Pac-12 Saturday Recap: Arizona State Women Upset FSU; Arizona Wins in Busch’s Home Debut

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By Dan D’Addona.

The week filled with upsets continued on Saturday, this time in the Pac-12 as the Arizona State women defeated No. 23 Florida State 152.5-147.5 with an exciting finish.

The No. 8 ASU men (2-0) defeated the No. 20 Seminoles, 176-124.

ASU won the first four individual events, highlighted by Ben Olszewski, who continued Friday’s winning ways with a 1000 free win by almost 14 seconds. In the next event, the women’s 200 free, freshman Emma Nordin came from behind to earn a close victory.

The Sun Devils would later go on a five-event win streak, starting with Zach Poti‘s 100 back win followed by a 100 breast (Silja Kansakoski/Christian Lorenz) and 200 fly (Caitlyn Wilson/Patrick Park) sweep.

A second five-event win streak would start with the men’s 200 back, once again starting with Poti and followed by a 200 breast (Kansakoski/Lorenz) and 500 free (Nordin/Olszewski) sweep.

Andrew Porter (100 fly) and Marlies Ross (200 IM) also were winner.

Arizona sweeps Utah

Arizona swept Utah on Saturday in head coach Augie Busch‘s first home meet as the Wildcats’ new coach.

The men defeated the Utes 147-115 while the women cruised to a 185-77 victory. The women, who opened the season two weeks ago with a victory over Washington State in Pullman, improved to 2-0 on the season.

On the women’s side, Hannah Cox won all three events that she competed in, the 1,000 free, 500 free and 200 IM. Daniela Georges (200 free), Mallory Korenwinder (100 breast), Mik Ranslem (200 fly), Katrina Konopka (50 free) and Cameron McHugh (200 back) also finished on the top of the podium.

For the men, Brooks Fail (1,000 free, 500 free) and Sam Iida (200 breast, 200 IM) both won multiple events in their first ever collegiate meet. Jorge Iga (200 free), Justin Wright (200 fly) and Chad Idensohn (50 free) were also winners on Friday.

UCLA sweeps pink meet

UCLA swept its third annual Pink Meet with wins over Arkansas (162.50-131.50), UC Davis (207-87) and Washington State (152-104). The Bruins tallied 10 wins in the meet’s 14 events.

Katie Grover, Kenisha Liu, Emma Schanz and Sandra Soe tallied two individual victories apiece for the Bruins.

The quartet of Schanz, Sarah Kaunitz, Grover and Liu teamed up to give the Bruins’ their first win of the day, completing the 200 Medley Relay in a time of 1:42.56.

In the first distance event of the day, Soe’s time of 9:59.86 was 7.10 seconds faster than the Razorbacks’ Peyton Palsha. That would mark the first of five straight individual wins for the Bruins, as Liu would follow suit next, winning the 200 Free with a time of 1:49.13.

Schanz would narrowly edge Emily Cook of Washington State by two hundredths of a second, checking in at 55.39.

Bruins went 1-2 in the 100 Breast, as Sarah Kaunitz finished in a time of 1:03.47, just over a second ahead of freshman Emma Cain (1:04.76). The 200 Fly was another close one, with Grover (1:58.92) barely holding off Arkansas’ Jessie Garrison (1:59.06).

Washington State’s Hannah Bruggman recorded the first non-Bruin win of the day with a time of 23.64 in the 50 Free. UCLA’s Goldsmith finished a close second at 23.73. Liu (50.51) would later best Bruggman (50.90) by less than one half second in the 100 Free.

In diving, Arkansas’ Brooke Schultz had a big day, setting one pool record and narrowly claiming another, setting the Dirks Pool-best score of 345.20 in the 3-Meter event.

Arkansas tallied victories in back-to-back swimming events down the stretch, with Chloe Hannam (1:58.48) taking the 200 back and Sydney Angell (2:16.97) winning the 200 breast.

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Landa: I would have liked a different welcome from Quintana

Mikel Landa spent the past four years being overshadowed by other Grand Tour leaders on his teams, first with Astana while working for Fabio Aru, and this year with Team Sky when he finished the Tour de France a single second off the podium while working for Chris Froome. Next season he heads to Movistar and has already been faced with comments from Nairo Quintana who earlier this week declared himself as sole leader of the team for the Tour de France.

In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Landa explained that his ‘free Landa’ quip at the UCI gala was not a reaction to Quintana’s comments, and said he expected Movistar’s manager Eusebio Unzue to get the best out of both of them.

“I was there with all my teammates and it has been something that has always been taken in a good way, nobody took it badly,” Landa explained of his exclamation to Mundo Deportivo.

“They asked if I would dare to say it on the last day with them and we had a good laugh.”

Quintana told El Pais on Tuesday, “I am the leader of the team and I am the leader for the Tour”, but added “If Alejandro [Valverde] comes to support me, it would be a blessing, and if Landa comes, the same. That would be a great team to take on strong teams like Sky.”

Landa said that he had not yet read Quintana’s comments before the UCI gala, and that the joke was not a reaction to his new teammate’s statement, but said, “Obviously, I would have liked to get a different welcome, but I’m going to his house, and from what I can see, it looks like he doesn’t like it.”

Unzue, Landa says, “will be able to manage our egos well and get the most out of everyone.”

Landa echoed some of Quintana’s sentiments to Mundo Deportivo, saying that sharing the responsibilities of leadership is an advantage. “It takes a little bit of pressure away,” Landa said. “Having him on the same side I think it can be very positive and between us, we can do much more damage than individually.”

Landa looked back on his years with Team Sky and said he leaves feeling like he was unable to achieve what he set out to, challenging for a Grand Tour. “The Giro, one year because of illness and another by a crash; The Tour, because I went to work [for Froome]. I have not been able to take advantage of what the team could offer me. But at the same time, I learned a lot. I have raced alongside Froome, one of the best teams in the Grand Tours … All considered it was positive.”

His comeback in the Giro d’Italia, a stage win in Piancavallo, and his strong performance in the Tour de France was a confirmation of what he did in 2015 when he finished third in the Giro d’Italia behind teammate Fabio Aru and winner Alberto Contador.

“2017 has given me a lot of confidence and I believe that I have matured a lot as a cyclist and as a person,” Landa said.

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Madison Central Girls, Tupelo Boys Capture Mississippi Class 2 Victories

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As at the Class 1 meet, at the Class 2 Mississippi High School swimming state championships two teams split first and second place honors. The Madison Central girls dominated, scoring 134 points while Tupelo amassed 97. On the boys’ side, Tupelo scored 125 to walk away with the win. With 51 points Madison Central was second. That was the 11th straight title for the Tupelo boys.


Madison Central jumped out to an early lead. Cassie HowellMallory DickeyMaddie Howell, and Megan Staehling won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.01, three seconds faster than Tupelo’s Katy WestMattie HughesCelester Turner, and Caroline Woodward (1:53.03).

Gabrielle Ivey of Ocean Springs upset Turner in the 200 free as the two finished in 1:52.62 and 1:53.06. Turner returned to win the 100 fly in 55.94, a new state record. Maddie Howell was second (58.11). Howell won the 50 free (24.79). Her sister Cassie clocked a 53.68 for 100 free gold.

Dickey claimed Madison Central’s first individual win of the night with a 2:12.85 200 IM over Hughes (2:13.81).

It was all Ella Gibbs (Madison Central) in the 500 free. She raced to a 5:04.60. Hughes (5:17.41) was runner up again.

Ivey was a double winner with a 57.95 in the 100 back. Cassie Howell (58.26) and Dickey (59.19) followed.

Brandon High School’s Lindsey Patrick out touched Germantown High School’s Natalie Cox 1:09.05 to 1:09.33 for the 100 breaststroke.

Maddie Howell, Staehling, Olivia Smith, and Gibbs teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay for Madison Central in 1:41.36. The team used Cassie Howell, Gibbs, Smith, and Dickey to top the 400 freestyle relay in 3:42.99.


Tupelo began the meet where they ended it: on top of the podium. John Michael CaldwellHayden HendersonAnder Pearce McDade, and Cooper King (1:39.63) won the 200 medley relay in convincing fashion.

Tupelo’s Donovan Crossen won the 200 freestyle. Madison Central’s Blake Peeples (1:43.03) was second. Crossen also captured 100 free victory (46.33).

Center Hill High School’s Taylor Williams cleared two minutes (1:58.74) to win the 200 IM. He also won the 100 breaststroke with a 56.84. Henderson (58.39) was also under a minute.

Brandon High School’s Khameron Glass won the 50 free (21.22) and 100 back (50.51). Alex Miller, from Oak Grove High School won the 100 fly in 50.04. Henderson was second (52.10) again. Madison Central’s Blake Peeples topped the 500 free with his 4:32.43.

In the 200 freestyle relay Tupelo touched in 1:29.84 with the team of Crossen, Henderson, King, and Caldwell. Crossen, McDade, King, and Christian Simpson made it a relay trifecta with a 400 free relay victory in 3:23.69.

Full results on Meet Mobile: MHSAA Swimming Championships 2017.

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Big 12 Weekly Recap: WVU Prevails Against Big East

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By Jason Tillotson. 

The Big 12 conference showed some seriously fast swimming this weekend. TCU men saw the Mustangs out of SMU while the lady Horned Frogs hosted the first Big 12 showdown of the year by inviting Kansas to Fort Worth. WVU took on the beasts from the Big East, Seton Hall and Xavier while Iowa State battled Omaha.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s match ups:

TCU Men host SMU

The Texas Christian University Men’s swimming and diving teams took on Southern Methodist University this passed Wednesday, ultimately falling to the mustangs 184-114.

The horned frogs did snag a pair of wins though, one came from freshman standout Joao Andrade in the 200 freestyle, who swam a 1:41.29 for the gold. His teammate Jakub Swierczynski posted a 57.52 in the 100 breaststroke, which was good enough for another win for TCU.

The TCU men will be travel to Iowa State next week for their next, and first, Big 12 match up.

TCU Women host Kansas

Just a few days after the men’s squad took on SMU, the lady Horned Frogs were in action in Fort Worth, this time it was against conference rival Kansas University.

Prior to this weekend, Kansas brings in some serious momentum after having strong performances at their last two meets.

KU’s momentum definitely showed in Fort Worth this weekend with the Jayhawks winning 12 individual events to TCU’s three victories.

The narrow meet started early when Kansas barely edged TCU in the 200 medley relay. Kansas put together a 1:44.62 while TCU posted a 1:45.42.

Kansas pulled off a sweep in the very next event, the 1000 freestyle, with Jenny Nusbaum leading the way in 10:18.91. Nusbaum was followed by her teammates Crissie Blomquist in 10:19.81 and Nika Fellows in 10:39.13.

TCU was great at one thing this weekend, and that was getting third. The lady Horned Frogs placed third nine times against Kansas, which allowed the Jayhawks to gather several 1-2 punches throughout the meet.

The diving events both flipped in favor of TCU, with both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events going to the Horned Frogs. Tyler Sides from TCU scored 256.19 points for the wine on 1-meter while teammate Grace Newell scored 239.55 points to win the 3-meter event.

TCU will take a week off before they travel with their men’s team to Iowa State to face the Cyclones and South Dakota.


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West Virginia hosts Seton Hall

In the Big 12 vs. Big East weekend, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams from West Virginia University hosted Seton Hall University on Friday and Xavier University on Saturday.

On the women’s side, the lady mountaineers won six out of seven total events against Seton Hall and five out of seven events versus Xavier.

On Friday’s meet versus Seton Hall we saw the WVU trio of Giselle Gursoy, Sofi Bernard and Luisa Winkler go 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle. Other impressive performances were seen from senior Emma Harris and freshman Olivia Heflin in the 100 breaststroke. Harris was able to win in 1:05.89 while Heflin was closely behind to finish the sweep in 1:06.10.

In the 200 butterfly it was the battle of two Morgan’s. WVU teammates Morgan Bullock and Morgan Carr went 1-2 in the event posting a 2:01.30 and a 2:01.65, respectively.

On the men’s side, WVU won all seven events versus Seton Hall. The most impressive swim was perhaps Nate Carr’s 1:39.64 in the 200 freestyle, the only man to break 1:40 in that event. Another great performance came from senior mountaineer Tristen Disibio, who posted the fastest time in the Big 12 so far this year in the 100 breaststroke by swimming a 55.79. Merwane Elmerini was the only man in the 50 freestyle field to post a time under 21 seconds.

West Virginia hosts Xavier

 On the second day of the Big 12 vs. Big East weekend, Xavier was the next opponent for WVU.

Xavier came out of the gates by winning the first contested event of the morning; the 100 freestyle. Xavier’s Emily Conners narrowly held of WVU’s Sofia Bernard by posting a 52.24 to Bernard’s 52.25.

Morgan Bullock pulled off a tough double today by winning the 100 butterfly in 56.10 and then stepping up on the blocks, not more than 10-minutes later, to win the the 200 I.M. in 2:05.71.

The Xavier women were able to come out on top in the 200 freestyle relay by putting together a 1:37.26. The lady Mountaineers followed closely in a 1:37.58.

On the men’s side, WVU was able to secure six out of seven available wins of the meet.

Nate Carr secured his third individual win of the meet by winning the 400 I.M. in 3:54.86, which was nearly 10 seconds faster than his teammate, David Dixon, who swam a 4:03.11.

Sprinter Merwane Elmerini secured his second win of the meet, this time it was the 100 freestyle. Elmerini swam a 45.86 for the win while his teammate Drew Damich followed in 46.50.

The WVU men were able to sweep the 500 freestyle with Trayton Saladin, Max Gustafson and James Koval, who all posted a time in 4:40 or better.

The only event Xavier University was able to come out on top in was, the final event, the 200 freestyle relay as a result of a disqualification of WVU’s “A” relay. Nevertheless, Xavier did post a 1:25.04 to get the win while WVU’s “B” relay was able to put together a 1:25.93.

WVU has two weekends off until their divers travel to the Frank Elm Invitational and their swimmers head to Ohio State University for the OSU Invitational.

Photo Courtesy: Iowa State Athletics Communications

Photo Courtesy: Iowa State Athletics Communications

Iowa State hosts Omaha

The Iowa State University women’s swimming team took on the women’s team from University of Omaha and emerged victorious, winning the meet 198-91 and winning 13 total events.

The Iowa State Cyclones blew away their competition in most of the individual races and relays. The meet kicked off with the 400 medley relay, which the Cyclones went 1-2 in, then came the 1000 freestyle, in which the Cyclones also executed the 1-2 punch with sophomore duo Jessi Storer and Kami Pankratz.

It wasn’t until the sixth event where Omaha would break the win streak established by Iowa State. That event was the 200 butterfly and Omaha’s freshman superstar Hailey Brull was able to hold off Kennedy Tranel in a time of 2:10.84.

ISU would go on to win every other event until, interestingly enough, the 100 butterfly, where Omaha sent it senior Olivia McLain to take the win in 57.81. The lady Cyclones were able to win on both diving boards as well, which helped their total point scores in the end.

The Cyclones have a weekend off then they host Big 12 enemy TCU and South Dakota.

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Giro still a possibility for Chris Froome as he prepares for 2018 season

Tom Dumoulin seen as main future Grand Tour threat as retiring Alberto Contador bows out in Shanghai criterium

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Tour de France criterium in Shanghai, Chris Froome revealed he is feeling refreshed and ready for the 2018 season since his first Vuelta a España victory in September.

“I’ve had a bit of time at home now, which has been great to soak up some time with the family after a long season,” the Team Sky man said.

“I’ve done the odd ride here or there, but mainly I’ve just enjoyed getting out for a coffee ride and meet up with some friends. It’s nice to be home again, it feels like being on holiday even at home.”

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Froome is set to return to full training midway through November, before discussing his race plan for the 2018 season with Team Sky bosses.

Despite noting that he doesn’t see any reason as to why he wouldn’t be on the start line in Vendee next July as he attempts to win his fifth Tour de France,  whether this is after a tilt at the Giro d’Italia has yet to be decided.

“Everything is a possibility at the moment. The Giro can always be hit and miss [in terms of weather] at that time of year so it may depend on the race location. Obviously, the start in Jerusalem is pretty different as well but we’ll have to see what the race looks like first before we make any calls.”

Froome completed the Tour-Vuelta double earlier this year.

Back to back Grand Tours in Italy and France would see Froome competing in four in a row including his 2017 participations. A tactic which has seen other rivals such as Nairo Quintana falter.

“I don’t necessarily see it as four in a row in that sense. It wasn’t like I have kept going after the Vuelta so I’m not that concerned about that,” Froome said.

“But doing two Grand Tours in a row is tough, if the second one is the Tour de France it makes it even more challenging for sure.”

Another decision that is up in the air is which Grand Tour 2017 revelation Tom Dumoulin will ride in the 2018 season, as Froome is well aware the Team Sunweb rider will be his immediate threat in the coming months.

“He is someone who I haven’t really gone head-to-head properly in a GC sense but I definitely look forward to that challenge. He is very different to my other rivals as he is the strongest time triallist in the world and is very competent on the climbs and knows how to pace himself as well.”

“I’d say out of the other GC riders he is the only guy who really paces himself when there are accelerations; you have seen him get dropped but he is not actually dropped as he is just managing his pace. He is the only other GC rider I’ve seen doing that which is a big skill to have.”

Dumoulin got the better of Froome at the time trial World Championships. (Yuzuru Sunada)

Dumoulin’s victory at last year’s Giro d’Italia didn’t come as a surprise to Froome, who wagered a friendly bet of 10 euros on the Dutchman securing his first Grand Tour victory with some friends.

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One of Froome’s rivals who Dumoulin is looking to displace is Alberto Contador, who Froome is set to face for the last time in Shanghai.

“He has animated the races, for the last few years especially and I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people sad to see him go,” said Froome.

“I’m not going to miss his attacks and causing a lot of anxiety back in the peloton to catch him again but certainly it has been exciting racing with him as you never know what was going to happen.”

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Big Ten Saturday Recap: Northwestern Dominates Invite; Wisconsin falls to NC State

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By Dan D’Addona.

Northwestern hosted Illinois-Chicago and the University of Chicago and Rutgers and dominated.

Olivia Rosendahl won 3-meter diving (345.40) and 1-meter (286.30). Krystal Lara won the 200 free (1:52.81). Alex Snarski won the 100 back (50.88) and 100 free (46.01). Calypso Sheridan won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.95). Mary Warren won the 50 free (23.37).

Dong Jin Hwang won the 1000 free (9:29.90) and 500 (4:36.51). Liam Gately won the 200 free (1:43.59). Will Hofstadter won the 50 free (21.40) and 200 breast (2:07.37). Tyler Lis won the 200 back (1:51.90). Ryan Tate won the 100 fly (49.54).

Vera Koprivova won the 100 back (57.49) and 200 back (2:02.69) for Rutgers. Frances Stoppa won the 200 fly (2:02.96) and 100 fly (56.87). Clare Lawlor won the 100 free (51.62). Larissa Neilan won the 200 breast (2:20.13). Federica Greco won the 200 IM (2:06.92).

NC State tops Wisconsin

NC State claimed the win in the women’s competition by a score of 202-149 and won, 216-126, on the men’s side.

Wisconsin’s Kevin Pomeroy excelled on the 3-meter springboard, winning with a score of 320.10. Beata Nelson won the 100 butterfly (54.17) and the 200 back (1:54.22).

Michigan State tops Kenyon

The Michigan State men edged Kenyon 151-149 and the women won 159-137.5 on Saturday.

In the 1000 freestyle, Haley Kornburger won in 10:35.39. Racheal Bukowski won the 50 free (23.78) and the 100 free (52.27). Morgan Wellenzohn won 1-meter diving with 284.10 points and 3-meter (315.75). Ellie Roche won the 200 breaststroke (2:21.63). Marie Dickson won the 400 IM (4:34.48).

Nick Leshok won the 100 breaststroke (57.37) and 100 free (46.58). Payton Woods won the 50 free (21.12). Scott Piper won the 200 backstroke (1:53.83) and 400 IM (4:08.11). Michael Schwers won the 100 butterfly (50.59).

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Nick Cavic Wins Four 10-and-Under Events at SW Fall Classic (Watch Races)

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Saturday afternoon at the Swimming World Fall Classic in Bristol, R.I., Bluefish swimmers Nick Cavic and Zuri Ferguson posted multiple wins in the 10-and-under age group.

Cavic won the 10-and-under boys’ 200 IM (2:23.72), 50 free (27.48), 100 fly (1:08.03) and 100 back (1:07.58). Cavic was utterly dominant throughout all of his events.

In the girls’ races, Zuri Ferguson won three events: the 50 free (27.08), 100 fly (1:09.59) and 100 back (1:09.14). The other 10-and-under winners were Infinity’s Izzy Balboni in the girls’ 200 IM (2:31.74) and 50 breast (36.32) and Bluefish’s Thomas Lenston in the boys’ 50 breast (39.21).

12-and-under preliminary action saw James Misto take the top seed for finals in all three of his events, the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 back. Misto, his fellow 11-12s and a collection of senior swimmers will highlight the finals session, scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET in Bristol.

Check out the full playlist of Saturday afternoon’s videos below. Click on the icon in the top left-hand corner to find a list and pick which race you want to watch.

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Ryan Lochte Rio Criminal Case Reopened By Brazil Court

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According to multiple reports from the USA Today, NBC Sports and the Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the criminal case of 4x Olympian Ryan Lochte has been re-opened following an appeal by the Rio de Janeiro prosecutor’s office.

“I’m disappointed that they’re trying to take another shot at it,” Jeff Ostrow, Lochte’s Florida-based attorney, told USA TODAY Sports. “I think they should just let it die because they lost and because he didn’t do anything wrong. But for whatever reason, they want to try to save face and continue this charade, let them do what they gotta do and we’ll continue to fight it because we believe we’re right.”

Lochte had been cleared of criminal charges earlier this summer, but a ruling by the Court of Justice suspends the decision that dismissed the case, thus leaving the case ongoing.

Ostrow said an appellate court would decide whether the charges should have been brought while prosecutors are asking the court to allow the case to continue on the merits. Lochte’s attorneys will attempt to stay that case pending ruling from the appellate court, he said.

Lochte had originally been charged for falsely communicating a crime to authorities after the infamous gas station incident after he was done competing in the Rio Olympics.

That case had originally been cleared in July 2017, but a Brazilian court has rejected that decision, thus leaving it open again.

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WGC Champions: Dustin Johnson takes six-shot lead in Shanghai

Dustin Johnson

WGC-HSBC Champions second-round leaderboard
-17 D Johnson (US); -11 B Koepka (US); -10 H Stenson (Swe); -9 B Harman (US), J Rose (Eng); -8 R Cabrera-Bello (Spa), P Uihlein, K Stanley (US)
Selected others: -7 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), T Hatton (Eng); -6 P Dunne (Ire); -5 T Fleetwood (Eng); -4 (P Casey (Eng); -3 M Southgate (Eng); -1 J Day (Aus)
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Dustin Johnson extended his lead to six shots after three rounds of the WGC Champions in Shanghai.

The world number one carded a four-under-par 68, which included seven birdies, a bogey and a double bogey, to move to 17 under.

Fellow American Brooks Koepka, who shot a 73, remains second on 11 under.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who went round in 69, is one stroke behind, while England’s Justin Rose is joint fourth on nine under after a 72.

Koepka, who led after the first round and was one shot behind Johnson after the second, began the third round with three birdies.

He briefly regained the lead as Johnson opened with a bogey, birdie and a par, but fell away dramatically thanks to a triple bogey on the par-five eighth hole in addition to three bogeys.

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