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Lee maintains lead at LPGA's Kia Classic

(Reuters) - South Korean Lee Mi-rim maintained her lead for the third successive day after a six-under-par 66 gave her a one-stroke edge on Saturday heading into the final round of the Kia Classic in southern California. Lee entered the third round tied with Morgan Pressel but blew past her with a sizzling five birdies on the back nine to push her to 16-under at the Aviara course in Carlsbad. The 24-year-old won twice in her rookie season on the LPGA circuit last year, but is looking for her first title in 2015. American Alison Lee who also fired six-under with birdies on her final two holes to get to 15-under and outright second.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:17:21 -0400
Australian Appleby out indefinitely after back surgery

PGA: Quicken Loans National-Third Round(Reuters) - Nine-times PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby has undergone back surgery for a herniated disc and will be out of action indefinitely. Appleby, 43, who has not played since mid-February, has endured back problems for much of his career. "No idea when I'm back as I don't know or anybody knows how long it takes to get 100 percent," he told Reuters. The Australian is one of only six players to have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. He was not exempt for next month's Masters, after finishing 31st on the tour's points list last year. The top 30 clinched invitations to Augusta. ...

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:27:38 -0400
Walker stretches lead in hometown Texas Open

Jimmy Walker tees off on the ninth hole during round three of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on March 28, 2015 in San Antonio, TexasHometown hope Jimmy Walker fired six birdies in a three-under-par 69 to stretch his lead in the US PGA Tour Texas Open to four strokes. Walker, who lives just a half-hour's drive from TPC San Antonio, had a 54-hole total of nine-under-par 207 and a comfortable cushion over rising US star Jordan Spieth. Spieth, the 21-year-old who also hails from Texas, carded a one-under 71 for 211. He was two strokes in front of last season's FedEx Cup playoff champion Billy Horschel, who birdied the last three holes in a 71 for 213.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:25:24 -0400
Golf-Australian Appleby out indefinitely after back surgery

March 28 (Reuters) - Nine-times PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby has undergone back surgery for a herniated disc and will be out of action indefinitely. Appleby, 43, who has not played since mid-February, has endured back problems for much of his career. "No idea when I'm back as I don't know or anybody knows how long it takes to get 100 percent," he told Reuters. The Australian is one of only six players to have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. He was not exempt for next month's Masters, after finishing 31st on the tour's points list last year. The top 30 clinched invitations to Augusta. ...

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:24:05 -0400
League urges 'inclusion' as Indiana law sparks gay rights concern

The NBA reaffirmed the league's commitment to diversity, after Indiana passed a law that activists fear allows discrimination against homosexuals in the stateThe NBA reaffirmed the league's commitment to diversity, after Indiana passed a law that activists fear allows discrimination against homosexuals in the state. "The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect," the league said in a statement issued jointly with the Indiana Pacers and their WNBA sister club the Indiana Fever. Supporters of gay rights united in outrage Friday after Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the law touted as a measure to protect religious freedom.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:19:47 -0400
Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open

PGA: Valero Texas Open-Third Round(Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. "It's a tough golf course," said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. "You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it." Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left lip to find the ball.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:36:10 -0400
Golf-Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open

(Add quotes, details) March 28 (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. "It's a tough golf course," said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. "You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it." Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left lip to find the ball.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:29:12 -0400
Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays

Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in IndianapolisThousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. Waving signs reading "No hate in our state" and carrying rainbow flags, a crowd of at least 2,000 people including Democratic elected officials rallied the same day that business-rating website Angie's List Inc put on hold its plans to expand its Indianapolis operation with new offices, citing the new law. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Supporters say the legislation will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:12:54 -0400
Wattel shines down the stretch in wide open Trophy Hassan II

Richie Ramsay of Scotland hits a shot during a practice round at Oak Hill Country Club on August 7, 2013 in Rochester, New YorkScottish duo Richie Ramsay and Andrew McArthur along with Frenchman Romain Wattel shared the lead on seven under par following the third round of the Trophy Hassan II in Agadir on Saturday. Overnight leader Ramsay carried a one shot advantage into the 18th hole before a wayward tee shot led to a bogey as the Aberdeen native fell into a tie with McArthur and 24-year-old Wattel. Ramsay, who is looking for a third victory on the European Tour but has struggled for form this year missing four cuts in five tournaments, limped home with a one under par 71 on the day while McArthur carded a 67 that included an eagle and five birdies. Wattel also moved top of the leaderboard as the right-hander from Montpellier shot a superb round of five under 67 with six birdies and an eagle.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:50:54 -0400
Woods will fall outside world's top 100 on Monday

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-First RoundBy Bernie McGuire SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 28 (Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods will on Monday drop outside the top 100 in the rankings for the first time in more than 18 years. The 39-year-old American is down at number 96 and a world ranking official told Reuters that he is likely to slip to 102nd when the list is adjusted after this weekend's tournaments. Woods posted an 82 at the Phoenix Open in January, his worst round as a professional, as he slumped outside the leading 50 in the rankings for the first time in more than three years.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:25:49 -0400
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