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November 15, 1997

GOTEMBA, Japan (AP) _ Defending champion Lee Westwood of England took advantage of rain-softened greens to fire a 7-under-par 65 Saturday and open a three-shot lead after three rounds of the Taiheiyo Masters.

Westwood’s round, the best of the day, gave him a 201 total, 15-under-par, heading into the final round.

``It’s better to be three shots in front that three behind,″ said Westwood.

Second-round leader Joe Ozaki recovered from a first-hole bogey with four birdies in the remaining holes but slipped to second place. Tied for third were Jumbo Ozaki, the eldest of three Ozaki brothers; American Mark O’Meara; Irishman Darren Clarke and Chen Tze-chung of Taiwan. They were at 11 under.

American Jeff Sluman kept alive his hopes with a 66 to move into the top ten at 9-under 207.


Yates leads American Pena at Malaysian Masters

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Scotland’s Simon Yates fired a 3-under-par 69 Saturday and took the third-round lead in the Volvo Masters of Malaysia with a 206 total.

One stroke back was American Christian Pena, who had a 68, and Taiwan’s Hsieh Yu-Shu, with a 70 on Saturday.

Yates has yet to win a tournament on the PGA Asian Tour.


Hu grabs third gold at Fina World Junior diving

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ China’s Hu Jia captured his third gold medal Saturday when he won the boy’s one-meter springboard event at the Fina World Junior Diving Championship.

Hu had 354.39 points and led Canadian Etienne Gauthier, who had 346.56, while Patrick Rodriguez Rubio was third with 338.67.

In the girl’s platform event of the 16-18 age group, Swedish diver Anna Lindberg’s bid for a third gold medal fell short when she finished third.

Canada’s Emilie Heymans, who finished seventh in the World Championships in Mexico, won the gold with a total score of 405.21 points while teammate Alida Diplacido took the silver with 381.9 points. Lindberg had 363.9.


Weather damages field, moving Big East soccer championship

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ Sunday’s Big East men’s soccer championship game between Rutgers and St. John’s was moved to New Jersey from Connecticut, where snow, sleet and freezing rain Friday left the field unplayable.

The game will be played at noon at Rutgers’ Yurcak Field in Piscataway instead of Joe Morrone Soccer Stadium at Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.


England squashes Canada 3-0 for title

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Defending champion England retained the World Squash Championship men’s team title, defeating Canada 3-0 Saturday.

Simon Parke, after a brilliant performance against newly crowned world champion Rodney Eyles of Australia in the semi-final Friday, continued his winning streak when he beat Jonathan Power of Canada 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 in the first match. Power was troubled by back spasms.

Chris Walker and Dell Harris won the other matches for England.


Musashimaru, Takanonami keep clean slates

FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) _ Musashimaru, of Hawaii, and Takanonami of Japan protected their unbeaten records with victories Saturday and remained tied for the lead in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Musashimaru, a champion whose real name is Fiamalu Penitani, shoved senior wrestler Tochinonada out of the ring for his seventh straight win.

Takanonami put Asahiyutaka into an arm-lock and ushered him out of the ring to improve to 7-0.

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