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Miyazato, Tseng tied atop leaderboard

PHOENIX » Ai Miyazato birdied three straight holes on the back nine and finished with a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with Yani Tseng in the LPGA Founders Cup.

Hawaii’s Ayaka Kaneko, who carded a 69 on Friday to make the cut, shot a 3-over 75 in the third round, leaving her in a tie for 71st place at 219 heading into the final round.

Miyazato, the ninth-ranked Japanese player who has seven LPGA Tour victories, birdied Nos. 14-16 and closed with two pars for a bogey-free round in partly cloudy, breezy conditions at Wildfire Golf Club. The weather is expected to a big factor today, with the temperature plunging into the 50s and rain and strong wind forecast.

Tseng had a chance to take the outright lead on the par-4 18th after hitting to 10 feet out of the right fairway bunker, but her birdie putt rolled just past the left edge. The top-ranked Taiwanese star settled for a 67 to match Miyazato at 14 under.

Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title in February for her 13th LPGA Tour victory. She led the tour last season with seven victories — including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open — and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles.


Cal Baptist sweeps HPU in baseball

Matt Marnati went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to lead Cal Baptist to a 14-3 baseball win over Hawaii Pacific and a doubleheader sweep at Hans L’Orange Park on Saturday.

Patrick Smith pitched a four-hitter for the Lancers (23-6, 20-4 Pacific West Conference).

Marnati went 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the first game, a 6-4 Cal Baptist victory.

Derek Nakasato went 3-for-5 in the first game for the Sea Warriors (17-5, 9-3).

BYUH edges La Verne in softball

Tiffanee Frampton and Whitley Haimin both went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Brigham Young-Hawaii to a 10-8 softball victory over La Verne (Calif.) on Saturday in Laie.

Dee Dee Burns homered with two RBIs and Jackie Duran also drove in two runs for the Leopards (11-8).

The Seasiders dropped to 8-9.

Hawaii women defeat Wyoming

Hawaii beat Wyoming 6-1 in women’s tennis on Saturday at the UH Tennis Complex.

Barbara Pinterova, Jamie Pawid and Martina Kostalova all won in singles and doubles for the Rainbow Wahine.

Alika Smith, Sigall to speak at QB Club

Alika Smith, a former University of Hawaii basketball star now coaching at Kalaheo High, is one of the guest speakers at Monday’s meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.

Smith led the Mustangs to the Division II state title this year. He is the son of the late Pete Smith, who led Kalaheo to three state championships.

Also speaking is Bob Sigall, a marketing professor at Hawaii Pacific University and author of "The Companies We Keep," a book about Hawaii businesses.

The luncheon meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Maple Garden restaurant, with the program starting at noon. The cost is $15 and the public is invited.

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