Larrazabal holds 3 shot lead
Pablo Larrazabal kept his three-shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday ahead of the final round of the European Tour's 2020 season-opener. Larrazabal's 2-under 70 in the third round put him 11 under par and kept him ahead of Wil Besseling (70). South African home favorite Branden Grace (71), the 2014 champion, slipped a shot further back to third on 7 under. Larrazabal made five birdies but also three bogeys on another tough day at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa, where players have faced scorching temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and gusting winds. Those high temperatures convinced the tour to allow players to wear shorts in tournament play for the first time. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is making a solid return after an eight-month injury layoff because of a wrist problem. A 70 put him 4 under and in a tie for sixth at the tournament he's won a record four times.
Johnson to skip Bahamas
Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Hero World Challenge next week in the Bahamas so he can be better prepared for the Presidents Cup. Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Sept. 5 to repair cartilage damage. He has not played since Aug. 25 at the Tour Championship. Johnson said his recovery from the routine surgery is complete. He says another week of therapy and practice was needed to be ready for the Presidents Cup, which starts Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne in Australia. Johnson said he has told Tiger Woods, the tournament host next week and the playing captain in Australia. He said Woods supports his decision. Chez Reavie was the next available player to replace Johnson in the 18-man field.
Lions place Driskel on IR
The Detroit Lions have put quarterback Jeff Driskel on injured reserve. The Lions were already without injured quarterback Matthew Stafford, and then Driskel missed Thursday's loss to the Chicago Bears with a hamstring injury. David Blough made his NFL debut at quarterback. Detroit also announced Saturday that it signed quarterback Kyle Sloter to the active roster from the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad, and the Lions also signed quarterback Joe Callahan to their practice squad.
Browns' safety out
Cleveland starting safety Damarious Randall has been ruled out for the Browns' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team announced Saturday that Randall will not make the trip to Pittsburgh due to a coaching decision. Randall, a five-year veteran, has appeared in seven games for Cleveland this season, with two sacks and four passes defensed. Randall missed time earlier this year because of a hamstring injury. Cleveland also downgraded left tackle Greg Robinson to out. Robinson was placed in the concussion protocol on Wednesday and did not practice this week.
Morant listed 'week-to-week'
Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant didn't travel for the team's game today at Minnesota because of back spams. The Grizzlies said Saturday in a release that Morant's status is considered "week-to-week." Morant first experienced the back spasms Monday in a 126-114 loss to the Indiana Pacers. He aggravated the back spasms Friday in a 103-94 loss to the Utah Jazz. Morant, the No. 2 overall pick out of Murray State, is averaging 18.6 points to lead all rookies.
Dressen wins WC downhill
In a stunning return from serious injury, Thomas Dressen won a World Cup downhill in his comeback race on Saturday in Lake Louise, Alberta. Dressen returned to action, wearing bib No. 13, exactly one year to the day after he blew out his right knee and dislocated a shoulder crashing at Beaver Creek, Colo. The German was just 0.02 seconds faster than Dominik Paris of Italy, who looked sure to extend his World Cup downhill winning streak to four stretching back to January. Paris had earlier denied what shaped as a fairy tale win for the Switzerland team, finishing 0.24 faster than Beat Feuz and Carlo Janka. They tied for the early lead and shared third place. Janka was seeking a first downhill win for 10 seasons after being fastest in both training runs on the three-kilometer (nearly two-mile) Olympic course at Lake Louise.
Bassino tops in giant slalom
Marta Bassino led an Italian 1-2 as a World Cup giant slalom victory at Killington, Vermont, eluded Mikaela Shiffrin again on Saturday. Bassino sealed a first career win by retaining her first-run lead to edge Federica Brignone by 0.26 seconds. Brignone, who won this race last year, was first to greet her teammate and hugged her in the finish area. Shiffrin was a further 0.03 back in third for a fourth consecutive top-five finish in GS at the Vermont venue without taking the win. Still, the three-time defending overall World Cup champion extended her standings lead with a third podium finish to start the season. Shiffrin also will be favored today to claim a slalom win for the fourth consecutive year on the Super Star course. Bassino is a former junior world champion in giant slalom, who had four previous third-place finishes on the World Cup circuit. She also placed fifth at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, where Shiffrin won and Brignone took bronze.
Pryor stabbed, expected to recover
PITTSBURGH -- A woman was charged with attempted homicide in a Pittsburgh stabbing that critically injured former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is also facing a charge, police said.
Pryor was taken to the hospital just after 4:30 a.m. Saturday following a dispute with "mutual combatants" in an apartment on the city's North Side, police said.
Allegheny County prosecutors and police said 24-year-old Shalaya Briston of Munhall was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault, while Pryor, 30, faces a charge of simple assault.
Gregory Diulus of Vantage Management Group, which represents Pryor, said family members had been told Pryor is expected to make a full recovery. Another call to Diulus was made seeking comment on the charge. Court documents don't list an attorney for Briston and a listed number for her couldn't be found Saturday. Diulus said he expects to see Pryor today.
After Pryor's illustrious Ohio State career ended in 2011, he spent time with nine NFL teams including the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He most recently signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was waived in September after a hamstring injury.
Pryor, a product of Jeannette, Pa., was a national star in high school -- considered one of the top high school football players in the country when he signed with the Buckeyes in 2008.
Late in the 2010 season, Pryor and some of his teammates were found to have broken NCAA rules by trading their equipment, memorabilia and autographs for tattoos at a shop in the Columbus area.
That NCAA investigation led to the revelation that Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel had lied to investigators seeking information on Pryor and his teammates. Tressel, who had won a national championship at Ohio State, was forced to resign on Labor Day weekend 2011.
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