modified  version of  single-car
 qualifying  at  a restrictor-plate track  (Daytona and Talladega). It featured
 two  rounds  of qualifying, with  the top-12 posted  lap speeds in the opening
 round advancing into the last segment.
 
 In  March, NASCAR  announced changes to the qualifying procedures for national
 touring  series races  at Daytona  and Talladega  after its  group format  was
 severely  criticized  by drivers  at Daytona  in February.  With packs of cars
 running together, several big wrecks occurred during qualifying for the Sprint
 Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races there.
 
 Gordon  had the fastest  lap of the 45 drivers competing in the first round of
 single-car  qualifying at Talladega. His lap in Q1 was clocked at 194.749 mph.
 The  qualifying order  for Q2 was determined by slowest to fastest speeds from
 the opening segment.
 
 "We  definitely have a fast Drive To End Hunger (sponsored) Chevrolet," Gordon
 said.  "I  think we've  shown that all  weekend long. But  you never know what
 you've  got until you  put it on the clock. I am so proud of this pole because
 we  got the pole in Daytona, but it was a totally different format. I knew the
 car  was fast there ... I played a small role at Daytona, but I played no role
 today. It was fun."
 
 Gordon  leads all  active drivers with six  race wins at Talladega. He now has
 four  poles in  45 starts here. Gordon is  the last driver to win a Sprint Cup
 race from the pole at this track (April 2007).
 
 Kasey Kahne, who is Gordon's teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, went out eighth
 in  Q2 and  held the provisional pole  with a lap at 193.685 mph. Gordon's lap
 was 0.281 seconds quicker than Kahne.
 
 "It's  great  to be  on the  front row," Kahne  said. "I  knew I wouldn't beat
 (Gordon)  because he's really quick. But I knew we could get up to second with
 a  couple of things there. So I was really happy. That's a good starting spot.
 Hopefully (Sunday) we stay out of trouble, and we're there at the end and have
 a shot."
 
 While  Gordon and Kahne gave Hendrick a sweep of the front starting row, their
 teammates  Dale  Earnhardt Jr. and  Jimmie Johnson qualified fourth and fifth,
 respectively.  Ryan Blaney,  driving for The Wood Brothers, spoiled a Hendrick
 sweep of the first two rows by qualifying third at 193.611 mph.
 
 "We've  got a  good starting spot, and  hopefully we'll be able to run all the
 laps  and  not have any issues  and stay out  of trouble," said Blaney, who is
 making his fifth Sprint Cup start this season.
 
 Finishing  sixth  through 12th in  qualifying were: Tony Stewart, Paul Menard,
 Matt Kenseth, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, Casey Mears and Sam Hornish Jr.
 
 Kyle  Larson missed advancing into Q2 by only 0.003 seconds. Larson will start
 13th.
 
 Other  notable  drivers and their  starting positions include: Brad Keselowski
 (15th),  Denny Hamlin  (17th), Ryan  Newman  (18th), Kurt  Busch (19th),  Joey
 Logano  (21st), Carl  Edwards  (22nd), Kevin  Harvick  (24th), Danica  Patrick
 (25th), Jamie McMurray (27th), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (29th) and Martin Truex Jr.
 (36th).
 
 Michael McDowell and Jeb Burton failed to qualify for Sunday's 500-mile race.
 
 
              === Logano wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega ===
 
 Talladega,  AL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Joey Logano claimed his third win of the
 season  in the Xfinity Series after holding off Brian Scott, Austin Dillon and
 Chris  Buescher  on the  final lap  in Saturday's  Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega
 Superspeedway.
 
 Logano,  driving  the No.  22 Ford for  Team Penske, led  a race-high 40 laps,
 including the final four, at this 2.66-mile superspeedway.
 
 Scott,  Dillon  and Buescher all battled  Logano, a Sprint Cup Series regular,
 for  the lead on  the final lap, but Logano was able to block each one of them
 during their attempts to pass him.
 
 Logano  beat  Scott to  the finish  line by  0.13 seconds  for his 24th career
 Xfinity  win, including  his second at Talladega.  He won here in 2012 when he
 drove a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
 
 "It's  such a combination  of the old school draft and the cars hooking up and
 bumping," Logano said. "It's so intense out there, and your mind is looking at
 everything in the mirror the whole time. It's cool to be in victory lane."
 
 Logano  has finished  no worse than second in five Xfinity starts this season.
 He won at Phoenix in March and Bristol last month.
 
 It  was the fourth  time Scott has finished in the runner-up spot in a Xfinity
 race. He is still seeking his first victory in the series.
 
 "I  wanted  it so bad,"  Scott said. "The top-four  (runners on the final lap)
 broke  away like  they were pushing each  other, and I just couldn't quite get
 there."
 
 Dillon, the pole sitter, crossed the line in third, followed by J.J. Yeley and
 Joey Gase, who scored his first career top-10 finish in the series.
 
 Buescher  ran  side-by-side with Logano  for the  lead when they completed the
 penultimate  lap,  but Buescher got shuffled  back in the pack while riding in
 the outside lane and ended up finishing sixth.
 
 "We were close," Buescher said. "It's a product of this racing. (Logano) moved
 up  and blocked me when I had that final run that I needed there at the end. I
 just couldn't do anything with it."
 
 Elliott  Sadler,  who won this  race one year  ago, finished seventh, while Ty
 Dillon, the current points leader, Regan Smith and Aric Almirola completed the
 top-10.
 
 This 300-mile race featured two major crashes, with the first one happening on
 the  frontstretch on  lap 73,  involving 10  cars. The  second big  wreck also
 occurred  on the  frontstretch on lap 98,  as seven cars were involved in that
 incident.
 
 During  the lap 73 accident, Brendan Gaughan's No. 62 car slammed into the pit
 wall,  and  the impact caught  two crew members  from Almirola's No. 98 Biagi-
 DenBeste  Racing  team. One  of the  crew members was  transported to a nearby
 hospital  for further observation, while the other was treated and released in
 the track's infield medical care center. Their identities were not released.
 
 That crash happened while a pack of cars were attempting to pit during a round
 of green-flag stops. It appeared that rookie Daniel Suarez was hit from behind
 and  got turned  sideways while he had  slowed down before the entrance to pit
 road.
 
 "I  don't know if  some guys don't pay attention or don't realize it, but when
 you're pitting and start sliding up, get the hell out of the way and let those
 guys  get  down (on  to  pit  road)," Gaughan  said  after  the incident.  "At
 Talladega,  it's  easy to get  on to pit  road. Just get  out of the way. When
 people don't get out of the way or if people try to come from the outside then
 chaos happens."
 
 Ty  Dillon now  holds  a nine-point  lead over  Buescher.  Chase Elliott,  the
 defending Xfinity champion, fell 37 points behind Dillon after he was involved
 in a single-car accident on lap 39. Elliott was leading the race when he had a
 cut  right-front tire and  made contact with the wall. He spent nearly 30 laps
 behind the wall for repairs and wound up finishing 37th.
 
 
                === Federer rallies to reach Istanbul final ===
 
 Istanbul, Turkey (SportsNetwork.com) - Top-seeded Roger Federer rallied from a
 set down on Saturday to reach the Istanbul Open final.
 
 Federer  recovered  from a  slow start  to post  a 2-6,  6-2, 7-5 victory over
 eighth-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
 
 Schwartzman, who was playing in his first ATP Tour semifinal, took the opening
 set  with a strong  service game, but Federer broke twice in the second set to
 level the match.
 
 The  22-year-old Schwartzman  later dropped his serve to end the near two-hour
 match.
 
 Federer  is aiming  for his  85th career  title and  third this  year. He  won
 tournaments in Brisbane and Dubai and was the runner-up at Indian Wells.
 
 The  17-time Grand Slam  champion is a win away from earning a title in a 19th
 different country.
 
 Federer's  opponent on Sunday will be third-seeded Pablo Cuevas. The Uruguayan
 beat second-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4.
 
 Cuevas  won the  title at Sao Paulo  in February to improve to 3-0 lifetime in
 finals.
 
 
            === Murray, Kohlschreiber to meet in BMW Open final ===
 
 Munich,  Germany (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Top-seeded Andy  Murray and  two-time
 champion  Philipp  Kohlschreiber will  meet in  the BMW  Open final after both
 players won two matches on Saturday.
 
 Rain  on  Friday caused  the  quarterfinals  to  be postponed  until  Saturday
 morning. The semifinals were played in the afternoon.
 
 Murray  beat  third-seeded Roberto Bautista  Agut 6-4, 6-4 after rallying past
 Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the title match.
 
 It will be the first clay-court final for Murray, who is seeking a 32nd career
 title.  He had  dropped his previous five semifinal matches on clay, with four
 of the losses to Rafael Nadal.
 
 The  fifth-seeded  Kohlschreiber twice  rallied from  a set  down to reach his
 fourth  final at  this  tournament. The  German  defeated fourth-seeded  David
 Goffin  2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals, then fought back to beat qualifier
 Gerald Melzer 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals.
 
 Kohlschreiber  titled  here in  2007  and  2012 and  lost  the  2013 final  to
 countryman Tommy Haas.
 
 Bautista  Agut defeated Victor Estrella Burgos 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 and Melzer topped
 Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3 to secure their places in the semifinals.
 
 
             === Gasquet, Kyrgios advance to Estoril Open final ===
 
 Estoril,  Portugal  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Fifth-seeded  Richard  Gasquet  and
 seventh-seeded  Nick Kyrgios  will meet in the final of the Estoril Open after
 both won semifinal matches on Saturday.
 
 Gasquet  rallied to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) on the red
 clay  at Estoril Tennis  club. He will be appearing in his second final of the
 year after a win at Montpellier in February.
 
 Kyrgios,  meanwhile,  fought back to oust  Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7, 7-6 (7-2),
 6-3.  The  20-year-old Kyrgios, who served  15 aces, advanced to his first ATP
 Tour final.
 
 
        === Ivanovic advances, Makarova ousted in Madrid first round ===
 
 Madrid,  Spain  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Ana Ivanovic  prevailed in her opening-
 round  match but  Ekaterina Makarova  was an  upset victim  as play  commenced
 Saturday at the Madrid Open.
 
 The  seventh-seeded  Ivanovic was leading  in the  third set against wild card
 Alexandra  Dulgheru when  the Romanian retired with Ivanovic owning a 2-6, 7-6
 (7-1), 4-0 lead.
 
 Makarova,  seeded  eighth in this  clay-court WTA Premier Mandatory event, was
 trounced   by  two-time  Grand  Slam  champion  and  fellow  Russian  Svetlana
 Kuznetsova by a 6-2, 6-1 count.
 
 Ninth-seeded  Agnieszka Radwanska  and No.  13 Lucie  Safarova each  won their
 first-round  bouts in  straight sets,  with Radwanska  topping wild  card Lara
 Arruabarrena  6-4, 6-3  and Safarova posting a 6-4, 6-2 decision over American
 Alison Riske.
 
 Other  opening day  victors on Saturday included Kaia Kanepi, Casey Dellacqua,
 Irina-Camelia  Begu  and Sloane Stephens,  who bested fellow American Bethanie
 Mattek-Sands 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
 
 Top-seeded  Serena  Williams and  defending champion Maria Sharapova highlight
 Sunday's first-round participants. Williams, who titled here in 2013 and 2014,
 will take on American Madison Brengle. Sharapova, seeded third behind Williams
 and Simona Halep, will square off against Timea Bacsinszky.
 
 
             === Pliskova beats Hradecka for Prague Open title ===
 
 Prague,  Czech Republic  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Top-seeded Karolina  Pliskova
 withstood  a barrage  of aces from qualifier Lucie Hradecka and rallied from a
 set down to win the Prague Open title on Saturday.
 
 The  14th-ranked  Pliskova captured her fourth  WTA title with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
 victory  in  the all-Czech final.  She converted her  fifth match point with a
 forehand winner after wasting three match points in the previous game.
 
 Pliskova  appeared  in her third  final of the year.  She was the runner-up in
 Sydney and Dubai.
 
 Hradecka, who fired 17 aces, is winless in seven career finals.
 
 
                    === Svitolina claims Marrakech title ===
 
 Marrakech,   Morocco   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Fourth-seeded  Ukrainian  Elina
 Svitolina  captured her  third WTA title by beating Hungarian Timea Babos 7-5,
 7-6 (7-3) in the Grand Prix SAR final on Saturday.
 
 The  20-year-old  Svitolina fired  nine aces  and saved eight  of the 11 break
 points she faced.
 
 Svitolina  won  the Baku Cup  in 2013 and  successfully defended the title the
 following year.
 
 It  was the second  career final for Babos, who turns 22 later this month. She
 won the title at the Monterrey Open in 2012.
 
 
             === Americans squeak by Norway in Day 2 at Worlds ===
 
 Ostrava,  Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) - Brock Nelson's redirection goal
 early in the second period was the difference, as Team USA squeaked by Norway,
 2-1, on Saturday in Group B action at the World Championships.
 
 Trevor  Lewis notched  the  other  goal for  the  2-0  Americans, with  Connor
 Hellebuyck  posting  22  saves.  Team  USA faces  its  stiffest  test  of  the
 preliminary round against Russia on Monday.
 
 Morten  Ask scored in the first period and Lars Haugen was the hard luck loser
 despite 33 stops. Norway takes on Finland two days from now.
 
 In  other Group  B play, Slovakia edged  Denmark by a 4-3 count in a shootout,
 with  Marko Dano  recording  the winner  for the  former  nation after  Daniel
 Nielsen pulled the latter country even on a goal with 2:14 left in regulation.
 
 Belarus  claimed a 4-2 decision over Slovenia thanks to a goal and assist each
 from Andrei Stas and Andrei Kostitsyn and two helpers by Artur Gavrus.
 
 At  Prague in  Group  A competition,  Austria stole  a  4-3 shootout  decision
 against  Switzerland. Michael  Raffl ensured  the winning  side played  beyond
 regulation  on his  goal with  50 seconds  left in  the third,  and Konstantin
 Komarek notched the deciding marker in the game's final segment.
 
 Germany clipped France by a 2-1 count after Patrick Reimer netted the go-ahead
 power-play goal with one minute to go in regulation.
 
 In  their capital city,  the host Czechs came up with a more consistent effort
 and  doubled up Latvia  by a 4-2 score. Jan Kovar fueled the victory on a goal
 and  two  assists, with team captain  Jakub Voracek adding a score and veteran
 Jaromir Jagr lighting the lamp as well.
 
 
 05/03 03:25:07 ET

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